First, here's a fun site sent to me by its creator, Matt. He has a thing about ties, so his site is all about ties in their many manifestation, and one of his recent posts was about ties made out of cakes. Kind of clever, I think, so check it out here: http://www.tiepedia.com/tie-blog/49-crafts/155-tie-cake
As mentioned in my previous post, I was in Boulder last week and had a great visit with Joseph Pergolizzi. He showed me how he builds his mobile pizza oven rigs and helps folks set themselves up in business. He can barely keep up with the demand--I saw four different rigs of various sizes and features, all in different stages of development. We had a great time and are now discussing having me come out in October to do some classes on-site for wood-fired freaks. Keep checking in as we haven't finalized dates but it's beginning to look like mid-October. Check out his website, if you haven't already, at www.portablebrickpizzaoven.com
While I was there I got to take in a concert at Red Rocks--the famous mountain amphitheater carved out of, yes, giant red rocks. Saw Joe Cocker and also Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The music was great, of course, but the lasting memory will be of the theater itself, looking back over the city of Denver in the distance, the rocks seemingly glowing in the dark and simply luminescent. Even the walk up the steep steps was a good, and needed work-out for me (yes, I had to stop every now and then to catch my breath and my legs were sore the next day) so it was a total win-win.
I thought I'd have a solid launch date for you for the new web site, but all we have is a tentative date: June 30th. This could change, as you all know, but we'll be meeting next week to firm it all up. I'll finally be able to start sharing some of the fun video footage we shot last summer--we'll post a new "webisode" every week till we run out of them. We also met today to start planning another round of filming, probably in August, and again, hopefully in October if I can get our camera crew out to Boulder when we do the classes at Joseph's place. So, a lot is happening!
On Sunday I leave for Chicago and the Pizza Executive's Summit, where we'll spend two days talking about nothing but pizza--might even get to check out some of those only in Chicago pizzerias like Great Lake, as well as Pizzeria Due and the other great deep dish places. Will let you know how it goes when I get back. Summer's just barely here yet it seems to be flying by already. So many pizzas, so little time.
Hey, the guys in Floyd, Virginia that I wrote about a few weeks ago are just a week away from opening the Dog Town Roadhouse. Can't wait to get back up there for some of their amazing pizza and some of that great bluegrass music for which Floyd is so famous. Check out their website for details: www.dogtownroadhouse.com
I'll post again as soon as I can, hopefully in a week or so and, hopefully, with confirmation of the launch date of our new site, featuring the first of the Pizza Quest footage. Till then, may your bread always rise!