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    Why You Should Have Flatbreads on Your Menu [VIDEO]

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 15, 2017 9:28:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Menus & Recipes, Video, Crust Varieties

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    Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is back to talk about one of today’s most prevalent and adaptable menu trends: flatbread.

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    Dough Ball and Crust Options for Grilled Pizza

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2017 9:19:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Crust Varieties, General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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    People love grilling pizza at home, so imagine their delight if they’d find grilled pizza at your venue — especially if pies aren’t your specialty. Owners/operators of restaurants or entertainment venue chains are finding adding grilled pizza to the menu is a true brand differentiator, and many are surprised at just how easy it is to do once they understand how to maximize their grill’s capabilities.

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    Top 3 Commercial Pizza Crust Types for Convenience Stores

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2017 9:17:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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    Pizza is a perennial favorite of the grab-n-go crowd, but biting into a soggy or tough crust could leave a bad taste about your c-store in their mouths. Given that NACS reports that 60% of customers consume c-store food (including pizza), driving sales of over $40 billion annually, it’s important that you provide pies that consistently meet their taste and quality expectations.

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    Adding Take 'n' Bake Pizza Options—Profitable or Problematic?

    [fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2017 9:16:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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    Perhaps you’re looking to introduce something new on your menu, or maybe your operation needs to reinvigorate sales. Among the options, you may consider adding take 'n' bake pizza. This offering has the potential attract new customers, delight current ones, or give your bottom line a boost. But, like any business opportunity, expanding into take 'n' bake brings with it a number of considerations to determine if it’s the right fit for your operation.

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    Understanding the Differences Between Commercial Pizza Crust Types

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2017 9:15:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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    As the pizza crust experts, Alive & Kickin’ is often sought out by operators — and distributors looking to help operators — to answer questions about differences in commercial pizza crust types. We’re happy to help! Here’s a brief summary of some of the most commonly encountered pizza crust styles:

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    Pizza Crust Types: Authentic Wood Fired Par-baked

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2017 9:23:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties

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    Until recently, wood-fired pizzas have been reserved only for restaurants that have installed a special wood-fired oven. This artisanal method of making pizza has been around since the conception of pizza itself, and involves heating a dome-shaped stone or brick deck oven to temperatures up to 800°F using real wood as a heat source. This gives wood-fired pizza an irreplicable smoky flavor, as well as a light, crispy texture, and perfectly charred bottom.

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    Top 3 Reasons Too Many Pizza Crust Options are Bad for Business

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 9:09:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Crust Varieties, General Operations

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    The more options, the better, right? Not always so when it comes to pizza crusts. Offering too many options on your menu can not only overwhelm customers, it can overextend your staff.

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    New! Authentic Wood Fired Crust from Alive & Kickin’

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 9:08:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties, Performance/Quality

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    Who doesn’t love a pizza with the perfect balance of chewy and crisp texture, a hint of unique smoky flavor, and the artisanal appearance of a hearth-baked pie? These are the distinct, mouth-watering characteristics only made possible when pizzas are cooked in a high-heat, wood-fired oven.

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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 Crust Varieties, Custom Crusts, 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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    Best Crust Types for a Wood-Fired Oven

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2016 9:07:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Crust Varieties

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    The appeal of a wood-fired oven is unmistakable. Its high baking temperatures, wood fuel, and fast baking times test the finesse of skilled chefs, and the gourmet pies produced are well worth the typically upscale prices. Plus, the substantial size and rustic brick or clay construction of a wood-fired oven adds to the customer experience and makes a not-so-subtle statement about the quality they can expect more so than other oven types.

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