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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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    The biggest pizza ever made was baked in Norwood, South Africa in 1990. It was a massive 100 feet across.

    The word pizza was originally spelt as "pitsa". Americans eat billions of slices of pizza every year; in fact the annual per capita pizza consumption is 23 pounds!

    Saturday night is traditionally the biggest night of the week for eating pizza.

    America's favorite pizza topping is pepperoni.

    America's least favorite pizza topping is anchovies.

    Americans eat 90 to 100 acres of pizza per day.

    During TV news broadcasts, most pizza is ordered during the weather forecast, and the delivery folks report that women, perhaps not surprisingly, are better tippers!

    Post Columbus tomatoes were brought back to Europe from the New World in the 16th century. Originally they were thought by many to be poisonous, but later became accepted and added to pizza and bread in Italy.

    In the 16th century, Maria Carolina, the Queen of Naples eventually convinced her husband, King Ferdinand IV, to allow the peasant dish pizza to actually be made in the royal oven.

    In 1889 Raffaele Esposito, the most famous pizza chef created a pizza pie for Queen Margherita - tomato, basil and cheese, to resemble the Italian flag, which remains the basis for American pizza and many pizzerias serve it as a margherita pizza.

    In 1905 the 1st American Pizzeria opened in New York City at 53 1/2 Spring St.

    In 1945, soldiers returning from WWII brought with them a taste for certain foods, and as their rations were dull when fighting in Italy pizza was at the top of their list.

    Outside of Italy, Argentina may well be the second best place for Italian food, especially pizza. Over sixty per cent of Buenos Aires' residents are of Italian descent, which is evidenced by the massive number of pizzerias lining the city's beautiful streets. But America may be a close second or third also.

    The people of America eat around 350 slices of pizza each second, or 90 to 100 acres per day. Each year, the pizza market is a $30 billion industry.

    In the U.S. alone there are about 61,269 pizza parlours.

    Everyone in the United States eats about 23 lbs., or 46 slices, every year. That's a lot of pizza!

    Each year in the United States, over 3 billion pizzas are sold.

    The most popular ethnic food in the US today is Italian.

    Children aged 3 to 11 prefer pizza over all other foods for lunch and dinner, that's according to a recent Gallup Poll.

    Thirty six percent of all pizza orders want their pizza topping to be pepperoni, far and away the most popular pizza topping! We consume around 251,770,000 pounds of pepperonis every year.

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