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Las Vegas, NV (2014) it’s the most fun you will ever have attending a tradeshow; food, drink, entertainment, and this year a birthday party. The International Pizza Expo was held March 24-27th at The Las Vegas Convention Center. Pizza restaurant owners, operators, managers, and distributors attend each year.
Attendees sampled varieties of pizzas, including gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free pizzas that were deceptively good. Distributors displayed everything needed for the pizza business. A favorite for attendees was La Nova Wings, claiming to be “the best wings anywhere”. Their company was made famous by their sauces which include Hot BBQ, Honey Mustard, and Roasted Garlic BBQ, just to name a few.
Have you ever noticed every city has multiple Pizza restaurants? How can there be enough customers for every business? June and Brian, owners of PizzaRita in Spokane gave me the answer. June explained that when she decided to open her restaurant she shared the news with her family. They told her it wasn’t a good idea because there already were a lot of pizza places. That was exactly why June thought it was a good idea! There’s always room for a pizza restaurant. People love pizza and most families have their local pizza restaurant on speed dial.
Beer & Bull may have been the highlight of this year’s International Pizza Expo. Restaurant owners shared ideas that made their businesses a success while enjoying lots of beer.
Workshops were held with educational seminars like “How to Brand Your New Store”, and “Common Pizzeria Start-Up Mistakes and How to Avoid them”, all free with your registration. The 30th Birthday Bash was held with free food, drink, entertainment and contests. Freestyle Acrobatic Dough-Tossing competition from the World Pizza Games culminated the free event.
Next year’s International Pizza Expo® will be held at the Las Vegas Convention, Las Vegas, NV from March 23-26th, 2015. For more information or to register go to: http://www.pizzaexpo.com.
Brenda Hyatt, Chief Editor/Journalist
Donald Scelzo, Photographer