At International Pizza Expo in March, our impressive lineup of seminars, demonstrations and workshops really captured lightning in a bottle. The majority of the educational curriculum played out to packed rooms — some so crowded that people sat on the floor and crammed the doorways.
There was so much vibrancy and enthusiasm in the halls leading to the seminar rooms. The desire to learn and evolve that our attendees showcased was awe-inspiring. That’s the first step to running a better pizza business, after all.
Each year when I walk the Pizza Expo show floor and interact with Pizza Today readers, I return home with a renewed sense of energy and purpose. There’s something really uplifting about spending a few days amongst your tribe, hanging with people dedicated to a common goal who just “get it.” There is so much to celebrate about our great industry, and Pizza Expo clearly is the place to fully realize that no other segment in foodservice has what we have.
Though it seems like a long way away, we’re already thinking about Pizza Expo 2020 and the educational program we’ll put into place. We’re reading all the reviews of last year’s seminar topics, speakers, etc. We’re taking looks at new faces who can bring fresh perspectives. We’re asking ourselves, “What content do our attendees most need in 2020?”
If there is a topic you’d really like to see brought to life in one of our programs, now’s the time to drop a line my way. My e-mail is below my photo on the left.
Before we start talking 2020, though, let me remind you that Pizza & Pasta Northeast 2019 will be here before you know it! The show runs September 25-26 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. For more information or to register to attend, visit www.pizzaandpastaexpo.com.
Thank you to everyone who said hello at Pizza Expo and shared your success — and failure — stories with me. It was a blast and I can’t wait to do it again!
Editor In Chief