wood fired university

Join the nationally renown training program that has helped thousands run their own wood-fired pizza business

Fire Within has supported thousands of graduates for the past 11 years with our unique, nationally-renown Wood Fired University. Learn the specific preparation and cooking techniques used in the catering business and turn your hobby into a fully-fledged business strategy. We teach you the skills to use a mobile wood fired oven and the knowledge to avoid the most common mistakes.


The Wood Fired University is designed to walk you through all of the stages of starting your own wood fired pizza oven catering business, without all the expensive fees and royalties associated with buying a franchise.

You will learn specific preparation and cooking techniques used in the catering business as well as how to take your hobby and create a business strategy around it.

Practice using the equipment and techniques proven for success in the mobile pizza catering business and receive advice from professionals in the field. Real mobile caterers from across the US will teach you how to take your passion for pie and turn it into a successful business strategy.

Spend over three days in sunny Denver, CO, rubbing elbows with top chefs and current owners who have turned their dreams into reality. Wood Fired University prepares you and sets you on the road to success right out of the gate. You benefit from the experience and insider secrets of caterers and concession foodies who are part of the Fire Within Community. Wood Fired University is the first necessary step in your business plan.

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program outline

program curriculum

Brief overview of the Wood Fired University

Meet & Greet

Because we are people based business the first order of business is to introduce you to your fellow attendees of Wood Fired University Course, so Friday early evening starts with a organized “Meet and Greet” at one of the excellent Denver Wood Fired Pizzeria’s.

8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Breakfast and lunch included)

  • Overview of the wood fired catering business
  • How to obtain permits and licenses
  • Compare baking pizza at three types of events
  • Determine necessary equipment
  • Wood fired oven methods & techniques Part I
  • Dough making and management
  • The Five Pillars of Management

8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Breakfast and lunch included)

  • Wood fired oven methods and techniques Part II
  • Hands on training – dough handling and pizza making
  • Marketing strategies
  • Budgeting and start up costs
  • Q&A with some practicing Fire Within business owners

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

The final day, along with wrapping up in the classroom, you get to put everything you’ve learned into action with your own event!

  • Guests will enjoy the fruits of your labor at an event that your teams will create from scratch
  • Booth set up, decor, staff assignment, menu creation and execution
  • Learn advanced techniques
  • Extends your menu and highlights how your wood fired oven can cook more than pizza
  • Learn how to take your catering to the next level

video insight

Insight to the benefits of The Wood Fired University @ 2017 in 9 minutes Featuring: Thomas Garnick – Chef | Michael & Betty Bartoldo | Samuel Mendez | Timothy & Diane Scott | Frank Murphy – Chef – High School Culinary Program | Gayni & Asela | Chris Whiting | Lunzia & Friedrich Metz | Dianne Miller | Ralph & Lisa Potts | Skipp & Lisa Cook

course dates

Wood Fired University provides our community with the training needed to run your mobile wood fired pizza business. We do not consider our program a success until you understand how to cook the perfect pizza and run a business that makes you proud.

Across our program, you will be trained by a successful wood fired chef. You receive the first-hand direction from someone who has been in your shoes. Our instructors provide you an in-depth understanding of everything from making your first pie to the long-term care of your oven.

  • November 10th - 13th | Denver

    Wood Fired University is a great blend of “hands on” training and business foundations. Now featuring instruction from Thomas Garnick, California Cheese Grand Pizza Champion!

    In 3 days you’ll learn everything you need to launch your successful business.

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