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Expo Spotlight

BILL OAKLEY

James Beard Award
Winning Author and
Restaurateur Ken Forkish
is Coming to Pizza Expo!
Photo by Alan Weiner

A

fter a 20-year career in the
tech industry, Ken Forkish
decided to leave the corporate
world and become a baker. He relocated
to Portland, Oregon, and opened Ken's
Artisan Bakery in 2001, followed by
Ken's Artisan Pizza in 2006. He authored
his first book, Flour Water Salt Yeast:
The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and
Pizza in 2012, which won prestigious
awards from James Beard and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. His second book, The Elements
of Pizza is a cookbook for anyone who
loves pizza-particularly pizza aficionados who have a real appreciation for the
crust. He also owns Checkerboard Pizza,
a New York-style pizza and slice shop.
Ken's Artisan Pizza, grossing more
than $1.5 million annually, began as an
offshoot of the bakery that is located just
a few blocks away. His chef and business
partner, Alan Maniscalco, started making
pizzas out of the bread oven on Monday
nights. They called it 'Monday Night
Pizza' and it's still going on at the bakery.
It went over so well that they decided to
open a pizzeria.
With just 60 seats and an extra

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16 outside, Ken's has become a destination for locals and tourists. Much of its
success is a result of a high-temperature
pizza oven, which is a focal point of the
restaurant design and experience. The
800 F oven can bake four to six 12-inch
pizzas at a time in two minutes-upwards of 60 an hour. Pizza sales accounts
for 40 to 50 percent of their total revenue
each day.
The menu is inspired by the pizza Ken
enjoyed during visits to Italy and Europe.
Baked in the intense heat of wood-fired
oven, his pizzas feature blistered crusts
and are topped with the finest ingredients he can source. In addition to great
pizza, Ken's offer a variety of fresh salads
and starters featuring local, seasonal
produce delivered by a network of local
farmers. The restaurant also offers four
beers on tap, and a 100-bottle wine list
featuring local wines.
All dough, signature sauce and deserts
are made in-house, and even the sausage
is ground on premise. Ken's typically
employs around 20 people, and most of
the kitchen staff is cross-trained on at
least two of the three stations. With so
much being done in-house, keeping a

handle on food and labor costs is imperative.
Operating in a "foodie" town is challenging. There's pressure to keep up not
only in the pizza industry but against
other restaurant concepts that seem to be
opening on a weekly basis in Portland.
Ken will bring to his keynote an undeniable passion for pizza and baking, knowledge of the craft and tales of his successes.
I like to think that attending Pizza
Expo will be one of, if not the best,
investments of time and money that you'll
make. The bottom line is there's always
something new at Pizza Expo that can
improve your restaurant. As always, our
commitment to you, our partners, is to
produce the biggest and best show ever!
Remember, attending Pizza Expo is
a tax-deductible working vacation. For
more information on attending International Pizza Expo 2020, call
(800) 489-8324 or visit PizzaExpo.com
It's all pizza and it's all for YOU!
Kind regards,
Bill Oakley
Group Show Director
Photo By Suech and Beck


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Pizza Today - December 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - December 2019

Pizza Today - December 2019
Commentary
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Meet the Makers
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead to Know
Destinations
Pos System Training
Rad Appetizers
Baby Boomer Employees
2020 Menu Guide
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthly Tip
Pizza Today - December 2019 - CT1
Pizza Today - December 2019 - CT2
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Pizza Today - December 2019
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Cover2
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Commentary
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 4
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 5
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 6
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 7
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Contributors
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 9
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Expo Spotlight
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 11
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Meet the Makers
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 13
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Conversation
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 15
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Man on the Street
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 17
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Tony’s Trending Recipe
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 19
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Knead to Know
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 21
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 22
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 23
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Destinations
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 25
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Pos System Training
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - 28
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 29
Pizza Today - December 2019 - Rad Appetizers
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - Baby Boomer Employees
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 35
Pizza Today - December 2019 - 2020 Menu Guide
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - Product Showcase
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Pizza Today - December 2019 - Pizza Today Yellow Pages
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