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This Week in Pizza — January 20


Donald Trump finally dropped in at a Pizza Ranch—a popular campaign stop for presidential candidates—and mingled with customers in a rare stab at “retail politics.” The real estate mogul hobnobbed briefly with diners at the Pizza Ranch store in Waukee, Iowa. He said he made the visit “because I like the pizza.” According to media reports, however, Trump didn’t eat any pizza or even sample the buffet. He did say that Pizza Ranch co-founder Adrie Groeneweg has endorsed him, a first for the entrepreneur who has hosted candidates ranging from Hillary Clinton to Mike Huckabee. “He’s different,” Groeneweg told CNN. “He’s not a regular politician.”

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You Ought To Be In Pictures

Video images of fresh, hot, cheesy pizza have immense marketing power, and no one understands this better than the big chains. Now independent pizzerias can create their own videos inexpensively, with a little help from PMQ.

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Cheese Pockets

Just in time for National Cheese Day, PMQ’s Chef Brian Hernandez demonstrates an appetizer recipe that anyone can make: easy, breezy Cheese Pockets.

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A Degree in Pizza Is Worth a Thousand Words

No one seems to care about split infinitives and subject-verb agreement anymore, but an education in pizza can still open doors to a bright and delicious future.

Andy Knef explores the differences between pizzaioli-in-training and English majors in Pizza Perspective.


Note in Pizzeria’s Bathroom Goes Viral

A simple gesture of inclusion at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Pure Pizza struck a chord with people everywhere, especially parents. Owner Juli Ghazi placed a note in the pizzeria’s gender-neutral bathroom that explained, “We have a UniSex bathroom because sometimes gender-specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations.” The gender-neutral bathroom provides “a safe environment for everyone,” including single dads with daughters, single moms with sons, parents with disabled children, the LGBTQ community and adults with aging disabled parents. When a customer took a photo of the note and posted it on Facebook, it went viral, earning coverage from USA Today, Fox News, ABC News, and the Huffington Post, to name a few outlets. Ghazi told TV station WCNC that she hoped the note would help people “find compassion rather than animosity.”

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