Jeff's Bagel Run and Pigzza choose collaboration over competition

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Central Florida’s food scene has grown in recent years and many of our favorite restaurants are choosing to capitalize on each other’s success.

Jeff's Bagel Run and Pigzza recently teamed up to collaborate on some menu items using ingredients from both companies.

“Being able to use some of their ingredients and some of our ingredients just resulted in a very special bagel,” said Danielle Perera, co-owner of Jeff's Bagel Run.

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Jeff's Bagel Run has quickly become a staple in Central Florida, but Perera said their journey is far from an overnight success story.

“It's definitely been stressful, but on the other hand, I mean, the joy that our customers have and you can see on their faces and the families that come, that's what really drives us and us keeps us going and keeps us growing and just building this community of bagel fans,” Perera said.


Perera said a lot of their success comes from being creative with their menu, such as their recent collaboration with Pigzza that created temporary menu items like the Pigzza Pizza Bagel.

“It was just a matter of finding the right mix and in the end we went with the Pigzza pepperoni, which is their sauce, our cheese and our pepperoni and it's divine,” Perera said. “Then they took all of their recipes and just used our bagel as a base, and then we decided to make a chimichurri cream cheese, which was divine.”

Perera said Orlando's food community is focused on collaboration rather than competition.

“I think that’s one of the reasons we choose to work with the people we do,” Perera said. “We've done a few different things in the past and we really want to find business owners that align with our values ​​and focus on community and joy, and I think those are the businesses that are thriving.”

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