Wednesday, Sept 25
Keynote: Peter Reinhart
10:00 – 11:00 am
This year’s opening keynote speaker will be Peter Reinhart, instructor at Johnson & Wales University, founder of the Pizza Quest video and blog site, American baker, educator and author. Peter is the author of numerous books, including “Bread Upon the Waters: A Pilgrimage Toward Self Discovery and Spiritual Truth”; “Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers” and “American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza”, but is best known for writing Bread Revolution, American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza, The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking and The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. Most notably, four of his books have been nominated for James Beard Awards, with three of them winning, including the “Book of the Year” in 2002 for The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.
Peter is one of the most respected baking educators in America, as well as a world-class pizza aficionado. He currently serves as the full-time Chef on Assignment, College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University. Prior to coming to Johnson & Wales, Reinhart was a full-time instructor at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He also founded and ran the award-winning Brother Juniper’s Bakery in Santa Rosa, California.
Thursday, Sept 26
Keynote: Nick Bogacz
10:00 – 11:00 am
On day two, successful restaurateur and author Nick Bogacz will take center-stage. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Nick opened his first location in fall of 2012 and has grown quickly to five units. He started in the industry as a delivery driver in 1996 and fell in love with the team atmosphere and high energy that the pizza business provides. He learned how corporations operated successfully, as well as the fundamental procedures and business financial systems that have helped him expand his business. Nick and his team members have won numerous awards in the industry, including World Championships at the Pizza Expo in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Nick’s successful business model included bringing together pizza and craft beer. Each of his restaurants boasts more than 24 taps and a bottle selection of over 150 beers. His stores specialize in hard to source craft beers from across the country and around the globe. He has also taken a unique approach to craft beer by setting up collaboration brews with local and national breweries.
Nick’s goals in the pizza industry continue to be met by his commitment to excellence with focus and positive vibes. His wife, Angie, is his biggest supporter and proud to be a Pizza Wife for Life. His teen-aged kids have grown up in the industry and have taken a keen interest in the family business. If you’re looking for motivation, you should read his new book “The Pizza Equation: Slicing Up How to Run a Successful Pizza Enterprise.”
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