October is National Pizza Month!

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National Pizza Month

October is National Pizza Month!  Pizza is the perfect food to enjoy with friends andfamily!  It’s a food that is made to eat with others and because of this, it is perfect for group events or celebrations.  It’s a food that brings delight and excitement to events and outings.  So, if you own a Family Entertainment Center, then focus on bringing that delight and excitement for your patrons to your establishment during the month of October.

Below are some suggestions on how you can promote National Pizza Month in your Entertainment Center establishment.

  • Bowl a perfect game and get a free pizza
  • Buy one pizza and get the second one half off
  • Offer family packages that include pizza
  • Promote family fun nights and offer pizza discounts
  • Offer special packages for birthday parties and team building events that include pizza
  • If you survive a round of laser tag without getting tagged once, then you get a free slice of pizza
  • Set up a station to let patrons make their own pizza
  • Have a raffle where the winner wins a pizza party
  • If you get 5 hole-in-ones, you get a free slice of pizza

These are just a few suggestions. There are all kind of fun of ways you can promote pizza during National Pizza Month and throughout the year!

If your Family Entertainment Center doesn’t offer pizza, then it’s definitely something you should consider.  It’s economical, easy, and everyone loves pizza! Lengthen your patron visit and overall enjoyment with Perky’s Pizza.  Perky’s Pizza has been providing establishments with great quality pizzas for over 26 years.  Perky’s offers quality products and flexible programs to fit many different needs.

Pizza is a great way to bring in both new and returning patrons – so celebrate National Pizza Month!  It provides many extra options to tie in with promotional offerings and combos across your entertainment facility.  If you are looking for a way to incorporate pizza into your Family Entertainment Center, then contact Perky’s Pizza today for more information!

September is National Food Safety Month

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Did you know that September is National Food Safety Month?  If you do not currently have a food safety program in place, then it is important that you implement one if you are in the foodservice business.  Not only will implementing a food safety program protect your establishment and employees, but it will also protect your patrons and keep them coming back.

Implementing a food safety program should be one of the top priorities in the foodservice industry.  It may take a little time and effort; however, in the end it will be well worth it.  The National Restaurant Association estimates that the foodservice industry serves 130 million people on a typical day in the United States (Source: Food Safety News).  Keeping that in mind, here are some facts to think about related to food safety

  • “Nearly 61 percent (241,300) of all injury and illness cases reported in the ‘leisure and hospitality’ category occurred in food service and drinking establishments” (Source: Work Safe).
  • “Nearly four out of 100 full-time workers in food service and drinking establishments report experiencing a work-related injury or illness” (Source: Work Safe).

Don’t wait to implement a food safety program. Just one case of food poisoning or a health violation can seriously damage a restaurant’s reputation.  If you own an Entertainment Facility that serves food, then this also applies to you. (deleted last sentence here)

Perky’s Pizza Chef and Director of Operations, Bill Sweet, has identified some of the most important safety protocols that your restaurant staff should keep in mind.

  • Proper Hand Washing – When handling food it’s important to wash your hands frequently.  Make sure to use clean, warm, running water, and soap.  Scrub hands with soap for 20 seconds (about the length of time to sing the ABC Song).
  • Storage Temperatures – Make sure all refrigeration in your location is set to a temperature of 36° +/- 2° and your freezers are at a temperature of 0° +/- 10°.
  • Cooked Internal Product Temperature – Ensure internal product temperatures of cooked items are no less than 165°.
  • Serving Temperatures – When serving food, it’s important to maintain a minimum of 155° at the time of service to the customer.

Below are some links to help ensure you’re following food safety guidelines.  This information will help you put together a food safety program for your establishment.

Food Safety Checklist Resources:

Safe Food Handling

Basics for Handling Food Safely

Consumer Food Safety Education Conference 2014

As an establishment that serves food, it’s your responsibility to keep your employees and patrons safe.  Take time to set up a food safety program and make sure your employees understand the importance of maintaining food safety.   Your employees represent your business – make sure they know how to leave a positive lasting impression on your patrons.

Five Reasons Your FEC Should Be Serving Pizza

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products_pizzaYou’re a busy Family Entertainment Center (FEC) manager or owner looking for affordable ways to please your patrons, right?  Pizza may just be the best thing you could do for your FEC.  Why?  Here are five great reasons:

  1. It’s a Favorite Food. It makes sense to start with the obvious.  Almost everyone loves pizza, and it’s a versatile offering. You can serve cheese only, meat toppings, veggie toppings or specialty pizzas for an upscale selection. When it comes to pizza there is an option to please practically every customer and it can be shared.  Fun facts: 350 slices are eaten per second and 3 billion pizzas are sold in the US each year (source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/pizza-statistics/)
  2. It’s an Additional Revenue Stream.  Profit margins on pizza are significantly higher than most other quick foodservice options. According to White Hutchinson Leisure Learning Group, “A significant percentage of income also comes from food and beverages, birthday parties and other celebrations.” (source:http://www.whitehutchinson.com/leisure/familyctr.shtml).  What party is complete without pizza?It will also help to create repeat customers because your FEC will become a one-stop shop for family fun!
  3. It Makes Patrons Stay Longer. Having great food onsite leads to impulse purchases.  When you serve food, people don’t have to leave the fun because they are hungry! That means you win through sales of food and beverage plus additional sales of games played during the increased length of stay.
  4. It’s a low-cost Investment.  The cost to invest in getting set up with Perky’s Pizza is low and rewarding.  If you do need assistance, Perky’s Pizza has teamed up with several lenders to provide leasing and financing opportunities.  We want you to succeed and will do what we can to make that happen!
  5. It’s a Convenient Option.  Perky’s Pizza provides menu planning, compact equipment packages and training options to fit the needs of your location.  We take the hassle out of pizza making so that you can be more productive. Our systems are designed to be efficient and consistent!

If you own a Family Entertainment Center and you’re looking to expand offerings to your patrons, then Perky’s Pizza has what you need!  We offer quality products to fit your budget.  Contact us today to learn more!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Pizza Included!

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Have you tried adding a specialty pizza into your regular pizza mix lately? Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! What a fun way to celebrate and host a Mexican style fiesta in your entertainment facility!  Try a Mexican Pizza recipe complete with all the Mexican favorites: Cheeses, Jalapeños etc., for a fun promotional offering.

Rather than just a couple of food specials, deck out your entertainment center or facility with fun Mexican décor and party items such as piñatas, colorful lights, flags, hats and maracas! Play some Mexican music for your guests and maybe even make room for some dancing.  Along with your Mexican pizza special, try some fancy nacho specials, jalapeño poppers and if you have alcohol: Margarita and Mexican beer specials.  Plan some fun games to incorporate into your event as well.  Here are some game ideas from punchbowl.com

http://www.punchbowl.com/p/cinco-de-mayo-activities-for-your-party

In the US part of the Cinco de Mayo holiday festivities serve to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.  The original date of May 5th, 1862 commemorates the Mexican army‘s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in Mexico. All of your customers are sure to have fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo if you plan great activities around the special day.

Large Mexican Pizza

Ingredients:

1 Large 12” Par Baked Pizza Crust
Pam Cooking Spray
Pizza Sauce
Pizza Cheese
Mexican Style Seasoning
Beef Taco Meat- cooked previously
Shredded Lettuce
Chopped Onions
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chopped Tomatoes
Sliced Jalapeños
Sliced Avocado

  • Use a large, store bought, 12 oz. Par-Baked Pizza Crust
  • Remove Pizza Crust from packaging
  • Lightly spray bottom of crust with Pam Cooking Spray
  • Brush Outside of crust with Garlic butter
  • Apply pizza sauce from center outward using a 3 oz. spoodle
  • Maintain a ½” to ¾” edge free of sauce
  • Cover the sauce with pizza cheese
  • Season pizza with Mexican Type Seasoning
  • Top pizza with 3 oz. of pre-cooked Beef Taco filling
  • Place 1 oz. of chopped onion on the pizza
  • Apply 1 oz. of cheddar cheese shreds to the pizza
  • Bake pizza completely in your pizza oven
  • Cut pizza and apply lettuce and chopped tomatoes to the top of pizza
  • If desired add jalapeño or avocado slices
  • Serve with Salsa, guacamole or sour cream and enjoy!

 

23 Years of IAAPA Attractions Expo

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Perky’s Pizza is excited about our 23rd year attending the IAAPA Attractions Expo.  We decided to chart those years out and share it with you on this handy infographic.  Share with your IAAPA friends, and be sure to stop by booth 100 to say “hi” to the Perky’s Pizza crew!

If you are seriously considering adding foodservice to your operation, we encourage you to contact us today to book your FREE, 30-minute consultation at the IAAPA Attractions Expo with Perky’s Pizza Executive Chef Bill Sweet.  Just call our corporate office today at 800-473-7597.  When you get to the show, be sure you bring the following to make the most of your time with Bill:

  • If you have an existing location, bring your menu and current layout for review.
  • If you are re-modeling, bring your design plans and menu.
  • If you are building a location, bring your design plans and menu ideas.
  • Most of all, bring your ideas, dreams and thoughts.
  • In return, you will get experienced, real-world feedback.

IAAPA Attractions Expo

Foodservice in Amusement Parks – It’s Big Business

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Regardless the size of your amusement park or family entertainment center, foodservice can enhance profits for your business.  According to the 2012 report, “Amusement Park Foodservice Trends in the U.S.,” U.S. amusement parks’ foodservice revenues were projected to reach $2.9 billion.  Not a bad way to improve your overall revenue!

According to the 2012 report, more and more consumers are visiting regional parks and entertainment centers instead of “destination amusement parks.”  This is primarily due to the economic concerns consumers have been facing over the past few years.  With this move away from “destination” amusement parks, regional parks and family entertainment centers are seeing more traffic and opportunities to engage with guests.  Adding a quality pizza offering is a great way to enhance your profits!  After all, people are wild about pizza.

If you are seriously considering adding foodservice to your operation, we encourage you to contact us today to book your FREE, 30-minute consultation at the IAAPA Attractions Expo with Perky’s Pizza Executive Chef Bill Sweet.  Just call our corporate office today at 800-473-7597.  When you get to the show, be sure you bring the following to make the most of your time with Bill:

  • If you have an existing location, bring your menu and current layout for review.
  • If you are re-modeling, bring your design plans and menu.
  • If you are building a location, bring your design plans and menu ideas.
  • Most of all, bring your ideas, dreams and thoughts.
  • In return, you will get experienced, real-world feedback.

Even if you aren’t ready to meet with Bill, please drop by booth 100 to learn more about getting a bigger slice of the foodservice-in-amusement-centers pie with the Perky’s Pizza program!

October is National Pizza Month

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Did you know that October is National Pizza Month? What a great way to spend the month of October – thinking about pizza and how you can incorporate it into your existing business!  If you are looking for ways to increase length of patron stay and enhance your profits, adding a turnkey pizza offering is a great way to do it!

What makes pizza a great option for your guests?  People love pizza!  According to Statistic Brain:

  • 93% of Americans eat at least one piece of pizza per month
  • 350 slices of pizza are eaten every second
  • 5 billion pizzas are sold world wide each year

So take this month to ponder the power of pizza and the impact it can have on your existing business.  Then, in November, drop by booth 100 at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando to learn more about how Perky’s Pizza can help your organization!  Better yet – schedule your free 30-minute consultation with Executive Chef Bill Sweet by calling our corporate office today at 800-473-7597.

Here’s what to bring for review during your consultation at the IAAPA Attractions Expo with Bill:

  • If you have an existing location, bring your menu and current layout for review.
  • If you are re-modeling, bring your design plans and menu.
  • If you are building a location, bring your design plans and menu ideas.
  • Most of all, bring your ideas, dreams and thoughts.
  • In return, you will get experienced, real-world feedback.

Enjoy the rest of National Pizza Month.  If you don’t want to wait until November to get started with Perky’s Pizza, you can request more information today.

Schedule Your Consultation with Executive Chef Bill Sweet at IAAPA Attractions Expo

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Perky’s Pizza is counting down the days to the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida!  This year marks our 23rd year of attendance, and it’s an event we look forward to every year.  Will we see you at the show November 19-22nd?

If you are attending the IAAPA Attractions Expo and are ready to really get serious about adding pizza to your existing business, we are offering free, 30-minute foodservice consultation sessions from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm daily, Tuesday – Friday, at the show. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with our Executive Chef and Director of Operations and Training, Bill Sweet.  Bill has over 36 years of foodservice experience. He has opened and trained more than 200+ Family Entertainment based locations, ranging from 15 square feet to over 12,000 square feet.

Schedule your FREE consultation with Bill by calling our corporate office at 800-473-7597.  Remember to bring the following items with you to make the most of your time with Bill:

  • If you have an existing location, bring your menu and current layout for review.
  • If you are re-modeling, bring your design plans and menu.
  • If you are building a location, bring your design plans and menu ideas.
  • Most of all, bring your ideas, dreams and thoughts.
  • In return, you will get experienced, real-world feedback.

A lot has changed over the years, but one thing about the IAAPA Attractions Expo remains the same:  it is THE one-stop destination for leisure and attractions industry professionals.  It is a great opportunity for operators, suppliers, investors, and developers to share ideas, attend educational sessions, and learn more about great products and services for their business.

The IAAPA Attractions Expo, just like Perky’s Pizza, is great for the following segments:

  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Entertainment Attractions
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Casinos
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Concessionaires
  • Historic/Tourist Attractions
  • Museums and Science Centers
  • Water Parks
  • Zoos and Aquariums
  • and more!

Whether you are ready for a consultation or not, be sure to stop by booth #100 and learn more about our flexible Pizza programs.  We’d love to show you how a quality pizza offering can increase patron length of stay and enhance profits.

Anyone Can Make a Pizza, Right?

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As a provider of turnkey pizza systems, we’ve been called in to save the day more than once when a business has gotten in over its head on its first attempt to add foodservice to the operation.  As Bill Sweet, our Corporate Executive Chef and Director of Operations & Training, states in one of our latest videos, people go into offering pizza with the mindset:  “Pizza, anybody can make a pizza!”  It’s only after much expense and aggravation that they realize it’s time to call in a team of foodservice professionals to help.

If you would like to extend your patrons’ length of stay and provide a quality pizza experience to your customers, start your venture with Perky’s Pizza.  Bill has over 36 years of foodservice experience – and our entire staff has over 100 years of combined experience – that will help you get started on the right foot.

Along with his degree in culinary arts & restaurant management, Bill’s background includes experience with foodservice leaders such as:

  • McDonald’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • IHOP
  • Noble Romans
  • Walt Disney World

Put Bill’s expertise to work for you and your business when you add a Perky’s Pizza system to your existing operation.  Watch our video to learn more, and then contact us for more information.