When starting a business, there's always Competition. People competing for the dollar you are also trying to get. This is something that I know very little about, seeing as I have yet to really compete in any market. That's all about to change as of January 29th, 2012. This date marks the annual Pizza Pizzazz competition, part of a larger pizza trade show called NAPICS (North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show) taking place at the Columbus Convention Center, and it has me all aflutter these past few days. Pizza makers from all over the country gather together for their piece of $15,000 in prize money and a lifetime of bragging rights. You make one 14"-16"pizza in either the "traditional" or "gourmet" category for a panel of judges, and the top six make two of that same pizza again later that day. The top three in each category get $6,000, $1,000 and $500 for first, second and third, respectively.
The Pizza Pizzazz competiton is open to anyone with a pizza menu, a tax ID number and the $100 entry fee. I soon found out that you can get a menu and a tax ID number in a matter of hours, as I was registering for the event the last day of open registration and had neither. This required a bit of internet investigation and a bunch of made up stuff. The tax ID number was fairly simple, though I was sure it would be the bane of my application. It took about 10 minutes to achieve success (who knew?) and GoreMade pizza is now the proud owner of a shiny new TAX ID NUMBER! The menu was easy enough as well, seeing as I'm a graphic designer by trade. And thanks to a slow day here at work, I was able to whip one up in an hour or so while on the clock! It was the stuff of stars aligning, I tell ya!
Along with the formalities, there's also the task of picking a pizza to enter into a competition. Knowing nothing about what has shown true in the past, I went with a slightly exotic pizza without breaching the realm of simplicity. I won't tell you the toppings (can't give away my secrets before the show), but I will tell you that the name of the pizza (which I made up on the spot when I came to the field on the application that asked for it) is Pirate's Booty.
Since signing up for the competition, I've realized that I should have some GoreMade Pizza swag, including shirts to wear on the competition floor and business cards for all those doting over me after i take first place ;) I'm trying to do everything locally, and have found I can meet both of those needs without leaving clintonville! HURRAY FOR LOCAL!
Traxler Tees, just a few doors south of Studio 35 on Indianola, got me a great deal on a dozen shirts, and a printer a few blocks from my house got me a less than great deal on 1,000 business cards. Zach, owner/operator of Traxler Tees was a truly stand-up dude! If you need any screen printing, this is your guy, hands down. He had a plethora of information and was more than willing to share it with me. Indeed, we will do business together again some day!
So it appears that I now have all my ducks in a row, and will try and make the competition pizza a few times between now and the 29th to get it polished. If you're at pizza sunday this weekend, you'll be able to try this lovely pizza for yourself (except for brian who can't eat seafood... sorry brian).
I'll post about the experience once it's all said and done, so be looking for that! Wish me luck!
(sorry no pictures this time!)
Nick Gore was a corporate peon by day who just made the leap to full time pizza geek. Follow his path to world class Pizzaiolo right here on the GoreMade Pizza blog. Also, check out the facebook page.