Our good friends at The Fire Within (Bolder, CO) will be holding a new workshop targeted at everyone who is thinking of getting into wood-fired catering. They’ve been doing this for years, and they make great trailer ovens (in lots of different shapes and sizes for different types of catering), they exclusively use Forno Bravo ovens (yay), and their workshops provide a great deal of practical, hands-on information that you can use.
Here’s a blurb.
Getting Started With Your Own Wood-Fired Oven Catering Business
Are you ready to become a catering pizzaiolo? This workshop is designed to take you through all of the stages of starting your own wood-fired pizza oven catering business. Learn first-hand from professionals in the field and practice using the very same equipment you’ll need to run your own thriving business, including our Forno Bravo mobile wood-fired oven! Our next workshop is coming up February 23rd and 24th. Space is limited–register today! Come celebrate our fifth year of hands-on workshops with us!
Our up and coming workshop is:
February 23rd and 24th 2013
Don’t you really like their graphic?
I really like this one.
Best way to melt snow is with fire.
The NY Times asks some interesting questions about the Locavore (only buying locally produced foods) movement, or the foodie, organic, expensive food movement in general —In Toronto, a Locavare’s Life Made Easy.
Me? I think every farmer’s market and organic farm should have a pizza oven.
Laura Berman, NY Times.
Name – Vance Kroeker
Location – Sheridan Lake, British Columbia
White stuff – snow
Outside Temperature – minus 17 degrees Celsius
Time to warm up oven – 150 minutes
End result – mmm!
The fishermen takes time to repair his nets, and lumberjacks always needs to carve out (see what I did there?) the time to sharpen their axes. So, what does a pizza oven manufacturer do during the rare quiet moment in the winter? We invest in our tooling. We are always developing new manufacturing tools and methods, and we’ve been particularly active this winter. Do you remember the early Lexus car commercials — the ones with the marble running along the perfect joints between the car panels? Forno Bravo is working harder than ever to improve the “fit and finish” of our ovens. Our interlocking oven design has always made it easy (and obvious) to correctly and accurately assemble our oven (this is important because many of our competitor’s ovens use simple butt joints, where it is really difficult to figure out whether the oven is pushed together properly), and we are improving our tooling to make those edges and joints even better.
Plus, starting in 2013, the Forno Bravo oven doors will be manufactured using a CNC (computer number controlled) laser cutting machine from 3D CAD drawings. This is really cool, and it means that our doors will be more accurate than ever.
Meanwhile, we’re busy moving to our new facility (more on that to come), but taking a break for the holiday season. Happy holidays to you and your family.
Before we moved to the Monterey Peninsula (via Florence), we lived in Sonoma county in the beautiful California wine country. So when we heard about the Casa Grande High School OLE Project (Outdoor Learning Environment) in Petalum, CA, we were really interested. To quote the source:
The OLÉ Project is an exciting new venture that will provide students at Casa Grande High School with an expansive new area to learn about science, literature, history, math, and a variety of other subjects. The Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE) will feature a kitchen with a pizza oven to be used by students, a vegetable garden and fruit orchard, and seating for classes and special events.
You can visualize how a pizza oven can serve as a real catalyst for community activities and student learning. So we decided to donate an assembled Toscana pizza oven to the project. We have done all of the paperwork, and the oven will be shipped and set up shortly. This is really exciting, and we want to wish everyone involved Good Luck!
We have started receiving photos of pizza ovens from around the world. Thanks! Keep them coming.
To give everyone inspiration, here is a nice photo of a pizza oven in the snow in Canada. Enjoy!
The December 2012 Wood-Fired Newsletter was distributed last week. If you did not received your own copy, you can Read It Online Here.
We started the Forno Bravo Newsletter in May 2008, and we have been distributing it each month for mid 2009 — over 3 1/2 years. I want to send a big thank you to the team that is responsible for writing, producing and distributing this wonderful publication. Thanks guys.
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We just posted three new web pages of pizza oven photos on FornoBravo.com (about 40 pix), and there are some beautiful ovens. If you are just starting to design your own oven or outdoor kitchen, and you are looking for inspiration — this is the place to go. Click on Residential Ovens and it will take you to the new pictures.
The Forno Bravo Photo Journal
Or, if you already have your own pizza oven, and you are looking for a good excuse to do something creative, we will be announcing a new Forno Bravo photo contest in the next couple of days; in the December edition of the Wood-Fired Newsletter. The competition is open to everyone; well, everyone with a pizza oven. Your oven doesn’t have to be new, but your photo does. So if you have a wonderful photo of your pizza oven that you have never sent to us — send it. If you have already sent us all of your photos, then you can take new pictures of your oven and send those. The contest is officially for the best “photograph”, not the best “pizza oven”. Let’s get some really nice snow photos!
Stay tuned for the details of the contest. Meanwhile, you can send your photo entry to email@example.com, and will be be sure to keep track of it.
Happy Holidays from everyone at FB. Living on the left coast near the ocean has its pluses and minuses. As I look out over a warm day and blue sky (and think about going for a run at lunch), I can’t help but think about our relatives in the UK and our daughter in Boston — who are seeing real winter this year. On the other hand, we’ve been here in Monterey country for five years and I still can’t quite get over the lack of real seasons. Our local area is covered with Monterey Pines (of course), Live Oak and Cypress trees, and very few (almost no) deciduous trees, so it’s always green. Never red or orange, and never bare. In the days after our monster Pacific storms blow through you can barely tell which season it is by just looking out the window. So I guess it’s hard to complain about the weather when it’s so nice.
We often talk about how the best weather is in Florence. That part of Italy gets four real seasons — freezing in the winter and very hot summers; and just as you are getting tired of the heat or cold, you can feel the season starting to change. You never get bored, and there is some rainfall throughout the year.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday shopping season as well. We are getting lots of phone calls and Internet orders for pizza ovens, oven accessories at Forno Bravo, and I think we’re doing a good job of keeping up. If you don’t get connected straight through to a sales agent, please bear with us. If you are looking to have one of our smaller, pre-assembled ovens shipped in time for Christmas, but sure to let our sales people know, and we can work with you to see if it’s still possible. Don’t forget that you will need to cure your oven before doing any cooking, so roasting your Christmas turkey might not be possible at this point. But pizza for New Year’s Eve sounds pretty darn good.
Again, happy holidays to you and yours. It’s a wonderful time of year. Enjoy.