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Peter’s Blog: Bread Symposium update

Hi Everyone, By this time next week we will be wrapping up the first Johnson & Wales University International Symposium on Bread. But, as I write this, we’re still in the final stages of preparation, tweaking the logistics, the audio visual systems, the meals, and the special features that we believe will make this a very special gathering. By the end of this week I should have the log-on for…Read More…

Interview with John Arena

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 Interviews

Note from Peter: We’ve been loving the contributions of John Arena here on Pizza Quest for the past four years. He not only is a mentor to many, and an educator, but his columns on what pizzeria operators need to know can serve as a master template for everyone in the business. Since most of you already all of this, I’ll let the following interview fill in the gaps and…Read More…

New Webisode: Pinot Noir Master Class, Part One

We’re back with Dan Karlsen, master wine maker at Talbott Vineyards. In the previous webisode Dan introduced us to Talbott’s wines, estate grown and pressed in the Monterey coastal region of Salinas. But, in this segment he takes us deeper into understanding one of California’s (and Oregon’s) trickiest wines, Pinot Noir. He uses every analogical trick in the book to help us comprehend the subtleties, whether basil on a pizza,…Read More…

“Kissed by Fire”, an Interview with Chef/Author Brigit Binns

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 Peter's Blog

Note from Peter: I met Brigit Binns in the Fall of 2015 when we were both featured presenters at the “Forno Bravo Wood-Fire Expo” in Salinas California (you will see her featured in some of our upcoming video webisodes over the next few months). Her food was (and is) amazing, and she and her husband, Casey, made an an amazing team at the Expo, bringing his theatrical background and her…Read More…

International Symposium on Bread Update

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 Peter's Blog

Hi Everyone, Just a short post this week to let everyone know that On The Rise: The 2017 Johnson & Wales International Symposium on Bread, presented by Puratos, has completely sold out and we now have a waiting list of 25 people!  I just want to thank all of you for helping to spread the word and, if any of you reading this are coming the Symposium on May 22nd…Read More…

New Webisode: Time for Wine

Hi Everyone, In this next series of webisodes we’re going to spend time with legendary winemaker, Dan Karlsen, of Talbott Vineyards. For those who are just now joining us, the most recent segments and all those to follow were filmed at Talbott during the Forno Bravo Wood-Fired Oven Expo. We filmed for three days, capturing cooking demonstrations, one on one interviews, and interaction with hundreds of attendees who shared a…Read More…

Pizza Expo, 8,000 Pizza-Freaks and Me!

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 Peter's Blog

I just got back from what I think is, like, the 32nd annual International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas (or is it 23 — anyone know?). There may have been either 22 or 31 of these before but this was my first, and you know what they say about the first time….yes, it was memorable! Pete LaChapelle, the publisher of Pizza Today Magazine, and the organizer of this event, told…Read More…

International Bread Symposium coming in May

Written By Peter Reinhart
Monday, 27 March 2017 Peter's Blog

To all my fellow bread-heads, I want to share this link to a major event I’ve organized in Charlotte, NC on May 22-23. It’s called, “On the Rise: The Johnson & Wales University International Symposium on Bread.”  The theme of the symposium is “The Future of Bread,” and we will be featuring 10 internationally important experts on all facets of bread. Some of the speakers include Chad Robertson, of Tartine…Read More…

Interview with Colin Atrophy Hagendorf, the “Slice Harvester,” by Scott Wiener

Written By Scott Wiener
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 Interviews

Every New Yorker claims to know where to find the best slice in the city. They argue about it as if it were a question with a definite answer. And even if a real answer existed, confirming its legitimacy would require tasting every single slice in town. Enter Colin Hagendorf, the only man who can truly claim to have explored the depths in search of New York’s best slice. Between…Read More…

Brad’s South Bay Sausage Pizza with Clams

I was in the mood for a sausage pizza with milky fresh mozzarella. It would be too easy to just fire up the sausage in the oven and plop it down on the pizza and call it a day. This is Pizza Quest after all! I wanted to do something different – not just a pizza with sausage but a really good pizza that was about sausage. As you hopefully have seen on…Read More…

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Peter’s Books

American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

...and other books by Peter Reinhart, available on