<![CDATA[GoreMade Wood Fired Pizza - GoreMade Pizza Blog]]>Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:56:50 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[#YourPizzaDreams]]>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:42:45 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/yourpizzadreams
GoreMade Pizza is making 2018 the year of #YourPizzaDreams. And with that, we're asking you one question... what are your pizza dreams?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN "PIZZA DREAMS?"
When we ask people to tell us their pizza dreams, we typically get three different types of responses. First is those who assume it to be a question about a certain combination of toppings. "My pizza dream is a pizza with eggs, bacon, olive oil, fresh mozzarella and fresh cracked pepper". This is the most common category of response. It's literally what we call the create-your-own pizza on our menu.

Next would be the sleeping dreams involving pizza. One woman had an anxiety dream about ordering a pizza delivered for a friend's birthday and it never showing up.

The third category is a little harder to nail down, but it revolves mostly around what people want to do with/while/for pizza. This is pretty much the wild card and what seems to have the most unexpected responses.

Our hope is to allow people to consider their pizza dreams on their own terms, without limitation. It could be ANYTHING, and that is both amazing and intimidating. Whatever the case, we want to know as many of them as we can. So we've decided to start the conversation. 

WHY?
First and foremost, we're curious. More than that, we're interested, excited and entertained by other people's pizza dreams. I know what I think about pizza dreams, but what do YOU think when you're asked to define this same idea? 

And part of this project is to maybe make some of those dreams a reality. Some will be easy. Hell, we may already be making some of them come true and you just don't know it! Some will be hard, and if we're intrigued and inspired, maybe we'll put in some work to make them a reality? And some will surely be impossible. But no matter the case, we wanna know as many as we can!

The responses we have received since the beginning of the year have already blown my mind, and we'll be sharing some of them as this project moves forward. But the truth is that making people's pizza dreams come true has been the game for us this entire time. It's why we opened our pizza doors in the first place. It's only recently that we've begun to look at it from a different angle. To take a more grand approach to the idea. We want to know EVERYONE'S pizza dreams, without limits or boundaries.

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?
Quite simply, we're asking you to answer the question however it most makes sense to you. The easiest way I guess, would be to comment on this blog since you're already here. Other than that, there are several ways we're suggesting sharing. Some mediums of communication that come to mind would be; postcards/letters, comments, social media/blog/internet posts using short stories, videos, photos, collage or any other form of communication you can think of. But like this whole project, it is completely up to you. However you communicate, our only real hope is that you do. This project is nothing without your responses. Your pizza dreams. 

You can send us things in the mail to 936 N 4th st, Columbus OH 43201. WE LOVE MAIL! If we get any responses, we'll start a dream wall in the pizza shop and put em on display! We also have a pizza dream journal that we've got on the bar if you come in. Folks have already been writing in it for over a month, which has been amazing!

Beyond that, it's up to you!

Who knows where this project will go or what will come of it all, but it's time to find out. One question remains... What are #yourpizzadreams?


NickG,
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<![CDATA[Christmas on Wednesday!]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/christmas-on-wednesday
With christmas nearly upon us this throw back thursday, I am reminded very fondly our one year anniversary which happened a few short months ago. Oddly, our christmas tree has been up for over three months now! While christmas is always creeping into the commercial world earlier and earlier, even the giants don't dare start celebrating christmas as early as september. We here at GoreMade Pizza, in all our nonsensical glory, threw what we imagine to be the biggest christmas party that september had ever seen! 
Wednesday, September 27th marked one year since we opened our doors here. The fact that it was on a wednesday made it an interesting challenge. How do we throw an awesome party and have people come out to help celebrate... on a WEDNESDAY? In the end, we decided on FREE PIZZA!
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With that, it quickly became "Christmas on Wednesday!", and using it as an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause. The whole shop was decorated in christmas decor, including several christmas trees, christmas lights, ornaments, banners, stockings and the likes. We even had live christmas music and a selection of christmas cocktails, including an amazing egg nog cocktail, "Kenny Noggins"! All in all, it was an amazing event! Our first guests of the day came completely decked out in christmas garb! Once that happened, we knew the day was gonna be awesome! 



Why christmas on Wednesday?

Many moons ago, when I was an irresponsible twenty-something, it was always a struggle to hold on to money. I was always late with the rent and never had anything left before payday. One thing we always did was to buy things on sale after holidays, and one of my favorites was purchasing a spiral ham after Easter. They would be dirt cheap, and I'd throw one in the freezer and save it until we had no food or money. Then one random monday in summer, broke and hungry, we'd get the ham out of the freezer on a monday and email all our friends and invite them to christmas on wednesday. We provided the christmas ham, and everyone else would bring a side dish. We'd eat like kings and celebrate christmas without any commercialism. Just friends and food. When we realized that our anniversary was on wednesday, Christmas on Wednesday was the only reasonable response. 
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So christmas it was. And with christmas, there was the idea of giving. So we decided to give away pizza, and then suggest our customers give as well. When we came upon Urban Farms of Central Ohio, it was clear that we needed to help support their cause. Their ability to help underprivileged communities by supplying fresh food through "pay-what-you-can" farm stands, and their commitment to using abandoned properties for the production of food in said neighborhoods is just brilliant. Education, fresh food, volunteerism, and supporting a better understanding of seasonality and where your food comes from. This is everything we believe in! 

By the numbers, here's how Christmas on wednesday worked out. 
Pizzas made: 186
Money raised: $789.50 (to be donated on the big give Oct 10th for an even further matching donation) along with 3 canned goods donated by a couple slightly confused customers. To be fair, Christmas on Wednesday (in September, no less) is kind of confusing. 


So, in lue of buying pizza, we encouraged donating to Urban Farms of Central Ohio. That night, we raised $789.50 in cash and text donations! You folks Rock!

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Along with us giving away pizza, and customers donating to Urban Farms of Central Ohio, Someone also decided to give GoreMade Pizza an amazing gift! Our good friend Ramona Moon delivered the amazing gift of Art Car to our Pizza Patio! The Turkey Toyota, as of monday, September 25th, is now a permanent addition to our whimsical back patio. And with it, a whole new way to enjoy the space. The turkey toyota is 1967 Toyota Corona. She has been the proud owner since 1975. The Turkey Toyota has been in books, movies, parades and all forms of art car celebration in the last 42 years, and now we have the pleasure of being a part of the next chapter! It is a tremendous honor to be the recipient, and we will display it with pride and whimsey for as long as we can! 

We also had an amazing amount of our pizza toppings donated to us. Fox Hollow Farm, Blues Creek Meats, Ezzo Sausage Company, Green Edge Garden, Swainway Urban Farm, GoreMade Garden and Sofo Foods all chipped in, making this event possible!
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We also had a guest pizza maker. 7 Time olympic pizza champion, member of the U.S. Pizza Team and local legend Ryan LaRose of Leone's Pizza joined us for the entire evening, helping us celebrate our first year and feed our amazing customers. A true pizza people, Ryan was an amazing help, picking up our subtlepizza making differences with grace and ease. He was constantly reminding me to enjoy the event and not work myself away from all the joy we were creating. We couldn't have done it without him! Thanks, buddy! 

So, after one year in business, we're still scratching the surface of what it is to be a world-class pizza place. We've learned so much, and still have so much more to learn, as is the entirety of life, I suppose. But it is an honor to have made it this far, and to have the support of an amazing community of farms, food providers, friends, family and customers. We're not planning on going anywhere, so here's to a year, and a hundred more! Thank you, friends!
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<![CDATA[Build-out and Busy Hands]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 21:05:21 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/build-out-and-busy-hands
A boarded up old building has now sprouted windows
​ and a beautiful awning. 
The space has shifted into a mode of construction. 
Things are happening!
There's still lots to be done, but we are slowly making some headway on the grand process that is turning an old TV repair shop into a bustling little wood fired pizza shop. The pace is definitely a bit slower than my excited self imagined it a year ago, but this has allowed me to really sink into some details that will really add a lot of character to our humble pizza operation. Soon, things will snowball into a whirlwind, and I'm sure I'll be missing all this free time and wishing I had some more!

First off, I should mention the score! My father-in-law was somewhat of a Renaissance man, and in so, a collector of amazing things was a byproduct of his life. He encouraged me to poke through his "junk" for anything to throw into the pizza project. American pickers would have shit their pants! Mind boggling amounts of interesting things in a disheveled mess of awesome!

We ended up digging around and finding an enormous amount of beautiful wood, stacked to air drying for over 20 years on the second floor of his "shop". There was pretty much an entire walnut tree just hanging out in the corner, along with a ton of other types of wood. I don't know board feet, but it is an amazing amount of awesome wood! He told me to take as much as I wanted.

So now we have wood milled by my father in law, for the bar, benches, shelves and decorations. I'm also teaching myself how to make things. I've started with cheese/charcuterie boards out of some beautifully patterned live edge black walnut. This is my first attempt. It's a bread cutting board I made for my wife, built to fit our homemade pan de mie bread that our family so much enjoys!
I also just took a class on whole hog butchery through The Commissary last week. If you haven't checked the place out, I suggest you do! The class taught us how to break down a half hog, and we were sent home with all the spoils of the class, including a bone saw, boning knife and a whole lotta pork! My oldest son was pretty excited to touch a pig's brain, let me tell you!

​I didn't get many pictures, but here's what we started off the class with (a warning for the squeamish, though it may just be too late by this point in the paragraph to avert the eyes).  

​February 5th, 2015, we connected with a random craigslister about a vacant space at 936 north 4th street. That person turned out to be a long time friend. After around 388 days, we still have yet to open our doors, but the same sense of serendipity has been with us throughout the entire project, Illuminating the way in the darkness. My gut has proven quite a trusted friend, and we've met so many wonderful people along the way. ​We've still got a long way to go, but I am learning to see the joy in it all. I see this lengthy build-out as a gift. A gift I wanna rip open and cook pizza with! Alas, with all good things comes patience, and I will spend my days making this project ever stronger.

Thanks for sticking with us through it all! ​It will be my pleasure to serve every one of you amazing pizza people in this amazing space. More as the story unfolds!

xoxo, 
​NickG
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<![CDATA[The Oven; From Italy with love!]]>Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:31:49 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/the-oven-from-italy-with-love
​It may seem obvious, but the key piece of equipment, the engine of any wood fired pizza shop is the oven. This baby right here, the Mario Acunto Classico 5, is our engine. And it just arrived yesterday.
A little background. The Acunto family has been building Italian wood fired ovens since the late 1800's. They specialize in making ovens specifically designed to accommodate high-heat neapolitan-style pizza. They are rooted in tradition, and it's an honor to have one of their ovens at the helm.

From finding the best oven for my needs to getting it here, it was quite a journey. I've been anticipating this day for about 6 months, when we first drove out to met Ellie Olsen of Wood Fired Oven Bakers back in april of this year. 
Ellie's an oven importer and fellow pizza nerd who has a warehouse or two outside of Denver, CO. She deals in all things wood fired pizza, from ovens to plates, and everything in between. It's been a pleasure working with her. We could talk for hours if we both had the time. But even before meeting her, there was lots of research and many phone calls and emails sent to different pizza makers across the country to get their insight and opinions. 

On monday morning, October 26th, the fruits of said journey showed up at our doorstep. 
The Acunto Classico 5 is the smallest of the Classico series, weighing in at just under 5,000 lbs. It's a little over 5 ft wide and comes fully assembled. These numbers make for quite an undertaking in order to get it from the truck to inside the building. If anything were to go wrong, I'm not sure how we'd manage to get another oven. 
Pat, the contractor for our restaurant's build-out, was at the helm of the monstrous fork-lift we rented to get the oven in place. He showed up around 6 am to get the face of the building removed for the delivery. I showed up around 8:45 am and quickly realized my oven was already strapped on the forklift and coming down the street. 
The next hour was dedicated to placing the oven in the building. I'd been pretty worried about the process, but it turned out to be quite smooth, even in spite of the fact that Pat had just learned how to drive the forklift that morning. He didn't tell me this fact until after the oven was fully in place, thankfully! 
Once we had the brunt of the job taken care of, I was able to really appreciate the event at hand. Pat tried to talk to me as I lay myself on the oven, but all I could do was smile. His words were like the teacher from Peanuts. Just muffled noise overshadowed by the joy of the moment. He picked up my camera and took this photo after realizing I wasn't listening to him.

It may seem like just another step in the process, but this oven is about as close to magic as a pizza maker can get. It's truly a master's tool. I've been making pizza for years in an oven that gets the job done, but this... this is the stuff pizza dreams are made of! 

We still have a few things stopping us from setting it up and starting to really see what it can do, but the hard part is over.
After the oven was placed, the front was boarded back up. Next comes the windows, the awning and finishing work. Pretty soon, this should start to look like an actual store front. And once we stop playing the back-and-forth game with building and zoning services, we can get to making the inside a pizza shop. People keep asking me when we'll open our doors. All I can really say is soon... I hope!

One step at a time! 

xoxo
NickG
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<![CDATA[936 North 4th Street. Our New Home!]]>Fri, 01 May 2015 17:09:31 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/936-north-4th-street-our-new-home
​Well, after years of learning and growing, it's finally time to take GoreMade Pizza to the next level by opening our very first brick and mortar restaurant. If you recall from our first blog post back in 2011, this has been in the works for a long time! We've secured the most awesome of spaces, and I can't believe our luck!
The way we found the place was really quite serendipitous. This was the third property we attempted to make our home. Our second attempt was the purchase of a building in Clintonville. After months of negotiations and meetings and talks with the city, the deal abruptly fell through on a tuesday night. 

The following morning, a little disheartened by it all, I perused the craigslist classifieds for some new leads, and stumbled upon something that had to be checked out. "Wanted: Pizza Shop/Italian Cafe in Italian Village".

I was in no real mood to take on another project at that moment, but the specificity of it all was begging an inquiry. I sent a quick email just to see what was up.

Hey there,

Just saw your post about looking for a pizza shop. I am currently looking for a place to park my mobile wood fired pizza business and would be interested in checking out what you've got going on.

Thanks,
NickG



Simple email to a random craigslister. And here's the response I got back about a half hour later.


Nick!  It's Brian's friend Kevin!!

Dude we need to talk!  You got time tomorrow or Sat? 614-xxx-xxxx

-Kevin



Kevin and I have known each other for about 8 years now. While we hadn't talked in over a year, we were always glad to see each other when we did. Turns out Kevin bought a building in Italian Village with the intent of bringing some much needed Italian food to the area. After some research, he decided to stick with real estate and let someone else make the Italian food. The craigslist post had only been up for about 12 hours when I stumbled across it, so the timing was quite impeccable! 

Here's what the building currently looks like and a little bit about it.
936 North Fourth Street is located in the 4th street corridor in Italian Village, right next door to Little Rock Bar. It's a bustling neighborhood that's on the verge of becoming the next - big - thing. With hundreds of apartments and condos currently being built within one block of us, GoreMade Pizza is sure to be a cornerstone of the Italian Village food scene.
As you can see, the place needs some work. We launched a GoFundMe campaign a few days ago to help raise the funds to turn this into an amazing and welcoming space that serves the best pizza in town! I've met some of the locals at the neighboring bar and we were fast friends. It will be an honor to serve them in the coming years! 
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<![CDATA[Charcuterie: The Maiden Voyage]]>Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:08:51 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/charcuterie-the-maiden-voyagePicture
In the long expanse of our culture's history with food, it is only very recently in that timeline that we have had the modern convenience of refrigeration. My grandmother tells stories of purchasing blocks of ice from the local Ice House in town to keep the milk cool for days at a time. Meat was usually only eaten fresh within a few days of slaughter. It was out of necessity that we found ways to make our food last more than the few days before going rancid. Out of this came cured meats!  

Modern day meat curing has become more of a flavor enhancer than a way of keeping food for extended periods of time, though that is indeed an added bonus. I first found interest in the art of charcuterie after realizing that cured meats fell well outside of all the food rules I knew. The fact that I can hang a pork belly in my basement for 3 months and then eat it was something I had to better understand. So, around December of 2014, I began to amass the knowledge, equipment and ingredients necessary for some very basic charcuterie.

​After finally having everything necessary, I sought out my first pork belly. One recipe I was going to try suggested a skin on pork belly, so that's what I went looking for. It was through a local meat provider that I was able to finally order one.

It took a week, and I wasn't really sure what to expect. When I went to pick it up, I was greeted by a 12 lb slab of meat. It was later that I found there to be a row of nipples on the animal, which kind of weirded me out, to be honest. I mean it's a pig's belly with the skin still on, so I don't know how it could have been any other way, but none the less, it made me a little more uncomfortable than I bargained for. I briefly contemplated cutting them off, but the act of pinching and lifting them and slicing them off with a sharp knife was a little more disturbing than the idea of consuming them later.

My original plan was to make a rolled pancetta, which would cure for about two or three months. I also decided to make a pancetta stesa, which is not rolled and hung for about 10 days. And lastly, some smoked bacon. I'd never attempted smoking any foods before, so this was also new to me. 
First, I cured these two slabs of bacon in the fridge for about 9 days in a 2 to 1 mixture of salt and brown sugar in a ziploc bag. Then I rinsed it off and let it sit in the fridge for another 24 hours. This creates a sticky outer layer that the smoke will better stick to. The above picture was my very basic smoking setup for the bacon. A smoldering fire in a weber grill for a couple hours. I never let it get over 200º, which took quite a bit of attention. More so than I expected, at least.

After it was all said and done, I realized that the meat should have been soaked for a while, as opposed to just a quick rinse. It was the saltiest meat I've ever experienced. I ended up putting it in a big vat of black beans and making feijoada and replacing the salt pork with my slabs of super-salty bacon. It was amazing!
Second was this Pancetta Stesa, or flat (as opposed to rolled). This and the rolled pancetta (below) were cured in the fridge for 3 weeks in a ziploc bag with some awesome spices. This is basically the Italian version of bacon, and doesn't require smoking. After the stesa hung in the basement for 9 days, it was ready.

I don't think I've ever had a better cured meat than this. Such a bold and amazing flavor. It was the shining success of the experiment, and something I plan to make again and again!
The third and longest cure was this beautiful Pancetta Arrotolata, or rolled pancetta. This cure had the skin left on it to slow down the release of moisture. It was also the most labor intensive, including learning how to tie butcher's knots. I failed many times before finally getting the knots down. 
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the makeshift swamp cooler, made with things laying around the house.
It hung in my basement for over 2 months, and was quite an interesting thing. One part of me was weirded out by the concept of allowing meat to just hang. It felt a little wrong. I can't imagine what my wife was going through. She's the cautious one of the family. I'm sure she had her doubts about the whole prospect of aging meat in our house, but kept her thoughts to herself.

The other, more excited side of me just couldn't bare the wait. Two months the longest time I've ever spent prepping food of any kind. The anticipation was great, but you can't rush flavor.

Finally, last week, the moment came where the meat had lost 25% of its weight in moisture, and it was time to take it down and try it out. 

Now, just to review, when you hang meats, the idea is to block the bad molds and allow the good molds to thrive. So, mold is inherent in the process  They say white molds are good, green/blue molds are ok, and black or red are deal breakers and should be thrown away immediately. 

When I finally cut into it, this is what I found...
The green, gummy edges of the roll had an immediately negative response from my gut. Also, the yellow mold was instinctively no good, though it was never mentioned in my initial research of mold acceptability. After searching around, I found the consensus to be "throw it out!". Better safe than sorry is the way of the beginning charcuterie enthusiast.

It was heart wrenching. I'm inherently waste-averse, especially after putting all this work into a food. It took me a couple days to actually put it in the trash. 

In the end, I had one failure, two over-salted bacon slabs that went perfectly in a huge pot of beans, and the most amazing cured meat in the Pancetta Stesa. Two out of three ain't bad, they say. As a first timer, I think things came out quite well. I think I'll stay away from the rolled pancetta for a while and stick with the more basic meats. I'm looking forward to trying other whole meats and eventually some ground meats as well. 

Baby steps!
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<![CDATA[The Italian Job]]>Wed, 18 Jun 2014 03:31:46 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/the-italian-job
The beginning of this year's pizza season started off with an interesting event for GoreMade Pizza. One of my ingredient providers needed the use of my wood fired oven for a product demonstration at their annual food show. They had an italian pizza chef (who didn't speak a lick of english) flown in to demonstrate a new kind of flour entering the market. I'm not in the business of renting my oven, so I was hesitant at first. In the end, they hired me and the oven and all was well.
It was exciting to not only eat true italian wood fired pizza (having never been to Italy, this would be a first), but also to see how this particular pizzaiolo does what he does. He had a translator by his side, and a small entourage of fans huddling around him throughout the day wanting to see a master at work. It was at some points a struggle, but I made sure to watch every aspect of his process despite the crowds. From the fire placement to the way he stretched and topped the pizzas, there were mountains of details and information to take in. And to top it all off, I was getting paid to be a part of it!
When the luster of the moment died down, it was just he and I on a loading dock of the convention center overlooking the bustle of a highway on-ramp. Through a series of grunts and gestures, we had a nice conversation about pizza and technique and families and bambinos (the only italian word I knew besides stromboli).  I ended up making a few pizzas from his dough balls to take home for the bambinos and the bambino-sitter, then it was off to the after party. 

If you've never been, RDP puts on a tremendous show at the LC pavilion once a year for all their customers. Free drinks, loads of entertainment (my wife being one of the hired stilt-walkers), and some kind of popular music act to finish off the evening. They truly do it up right! It was fun seeing the Italian pizza chef in plain cloths and blending into the crowd. 

There was a moment in the evening where, after a few drinks and knee-deep into the main event, I felt the need to have his translator tell him that this hair band cover band was not the quintessential America as it may appear. After all, he brought amazing pizza, and we gave him hairball. The translator insisted that it was, but I forced him to convey the message, even if just for my own well being. Looking back on it, that just might be what America is. Those small moments after a hard day's work that allow us to unwind with someone else's hard work.

In the end, I learned a lot about the subtleties of the wood fired pizza making from one of the pros, I got to eat some amazing pizza, and I got paid to be a part of it all. Another awesome win for myself and GoreMade Pizza.


NickG,
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<![CDATA[Upcoming Event - Pizza Pizzazz; Round 2]]>Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:36:37 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/upcoming-event-pizza-pizzazz-round-2Two years after our first and unsuccessful attempt at winning a pizza competition, GoreMade Pizza is making its second attempt at taking home the gold at the NAPICS Pizza Pizzazz competition.

As documented from the last time I entered this competition in 2012, I was new to the game. I had never sold a pizza and recently purchased a mobile wood fired oven with the hopes of winning some cash to set up my new mobile business. I was up against seventy-something other Pros from around the country who had been making their submissions as regular menu items for a long time, where as I had to make a menu to enter the competition (regular menu items are the only pizzas allowed to be made for the competition). I had to decide my pizza submission within minutes of signing up, which was not wholly ideal.

This time around, I’ve got several years of pizza notes to sift through and a lot of crowd response to boot. I’m entering both the Gourmet and Traditional categories to better my odds of success. Picking the pizzas to enter was still a difficult task.

Another difficulty is that I’ve honed in my pizza making with respect to a high heat environment, from dough recipe to cheese selection. Having to switch from a 900º wood fired oven to a deck oven that will be hundreds of degrees cooler can change things drastically.

My wife is away with our two children the week leading up to the competition, so I’ll be spending a lot of time experimenting with a pizza stone in my home oven. I’ve got to test out some new cheeses and get my pizzas to perfection in a little over a week. Looks like I’ll be eating pizza a lot while they're away! I can think of worse situations to be in.

More as the story unfolds! In the mean time, wish me luck!

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<![CDATA[Licensed!]]>Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:25:23 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/licensed
When I started this crazy journey to open a pizza business, I was planning on it being a Brick & Mortar restaurant. It was scheduled for an opening date of March 3rd, 2013, and that date was set 5 years ago! A lot has changed since making those plans, but I'm happy to report that on March 12, 2013, after talking with Columbus Public Health for over a year, GoreMade Pizza has officially become a licensed mobile food establishment! (Can I Get A Woop-Woop!?!) The fact that it was 9 days after my target goal set 5 years ago is down right amazing, and just goes to show that it pays to plan ahead!
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Me after donating some pizzas to an event in 2011, comically advertising that GoreMade Pizza will be established in 2013!
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Notice the nifty signage, fancy sink cover and my first ever solar panel in the background!
I had a primary inspection the week before, and most everything was up to code. I was told that my sink setup was the most innovative that she'd inspected, using a solar charged deep cycle battery to power a water pump and a low-energy bucket heating device for the hot water (GoreMade Pizza keepin it green, y'all!). She also informed me that GoreMade Pizza is the only licensed mobile wood fired pizza establishment in Franklin County, which is an amazing thing to be able to say. I had to do a couple things, like build a cover for my sinks, have some identifying signage on the cart, get some lighting and get some sink stoppers. She'd inspect me a week later and, if all was completed, license me as a food vendor.
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My battery box complete with dusty (playa-fied) marine battery (hooked up to the solar panel), inverter, rechargeable light and temperature control element under that extension cord.
On the morning of the second inspection, I'd been up all night with a not-so-fun bout of a stomach virus that slowly overtook my whole family, getting me last. After getting very little sleep and calling in sick from work, I got a call from the inspector saying that she'd like to finalize the inspection that day. With very little energy and unable to keep any food down, I spent the next 6 hours packing up, setting up, getting inspected, tearing down, packing up, bringing everything home and putting it all away. It was indeed the most miserable and anti-climactic milestone yet. I was planning on making pizza all that day, but was reduced to the couch for some serious recovery time. My only celebration was a silent one, wearing a GoreMade Pizza shirt every day for a week (thankfully, I have many!). It was all I could muster.
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That same established 2013 sign, present day. It's dusty, but still rings true!

So now here I am, meeting a 5 year goal of starting a business, only to be rewarded with the herculean task ahead of making it a successful one.

It's never-ending,
haven't you heard.

The business is only going to be as big as I make it, so it's time to start thinking massive! I'm open to any ideas, so if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears. Also feel free to spread the word however you can. I'm gonna need all the help I can get!

Here's to successful beginnings... many years after beginning!


PIZZA!... legally!
NickG

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<![CDATA[Best Christmas Gift EVER!]]>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:51:06 GMThttp://goremadepizza.com/goremade-pizza-blog/best-christmas-gift-ever
I have this friend, Heidi,  see. And she's amazingly creative and expressive and wonderful and is a very wonderful friend. She makes body puppets and has an amazing business around their creation and expression. For my birthday in July, she gave me a painted card with a coupon on the back good for one pizza body puppet. Of course this is awesomely rad, so I cashed it in and she began her work. I've received various text images on my crappy phone depicting what I can only assume to be the various stages and sketches of creation, but I was still pretty much in the dark about exactly what I would be receiving.
​Jump to December, the last pizza sunday of 2012. A friend was going away for the holidays and wanted some deliciousness before his trip, so he sponsored a pizza sunday with all the fixins. Deliciousness ensued. 

My amazingly creative and expressive friend Heidi shows up after telling me she was up all night and wouldn't be able to attend the event. While on my mid-cook break, I asked her to tell me about this body puppet she'd been working on for months to get an idea of what exactly to expect. She told me that she has to go to the bathroom, but she'd oblige me as soon as she came back. And oblige me she did!
Turns out she was up all night finishing this masterpiece! This is by far the most amazing pizza thing, if not all-things thing anyone's ever made for me! It also is up there with the best answer to a question I'd ever asked. Brilliant! There were close to 30 people at the house, and we were all blown away. The pizza toppings were applied with velcro, which makes them all removable/interchangeable. There's pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, and faces to boot!

One interesting thing that I hadn't realized until the moment she came out in that amazing thing was that I had never had the chance to hug pizza before, which was immediately remedied. It was an amazing experience that everyone should have.
If I weren't married, it would have been rad to get at least to second base with pizza, but those days are over now ;)

Then it was my turn to try on the costume! Heidi and Jessica helped me suit up and apply some toppings.
After some pizza body puppet fun and a nice photo shoot with Ziel, I went back to the cooking. People were hungry!
Heidi's gift to me was as much of a challenge as it was a blessing. In giving me this amazing thing, I now have to put it to good use. It is up to me to decide what exactly that good use will be.

So far, I've warn it for christmas day at my grandparents house. I showed up with a cooler full of frozen GoreMade Pizzas singing a remake of the popular "White Christmas". 


"White Pizza" lyrics;

I'm dreaming 
of a white pizza
just like the ones I used to dough.
Where the sausage glistens
and spinach is delicious
and the mushrooms are all locally grown.


I'm dreaming
of a white pizza
with every christmas card I do.
May there be lots of pizza for you....
and may all your pizza dreams come true!


I sang this song all the way through, even as my 18 month old was crying and my grandparents had a guest I'd never met before sitting on the couch taking it all in. She was quite impressed. And yes, all the pizzas I gave as christmas presents were white (no red sauce) pizzas. I even tried to send some to my brother in denver, but it arrived a week late and was a soppy wet mess. I sang him the song over the phone. I'll have to over-night it next time.

Christmas evening, we had a sleepy son who took refuge on the pizza costume and took the most delicious nap possible!
As for other uses for the pizza costume, I tried to wear the pizza costume to the hospital when a friend got his kidney transplant on new year's day, but that went about as wrong as it could. Just a note, Transplant patients go into very small rooms directly after surgery. I've also put it on at a friend's house in my home town after we ordered two large pizzas. I walked into the room as they were chowin' down.

"Hey Guys! I hear you love Pizza, so I thought I'd... HOLY $&!T, YOU'RE EATING THEM!" Then a lot of screaming. It was pretty friggin' funny.

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So, now I've got this amazing costume and have to invent new reasons to wear it, and wear it often. If you've got any ideas, tell me in comments.

I think this lady deserves a pizza party, eh?



Pizza Love,
NickG



p.s. Thank you, Ziel, for the beautiful photo documentation!!!
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