After 5 years of planning the Feast of St. Pizza in various cities (I’m currently in the planning process for year 5), I’ve become a bit of an expert on planning pizza crawls. And, since I love to spread the pizza love, I want to share my secrets with all of you. My original intention was to tack this onto the end of my Old Forge recap post, but it ended up being way too much info and deserved a post of its own.
My friends and I hosted our fourth annual Feast of St. Pizza event back in May (almost a year ago), which has become a major yearly event. (In fact, I’m in the thick of planning this year’s feast.) If you’ve been following along you know that the first year was in Lebanon, PA (my hometown and current place of residence), the second year was in Philadelphia (my second home, aka where I went to college), last year was in Lancaster, PA (About 45 minutes from Lebanon and where many of my friends live), and this year we went to Old Forge, PA (outside Scranton). Check out the post from year one for a refresher on how this tradition got started. But the gist of the event is that we eat at 10 pizza places in a single city in one day. It usually takes 12-13 hours from start to finish and it’s a blast. [Read more…]
If you’re new to the Feast of St. Pizza, I suggest going back to check out the posts from year one (Lebanon, PA) and year two (Philadelphia). To quickly fill you in, the Feast of St. Pizza is an event I adopted from these guys after hearing about it on a podcast. The first year I kept it in my hometown of Lebanon, PA, the second year (last year) we did it in Philly, and this year we took it to Lancaster, PA. What happens during the Feast of St. Pizza is you grab a bunch of friends and then eat a slice of pizza at ten different places in one city, all in one day. It’s always a load of fun, it’s a great way to explore a familiar or unfamiliar city in a new way, and we’ve discovered that we always walk away from it with a greater appreciation for the amazing food that is pizza. God bless. [Read more…]
After adopting the Feast of St. Pizza idea from these guys in New York last year and applying it to my hometown, we knew we had to make it an annual event. It was just too much fun. In case you’re not familiar with the pizza feast, the basic idea is that you get a group of people together and eat at 10 of the best pizza shops you can find, all in one day. Some cool dudes did it first in NYC, and last year I gathered a group of friends to experience it in my hometown of Lebanon, PA. While I would love to have the feast return to Lebanon again at some point, we wanted to use this template to explore other nearby cities. Philadelphia came to my mind immediately as our next choice. My parents are from Philly, my brother and other family members live there currently and I went to college there for four years, so Philly is what I call my “other hometown.” A good portion of our faithful pizza feasters live in that area as well, so doing Philly as our second city was essentially a no-brainer. [Read more…]
I recently spent an entire Saturday eating pizza with a bunch of friends (including the lovely Laura of Roam and Golightly, and she’s talking about this today too!). We visited ten of the best pizza shops in my hometown, eating a slice at each one. So over the course of 12 hours we each ate 10 slices of pizza. As we are at these places quite often, we do notice change. The overall customer service was improving as time went on. We didn’t feel like we had to wait as long as we have previously done. As we know the manager, we asked her why this was the case. She mentioned how it was to do with wanting to improve their business as a whole and wanted to see how the use of technology made a difference in a company. After our talk, she advised us to look into a site like https://toppossystem.com/best-pizza-pos-system/, which we were then able to understand how important this was to a business like this and many other pizza parlours.
Some of you may have been following along on Instagram that day, wondering “WTF?! What is she doing?” Well I’m about to explain myself. Back in September I listened to the second episode of the Pizza Party podcast, which was an interview with the man who invented this thing called “The Feast of St. Pizza.” Rich Greco did it first in NYC, visiting ten of the greatest pizza shops of New York in one day with a few friends. He even created a whole web site for it. I was really inspired by the idea (we all know I love pizza …), and I realized that not only could I do this in my hometown (which actually has a large amount of pizza places), but I knew a lot of my friends would be up to the challenge. [Read more…]