Pizza Today - June 2024 - 36

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Launching a Pizza-Making Class
Operators are bringing the classroom into the pizzerias for their patrons
BY DENISE GREER
Y
ou've probably heard
of, or participated in,
one of the notable
pizza-making courses
around the country and world that
breaks down how to make almost
any style of pizza imaginable over the
course of a few days, week or even
month. But did you know you can host
your own pizza-making classes at your
pizzeria? Theses classes aren't targeted
to aspiring pizza chefs and industry
pros. Instead, pizza-making classes
are being directed at customers, pizza
enthusiasts and at home pizza chefs.
It's an idea that is growing in interest
in the pizzeria community. According
to our 2024 Pizza Industry Trends
Report, 10 percent of pizzerias offer
fee-based classes and special events as
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additional revenue streams.
Luke Salvatore, co-owner of
Providence Pizza in Kansas City,
Missouri, has launched his first pizzamaking
class and the decision was
twofold. " I am adding classes due to
demand and personal desire to teach. "
Salvatore studied at Tony Gemignani's
former School of Pizza. " That gave me
at least a foundation for what we could
do, " he says.
But instead of focusing on industry
pizzaioli, Salvatore is focusing on the
home pizza cooks. " Due to the availability
of pizza ovens, there is less of
a difference between the home and
professional chef than there was previously, "
he says.
He didn't just jump into the endeavor.
He has worked to get everything
in order and build a strong program.
" For me, it's just having a curriculum
and a plan, so as to offer people the
most value for their time and money, "
he says.
Evan Eriksen added pizza-making
classes to his revenue streams
this year. " We charge $37.50 at the
moment for a personal hands-on class, "
he says. " We do this during non-business
hours. Originally would do this
on our day off, but now do it Saturday
before we open. We wanted to price to
be a fair and welcoming number. I feel
places are price gauging others now
and want no part of that.
" Everyone and anyone is invited
to attend the pizza making class, " he
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