In the Kitchen

Calgary – Dry-aged beef is a growing trend in Calgary, but you may want to rely on experienced butchers if you'd like a taste, a Calgary food columnist says. CBC reports. | READ MORE
Did you know that women aged 19 to 49 require more than twice as much iron in their daily diet as men? And while you may already be eating foods with iron, depending on what you’re eating with them, your body may not be absorbing much of it. There are two kinds of iron: heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron, found in meat, fish, and poultry, is well absorbed by the body. Non-heme iron, found in beans, lentils, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and eggs, is not as well absorbed by the body.  
Cambridge, MA – Researchers from MIT’s Tangible Media Group have created flat sheets of gelatin and starch that, when submerged in water, instantly sprout into three-dimensional structures, including common pasta shapes such as macaroni and rotini. The innovation could save on shipping costs. MIT News reports. | READ MORE
Pizza chefs seem to have an endless appetite for finding ways to improve their crust. Ancient grains are getting a lot of attention in the baking world these days, and including them in your pizza crust may be one way to make your pizza rise above the crowd and appeal to customers with adventurous palates and a keen interest in nutrition.
Portland, OR – Inspired by the 2014 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which features a 99-cheese pizza called the “Novantanove Formaggio," Scottie's Pizza Parlour in Portland, Ore., has created a pizza using a total of 101 different cheese varieties. The Independent reports. | READ MORE
Canada – Red Sun Farms of Dublin, Va., has an exclusive license on an organic grape tomato called Terneto in Canada. HortiDaily reports. | READ MORE
San Francisco, CA – These 17 bright and beautiful pizza recipes from food blog Brit + Co are al fresco-approved, seasonal and ready to be plopped onto your plate. | READ MORE
This recipe appears courtesy of Robyn Gleason, @simplyfreshdinners, and was developed for Chickapea Pasta.
This vegan, gluten-free winter pizza showcases butternut squash roasted along with a head of garlic and processed until it turns into a smooth, creamy sauce. One Green Planet has the recipe. | READ MORE
Here is a white pizza recipe featuring shiitake mushrooms from The Tiffin Box, courtesy Mushrooms Canada. | READ MORE
This pasta recipe, featuring pine nuts and farfalle pasta, appears courtesy of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario.
Toronto – If you're looking to add a fruit or dessert to your menu, check out this innovative recipe, which comes courtesy of 2013 Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year Rocco Agostino of Pizzeria Libretto in Toronto in co-operation with the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.
My conversation with Rodolfo Santo begins with a description of limoncello that is almost a love letter. The version of the drink he loves is a specialty of the Amalfi Coast in Italy, says Santo, who was born in nearby Naples. “The lemons there are bigger and sweeter. If you are driving along the coast and look down, you’ll see a hillside of lemons covered with black nets for harvesting,” he says.
Food smoking is an artful way to add flavour and it’s not just for protein anymore. Learn how your pizzeria can tap into this hot trend.
Las Vegas – Justin Wadstein of Pizza My Heart in Los Gatos, Calif., went home the World Pizza Games masters champ after wowing judges and an enthusiastic audience with his acrobatics at Pizza Expo on March 29. Wadstein narrowly edged out this year's champion, Scott Volpe of Fiamme Pizza Napoletana in Tuscon, Ariz.
Simcoe, Ont. – "Real" sourdough is relatively easy to make, maintain and work with, writes chef Alan Dumonceaux. Find out how in the latest issue of our sister magazine Bakers Journal. | READ MORE
Toronto – Chef Paolo Cacciani of Rome shares pasta-making tips at Centitalia, a food forum recently hosted by the ICCO and Centennial College's Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts program in Toronto.
Are your customers tired of the same old vegetable toppings on your menu? Maybe they are asking for something new or a variation of something old? Perhaps they’d like something with a bit more flavour?
Here are the answers to Michelle Brisebois' Marketing Insights trivia:
Las Vegas, NV – Hobart has announced it will give away a custom-painted Legacy HL662 Pizza Mixer valued at $20,000 during the 2017 International Pizza Expo next week in Las Vegas.
Spicing up pizza toppings with ethnic influences was a noticeable trend from ingredient exhibitors at this year’s Canadian Pizza Show, but it was simplicity that won over the judges in the Canadian Pizza magazine Chef of the Year competition, which saw a repeat champion showcasing a very modern-world pie.
I’ve had the honour and privilege of judging for the International Pizza Challenge and finals at the annual Pizza Expo in Las Vegas, and I’ve also judged in Italy and France.  I’m often asked about how a pizza is evaluated. While most competitions have their own distinct rules, after years of experience, I’ve incorporated my own methods into the guidelines for each event.
Charlottetown – An entrepreneur in Prince Edward Island has developed a fry-cutting machine that can cut 23 kilograms, or 50 pounds, of potatoes in less than a minute. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Salinas, CA – California oven manufacturer Forno Bravo has updated the Intertek certification in Canada of its wood- and gas-burning commercial pizza ovens and wood-burning residential pizza ovens.

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