The Wood-Fired Blog

We are the Champions

Forno Bravo won the Salinas Softball League Championship last night. Wahooo!!! Our office manager played Division I baseball in college, so that helped, but it took the whole team. The championship game was 25-5. I’m really proud of the guys (and the sales and admin gals who were there cheering and taking photos).

One note to a couple of our competitors who continue to tell customers that we really don’t manufacture our own ovens. These are real people. :-)

Way to go team! Party on Friday.

Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims Through Pizza

This story really makes me feel good. I received an email and a photo today from Joseph Pergolizzi, the owner of The Fire Within, our partner in the mobile catering oven market. We’ve worked with Joseph for years, and he was in California just a few weeks ago at FB Expo, where he did a great job of overseeing the cooking and hands-on demo’s.

Joseph was originally from the east coast, and he rallied some friends and four catering pizza oven customers, and they have been making pizza and helping feed people struck by Hurricane Sandy for the past week — all because he thinks it’s the right thing to do. Hey, they use wood, so they don’t even need power or gas.

You can send money to the crew by PayPal to “Peter Seminara” <petersem@earthlink.net> on his cell phone at 201-264-7822. That’s what we did.

Here is the text from Joseph’s email:

This past Saturday in Staten Island.

300 pizzas on Saturday. Not only did we bake at a FEMA / donation site we had cars shuttling your pizza’s into the areas where people didn’t want to leave their homes because of looters.

Fire Within customers from 4 states
New Jersey
New York
Colorado
California

Be Happy, Eat Fruits and Vegetables

This is something to be shared. From The Baseline Scenario, one of my favorite economics blogs, three economists have done scientific research that definitively correlates happiness with eating five to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day. They even control things that might mask the impact of just eating fruits and vegetables, such as education, health, religion, income, etc., and the veggie eating group is still happier. I think there is something fundamental in the human psyche that feels good about the act of eating right.

The paper, titled Is Psychological Well-Being Linked to the Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables?, is published by NBER, the National Bureau of Economic Research. Here is the abstract:

Humans run on a fuel called food. Yet economists and other social scientists rarely study what people eat. We provide simple evidence consistent with the existence of a link between the consumption of fruit and vegetables and high well-being. In cross-sectional data, happiness and mental health rise in an approximately dose-response way with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables. The pattern is remarkably robust to adjustment for a large number of other demographic, social and economic variables. Well-being peaks at approximately 7 portions per day. We document this relationship in three data sets, covering approximately 80,000 randomly selected British individuals, and for seven measures of well-being (life satisfaction, WEMWBS mental well-being, GHQ mental disorders, self-reported health, happiness, nervousness, and feeling low). Reverse causality and problems of confounding remain possible. We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of our analysis, how government policy-makers might wish to react to it, and what kinds of further research — especially randomized trials — would be valuable.

Institutional subscribers to the NBER working paper series, and residents of developing countries may download this paper without additional charge at www.nber.org.

Stanley Tucci’s Pizza Oven in on the Cover of the NY Times

Very nice. Stanley Tucci’s pizza oven is on the cover of the NY Times. They say that it was “made in Italy”; I’m pretty sure it’s a Forno Bravo Artigiano (it is made in Italy) — though I’m not 100% certain. We do have a Stanley Tucci as a customer, but who know if it’s the same Stanley Tucci. The oven looks very nice, and I’m a big Stanley Tucci fan. He has done so many different things, and I have really enjoyed some of his interviews on NPR.

History of the World in 100 Objects

If you enjoy the TED Talks, I thinks you would also enjoy BBC and the British Museum’s History of the World in 100 Objects.

According to Wikipedia:

A History of the World in 100 Objects was a joint project of BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum, comprising a 100-part radio series written and presented by British Museum director Neil MacGregor. In 15-minute presentations broadcast on weekdays on Radio 4, MacGregor used objects of ancient art, industry, technology and arms, all of which are in the British Museum’s collections, as an introduction to parts of human history. The series, four years in planning, began on 18 January 2010 and was broadcast over 20 weeks.[1]A book to accompany the series, A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor, was published by Allen Lane on 28 October 2010.[2] The entire series is also available for download along with an audio version of the book for purchase. The British Museum won the 2011 Art Fund Prize for its role in hosting the project.

You can download the series here. As you might have guessed, I listened to each episode running.