Go Deep and Grow at the National Pizza & Pasta Show

The National Pizza & Pasta Show, taking place August 23-25, will feature 300 exhibits, 30 seminars and a year’s worth of moneymaking ideas.

Pizza continues to be America’s favorite food, and the pizza industry continues to grow in size and sophistication. To aid operators in running the best possible restaurants, the National Pizza & Pasta Show comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in suburban Rosemont, Illinois, adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, from Tuesday, August 23, through Thursday, August 25.

Tuesday, August 23, will be for seminars only. Wednesday and Thursday will include seminars and exhibits. Early bird attendee registration is $50 before July 1; after that date, the registration fee is $100. Complete information can be found at

The event also offers unique educational programming, including topics such as building a multimillion-dollar family-run pizzeria operation, as well as a boot camp for making the three styles of pizza for which Chicago is famous: deep-dish, stuffed-crust and tavern-style.

“We’re bringing together some of the biggest names in the business,” says Drew Axelrod, show manager at Expo Media, Inc., the show’s producer. “We want to help restaurant operators find their niche and succeed beyond their expectations. This event pulls together the right people, both operators and manufacturers, to make crucial connections that will help them innovate in their businesses. What could be more fun than to build relationships with peers who share the same passion for all styles of pizza?”

The show will feature 300 diversified exhibits, plus 30 educational seminars, live demonstrations, 10 expert workshops, a deep-dish and tavern-style pizza certification program, a new product showcase and multiple Pizza City U.S.A. guided bus tours.

Encompassing three days of quality educational and networking opportunities, attendees will learn how they can “make some dough in Chicago” in this competitive arena. They will strengthen their knowledge of cutting-edge marketing and sales strategies, improvements in ingredients, and ways to build a more efficient operation.

A sampling of the educational seminar topics includes: Combating Labor Shortages; Using Call Centers for Higher Volume; Avoiding Insurance Claims; Improving Sales with Craft Beer and Specialty Wines; and Managing Multiple Styles of Pizza Crust.

The intensive workshops also will cover a lot of ground, including such topics as: Digital Advertising for Increased Recognition, Volume and Sales; Successfully Operating a Ghost Kitchen; Streamlined Delivery Logistics and Reaching New Customers; Reaching for a Multi-Million Dollar Family-Run Pizzeria Operation; and Boot Camp for Deep-Dish, Stuffed and Tavern-Style Pizzas.

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