Transplanted from Philadelphia to rural Franklin County, North Carolina over fifteen years ago, Bob yearned for a 1950’s-style “Tomato Pie” made at DeLorenzo’s on Hudson Street in Trenton, NJ in a coal-fired oven. Nowhere in North Carolina was it to be found. Simply put, frustration led him to build a Forno Bravo Pompeii-style Wood-fired Oven on his Lynch Creek Farm in Rocky Ford so he could bake “Tomato Pie” and Artisan Breads.
After a lifetime of industry engineering and computer software consulting work, advanced degrees, Penn State University teaching, writing books for SYBEX Computer Books, and a few startup businesses, he finally “retired” to operate an organic farm, start a herd of grass-fed beef, build a log cabin event center, start the non-profit Ben Franklin Society and its companion fund-raising operation he named the Franklin BreadWorks – a private Dining and Entertainment Club.
He received on-the-job, culinary training from Chef Jack Mc David of Philadelphia fame. An industrious and doggedly persistent work ethic has helped him master making delicious Tomato Pie, Artisan Breads and most recently, Artisan Pasta.
CONTACTS and INFORMATION
Ben Franklin Society Brochure:
Ben Franklin Society Website:
Articles by Bob Radcliffe :
- Tomato Pie, Rocky Ford, and Me, Part One
- Tomato Pie, Rocky Ford, and Me, Part 2
- Tomato Pie, Rocky Ford, and Me, Part 3
- Tomato Pie, Rocky Ford, and Me, Part 4
- Tomato Pie, Rocky Ford, and Me, Part 5
- Tomato Pie, Rocky Ford, and Me, part 6
- Tomato Pie, Rocky Ford, and Me, Part 7 (conclusion)
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