When they hear the word “catering,” most people think of the last buffet they went through at a wedding or conference, or picking hors d’oeuvres off of a tray at a recent party. However, there are many other types of foodservice operations that fall under the domain of “catering.” If you are thinking of starting a catering company or expanding an existing one, learn about the pros and cons of different types of catering operations to determine what is right for you.
Pizza shops go through a lot of dough throughout an average day. This dough starts out as a large 50 to 60 pound blob that is cut and formed into smaller pizza dough balls. The dough balls can be formed either by hand or by machine, depending on the pizza shop’s output. Large scale pizzerias will most likely use a machine, but small shops or those that want to advertise handmade dough will want to form the pizza dough balls by hand.
Whoever decided the world has four corners is wrong. Earth is flawlessly round, just like a piping hot pizza straight from the oven. I like to think of Earth's regions as slices, and each slice of the globe has taken traditional pizza recipes and methods and adapted them to their specific tastes. In the U.S., there are four distinct pizza styles that are regularly enjoyed.
The best-kept secret in town could stay that way forever if the right precautions aren't taken when finding a location. Intense preparation, exciting menu items and unbeatable service can all prove defenseless when you've settled in a part of town that just doesn't bring the traffic. Whether moving to a new building or starting up in an established location, educating yourself on the area's demographics, real estate value and local competition could be the difference between a short-lived stay or a profitable residence.
The pop-up is a great business model for chefs of all experience levels. Seasoned chefs can use them as a means to to experiment with new menus or an overall restaurant concept. Newly minted chefs have found success using pop-up restaurants as a creative way to generate buzz and to get their names out there. They can stay open for one night, a weekend or an entire month in some cases.