Pizza & Pasta Northeast® Prepares to Make Waves in Atlantic City

Expo will be held October 17-18

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Thursday, October 12, 2017) The inaugural 2017 Pizza & Pasta Northeast Expo is set to make waves in Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 17-18, when more than 3,000 pizza and Italian restaurant professionals are expected to converge at the Atlantic City Convention Center. This new event will incorporate a blend of food demonstrations, contests and educational sessions to augment an exhibit hall showcasing nearly 150 top manufacturers and suppliers.
 
The 2017 Pizza & Pasta Northeast Expo is a one-stop shop exhibit hall where Italian and pizza-concept restaurant owners will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with leading national and regional industry suppliers. Attendees will also have access to top-shelf food demonstrations, competitions focusing on new and traditional Italian ingredients, and flavors and products that will allow attendees to stay on top of consumers’ growing desire for trend-forward pizza and pasta menu items. The educational program will spotlight current menu trends, as well as top-level business and marketing educational sessions. Furthermore, show organizers are integrating a strong pasta component as part of this groundbreaking experience, serving for both Italian restaurateurs and pizzeria owners/operators in attendance.

Atlantic City was chosen for several reasons including its central location on the East Coast, access to the largest concentration of pizzerias and Italian restaurants in the U.S. and a top-notch convention center. The New England region, combined with Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., is home to more than 28,000 Italian restaurants and pizzerias, making this the No. 1 region in the U.S. in terms of the total number of pizzerias and Italian restaurants. This means one-third of the country’s operators, generating 30 percent of the industry’s revenue, are located in one tightly condensed geographic area.

Local Atlantic City businesses are expected to greatly benefit from this event at the convention center over two days. The estimated economic impact is expected to reach more than $1 million. In addition, more than 1,000 hotel rooms have been contracted by convention center visitors.

Pizza in this country was born in the Northeast, so show organizers are proud to hold the 3rd annual U.S. Caputo Cup competition at our Pizza & Pasta Northeast show. Contestants are invited to compete in four categories: Neapolitan (STG), Traditional, Non-traditional and Gluten-free. “No trade show would be the same without world-class competitions,” said Pete Lachapelle, vice president and publisher of Pizza Expo and Pizza Today magazine. “We’re on a quest to find the perfect combination of pasta, sauce and unique ingredients that sets our signature pasta dish apart from the other entries.” The pasta competition is sponsored by Barilla USA, while Antimo Caputo and Orlando Foods, Inc. will sponsor the Caputo Cup pizza competition. The pasta cook-off will pit 20 of the world’s best pasta perfectionists against each other to find who’s the Best of the Northeast in the “Pasta Showdown.”

“This is in no way a replacement of the International Pizza Expo for East Coast pizzeria operators and their staffs, but more of an opportunity to let them be a part of this regional two-day experience,” stated Bill Oakley, group show director. “Most of our eastern U.S. attendees have two days of travel in order to attend Expo, making it difficult to attend the entire four-day show and keeps them away from their pizzeria for an entire week. This event is a natural progression, and one that we hope will provide more restaurateurs and pizzeria operators the opportunity to experience what they have been missing for years now at International Pizza Expo. Adding some new twists to this inaugural event should make it a very compelling show to attend.”

International Pizza Expo returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 20 – 22, 2018. For more information, please visit: www.PizzaAndPastaExpo.com.


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About Pizza Expo
Now in its 34th year, International Pizza Expo® is the world’s largest industry event with more than 1,200 booths, 500 exhibitors and 7,000 attendees.
 
Pizza & Pasta Northeast and International Pizza Expo are owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.
 

 
About Meet AC

Meet AC, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) organization formed and funded as a public-private partnership by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create economic development through conventions, sporting events, film production and group tourism. Meet AC focuses on three primary objectives: sales, marketing and services.

For complete Atlantic City tourism and convention information, visit http://www.meetac.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Spectra
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services) and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.

For destination photos and videos media may visit www.doatlanticcity.com/mediaonline where dozens of assets are available for download. For complete Atlantic City tourism information, visit www.doatlanticcity.com.
 

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‘ROCKIN THE WALLS AT BOARDWALK HALL’ SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11

 

VETERAN’S DAY CONCERT TO FEATURE 80’S ROCK BANDS

 

 

Songbird Entertainment, in conjunction with Choice Bar & Grill of Atlantic City, have announced their Veteran’s Day concert, ‘Rockin the Walls at Boardwalk Hall’ at the historic venue on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 6p.m. This 80’s rock music concert will feature WAR, Asia featuring John Payne, and Journey former lead vocalist, Steve Augeri.

 

Tickets starting at $35 are available at now Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-736-1420, or at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office powered by Atlantic City Electric. 

 

This musical trip down memory lane will be headlined by legendary funk band, WAR, best known for infusing various rhythms of funk, Latin, blues, jazz and reggae to deliver favorites including, “Low Rider”, “Cisco Kid” “Why Can’t We Be Friends” and many more hits that crossed cultural barriers.

 

Classic rock group, ASIA, featuring John Payne  will also be part of this rock classic concert, you can expect the audience to dance, sing and reminisce when Asia featuring John Payne plays the first chords of “Only Time Will Tell”, “Don’t Cry”, “Sole Survivor” and of course, “Heat of the Moment” are heard.

 

Appearing along with WAR, and Asia featuring John Payne, will be Special Guest Journey, former lead singer Steve Augeri, who is set to take the stage and perform some of the most popular singles like the cross-generational mega hit “Don’t Stop Believing”, Billboard chart toppers “Open Arms,” Anyway You Want It” and many of the 18 to 40 singles.

 

Michael Selvanto of Songbird Entertainment stated, that this concert was finally made possible by the backing of CHOICE BAR & GRILL, a new company soon to be opening here in Atlantic City.

 

Selvanto also added “that if it wasn’t with the help of Nick Conti, and Choice Bar & Grill, this concert would not be possible. Choice Bar and Grill is located at 470 N. Albany Ave, Atlantic City, and plans to open just in time for the concert.  Nick Conti, said that he is looking forward to this concert, and plans to invest in more concerts, He is a long time resident of Atlantic City, and business owner. “I want to see Atlantic City grow again, and I will do my best to help make it grow,” Mr. Conti said.

 

“We hope to make this concert memorable” Selvanto, added “we plan to work in conjunction with our radio media in giving away 4 signed guitars from the concert, and also plan something that has not been done before”  “at the concert we will be picking out three seat numbers and each number will have the chance to come down on stage and perform with the groups, I think this will add to the excitement of the concert. We will also be honoring our Veterans at the show.

 

Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center are owned and funded by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Spectra by Comcast Spectacor provides both Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality to Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center.

 

About Spectra

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

 

About Comcast Spectacor

Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Spectacor’s three core businesses are the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center Complex, and Spectra, a hosting and entertainment firm specializing in Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at ComcastSpectacor.com.

 

About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA): The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit www.njcrda.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.

For destination photos and videos media may visit www.doatlanticcity.com/mediaonline where dozens of assets are available for download. For complete Atlantic City tourism information, visit www.doatlanticcity.com.

 

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America’s Game, Philadelphia’s Honor

Philadelphia Wins Bid to Host Army-Navy Game

In 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022

 

Today we are proud to report that Philadelphia has won four out of the next five bids to host the Army-Navy Game. In addition to playing host this year, Lincoln Financial Field will also host the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022 games. We are proud to be the home of America’s Game, just as we have been 86 times since its inception in 1890.

 

The Army-Navy Game is one of the biggest hospitality weekends of the year for our city, welcoming more than 50,000 fans, generating 30,000 hotel room nights and resulting in an estimated economic impact of more than $30 million. Through the leadership and hard work of PHL Sports, one of our business development divisions, sporting events continue to be a major opportunity for Philadelphia, delivering both economic benefits and national media exposure.

 

We’d like to thank our partners who helped to make this bid phase successful, including Mayor Jim Kenney and his team at the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our Army-Navy Host Committee Co-Chairs Ron Naples and Tom Lynch and the team at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Please also join us in congratulating Larry Needle, executive director of PHL Sports, and Brea Webster Stanko, PHL Sports marketing manager, on securing this great economic win for our city.

 

We are most grateful to the Service Academies for their partnership, and very proud to be home to America’s Game — it is truly Philadelphia’s honor.

 

Read more at PHLsports.com