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Offline Mrdennycrane

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Toss 'n' Fire..my mobile wood fire journey.
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:23:50 PM »
Over the past few months I have been researching, developing business plans and figuring out how to bring my vision/dream to a reality. When I was 14 I started my first job at a pizzeria as a bus boy, I spent 6 years learning everything in that place and how to master all of it. I went to culinary school followed by hospitality management school and cooked in a few restaurants then decided to go where the money was, restaurant management. I currently manage a 3 million dollar a year restaurant and miss cooking every single day.

This brings me to where I am today. I want to open a restaurant but don't have the financial resources or the ability to quit my job and take that plunge. So I thought after reading countless hours of information from this site and others about the mobile business which is a much cheaper start up be it a difficult one that I could start to follow that dream by opening a mobile pizzeria.

I'll use this thread to document my journey. I currently live in a part of New York State that in my opinion needs a product like this. I lived in Connecticut my whole life and was use to great pizza like Pepes and other local gems. I want to bring something I'm proud of to the masses.

I present Toss 'n' Fire, a mobile wood fire pizzeria. I have confirmed some spots in some busy local farmers markets and I've been talking to as many people as I can. My area is very new to the food truck/trailer scene only having maybe a total of 8-10 in operation. I've got my name on lists for some festivals and other happenings. I'm beyond excited to dive into this and make my dream a reality.

Posting some pictures of pizzas, the oven/unit we picked out and a logo I put together. I would really appreciate any likes on our Facebook page too www.facebook.com/tossnfirepizza

Planning to launch around middle to end of April. It will be part time for me as I'll be working my job to support my family and baby on the way but I'm bringing a good friend on board to help with day to day and hiring some local guys I met to do some part time work when we get to that point.

- Nick
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Re: Toss 'n' Fire..my mobile wood fire journey.
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2014, 11:14:04 PM »
Nick, good luck with the new venture! There's a lot of work, a lot to learn and a lot of fun along the way. I'm finishing up my first full season here at the Jersey Shore. If you ever have any questions, I would be happy to help out the the best I can. Good luck!
PS....that's my oven/trailer (literally) in that first pic
Chaz

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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2014, 12:01:56 PM »
Thank you Chaze! Sent you a message. Have a meeting with our potential commissary tomorrow so hopefully have that locked up this week. Things are moving and I couldn't be more excited!

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Re: Toss 'n' Fire..my mobile wood fire journey.
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2014, 01:55:33 PM »
Sounds great. I'm not exactly sure where in Central New York you are, but I travel around fairly often and will hopefully get to try your pizza someday.

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2014, 06:43:42 PM »
We're in the Syracuse area. I'll be sure to let you know if we're doing any events closer to Albany.

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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2014, 06:52:55 PM »
Sounds good. I wind up in Syracuse every so often too.

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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2014, 12:38:19 PM »
Sounds Good Mr Denny,
Hope I was able to help you out a tiny bit  ;)  always here.

Best of luck !
 
John
I Love to Flirt with Fire! www.flirtingwithfirepizza.com

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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2014, 08:04:24 PM »
Thanks John, you we're helpful in giving me lots of info and I really appreciated it.

I locked down a commissary kitchen at a bakery about 15 mins from where I live with TONS of space, 2 very large mixers and the fridge space I need. All the paperwork has been filed to make it official and get our name in New York State registered. More updates to come...

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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2014, 03:28:15 PM »
Lots of things in the works since my last update. Antoine over at Breadstone Ovens had been talking with me about his experiences and answering all types of questions for me. He then gave me a great deal on a bigger oven at a comparable price. So I will be getting my trailer through him. Delivery should be around March 1st and we plan to launch in mid April for "Friday Pie Day" at the bakery we'll be using as our commissary.

I've managed to line up a huge event for June in our area. Taste of Syracuse where local restaurants/food trucks etc. all come together for people to try the best of Syracuse. Everyone has $1 samples so we'll be doing $1 slices of our speciality pizzas for customers to try. This should be a huge kickoff for us.

I also will be partnering with a local
Ice cream maker and set up at there shop as well as a local coffee shop. Things are starting to move!

New logo, trailer design and some pizzas attached. Thanks for reading and I can't thank this forum enough for all the info I've been able to find on it!!

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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2014, 04:21:12 PM »
Good luck with everything! Sounds like you're well on your way!
Nick Gore - just a dough eyed wanderer


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Re: Toss 'n' Fire..my mobile wood fire journey.
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2014, 09:09:19 PM »
Love those sinks !  Enjoy! It's an amazing experience!

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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2014, 05:07:58 PM »
Thank you both! Just picked up my first bag of caputo 00 flour! I've made dough with an organic 00 I buy from a local italian market. Other picture is gonna be one of my signature pizzas. 'Cuse Salt Potato Pizza 2.0. -Thin sliced salt potatoes with garlic herb butter sauce, caramelized onions, cheddar, mozzarella and crispy bacon.

Also some shirt designs!

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Re: Toss 'n' Fire..my mobile wood fire journey.
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2014, 05:17:43 PM »
That Salt Potato Pizza looks fantastic  :drool:

Great shirts!
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Re: Toss 'n' Fire..my mobile wood fire journey.
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2014, 06:43:34 PM »
I like the look of the pizza AND the t-shirts! Did you get the shirts online? Very nice.
Chaz

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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2014, 07:07:40 PM »
Thanks Chaz. Pizzas are all made in my bakerstone box. Cooks at about 750-800 degrees so the closest I can get to wood fire at the moment.

Getting shirts from Upstate Merch here in Ny. They are local to me about an hour away.


 

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