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.

Thanks.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza, Rockford, Illinois

I stumbled across a mention of Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza, Rockford, Illinois while doing a related Google search.

They have a "Restaurant/Cafe" Facebook page. (Their info page has a link to an inactive domain.)

They have gotten some mention in a local blog (here), and in on-line news article (here and here), and in bits about the Rockford City Market, "Joe D’Astice, owner of Wood Fire Brick Oven Pizza, serves pizza from the oven at City Market in downtown Rockford."

Black Beauty, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

A separate catering operation of Pizzeria Prima Strada, their mobile wood-burning oven, Black Beauty, is available for hire.

Six Hundred Degrees, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

I found a blog post that mentioned several businesses with wood-burning ovens on (or near) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Posts like this are valuable to me because the identify several places at once, although they are also something of a burden for the same reason.


A comment in that blog mentioned the 600 Degrees bakery, and provided a link to a story about it.


The story says in part:
Inside this protusion [an addition to a shake and shingle home], a wood-fired oven roars to life each Thursday and on Friday, beautifully rustic loaves of breads, buns and cinnamon buns, all leavened with sourdough starter, emerge from the brick oven. A couple of restaurants and health food stores snap them up. And in summer, Julie Lomenda, owner of 600 Degrees, bakes up to 100 loaves every week, many of which are sold at the local Farmers’ Market (which opens in May at Village Green, across from the District of Tofino).
Apparently they spell out the name of the bakery, so its correct name is Six Hundred Degrees. Their home page is pretty minimal.

Pizzeria Prima Strada, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I found a blog post that mentioned several businesses with wood-burning ovens on (or near) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Posts like this are valuable to me because the identify several places at once, although they are also something of a burden for the same reason.


The Pizzeria Prima Strada, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, apparently makes Neapolitan pizza, but without the VPN certification.


The blog post says, "Now with two locations, Pizzeria Prima Strada in Victoria is churning out pies at a rate of up to six every two minutes." The blog post goes into substantial detail about Pizzeria Prima Strada.

Wild Fire Organic Bakery and Cafe, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I found a blog post that mentioned several businesses with wood-burning ovens on (or near) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Posts like this are valuable to me because the identify several places at once, although they are also something of a burden for the same reason.


There was a bare mention of Wild Fire Organic Bakery and Cafe, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


Their home page says, "Organic Levain Breads Baked in a Wood-Fired Oven."


Pictures of the breads look beautiful. They have an on-line photo album.


I would like to visit someday.

Fol Epi, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I found a blog post that mentioned several businesses with wood-burning ovens on (or near) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Posts like this are valuable to me because the identify several places at once, although they are also something of a burden for the same reason.


There was a very bare mention of Fol Epi.


All I could find was a mention in the on-line version of Vancouver Magazine: 
Artisan baker Cliff Leir moved lock and stock to bare all in his brand-new digs at uber-green Dockside Green. The wheat silo and hand-built wheat grinder are in place and the au natural d├ęcor of salvaged fir, brick, and rock is a fitting tribute to the earthy delights on the rise. Boule, baguettes, whole wheat, and pumpernickel are the daily wood-fired breads, while all-butter croissants, organic pain au chocolat and fruit Danish, and morish schneckens—a swirl of pastry with raisins and a slathering of Grand Fir syrup—give reason to wake up in the morning.

(The "bare all" looks like a typo, to me. Nude bakers are rather rare.)

Saltspring Island Bread Company, Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada

I found a blog post that mentioned several businesses with wood-burning ovens on (or near) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Posts like this are valuable to me because the identify several places at once, although they are also something of a burden for the same reason.


One of the businesses mentioned was the Saltspring Island Bread Company, Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada. Information about the bakery is here. There are many pictures of the oven and its owner, Heather Campbell.

Providence Farm, Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

I found a blog post that mentioned several businesses with wood-burning ovens on (or near) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Posts like this are valuable to me because the identify several places at once, although they are also something of a burden for the same reason.



One of the ovens that was mentioned was, "the James Barber Memorial Oven at Providence Farm."


Providence Farm has an "Open Group" Facebook page.


Their home page is nice, except there is no search available. I didn't find anything about the oven there.


A Google search for the "James Barber Memorial Oven" turned up a few pages.


Apparently it was installed thanks to some fund raising. Partly it was a matter of moving an existing oven the size of a small cottage 200 kilometers. It sounds like an epic.


One page about the Canadian Chefs' Congress 2010 says, "Wet Saturday and Sunday nights were fueled by endless pizzas coming out of the James Barber Memorial Wood Burning Oven, a legacy presented to Providence Farm by the BC Congress Committee."


A blog post by Chef Jonathan Pulker has a picture of the oven. A different blog post had more information about the party.


There was a picture posted on Flickr as well.


This sounds quite incredible; I would love to see it.

Merridale Ciderworks, Cobble Hill, British Columbia, Canada

I found a blog post that mentioned several businesses with wood-burning ovens on (or near) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Posts like this are valuable to me because the identify several places at once, although they are also something of a burden for the same reason.

The first place identified was Merridale Cider (which identifies themselves as Merridale Ciderworks).

They have a  "Local Business" Facebook page.

They have a page about their bakery and say a bit about their oven:
In the summer of 2006, we were fortunate to be approached to build a brick oven and bake at Merridale. We thought for mere seconds and said, "Of course". Now helmed by Alain Boisseau, our resident baker, we use this brick oven for our bread and pastries, apple pies, and special occasion menus. From late spring through early fall, we also make pizza, particularly for our famed Sunday night pizza on the deck.
This sounds like a lovely place to visit and a delightful place to eat and drink.

Feebie's Traditional Brick Oven Pizza, Taoyuan City, Taiwan

There is a group on Facebook for Brick Oven Builders. (I'm a member.)

There was a passing mention of Feebie's Traditional Brick Oven PIzza, Taoyuan City, Taiwan.
Feebie's Pizza in Taoyuan city, about 25min from the airport, $6 cab ride most. Whole wheat, thin crust, brick oven pizza topped with fresh ingredients....
While they have a Facebook Food/Beverages page, they no longer seem to own their original domain name (which they link to from their Facebook Info page).

Apparently they don't use that page much; instead they have a Facebook Open Group page.

Their Facebook page says they are Canadian owned. Some of the pictures show hockey uniforms on the walls.

Good luck to them, I say.