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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • The Pope's Pizza Oven

    This might be my favorite photo from our trip. This oven is in the kitchens at the Papal Palace in Avignon, where the popes lived during the 14th century. At the time the pope's were pretty secular, and by all accounts threw some great parties. They still have the financial records from that time, and some of these guys had huge travel and entertainment budgets -- and a great wine cellar, which is still intact.

    I have this mental picture of the pope sitting back with a few bishops eating pizza and drinking Chateau-Neuf de Pape.

    The oven itself is in great shape, and the papal palace is a great place to visit and get a feeling for the medieval world.
    James
    Last edited by james; 04-16-2007, 07:47 AM.
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    Pope's back in the day were not as stodgy prim nor proper!

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      JE, James,

      Lest we forget our chatechism: those pizzas (wine, too) would have had the papal blessing, and those parties probably had a papal dispensation. Therefore, your past life as a sinner would have been wiped, and you could start all over with a clean slate on the pizza and wine.

      Jim
      "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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        All of that from a good Irish boy.
        James
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