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Venue

Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road,
Las Vegas, Nevada,
Tel: (702) 892-0711
Website

International Pizza Expo

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Agenda +

AGENDA

Mar 26   
School of Pizzeria Management Workshops, Day 1 (tickets required) 1 – 5 pm North Halls, 2nd Floor
Attendee Registration Open 12 – 5 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Exhibitor Registration Open 1 – 5 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Mar 27   
Attendee Registration Open 7 am – 5 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Exhibitor Registration Open 8 am – 5 pm N4, Upper Lobby
School of Pizzeria Management Workshops, Day 2 (tickets required) 8 am – 12 pm North Halls, 2nd Floor
New-Operators Seminars 12:30 – 6 pm North Halls, 2nd Floor
Dough, Cheese and Commodities Seminars 1:30 – 5 pm North Halls, 2nd Floor
New-Operators Reception 6 – 7 pm North Halls, 2nd Floor
Mar 28   
Attendee Registration Open 7 am – 3 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Exhibitor Registration Open 7 am – 3 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Keynote 1 — Gabriel Stulman 8:15 – 9:15 am N247
Workshop 11: Making Pizzas With Tony Gemignani, Part I (ticket required) 8:30 – 10 am Show Floor Demonstration Area
10 Morning Seminars and Panels 9:30 – 11 am North Halls, 2nd Floor
Exhibit Hall Open 10 am – 3:30 pm North Halls
International Pizza Challenge 10 am – 3:30 pm Show Floor Contest Areas
World Pizza Games 10 am – 3:30 pm Show Floor Contest Areas
Hourly Menu Demonstrations 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Show Floor Demo Area
17 Afternoon Seminars and Panels (2 sessions) 2:30 – 5 pm North Halls, 2nd Floor
Beer & Bull Idea Exchange 4:30 – 6 pm N250
Scott’s Las Vegas Pizza Tour (ticket required) 5:30 – 9:30 pm Bus Tour
Mar 29   
Attendee Registration Open 7 am – 4 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Exhibitor Registration Open 7 am – 3 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Keynote 2 – Michael Lastoria 8:15 – 9:15 am N247
Workshop 12: Making Pizzas With Tony Gemignani, Part II (ticket required) 8:30 – 10 am Show Floor Demonstration Area
Workshop 13: FoodCost Pro With Big Dave Ostrander (ticket required) 9 – 11 am North Halls, 2nd Floor
9 Morning Seminars and Panels 9:30 – 11 am North Halls, 2nd Floor
Exhibit Hall Open 10 am – 3:30 pm North Halls
International Pizza Challenge 10 am – 3:30 pm Show Floor Contest Areas
World Pizza Games 10 am – 3:30 pm Show Floor WPG Stage
Hourly Menu Demonstrations 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Show Floor Demo Area
17 Afternoon Seminars and Panels (2 sessions) 2:30 – 5 pm North Halls, 2nd Floor
World Pizza Games Finals & Block Party 5 – 8 pm N250
Mar 30   
Attendee Registration Open 7:30 am – 1:30 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Exhibitor Registration Open 8 am – 12 pm N4, Upper Lobby
Special Presentation: Classic Pizza-Making With Tony Gemignani and Graziano Bertuzzo 9 – 10 am Show Floor Demo Area
Exhibit Hall Open 10 am – 3 pm North Halls
Ask the Chefs Q & A With Tony Gemignani, Graziano Bertuzzo and Mike Rutledge 10 – 10:30 am Show Floor Demo Area
International Pizza Challenge Finals 10 – 12:30 pm Show Floor Contest Areas
Hourly Menu Demonstrations 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Show Floor Demo Area
10th Anniversary Painted Mixer Giveaway by Hobart (Valued at $20,000) 12:30 pm Show Floor, Contest Area 1
“Best of the Best” Bake-Off 12:30 pm Show Floor, Contest Area 1
Pizza Maker of the Year Finals 1:30 pm Show Floor, Contest Area 1
$20,000 MEGA BUCKS Drawing 2:30 pm Show Floor, Contest Area 1
End of Show 3 pm

Keynote Speakers +

Michael Lastoria

Michael Lastoria, founder of &pizza, changed the way Washingtonians (and Baltimorians, and Virginians, and …) think about their local pizza shop. He opened the first &pizza in D.C.’s H Street Corridor in 2012, rejecting industry pundits and politicians who said the neighborhood was too risky, too insular, too low-market. Lastoria rejected that notion, and all the others about the traditional pizza shop. He opened that store with a brand-first, experience-oriented philosophy, earned the respect of the community and now, four years later, has opened 20 more — all company-owned stores — in equally off-the-path neighborhoods. That’s not to say he’s made copies. Each store is different; &pizza prides itself on reflecting its local community, both in terms of design and vibe. And there will be more: The company announced in November 2016 that it has received $25 million of growth capital to fund “its rapid expansion into several major markets, including New York City.”

With a background in marketing and branding, Lastoria also made it a point of foundational purpose to give back, both to the locality and its employees. That’s why the brand started “&charity,” a hyper-localized charity arm, and why more than 50 of the company’s approximately 500-plus staff got the &pizza logo, its trademark ampersand, tattooed on their body, offered for free to Tribe Members (staff) by the brand. Seems he’s on to something.

Hear his philosophies about brand, pizza and business growth during his Wednesday morning keynote. To learn more about his company’s recent $25 million growth-capital agreement with private investors and plans to bring &pizza to New York City  read this news item.

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