There were around 1,500 booths large and small lining the South Hall, many of them cooking and offering samples of their doughs, sauces, cheeses, garnishes and more. Real Broaster Chicken, a provider based in Beloit, Wisconsin, maintained one of the more popular cubicles, providing an unlimited supply of crispy poultry treats to boost its credibility as the ideal pizza partner. Carrot Top, resident headliner at the Luxor, presided over a chicken wing consuming contest at the La Nova Wings cubicle on Tuesday … not that the centrally situated kiosk needed the comedian to enliven its celebration. For 3 days, dance music roared from the cubicle as a chicken mascot danced and girls in short-shorts served up boneless chicken bites in different tastes. The Pizza Expo is really Vegas.
the Las Vegas Convention Center. When he wasn’t leading presentations in one of four exposition arenas with bleacher-style seating, pizza champ and restaurateur Tony Gemignani– who runs two Pizza Rock locations in the Vegas Valley in addition to Little Tony’s at Palace Station– presented for pictures and signed copies of his book “The Pizza Bible” for his fellow pizza proprietors. Las Vegas’ own John Arena, who established Metro Pizza with his cousin Sam Facchini in 1980, bounced in between booths to host various demonstrations, too, coordinating with baking educator and author Peter Reinhart for one info session entitled “Why Are You Still Buying Bread?”
One new-to-Vegas chef was on hand to promote a new item scheduled to arrive in shops next month. Los Angeles food truck legend Roy Choi, who’s developing a Korean dining establishment for Park MGM this year, has actually teamed with Ken’s Foods– makers of popular salad dressings, barbecue sauces and more– to launch a line of Kogi sauces stemmed from his Kogi BBQ food truck.
Choi runs several L.A. restaurants now but his initial mobile dining idea serves a Mexican-Korean hybrid food known for huge, strong flavors. He stated he wasn’t worried about keeping that track record with his brand-new sauce cooperation. “The factor I’m not worried is what’s in the bottle. These flavors are real to Kogi,” Choi said.
There were lots of smaller sized providers at the exposition, consisting of first timers Charlito’s Cocina, a store charcuterie manufacturer from Long Island, New York City that has actually recently expanded its production capacity. “We usually do the specialized food shows so this is quite huge for us,” stated meatmaker Ben Parker, providing samples of salami picante and dry-cured black truffle sausage.
The pizza market is prospering and diversifying, so there wasn’t one clearly dominant trend discussed at this year’s expo, nevertheless gluten-free foodstuff are a hot topic throughout the food and beverage market and specifically in the pizza universe.
The production side of the market has actually made vast improvement in regards to gluten-free item certification however the service and dining establishment industry is in need of additional education, according to Lindsey Yeakle, quality control supervisor and food security professional with the Gluten Intolerance Group. The not-for-profit organization was formed more than 40 years back and is accountable for that little “GF” circle logo seen on lots of gluten-free food products– that’s the symbol of the group’s accreditation.
” Manufacturers have a better understanding of how technical things have to remain in their world so they’re moving in a better instructions,” Yeakle stated. “But the food service market still says and does things based upon insufficient understanding, making claims without comprehending entirely how to keep things safe.”
GIG started its certification program about 9 years earlier, when there was an obvious rise in restaurants and pizzerias putting gluten-free meals on menus. “I think everyone is a pizza fan,” Yeakle stated. “Discovering that best gluten-free pizza crust is hard since when you take the gluten away, that’s what pizza is. It’s challenging.”
Just a couple of rates away at the Antico Molina Caputo Flour booth, local pizza maker Vincent Rotolo of downtown’s Excellent Pie was cooking up a gluten-free Detroit-style pizza with a thick yet light and spongy crust and crispy cheese baked into the edge. Quite paradoxically, it was scrumptious.