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Luke Siedow

Luke Siedow
Sales Manager, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust

Recent Posts

7 Uncommon Uses for Pizza Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 12, 2017 9:14:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes

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Many pizzeria owners have experience with premade crusts and dough balls – but not all operators have gone beyond the obvious to consider all the ways they could be using these versatile products to expand their menus (and generate bigger average tickets). Here are seven simple ideas you can use to shake your menu up a bit:

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Savor the Season with Flavorful Summer Pizza Recipes

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 5, 2017 9:16:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes

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When summer’s in full swing, your patrons likely crave lighter fare that features fresh, crispy textures and colorful seasonal ingredients rather than heavy foods or meaty pizzas. Luckily, it’s relatively easy for your pizza shop to satisfy those cravings!

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3 Considerations When Transitioning from Scratch to Pre-made Pizza Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 9:22:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Performance/Quality

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The success of your pizzeria depends on many factors: pricing, location, customer experience and more. But the most important driver of success is the flavor and quality of your food — it’s why customers keep coming back. As you grow and add more locations, it becomes difficult to replicate those experiences and quality at each one. The crust and final products produced by employees at different locations will inevitably have variances — whether from unintended mistakes in how the recipes are executed or from uncontrollable differences like water quality, weather and other surroundings.

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5 Insider Tips for Perfectly Proofed Pizza Dough Balls [INFOGRAPHIC]

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2017 9:22:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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You may have created the most amazing pizza toppings combination — one that rivals your Sicilian grandmother’s recipe — but without a perfect crust, it will fall flat. The crust is the foundation of your pizza and it’s important to get just the right flavor and texture to complement whatever combination of toppings you desire. 

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5 Questions Curious Pizzeria Operators Ask

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2017 9:18:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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It’s been said that there are no dumb questions, only dumb mistakes… which usually result from not asking questions! We love getting inquiries from pizzeria owners and operators who want to perfect their craft or simply discover a timesaving hack.

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How to Upscale Your Take ‘n Bake Pizza Offerings

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2017 9:12:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Crust Varieties

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People love pizza! On average, Americans gobble up 23 pounds per person per year, and the pizza industry proves it with multi-year sustained growth—most recently reported as 2.35% in 2016.

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Best Pizza Crust Types for Schools and Dining Services

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2017 9:11:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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In the past, the mention of a school cafeteria conjured up visions of lunch ladies dishing out chewy, limp, and lukewarm rectangles of pizza-like rations. The impression it left on the minds of an entire generation is legendary, so much so that there are entire Facebook groups dedicated to school lunch pizza.

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Pizza 101: Troubleshooting Common Crust Issues [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2017 9:19:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Video

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Perfect pies are possible! Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust walks you through ways to avoid common pizza crust issues.

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Pizza Shop Seasonal Menu Ideas: Winter Chill Chasers

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2016 9:17:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes

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With about 15% of Americans citing pizza as their favorite comfort food, pies are a year-round go-to item, but offering the typical pie combinations isn’t necessarily enough to keep your patrons satisfied — and coming back. 

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Pizza 101: When to Consider Using a Dough Ball or Pre-made Crust [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2016 9:09:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties, Video

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In our latest video, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust weighs in on the pros and cons of making your own dough, and how to recognize when it may be time to transition to using dough balls and pre-made crusts.

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