Saturday, August 13th, 2011, GoreMade Pizza was invited to be the "food vendor" for a mock-festival party at Hockenhaus. From 7-9 pm, I made pizza in Brian's lovely kitchen. By the way, his kitchen totally kicks ass!
I made a total of 8 pizzas over the two hour happy hour. We were trying to figure out how to handle the monetary situation so that brian and I weren't footing the bill for 60 or so people to eat pizza. Brian suggested having a tip jar out for everyone to pay what they want. I was interested in how it would turn out, so we tried it.
It turns out that I got almost exactly what the ingredients cost me, which was awesome. I got to spread the GoreMade name around, got some really positive feedback from practically everyone who tried it out, and I got to step up my production, making more dough at one time that had ever previously been attempted. All of which encourage growth and a better understanding of the goals I am striving for!
Being the "opening act" of Hockenfest, there were some concerns that people wouldn't show up until much later (the scheduled performances went from 9:00pm-1:30am!) and that there would be a ton of pizza lying around. Turns out it was hard to keep up!
I always have a menu made up of all the pizzas that I plan on making. It's rarely followed 100%, but it helps me keep track of all the ingredients I was planning on preparing. The above pizza was made because people scarfed the first one up so quickly.
The above pizza was made using asparagus I picked earlier this summer. I ended up picking several pounds of asparagus and freezing most of it for a special day. Enter Hockenfest! The Asparagus and Kalamata Olive pizza was among the most talked about pizzas of the evening.
I cooked my final pizza just around the 9 o'clock hour, in time for a little clean-up then headed out to watch the fire spinners in the fire camp amaze us with their undulating flames. The rest of the evening was one awesome thing after another! I was proud to be a part of the festivities!
There's talk of a Hocktoberfest this October. If it happens, you can guarantee that GoreMade Pizza'll be slingin some pies to kick it off again!
(Thanks to Craig for the awesome photo documentation!)
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.