Richard "Daddio" Ames takes Colorado trek to talk pizza

First let me apologize to the operators in Colorado that I did not get a chance to visit. I had a very busy week and just didn't have time to see all of you. The first stop on the trip was PMQ's Western Summit hosted by Eric and Melissa Rickman @WhollyStromboli in their Speak Easy in Fort Lupton. This is an amazing place to have a gathering. The history of the building is very interesting. The staff are were very attentive and delightful to interact with and the food was great. Melissa and Eric have a gem that shines bright. 

The Summit panel discussion was an interesting exchange of ideas between operators from very different types of shops. We had many things in common and many things that were very different. I believe I learned more than I contributed. I hope PMQ makes this type of event happen frequently.

After sleeping off the overindulgence of great food the PMQ PizzaTV crew, Steve Hitchcock @bodegahwy and I made our way to Boulder where we caught up with Dale Roberts @314 in one of his three (soon to be four) Black Jack Pizza stores. I was intrigued by his app that allows customers to conveniently order their pizza directly into the phone through voice recognition for quick online ordering. We had a great discussion about all things pizza. After leaving Boulder we headed over the mountain to Steamboat Springs and a Salmon BBQ at Steve's beautiful home at the foot of the Rockies. I again overindulged in the amazing food. The PMQ team has a couple of very fine musicians that entertained us into the late hours.

Friday morning we went to Soda Creek Pizza for some excellent pizzas with toppings like fresh salmon and elk sausage. Once again I ate more than what I should have because it was so good. In the afternoon I headed toward my old home town of Delta along with the PMQ crew. I know they enjoyed the scenery along the way. Colorado has such a variety of sights. Glenwood Canyon was one of the breath taking highlights as was the view of the palisades from the side of Grand Mesa.

The next three days were spent with the friends from my younger days at the 40 year class reunion of Delta High School. Memories of years ago were great to share. On my final leg of the trip I stopped in Colorado Springs to visit with John Morrison of P38 Pizza @johnmorrison and see how he is building his new shop. I see this pizzeria as a destination location. P38 Pizza will be the place to go if you are ever in Colorado Springs. I want to extend a big thank you to all of the Colorado Think Tankers for the kind welcome home and to PMQ for being part of the walk down memory lane.