Pizza Quest Info
Coming Attractions, Week of May 2nd
Peter Reinhart

Welcome back everyone!  This week we'll be posting a terrific new photo essay by Brad English, our "Watch Mr. Wizard" pizza experimenter (and also the director of most of the videos on Pizza Quest). Brad has a number of new pizza experiments to share with you but this week we'll start with something he calls his "Upside Down Margherita Pizza."  You'll find out what he means by that on Wednesday.

On Tuesday I'll be posting my weekly "Peter's Blog," this time featuring a report from the Second Annual Charlotte Gluten-Free Expo. Gluten-free is here to stay and, after some of the sessions I observed, I'm beginning to think there are some big health bombshells on their way that will affect us all. In addition to that, I'll also be sharing some news from Joe Lindley about how to get some of that great sprouted wheat flour I wrote about a few weeks ago.

We'll be back in the Gastro next week, so fear not. In the meantime, feel free to revisit some of the great webisodes and instructional videos already posted -- just click through to the various sections. If you're new to PizzaQuest.com, it's a chance to catch up on all the content from the past four months. Plus, who knows, maybe a few other surprises since, as you know, there's always something new here at Pizza Quest.com!!

 

 

 
Coming Attractions, Week of April 25th
Peter Reinhart

This week we continue our Gastro adventure with a trip back to the Pizzeria Delfina kitchen, where head pizzaiolo Anthony Strong gives us a lesson in how to pull fresh mozzarella curds into smooth, creamy cheese balls. A definite must-see, which will post on Thursday!

On Tuesday I'll be posting on my Peter's Blog a link to the California Culinary School's top 50 pizza blogs list. It's a great list and you may want to check out some of the lesser known sites, as I did.

We're waiting for the final draft of a new Guest Column to come in and will post it on Friday, or as soon as it comes in.

Who knows what other surprises are coming so keep checking back, as there's always something new on Pizza Quest.

 

 
Coming Attractions, Week of April 18th
Peter Reinhart

This is the Paschal season, the perfect time for lamb so in this, the week leading up to Easter and Passover, we feature Part Two of Brad English's Lamb Pizza adventures. This time, Brad takes the wonderful pizza recipe he learned from Jay Buonchristiani that we featured last week, and makes it on a grill. This, in turn, got him thinking about all the ways he could modify a grill to bake like a wood-fired oven (we haven't been able to talk him down--he's already designing his own insulated super grill of the future. I'm telling you, Brad is on fire with his own pizza quest and, fortunately, we get to go along for the ride). We'll post this on Wednesday.

On Thursday, we return to the The Gastro, with our host Anthony Strong, for a trip to the Bi-Rite Creamery for some of the best ice cream I've ever had. In one block: Pizzeria Delfina, Ristorante Delfina (James Beard Award), Tartine Bakery Cafe (James Beard winner--we have some webisodes to share with you from Tartine in a few weeks), Bi Rite Market (a wonderful, old-time gourmet mecca), and, across the street, the Bi Rite Creamery. Did I mention how much we at Pizza Quest love the Gastro!

On Tuesday, on Peter's Blog, I'll continue my report from the Asheville Bread Festival, and on Friday, well, we're working with a few writers on some new Guest Columns, so whoever gets his or hers finished first gets to run it on Friday. We'll keep you posted. As you can see, there's always something new on Pizza Quest!

Joyous Passover, and a deeply mystical Holy Week to all....

 
Coming Attractions, Week of April 11th
Peter Reinhart

I'm off on a trip this week to America's heartland, so will continue my Asheville Bread Festival blog report next week when I return. However, we do have some fun features to bring you this week, including an instructional video with Scott Thorson, of Bella Familia Wood-Fired Mobile Oven of Sacramento, California. In the video he's going to demonstrate how to make a delicious, bubbling five-cheese pizza on our own country pizza dough -- we filmed this one at the Fire Within Conference in Boulder back in October. This video will post on Thursday.

Brad English will be posting a terrific pizza recipe and photo spread of his successful attempt to make a lamb fennel-sausage and mushroom pizza created by Jay Buonchristiani of Napa Valley's Buonchristiani Vineyards. It didn't hurt that Brad also had a bottle of Buonchristiani's premium 2006 Syrah to accompany the pizza. You can read all about it -- and see the photos --  on Tuesday.

I will try to send in a blog posting from the road, but no promises--I may be having too much fun to write....

 

 
Coming Attractions, Week of April 4th
Peter Reinhart

Hi Everyone,

We have some fun, new and important stuff to share this week.  I'll be posting on Tuesday my first report on the Asheville Bread Festival, which was a blast, including some comments on the most amazing flour I've ever worked with!

On Thursday, we'll post the second in our new webisode series filmed at Pizzeria Defina and the Gastro District in San Francisco. We call this segment, A Cappucino and Pizza Obsession. It features Craig Stoll, Anthony Strong and me carrying on around our cups of espresso about the obsessive passion that defines what this quest is all about. You won't want to miss it.

And on Friday, we welcome back John Arena with another thoughtful Guest Column, this time on the important subject of counterfeit "authentic" Italian products. We look forward to your comments on this one.

As always, lots more still to come!!!

 

 
Coming Attractions, Week of March 28th
Peter Reinhart

Hi Everyone,

This week we travel to San Francisco to meet James Beard award winning chef Craig Stoll, owner of Pizzeria Delfina (right next door to his wonderful, award winning osteria, Delfina). We'll also meet Pizzeria Delfina's head pizzaiolo Anthony Strong, as passionate a pizza freak as I've ever met. In this week's webisode segment Anthony will show us how he makes Delfina's distinctive Margherita pizza. Over the next few weeks we'll continue to explore the many aspects of their Mission District neighborhood, known as The Gastro, with Craig, Anthony and a few other residents of the Gastro. You'll love this series, which begins on Thursday!

I'll be posting another Peter's Blog entry on Tuesday and, on Friday,  a short explanation and instructional on the stretch and fold method that has been revolutionizing bread baking these past few years.

We'll be taking a week off from Guest Columns to give you a chance to catch up with the many thoughtful pieces already posted from our contributors. If you have posted comments in the past and did not see them on the site, we think we solved this technical issue and all viewers should now be able to post comments. If you still don't see them, write to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let us know.

Hope to see some of you at this Saturday's Seventh Annual Asheville Bread Festival.

Have a great week!

 

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