After my oven being gone for about three months and the lull of non-pizza-making slowly sinking into my bones, I was finally able to take the oven home for a test-drive on April 20th. It still needed some work to the water storage tank and hot water system, but I had a gig on the 25th, so I took it to test out what had been completed thus far. The following week and a half turned into a whirlwind of pizza related things! I took most of the week off to spend with family and play with the oven and do all things pizza. It was awesome!
The first Pizza Sunday was like seeing an old friend. It felt so good to make pizza again. It took me a couple pies to get back into the swing of things, but I hit my stride and there was no looking back! It's always good to pick up something you love after a long pause. Reminds me of why I chose pizza!
Tuesday, April 24th was the RDP Food Show. RDP is a Clintonville based food distributor that I've been building a relationship with for the past couple months. Every year, they invite all the companies that they distribute for to the columbus convention center to show off their products to both new and existing customers. Since I'm in the middle of moving from grocery store supplies to bulk suppliers, it was a golden opportunity to sample some of the many products they carry. Let me tell you, I made out like a friggin food bandit! 20- lbs of various cheeses from a high-end cheese company (!!!), 15 lbs of pepperoni from a columbus based company(!!), a pound of yeast(!) and some organic tomato stuff. I also got about 150 lbs of flour out of the whole deal! A savanger's dream come true, slowly fading into nightmare. I'm still trying to find the best way to store 150 lbs of flour, and we've been eating pepperoni and cheese on everything these last few weeks!
The food portion of the food show lasted from 1-6, then continued at the Lifestyles Community Pavilion from 7-9:30, featuring the musical stylings of Cheap trick and all the free booze you can cram down your hole in 2 1/2 hrs! I was allowed to bring a guest, so I brought the guy who's been working on my oven, Mark Lamson. He had no problem getting his share of beer in him. I stayed surprisingly sober given the freeness of it all, being the responsible driver of the evening.
The next day was our winter fling celebration! A little history first. Every summer, we get together and spin fire at a friend's house. These past few winters, we've continues the fun at Via Vecchia Winery on Front Street down town, practicing indoors with non-fire spinning in the colder months. This year was especially awesome with the addition of all forms of circus play and an amazing collection of people. Wednesday, the 25th was the last day of the Winter Fling for the season. In order to celebrate the end, I promised to make pizza for the event. It was awesome! Everyone had a great time. I got a request to do a graduation party from one gal and Button Le Bouton made a GoreMade pizza commercial and posted it on youtube. As you can see by the commercial, everyone enjoyed the free pizza!
The final event in my run of pizza was pizza sunday on April 29th. I was pretty pooped by then, so it was rather small scale. We had a modest collection of people out back, and I was thankful for the slow pace of the event. I was pushing my limits cooking pizza three nights in one week, but needed to take advantage of the oven while it was still in my grasp. The end of the night marked the end of my test drive of the new oven features. There were several things that needed attention, but that's what testing is for. I'll be giving the oven back to Mark Lamson Friday, the 4th of May and should have a fully functional oven, complete with sinks and hot running water the next time I see it. Hopefully that's pretty soon, seeing as I've got a couple graduation parties to attend to later this month!
Thanks to everyone involved for an awesome pizza week! Having the week off work and focusing on pizza and family made me question why I'm still working my day job. Soon, there will come a day when I will be able to do what I want to do rather than what I have to do to survive.
(having trouble uploading photos. please picture all these wonderful things in your mind's eye... it's probably better there anyway!)
Nick Gore was a corporate peon by day who just made the leap to full time pizza geek. Follow his path to world class Pizzaiolo right here on the GoreMade Pizza blog. Also, check out the facebook page.