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Venue

Las Vegas Convention Center 3150 Paradise Road Las Vegas , Nevada 89109
Tel: (702) 892-0711
Website
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International Pizza Expo 2018

Attendees

7,400

Exhibitors

515

Register

$250

Overview

Event Overview

The World’s Largest Pizza Industry Show

Now in Our 34th Year Serving Independent and Chain Pizzerias

Attendees include pizzeria or pizza-concept restaurant owners, operators and managers, as well as distributors and food brokers.

Exhibitors include suppliers of pizza ingredients and pizza flour, point-of-sales systems, ovens, kitchen equipment, marketing and promotional materials and many other companies providing goods and services to the pizza restaurant industry.

Pizza Expo is not open to the general public.

Attendee Information:

Why Attend?

With nearly 500 exhibiting companies on the show floor, Pizza Expo is the place for independent and chain pizzeria owners and managers to one-stop shop for nearly any needed product or service — and see what’s new in the industry. Attendees can expand their knowledge on topics relevant to business success during Expo’s more than 90 seminars, workshops and baking demonstrations. They also can participate in pizza skills competitions and go to special events such as the Beer & Bull networking session and the Pizza Expo Block Party.

Exhibitor Information:

Why Exhibit?

In 2017, there were 7,400 qualified independent, chain and franchise pizzeria buyers in attendance at Pizza Expo and 520 exhibiting companies. If you’re looking to build your brand and market share in the pizza segment, this is the one place you must do business. Pizza Expo, in its 34th year in 2018, is the largest gathering of pizza professionals in the world. Maximize your opportunity to reach new clients and retain existing ones. And since our exhibitor retention rate is more than 85 percent, it pays to reserve your booth space today.

Agenda

Mar 19   

Registration Open

7 am – 5 pm

South Halls, Upstairs Lobby

School of Pizzeria Management Workshops, Day 2 (Fee: $250)

8 am – 12 pm

South Halls, Rooms S102-114

New-Operators Seminars

12:30 – 6 pm

South Halls, Room S220

Dough, Cheese and Distributors Seminars

1:30 – 5 pm

South Halls, Room S221

New-Operators Reception

6 – 7 pm

South Halls, 2nd Floor

Mar 20   

Registration Open

7 am – 5 pm

South Halls, Upstairs Lobby

Keynote 1 — Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mckinnon-Patterson

8:30 – 9:30 am

S222

Workshop 10: Making Pizzas With Tony Gemignani, Part I (Fee: $185)

8:30 – 10 am

Show Floor Demonstration Area

Morning Seminars and Panels

9:45 – 11 am

South Halls, Rooms S220-223

Workshops 11 and 12

10 am – 12 pm

Rooms S102 and S106

Exhibit Hall Open

10 am – 3:30 pm

South Halls 1 and 2

International Pizza Challenge

10 am – 3:30 pm

Show Floor Contest Areas

World Pizza Games

10 am – 3:30 pm

Show WPG Stage

Hourly Menu Demonstrations

10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Show Floor Demo Area

Afternoon Seminars and Panels (2 sessions)

2:30 – 5 pm

South Halls, Rooms S102-118

Beer & Bull Idea Exchange

4:30 – 6 pm

S222

Scott’s Las Vegas Pizza Tour (Fee: $250)

5:30 – 9:30 pm

Bus Tour

Mar 21   

Registration Open

7:30 am – 5 pm

South Halls, Upstairs Lobby

Keynote 2 – Ann Kim

8:30 – 9:30 am

S222

Workshop 12: Making Pizzas With Tony Gemignani, Part II (Fee: $185)

8:30 – 10 am

Show Floor Demonstration Area

Morning Seminars and Panels

9:45 – 11 am

South Halls, Rooms S220-223

Workshops 15 and 16

10 am – 12 pm

Rooms S102 and S106

Exhibit Hall Open

10 am – 3:30 pm

South Halls 1 and 2

International Pizza Challenge

10 am – 3:30 pm

Show Floor Contest Areas

World Pizza Games

10 am – 3:30 pm

Show Floor WPG Stage

Hourly Menu Demonstrations

10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Show Floor Demo Area

Afternoon Seminars and Panels (2 sessions)

2:30 – 5 pm

South Halls, Rooms S102-118

Young Pizza Entrepreneur of the Year and TED Talks

3:30 – 5 pm

Rooms S220-221

World Pizza Games Finals & Block Party

5 – 8 pm

Rooms S222-223

Mar 22   

Registration Open

8:30 am – 2:30 pm

South Halls, Upstairs Lobby

Morning Seminars and Panels

9 – 10:30 am

Rooms S220-223

Exhibit Hall Open

10 am – 3 pm

South Halls 1 and 2

International Pizza Challenge Finals

10 – 12:30 pm

Show Floor Contest Areas

Hourly Menu Demonstrations

10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Show Floor Demo Area

Painted Mixer Giveaway by Hobart (Valued at $20,000)

12:30 pm

Show Floor, Contest Area 1

“Best of the Best” Bake-Off

12:30 pm

Show Floor, Contest Area 1

Pizza Maker of the Year Finals

1:30 pm

Show Floor, Contest Area 1

$20,000 MEGA BUCKS Drawing

2:30 pm

Show Floor, Contest Area 1

End of Show                                                         3 pm

 

Keynote Speakers

Scott Svenson

Co-Founder and CEO MOD Pizza

After founding and selling two successful businesses in the U.K. — Seattle Coffee Company and Carluccio’s Ltd. — Scott and Ally Svenson returned to their hometown of Seattle to raise their four boys. They saw the need for a more inspired fast casual dining option and soon their entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, resulting in the launch of MOD Pizza in 2008.

Recently ranked as the fastest-growing restaurant chain in America, MOD currently has more than 305 locations across the U.S. and U.K., and recently raised an additional $73 million for further expansion. The Svensons attribute MOD’s success to a people-first culture, and a shared motivation to use the business as a platform to make positive social impacts. Scott will speak about the powerful culture and philosophy driving this purpose-led business, and the concept of “Spreading MODness.”

Ann Kim

Owner and Executive Chef Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni

Ann Kim is the owner and executive chef of Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza and Young Joni, all in Minneapolis. A Korean immigrant, she credits her culinary palate’s development to time spent helping her mother and grandmother make traditional staples such as fermented bean paste and kimchi. Her college years at Columbia University in New York City ignited her passion for pizza and laid the foundation for her dream of building a restaurant business in Minneapolis, and her years as a freelance actress fostered her value of creativity.

She opened her first location, Pizzeria Lola, in 2010. Its artisan, wood-fired pizzas have been lauded both locally and nationally. In 2014, it was named the Independent Pizzeria of the Year by Pizza Today. Kim’s second restaurant, Hello Pizza, is East Coast inspired and frequently tops “Best of” lists. Young Joni, which opened in late 2016, features an eclectic menu spotlighting wood-fired items and has been named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America 2017” by GQ Magazine and Eater.com. Kim recently received her first James Beard Award semi-finalist nomination in “Best Chef Midwest” category and won “Best New Chef: North” at the Tastys Awards. Her newest project, Young Joni, was named 2017 Restaurant of the Year by the Star Tribune, the state’s largest newspaper.

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