From Memphis to Shanghai, the PMQ crew is always on a mission to uncover new moneymaking ideas and document milestone events.
PMQ pigs out at Hog and Hominy in Memphis, journeys east for the Summer Fancy Food Show and visits with Alex Contreros at Sal’s Pizzeria in Washington, D.C.
We’d heard so much about Hog and Hominy (hogandhominy.com), named one of GQ Magazine’s “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013” and featured in The New York Times that same year, that we had to check it out ourselves. Kara Hoffman, PMQ’s creative director, loved the Thunderbird! Forty Twice!, a specialty pie featuring pepperoni, calabrese salami, fontina, parmesan, mozzarella and a drizzle of honey.
New York—June 28-30
PMQ journeyed east as the Specialty Food Association held its annual Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center in New York. Nearly 22,000 industry professionals turned out for the event, which spotlighted trendsetting foods and beverages and culminated in the Sofi Awards honoring the hottest new products of the past year.
Washington, D.C.—September 6
PMQ Marketing Director Anna Zemek and her family enjoyed visiting with Alex Contreros, manager of Sal’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant (sals-pizza.com) in Petersburg, Virginia. Sal’s has been in business for almost 30 years. Alex said his ultimate goal is to make it into PMQ’s Pizza Hall of Fame (pizzahalloffame.com)—only 20 years to go! In a town known for its historic contributions to America’s past, Sal’s Pizzeria is sure to leave its own mark in the history books.
PIR Expo, Moscow—October 5-8
This huge annual event coincides with Russian Hospitality Week and will feature a pizza making competition hosted by PMQ Russia. PIR Expo is Russia’s largest hospitality trade show, with individual exhibitions covering restaurant equipment, food, the bar business, coffee and tea, and
hotel equipment, management and design. Headlining the three-day event is the main stage presentation, “Russian Cuisine: New Horizons,” in which 20 top chefs lead workshops and share their insights about the future of Russian food. Meanwhile, the Russian PIR Restaurant Cup brings together chefs from across Russia and other countries to compete for top culinary honors.
Experience Shanghai with PMQ—November 9-15
PMQ will return to Shanghai this fall for the FHC China event, the country’s largest domestic food show, and we’re inviting American pizzaioli to join us on the trip. Here’s your chance to win international accolades by competing in the Triple Panel Pizza Challenge, a pizza making competition judged by American, Italian and Chinese panels. You can also join us in various excursions, including a cruise on the Huangpu River—where old-world China meets the modern superpower—and visits to quaint Tianzifang and the water town of Wuzhen. You can also shop for ingredients in local markets and visit the Shanghai Old City God Temple. To book your trip, call Caroline Felker at (662) 234-5481, ext. 150.