Pie-makers win dough for best pizzas

Pizza Pizzazz is a catchy way of describing the hold our favorite food has on our collective imaginations — it's also the name for the best-tasting pizza event at The North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show. NAPICS (an annual event) was held Feb 15-16 at the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Convention Center.

 Reporting in the Columbus Dispatch, food writer Lisa Abraham detailed how the show (NAPICS)  is the largest trade event east of the Mississippi River for the pizza industry and drew attendees from as far away as Washington state and Alabama. The top winners in two categories each took home $6,000, but, more important, they won bragging rights to advertise their pizza as a champ.

Those bragging rights often prove every bit as valuable as the money, said Dublin resident Craig Peterson, who has organized the competition for the past 15 years. A winning pizza bestows the marketing power to turn a mom-and-pop pizza shop into a chain, he said.

In addition to Pizza Pizzazz, pizza makers competed in the popular acrobatics event (pictured) in which the top national tossers literally juggle dough to the frenetic beats of up-tempo tunes. PMQ Pizza Magazine's own Melanie Addington is interviewed in the linked dispatch.com video depicting the pizza acrobatic event winner, Bradley Johnson.

For more about NAPICS, Pizza Pizzazz and a great video featuring pizza acrobatics, click here.