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Coming Attractions, Week of Sept. 12th
Peter Reinhart

Lots of new things this week, including Part Three of the Tony Gemignani webisode series on Thursday. If you haven't seen last week's webisode, check it out, as Tony shows how he makes his World Championship Margherita Pizza. This week, he shows us some new tricks.

Also, on Tuesday We'll continue exploring the beer/pizza parallels in Peter's Blog, which will include a report from Brad about his first taste of The Bruery Challenge Beer, while still in development, which will be unveiled on Sept. 30th at The Great American Beer Festival in Denver (we'll be filming all that for a future webisode, for those who are just joining us for the first time).

On Wednesday, we'll be posting an Instructional recipe and pictorial from Teresa Greenway, our sourdough expert, on sourdough dessert pizzas. You'll want to check that one out!

We're still working on the Friday Guest Column and am hoping it will be ready in time. If not, we'll put it up when it's ready. Things happen fast around here when they happen and then, sometimes, they don't. It's always something new, even for us, here at Pizza Quest.

 
Next Week, Tony Gemignani
Peter Reinhart

In our never ending search to celebrate true pizza artisans and artisanship we're very excited to announce that next week, on Sept. 1st., we begin our newest webisode series, this time featuring World Champion Pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony's Pizza Napolatana in San Francisco.  Tony is already well known to many as the amazing, many times World Champion acrobatic dough tossing master, featured often on The Tonight Show, Letterman, and the Food Network. But not everyone knows that he is also the World Margherita Pizza Champion  and, in our visit with him, he tells us all about how he did it. You'll learn, as did we, what the judges looked for, the type of flour he used, the tricks that put him over the top and allowed him to beat the Naples and other Italian pizzaiolos on their own home turf. He'll also take us on a road trip to the tomato fields where we'll harvest tomatoes with one of his main suppliers, Stanislaus Tomatoes (as pizzeria owners know, one of the most beloved of all sauce brands). Finally, we'll also get to see inside his SF pizzeria where he makes every style of pizza and has a different oven for each style (he recently opened a similar place in NYC called 900 Degrees, so our east coast followers can get to taste his pizzas there). This is a great series and will run for a number of weeks. It all begins on Sept. 1st -- you're going to love it!

 
Coming Attractions, Week of August 22nd
Peter Reinhart

As summer begins to wane and autumn slowly fades in through the falling and changing leaves (for me, summer seems to end when August ends, not on Sept. 21s), here at Pizza Quest we find ourselves in transition too, moving from the Central Coast of California up to San Francisco to visit with Tony Gemignani, for a whole new adventure and series of webisodes featuring this world champion pizzaiolo. On Thursday I will post a preview of this series and tell you what we'll be covering, and then, on the following Thursday (Sept. 1st), we'll begin showing you the new webisodes.

On Tuesday we continue our exploration of the beer/pizza, pizza/beer connection with more about the upcoming collaboration between Pizza Quest, The Bruery, and Pizzeria Basta. This series is still being filmed and edited, but we don't want you to have to wait till it's finished to come along for the ride, which culminates during the last weekend of September in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival. Ooops, I've already said too much--join us Tuesday for more on this....

On Wednesday we have a new recipe from Brad for you called Pizza Balsamico. If the name of that pizza doesn't grab you I don't know what will, but check it out on Wednesday when our resident "If I can do it so can you" Pizza Quest co-founder, Brad English, shows you how it's done.

And on Friday, a special Guest Column from Brad's sister, Kristin English, on her first visit to Pizzeria Bianco. Yes, lest you wonder, it rocked her world.

All this and more where there's always something new, here at Pizza Quest!

 
Coming Attractions, Week of August 15th
Peter Reinhart

We left the Cass House Inn at the end of last week and are about to head back to San Francisco, where we'll be spending some time with super pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani. But, before we get there, we have to return one final time for a little dessert at The Taco Temple (you didn't think we were finished with that place, did you?). Owner/chef Adam Pollard bragged to us about his wife's killer carrot cake, so we're going to share a short video webisode with you on Thursday as we chomp down on a big slice of that moist, creamy, carroty wedge.

On Tuesday, in Peter's Blog, I'll begin a series of postings about a major new series that we're working on. Brad will be helping me with his behind the scenes background stories and photos (for those who are new to Pizza Quest, Brad English is one our three co-founders and he also co-produces and directs all the webisodes, as well as being a beast around the home grill and oven, which you've seen in his pictorials).

On Wednesday you'll see another example of Brad's cooking bursts as he shares with us his own original creamy gorgonzola pizza.

Finally, on Friday, well, we're still working on that so check back to see what we come up with. As you know, there's always something new here at Pizza Quest.

 
Coming Attractions, Week of Aug. 8th
Peter Reinhart

This week marks the final segment of the Cass House Inn webisode series, featuring a spectacular lamb loin, with ratatouille and raitta prepared by Chef Jensen that evokes all the flavors of the lamb pizza shown in an earlier episode. In other words, an upscale version, the papa bear, of what we experienced in its offspring downscale baby bear version in the earlier video segment. It brought our visit with Jensen and Grace Lorenzen full circle, and I'll comment more on that on Thursday when we post the webisode, so be sure to join us then.

On Tuesday I'll post another Peter's Blog, this time from Niagara Falls where, believe it or not, I made my first pilgrimage to this most spectacular natural wonder of the world. My ruminations on Tuesday....

On Wednesday we follow Brad English's natural progression from his Caprese Salad of last week to, what else, a Caprese Pizza. As always, lots of photos and instructions as only Brad can dish them. A perfect pizza for high summer enjoyment, on Wednesday!

And, another guest column on Friday from one of our growing list of, well, guest columnists.

You'll never get bored--there's always something new here at Pizza Quest.

Peter

 

 
Coming Attractions, Week of Aug. 1st
Peter Reinhart

Wow--it's August already, which is really hard to believe (other than by this relentless cross country heat wave, which confirms that it is, indeed, August). So, this week we have some fun new material to post, including a Peter's Blog on Tuesday about my trip to Philadelphia and the incredible pizza I had at Osteria. Brad English is also lending me a photo or two of his recent visit to Tony Gemignani's hot new NYC pizzeria, 900 Degrees (great name!!!), and I'll be commenting on that as well.

On Wednesday we'll be posting a new recipe by Brad, who has been in a tomato frame of mind all summer (or, as he calls them, caprese, which means he's in his deep Italian phase that we'll happily enjoy with him). So Wednesday is Caprese day.

On Thursday, we have a short webisode interlude for you as we prepare for next week's final session with Chef Jensen at The Cass House Inn. This week's little "palate cleanser" features the ladies from The Brown Butter Cookie Shop in Cayucos (you saw on quick shot of their place in last week's webisode). I loved their cookies so much that I want to give you a closer look.

And on Friday we have a new guest column from our friend Wes Bailey on his own pizza quest, the beginning of a new feature in which we'd like to invite you, our viewers and fellow questors, to share your own stories.

As you can see, even in these dog days of summer (I can't get that crazy song out of my head but, no, she's wrong, the dog days are NOT over!), there's always something new here at Pizza Quest.

Peter

 

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