Purpose of this blog

This blog will really be a true web log. I will post here about different wood-fired ovens as I find them.

If you know of any wood-fired ovens I should know about, you can send an e-mail to me. (If you build wood-fired ovens, I would like to hear from you too.)

There will lots of posts and lots of labels, since I plan to create one post for every appropriate web site that I find, and however many labels it takes to describe each one (usually at least the type of page and the location of the oven).

The accumulated information will still be found at the real Quest for Ovens web site links pages, but that is not updated as frequently as this blog will be.

If you are from outside the US and Canada, let me know what you find interesting about it. I see that I get visitors from India and Iran, and other faraway places. I'd like to know what draws you to this blog.

I received e-mail from the organizers of the BBC Two television show asking if the Saint Paul Bread Club could post a notice about their show Great British Bake-Off for amateur bakers. The information they gave me is now accessible through a link. (The organizers don't have a web page for the show itself yet.)

Please share this with any amateur bakers in Great Britain you may know, or post the link where they might see it.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Carle Place, New York

While trying to find information about a place called Anthony's Brick Oven, I found Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Carle Place, New York.

I don't know anything about it, but there it is.

Brick Oven Bread and Cheese Shoppe, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

A food blogger has an entry with a picture of bread from the Brick Oven Bread and Cheese Shoppe, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: "Bread Cooling on the Rack @ Brick Oven Bread Shoppe - December 9."

The home page of the Brick Oven Bread and Cheese Shoppe says in part, "Our passion for great food has moved us to open an artisan bread and cheese shoppe where we can share our brick-oven baked breads and our epicurean selection of specialty food items with our community and neighbors."

01/24/2011 Wood Fired Pizza Class, Brooklyn, New York

Most of the time what I see are businesses where you get to eat food prepared in a wood-fired oven, and maybe even watch it get made and cooked.

Here is an opportunity to get some hands-on experience: 01/24 Wood Fired Pizza Class

The description says in part, "This Interactive class will cover Wood-fired cooking in the pizza oven with our friend at Best Pizza. Anthony Falco and Angelo Womack will teach how to do everything and more in the wood fired oven.... This small class will really give you the know how not only to use one, but to build your own wood fired pizza oven, on a trailer, or in your yard!"

Of course, you have to pay the fee and go to Brooklyn Kitchen, but that's not so bad.

Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria, Michigan Shore, Indiana

An on-line column from the Michigan City News Dispatch profiled the Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria.

It describes the history of the Stop 50 including its inspiration and philosophy.

The column says in part, "The community is responding positively to the restaurant. Beginning his fifth year of operation, not only has [founder] Chris [Bardol] received a great response of support from the local community, Stop 50 has gained regional recognition, and has been featured in many newspapers and publications."

Saison, San Francisco, California

Sometimes the clues to finding a business with a brick oven are easy to overlook.

My Google Alert brought my attention to a Easter SF food blog about a place called Dcantr.

Buried in the piece was this line, "I was too busy savoring winning items from the brief but show-stopping-good menu, like ... a braised Petaluma chicken leg cooked with podi spices in Saison’s outdoor wood-fired oven."

So, it's not Dcantr that has the oven, but Saison. It does not look like a place for casual dining....