NAPICS News

October 1, 2014 | It's Back: The Nation's Largest Combined Pizza and Ice Cream Show 

February 15-16, 2015
Greater Columbus Convention Center | Columbus, Ohio

Exhibits: Larger than the average distributor show, yet conveniently smaller than huge national events, NAPICS’ size makes for easy browsing of the latest industry products and services.

Educational Sessions: Our ever-robust education platform is laser-focused on issues important to operators: marketing, operations, profitability and creativity.

Registration: Grab a deal when you register before February 11, 2015, for just $39 per person! CLICK HERE to register or call 740-524-4123.


February 11, 2014 | Thank You For Making NAPICS ‘14 A Success!

Thanks to you, our valued attendees, NAPICS 2014 was a memorable success. You, along with thousands of your foodservice peers, walked our show floor aisles seeing, tasting and touching the latest wares, foods and beverages from over 175 exhibiting companies.

With the insights you provided us through last year’s attendee survey, we were able to pack even more dynamic programming designed into this year’s program. Workshops and seminars Sunday and Monday attracted nearly 800 attendees to learn more about marketing and managing their businesses and maximizing revenue.

Another powerhouse Pizza Pizzazz competition
Big props to this year’s crop of pizza makers who outlasted more than 125 bakers to win the 2014 Pizza Pizzazz competition. The first place recipient in each competition received a cash prize of $6,000. The second place recipients received $1,000 and third place winners pocketed $500 for their culinary talents.

Garnering first place in the gourmet competition was Jordan Henson, Gatti's Pizza, located in Portsmouth, Ohio, who delighted judges with her submission of the Italian Sub pizza. Cindy Hamlin, of Capone's Pizzeria in Parma, Ohio, secured second place with her submission of Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza. Third place honors went to Valley City, Ohio’s Jason Samosky of Samosky's Homestyle Pizzeria, who submitted the Spinachi pizza.

In the traditional competition, this year’s winner was Shawn Dugan, Shorty's Pizzeria, located in Parkersburg, West Virginia, with his submission of the Manzo pizza. Jason Hague of Bada Bing! Pizzeria in Springfield, Ohio, captured second place for his Goombah pizza. Taking home third place honors was Cindy Hamlin of Capone's Pizzeria in Parma, Ohio, who won over judges with her submission of the Classic pizza.

On to next year …
We’re already excited about and planning for NAPICS 2015. So save the dates now – February 15-16, 2015. We’ll see you then!


January 28, 2014 | Seminars, show floor and prizes—yes prizes—at NAPICS ’14!

It’s not often you can get some really cool stuff for just showing up, but you can at NAPICS ’14. On top of access to more than 20 seminars and a show floor with nearly 200 exhibitors, you have the chance to win iPads, cash and a Bose Bluetooth Mobile speaker just for coming. Yeah, it’s that easy. But you’ve got to be there to have a shot.

Here’s what will be given away and when:

Sunday, February 9
• 12 p.m.: iPad drawing
• 3:15 p.m.: Bose Bluetooth Mobile speaker drawing
• 4:30 p.m.: $250 cash drawing
• 5:30 p.m.: iPad mini drawing at the NAPICS Happy Hour (must be present to win)

Monday, February 10
• 12 p.m.: iPad mini drawing
• 3:15 p.m.: $250 cash drawing

Did you see the mention of NAPICS Happy Hour? Last year’s party was packed, and we’re sure it’s destined for a repeat. It runs from 5-6 p.m. directly outside exhibit hall. Drinks, snacks and networking with your NAPICS pals: it’s a great way to relax after the show or get warmed up for a night out on the town.

Interested? Then click here to register for the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show. Do so before Feb. 5 to get the bargain price of $39 ($20 off admission at the door).

Need a place to stay? The Hyatt Regency still has a few rooms available. Click here to reserve yours, or call the hotel directly at 800-233-1234, and mention group code G-PEPR.


January 15, 2014 | Pizza Pizzazz 2014: No Luck. All Skills. Cash Prize. Big Thrills.

Winning at craps, Keno and roulette takes luck—far more than most people ever have.

Winning Pizza Pizzazz… that takes skill and lots of it. You’ve got to make the best pizza and perform against significant competition to do the same.

We don’t just hand out $6,000 in first-place cash to anyone who shows up. Only two competitors whose pizzas are good enough to earn the title of "Best of the Midwest" grab that dandy chunk of change. (Second and third place win $1,000 and $500, respectively.)

So, we’ve got to ask, are you feeling lucky, pizza maker? Or, are you feeling confident your pizza is a winner? It takes 30 judges to determine that outcome, and, trust us, there’s no check box for luck on their score sheets.

Repeat winners will tell you Pizza Pizzazz is no game of chance. That’s why they come prepared to win.

Click here to sign up now for this year’s Pizza Pizzazz. Your contest registration fee grants you automatic entry to both days of the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show. That puts you in the running for lots of cool prizes like free iPads, which, if you win one of those, is a stroke of luck!


January 8, 2014 | The NAPICS ’14 Exhibit Hall: See It to Believe It!

Shopping is fun for some, but few like it when transactions add up to thousands of dollars for equipment or bulk buys of paper supplies.

We promise to make that task much easier.

The exhibit hall at the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show (NAPICS) is your one-stop shop for everything you need to operate a pizzeria or an ice cream store. More than 200 exhibitors will offer and demonstrate their wares at the Columbus Convention Center from February 9-10, giving you the chance to touch, taste and try for yourself any piece of equipment, food or packaging your business could ever need. (Here’s this year’s exhibitor list.)

Past attendees say it takes a day to take in all NAPICS has to offer, so many stay Sunday night in Columbus and return Monday for to ask questions of exhibitors, consider purchases and get great show-only discounts.

Click here and register before February 5 to get the early bird registration price of $39. Hardly a better bargain for access to the nation’s largest pizza and ice cream tradeshow!


December 12, 2013 | Maximize your NAPICS ’14 Experience and Spend the Night

If you were really fast, you probably could cover the entire NAPICS ’14 exhibit hall in a single day’s time. But if you move that quickly, you’d miss:

  • All 30 seminars
  • The chance to linger and ask exhibitors follow-up questions
  • The opportunity to make new contacts and friends
  • NAPICS’ Happy Hour on Sunday
  • Columbus’s incredible restaurant and bar scene
  • And the chance to do it all again Monday

The key to maximizing your NAPICS ’14 experience is attending both days (Feb. 9-10, Sunday and Monday) and spending Sunday night in either of our two partner hotels, the Hyatt Regency or the Crowne Plaza. Both are just minutes’ walking distance from the Columbus Convention Center and connected to a warm indoor tunnel at that.

Get a room reserved before February 1, 2014 to enjoy special NAPICS ’14 pricing. Here are the details:

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (800) 233-1234
Fax: (614) 280-3034
When making reservations, reference Group Code: G-PEPR.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Downtown Columbus
33 Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 800-338-4462
Fax: 614-461-5828
When making reservations, reference Group Code: NAP.

If you haven’t registered for NAPICS ’14 already, do so and get the $39 pre-event price by registering online by clicking here.


December 1, 2013 | You Can't Register too Early for Pizza Pizzazz
Are you thinking about it? Registering for the Midwest’s largest and best pizza competition, Pizza Pizzazz? Put it on your calendar: February 9 and 10, 2014.

If you’re not, you should be. Because you can bet last year’s champions and nearly every champion before them are thinking about the contest … the $15,000 in cash … the prestige of telling the world their pizza’s the Best of the Midwest … the pride that comes with it all. They know the stakes, and they know they must be prepared.

Again, if you’re not thinking about it, you should be. Because you might have the winning idea, something already on your menu, a proven pizza your customers like—one our judges may like.
Nothing stopping you. Go ahead and register now. And start practicing. You could win a lot of money. Last year, both winners came from the same shop!

And you can bet they’ll be back. In 2014.

Click here to learn more. Register for Pizza Pizzazz, and you’re automatically registered for NAPICS ’14. See that? Just registering saves you money and puts you ahead.
 


August 30, 2013 | NAPICS Registration is Open!
This year's show is scheduled for Feb. 9-10 (Sunday-Monday) at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Not only is that an easy drive for most operators in Ohio and its five contiguous states, it's a highly affordable destination.

So block out on your calendar now, and we'll see you in February!

NAPICS ‘14
February 9-10, 2014
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio

Register today!


February 20, 2013 | Thank You for Making NAPICS 2013 A Success!
Thanks to you, our valued attendees, NAPICS 2013 was a memorable success. You, along with some thousands of your foodservice peers, walked our show floor aisles seeing, tasting and touching the latest wares, foods and beverages from over 175 exhibiting companies.

With the insights you provided us through last year’s attendee survey, we were able to pack even more dynamic programming designed into this year’s program. Demonstrations and seminars Sunday and Monday attracted nearly 900 attendees to learn more about marketing and managing their businesses and maximizing revenue.

Another powerhouse Pizza Pizzazz competition
Big props to this year’s crop of pizza makers who outlasted more than 115 bakers to win the 2013 Pizza Pizzazz competition. The first place recipient in each competition received a cash prize of $6,000. The second place recipients received $1,000 and third place winners pocketed $500 for their culinary talents.

Garnering first place in the gourmet competition was Brad Corbin, Sloopy’s Sports Café, located in Lakeside, Ohio who delighted judges with his submission of the Page’s Delight. Lisa Earley, of Enzo’s Pizza Company in Durham, North Carolina, secured second place with her submission of Tres Amigos pizza. Third place honors went to Ontario, Ohio’s Ron Erich of Warrior Pizza and Ice Cream, who submitted the Zesty Chicken Strip pizza.

In the traditional competition, this year’s winner was Craig Jenkins, Romeo’s Pizza, located in Brunswick, Ohio, with his submission of the Butcher Shop pizza. Michael LaMarca of Master Pizza, in Mayfield Hts., Ohio, captured second place for his Pepperoni Passion pizza. Taking home third place honors was Frank Baird, of Chardon Ohio’s Franco’s Pizza, who won over judges with his submission of the Sausage Supreme pizza.

On to next year …
We’re already excited about and planning for NAPICS 2014. So save the dates now – February 9-10, 2014. We’ll see you then!