Miguel Carretero, a Wood Fired University Graduate in 2019, is making lots of dough with his Mobile Wood Fired Oven. This brick-and-mortar pizzeria owner has expanded his income as well and has taken mobile catering to new heights in his hometown. Take a look at a little of the success he has created as first reported by George Mahe in the St. Louis Magazine here.
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One of our favorite couples, Kirt & Cecille, attended both our Wood Fired University and our Advanced Wood Fired University. With their Fire Within oven, they are feeding Kentuckians with some great cuisine! Here’s a a little bit about them...     Currently, we both continue to maintain our previous professions/careers (Kirt: (is a) chef, Cecille: Recreational Therapist) while owning & operating our business. Moving forward, we plan for Kirt to transition full-time into the business first, and hopefully, Cecille will follow soon thereafter. While exploring ways to expand our private catering business into the public realm, we came upon
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Fire Within is proud to watch our attendees become graduates and move into the exciting world of mobile wood-fired cooking!   Over the course of three days, 20 attendees traveled to Denver, Colorado to become the latest group of entrepreneurs into the mobile wood-fired world. Practicing social-distancing and COVID-19 regulations, our attendees were given the tools needed to make dough not only during the pandemic, but afterwards as well. Our attendees came from all across the United States with the dreams of taking wood-fired cuisine skills back to their home towns to start a business. Understanding the need for great
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Fire Within is proud to call Chase Gibb of Coal Haus 337, a Fire Within community member. Chase attended our Wood Fired University, even being a pizza restaurant owner, and learned the benefit of adding a mobile unit to his existing business.   I already have three brick & mortar locations, so this is just a natural progression for me. The location, size, capacity, and floor plan of this new restaurant fits my exact business blueprint requirements. We will be able to fulfill all three arms of our restaurant model-Dine In, Carryout, and Catering-through this new location. I will utilize my
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Frank Fortino purchased his Cucina series mobile wood-fired oven and was pleased that he could generate revenue during the current pandemic. Food trucks are ready made for curbside drive up service. We didn’t have to be creative as some restaurants in figuring out how they were going to handle curbside. So as soon as the restaurants were forced to close we had to figure out how to keep up with demand. We just had the right business at the right time. [There is a] sense of community among other restaurant owners and food trucks. We don’t consider each other competition
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Mike Shapiro and his company, Sgt. Peppers, is the pinnacle example of how a change of career didn’t stop him from giving back and making great food for his community – as well as generating revenue for himself! Prior to starting life with my Fire Within Wood Burning Oven, I was a first responder.  I spent 7 years as a medic and then 30 years in law enforcement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.  I retired 3 years ago as a sergeant. I had been attending food shows for several years with my brother who is a chef.  After
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Rick Doering is a great example of how to utilize Fire Within’s resources. He purchased the business manual, attended our Wood Fired University, purchased a mobile unit, and is moving into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. We use mobile units as a catering arm of our business. While we will continue to serve retail events such as wineries, markets, and concerts our focus will be on private functions such as weddings. Rick talks about a recent event where he used his mobile wood-fired oven. (We worked) the 122nd Fighter Wing Air National Guard Fort Wayne Air Show. It was insanity. We had a
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This Article Originally Published in FORBES on 3/23/2020 Why Now Is A Good Time To Be Your Own Boss—3 Tips To Get Started These are uncertain times. Anxiety levels are up. People are nervous about layoffs, and how they will provide for themselves and their families in the future. Worry, coupled with having to stay home and isolate, can be a recipe for disaster. Knowledge workers with children and without school are doing two jobs at once. Unemployment claims last week were way up, and we don’t know exactly how much worse things could get, but it’s likely it will
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Everyone has a specialty pizza that can put the “WOW!” in their customer’s mouths. I remember at a catering event, I once had a wood-fired pizza where the protein was goat and it was accompanied by a light BBQ-style sauce. It was extremely savory and I went back for seconds. Who am I kidding? I went back for fourths.This month, we spotlight one of the many recipes that are featured in our business manual, Rolling In The Dough. We have well over 100 recipes in the library, and it is a pleasure to be able to provide them to you.Take
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For the longest time, our community has come to us for the “smaller things” that we know that could help them in their wood-fired lives. We have spent hours on the phone with oven owners not only answering questions, but listening to some of YOUR solutions to everyday types of problems. It’s been amazing to walk this journey with all of you, and with that - we are proud to present our first DIFYI (Do It Yourself For Your Information) manual! Inside you will find a multitude of instructions and tips on how you can keep your mobile unit in tip-top
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Fire Within is pleased to announce that one of our School Partners, North Bend High School in Oregon has recorded a graduation rate increase of five-percent for students participating in their culinary program built around their mobile wood fired oven. The North Bend ‘Blazing Bulldogs’ mobile oven is run as close to a stand-alone business as the education system permits; empowering students to plan and execute the various phases associated with the running of a food business. This empowerment has made a significant difference for students at the lower end of the learning scale, those on the edge of dropping
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  If you have ever thought about starting your own business, a mobile wood-fired oven is a profitable and fun way to make the change from working 9-to-5 to setting your own work schedule. Fire Within is about to celebrate a monumental occasion: Our 50th Wood Fired University! For over a decade we have helped hundreds of people from all walks of life learn all about the mobile wood-fired industry and given them the foundation to change their lives as pizza entrepreneurs! Not only have we helped first timers, but we have been there to help support the existing pizza
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In recent years, the food truck industry has seen a rise in the popularity of a lightweight yet innovative and high-tech product: the mobile wood-fired pizza oven. Typically wagon-mounted, these movable pizzerias have become popular with “foodie” entrepreneurs wanting to tap into America’s love of pizza. Mobile pizza ovens can be used at brick-and-mortar restaurants, but, more commonly, are used to serve pizza and other food items at farmers’ markets, festivals, picnics, parties, brewpubs, restaurants, catered events, and other venues. Entrepreneurs, nine-to-five business people, and even retirees looking for a profitable hobby have discovered that if they start a mobile
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With food trucks all the rage these days, Fire Within helps numerous entrepreneurs who want to know how to make big money with mobile pizza oven trailers. From business planning to providing training on making amazing pizzas in a mobile kitchen and of course, delivering expertly designed and crafted wood-fired pizza ovens, we offer a complete roadmap for success. Of course, once you have crave-worthy pizza recipes and the safest, high-quality equipment from the leader in mobile pizza oven trailers, it’s time to cash in. But not so fast. You need to have a strategy and think carefully about where
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Food trucks have become increasingly popular. These mobile restaurants are able to park outside of businesses and serve all kinds of delicious goodies! Customers love the convenience as well as the fun atmosphere food trucks provide. Mobile wood fired pizza is one of the most popular kinds of food trucks. There’s nothing better than being able to grab a slice on your lunch break or in the evening outside a local hot spot with friends. Maybe you’ve even considered getting in on the fun with your own mobile pizza truck. Let’s take a look at a few things that will
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In 2016, millennials became the largest group in the workforce. This optimistic generation is curious and willing to try new things, like globally influenced cuisine from mobile food trucks. The industry has been steadily growing since the inception of the modern food truck in 1974. Now, with millennials making up the majority of their patrons, food trucks have been booming and are here to stay. Keep reading to discover 9 reasons millennials flock en masse to food trucks. 1. Budget-Friendly, Restaurant Quality Food Tasty food can be a luxury when you don’t make a ton of money and don’t have time to cook.
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Most everybody loves pizza. So it makes sense you could make money selling it, right? Don’t stick to the boring old stuck-in-a-building routine. Instead, take your pizza on the road by making your business mobile! People love food trucks — maybe as much as pizza. There are thousands of them throughout the United States. So why not jump on that bandwagon? Starting a pizza business takes more than just jumping in a truck with a pizza oven. You’ve got to have a business model. To help you create your own, here are seven mobile pizza business models you can learn
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Food trucks have become increasingly popular. These mobile restaurants are able to park outside of businesses and serve all kinds of delicious goodies! Customers love the convenience as well as the fun atmosphere food trucks provide. Mobile pizza is one of the most popular kinds of food trucks. There’s nothing better than being able to grab a slice on your lunch break or in the evening outside a local hot spot with friends. Maybe you’ve even considered getting in on the fun with your own mobile pizza truck. Let’s take a look at a few things that will help you
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At Fire Within, we strive to achieve goals that benefit both entrepreneurs and the communities they’ll serve. Our holistic approach includes training in all aspects of the business, inspiration, motivation, and of course, high-quality equipment. In today’s linked article from Manufacturer’s Edge, you’ll find out how we partnered with their company to improve the production of our mobile wood fired ovens. Because of growing demand, our team at Fire Within knew that we had to find a way to make the process more efficient without sacrificing quality. Find out how Value Stream Mapping exercises helped us drastically reduce manufacturing turnaround
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Forno Bravo makes Commercial Pizza Ovens for all kinds of businesses, including fully mobile operations. Read on to meet Diedra Keogh of Kickin’ Ass Mountain Pizza. The Keogh family took a unique business path as they followed their passion for delicious food, ultimately, making a Forno Bravo wood-fired oven and a Fire Within Pizza Trailer part of their journey. The Keoghs of Kickin’ Ass Mountain Pizza In July of 2017, 8 years after starting the discussion of “Wouldn’t it be fun to…”, husband and wife team of Patrick and Deidre Keogh and their three children, ages 15, 13, and 11, officially
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As the Executive Producer of Culinary-TV, I get to attend a number of cooking expos each year to include the National Restaurant Expo, the International Pizza Expo, the International Baking Expo and the Cater-Source Expo. I see and taste a lot of delicious creations but I also see things that leave me asking “Why?” Just a few years ago, it seemed as if the dining world was poised to drown in a gurgle of futuristic gels, spheres, foams and infusions. These trending cooking fads were innovative, entertaining and sometimes even delicious, but pretty far removed from the sensory experiences most
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With food trucks all the rage these days, Fire Within helps numerous entrepreneurs who want to know how to make big money with mobile pizza oven trailers. From business planning to providing training on making amazing pizzas in a mobile kitchen and of course, delivering expertly designed and crafted wood-fired pizza ovens, we offer a complete roadmap for success. Of course, once you have crave-worthy pizza recipes and the safest, high-quality equipment from the leader in mobile pizza oven trailers, it’s time to cash in. But not so fast. You need to have a strategy and think carefully about where
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WOOD FIRED UNIVERSITY 2017 FEBRUARY GRADUATION CLASS Fire Within would like to congratulate our latest graduates from Wood Fired University!   Lisa Adams, Anne Cox, Tobie Anderson, Tai Anderson, Jessica Dimel, Rick Doering, Frank Murphy, Bonita Scott, Abby Scott, Robert Anderson, Antonio Cannas, Chris Decker, Brad Taschuk, Lori Deese, Edgar Deese, Mark Dorman, Nevada-Dawn Finnell, Ryan Lanfersieck and Libby Lanfersieck We were honored to have them with us and we look forward to supporting them through all of their ventures in the future! Our attendees spent three days learning learning hands-on how to prep food for a catering event, including
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