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May 2023 | Number #168

Dear Wood Fired Family,

As marvelous May and the spring season draws to a close, we look forward to the warm summer months that are coming close on their heels. This means the launch of new oven builds for some folks and the celebration of all things wood and gas fired for others -- things like good food and great conversations! Enjoy the offerings in this month’s newsletter and let us know what else you would like to learn and explore in future issues!

The Forno Bravo Team

In this Issue:

Sneak Peak of Forno Bravo’s New Factory

Opened in the spring of 2021, Forno Bravo’s new 85,000 SF factory in Castroville, CA is up and running at full production levels. It is leaps and bounds beyond our former, much smaller facility in Salinas (and practically just down the street!) 

It features massive manufacturing and storage space, clean and efficient oven finishing areas for our craftsmen, commercial shipping docks, generous in-house sales and office space for the customer service team, and a beautiful showroom that we are building out for customer visits. We are so excited to share a sneak peak of our new home with you!


$200 Prize in New Social Media Photo Contest

June 1 - June 30th, 2023

New Contest! Share your best Forno Bravo and Pompeii DIY oven builds photos on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to win some great prizes! It’s a SIMPLE 2-Step process to participate. 

  (1) Fill out the short contest entry form below, and then 
  (2) Create your post on Facebook and Instagram .* 

*Posts need to include:
-1 photo (minimum) - but more are appreciated 😀), 
-A bit of the story about your pics, and 
-Tag us in the description. That’s it!

Winners will be randomly chosen from the completed entries. Prizes include: 
  • 1st place = $200 + a Residential-Sized Dough Box + a Forno Bravo Shirt
  • 2nd place = $100 + a Dough Box 
  • 3rd place = $50 + a Forno Bravo Shirt
Why are we doing this? Many people have not heard about how magical wood fired pizza ovens are. YOU are our best ambassadors, because you know first-hand how fun and delicious wood fired cooking can be. Help us spread the love of wood fired ovens on social media as we go into the summer! 

The contest only lasts 30 days! Don’t miss out! 

Firing Up the Flavor at 1440 Multiversity

Introducing 1440 Multiversity. This unique center is a nonprofit immersive and online learning destination nestled in the heart of the California Redwoods. Chef Jose Fernandez is the new head chef at 1440 and uses their Roma wood fired oven to help make a variety of sustainable food favorites from around the world…

Watch for more delicious recipes in upcoming issues of the Newsletter from Chef Jose and the culinary team at 1440!


Community Cookbook: 

1440’s Wood Fired Cauliflower Steaks

This recipe is ideal for vegetarians, or anyone who loves making a full-flavored vegetable side dish in their wood fired oven. Follow along with Chef Jose Fernandez of 1440 Multiversity as he cooks Cauliflower Steaks to perfection!


Margherita Pizza Demo

Catch this fantastic demo and mini-baking lesson on the Queen of the Classics -- The Margherita Pizza -- from experts Alex and Dani White of Yukon Pizza. We’ll bet you learn something new. We know we did! 

Note- We’ve included two versions of the video demo in the link, one long and one short, along with the recipe, so you can see all the details, or just enjoy a quick overview. Chef’s choice!



Artichoke Pesto Burrata Pizza

Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest's springtime pizza feast is a delight for the senses and the stomach. Light, yet filling, this pizza combination features both fresh produce, pesto sauce, and a rich creamy Burrata cheese that is sure to impress.


Pizza Quest:

A Visit to the 2023 Pizza City Fest, Los Angeles

Pizza, pizza, and more pizza! Check out contributor, Brad English’s report and photos of his day at Pizza City Fest in Los Angeles.  It was a pizza lover’s celebration of the ever-growing and evolving pizza culture in Southern California.


Product Spotlight

Casa2G Wood and Gas Fired Oven Kits

The Casa2G Oven Kit brings high-performance wood or gas fired baking to home kitchens everywhere. Finish it in stucco, stone, brick, or tile to fit your space, this oven kit comes in four sizes to meet your dining and entertaining needs. 

Including pro-quality components and ultra-premium insulation, plus clear instructions and our helpful customer service team to call if you get stuck, the Casa has been the go-to home oven kit since 2007, and is still going strong! Straight forward, sturdy, and versatile, it’s a favorite of masons, oven installers, and DIY owners alike. Now available in both wood and gas-fired fuel options.


Creative Casa Builds  - Customer Spotlights:

Jeff O’s Corner Creation in Texas
What can you do when you have an odd corner space in your outdoor kitchen? Embrace it! We love the crazy angles and unique shape of this Casa110 build.


Gary G’s Sedona Beauty

Set amidst the blue skies and rustic hills of Sedona, AZ, Gary’s Casa80 features a painted mural of exquisite beauty!




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