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New wood-burning stove has arrived to North Bend High School

The Blazing Bulldogs Catering open for business
JILLIAN WARD The World Feb 15, 2017

NORTH BEND — The Blazing Bulldogs are open for business. The North Bend High School culinary class, taught by master chef Frank Murphy who was first trained by chef experts in Ireland, purchased a portable wood stove that can cook everything from meats to pizzas.

It will be used as part of the regular classroom curriculum, as well as by a core group of students who will take it to events and fundraisers to bring in money both to the class as well as to
the district.

The money to purchase the $25,000 wood-burning stove came through a Career and Technical Education grant from Oregon Department of Education for $45,000.

“The idea for the grant is to bring in equipment, stuff we wouldn’t be able to afford without it,” Murphy said. “I was looking around and wanted to redo the classroom, but that would take a whole lot more than the $45,000 we had.”

Instead, he ordered new stoves, washers and refrigerators, but that still left quite a bit of money. He knew about wood-burning stoves from looking into and building one for himself, and thought it was time to purchase a professionally-made stove for his students.

“As a teacher, you’re always looking for something to get the kids excited,” he said. “If you get them excited, they might start a career but also cook for themselves. Also, right now the wood-burning stoves are trendy. They’ve been around for ages, long before the elective stoves, but they are very popular now.”

Murphy found a company in Denver, Fire Within, that specializes in making these stoves. He spoke with the owner, who became invested in the project and put in a tile design of a bulldog on the side for free.

“We will use it for fundraising, which is why it’s mobile so we can take it with us to venues,” Murphy said. “We can move it anywhere around the district. When we cater, we aren’t buying anything. We make it here in the classroom. All of this will bring money back to us.”

Murphy doesn’t want to take money away from professional caterers in the area, but wants to focus on doing business with companies, organizations and non-profits. For non-profits, he “has no problem looking after those people if we cover our costs with other events.”

“We will never lose money, but make money, and that is also very exciting,” he said. “I can’t wait.”

To book the Blazing Bulldogs, email Murphy at [email protected]

FireWithin Expands to Santa Barbara Unified School District

The Blazing Bulldogs Catering open for business
September 15, 2019

We are pleased to announce that they have established a working partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District to supply the district with their customized, mobile wood-fired oven. The mobile oven will be integrated into the curriculum enhancing SBUSD’s “Farm to Toast” initiative.

Teaching kids to grow wheat, mill it into flour, learn to knead dough, and make bread or pizza is a full spectrum experience. We are proud to be sponsoring such a program and watching as our students: Eat to Live, Live to Learn, and Learn to Eat,” states Nancy Weiss, Director of Food Service at the Santa Barbara Unified School District. She continues, “We enjoyed a complete ‘buy-in’ from our newest partner, Ajith Dharma of Fire Within Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens; he not only worked to make this happen but personalized our mobile oven with our logo, further enhancing our program’s brand of school food.”

 

Ajith Dharma, CEO of Fire Within Mobile Wood Fired Ovens adds: “Expanding on the success and lessons learned from working with North Bend High School in Oregon, we gained a unique perspective on the challenges many school districts face when establishing curriculums designed to not only educate, but engage younger minds and increase graduation rates; we’re proud to add Santa Barbara to education partners and are fully committed to supporting their goals.”

 

Fire Within produces the most diverse configuration of wood fired ovens, in both truck and trailer models. With the increasing interest and growth of this popular food category, they produced ‘Rolling In The Dough‘, a mobile food business-manual that was written to help eliminate the guesswork, hassles and frustrating learning curve of operating rolling/mobile restaurant. Career Trade Education (CTE) schools with Culinary & Hospitality programs can access Perkins, Pathways and other grants towards this investment.

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