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The International Pizza Expo: Where the Food is an Art and the People are Family

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Pizza, Pizza! (Does anyone else hear that in the Little Caesar’s voice?)

The 35th annual International Pizza Expo exhibits kick off tomorrow, and to celebrate, our team will try to track down 35 different slices of pie – a slice for every year the Expo has been around. Think we’ll be successful?

Each year, the event brings distributors, solutions providers, and restaurant concepts together to celebrate the spirit of this industry and the people in it.

Here’s what’s on the menu for the 2019 International Pizza Expo:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Pizza Expo launched The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the first time in 2018. Nominations are submitted for pizza entrepreneurs who have been in business at least two years and can point to outstanding accomplishments and valuable community involvement during their evolving careers.

Last year’s award went to Sammy Mandell, owner of Greenville Avenue Pizza Company. We’re so happy to see brands from the HotSchedules community, like Mandell’s, get recognized for their industry accomplishments! He will be one of this year’s opening keynotes, dishing on how his team has harnessed technology and content creation to attract and retain top talent. Check out the full Wednesday morning session details here.

Expansion Opportunities – From Menus to Technology

Pizza flour, kitchen equipment, technology solutions – you name it! When you walk the floor at the Pizza Expo you may quickly get overwhelmed with the amount of ground you have to cover. The Pizza Expo website recommends breaking up your co-workers, family members and others in your pack in order to successfully hit up all of the vendors on your list. Pro tip: download the app!

And Most Importantly: Food and Drinks

The Pizza Expo brings a crowd that knows how to have a good time. Between all the workshops and demonstrations, find some time to unwind with fellow pizza passion players.

  • Bull & Beer Networking | Tuesday, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
    • Informal gathering of roundtable discussions, networking opportunities, and complimentary drinks
    • More details here.
  • Pizza Expo Block Party | Wednesday, 5 – 8 p.m.
    • The party features music, games and contests, food and beverage booths and the ever-popular finals of the Freestyle Acrobatic Dough-Tossing event from the World Pizza Games.
    • More details here.

For more last minute news, like where to find free food and drinks and fellow pizza operators, check out Pizza Today’s latest show update.

It’s sure to be a meaty event. Do you dare join us in the #35pizzachallenge?

We will be holding down the fort at booth #2618 right by the Tony G and Demo Stage.

Stop by and let us know how your show’s progressing. You can’t miss us!


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