Baker turned pizza maker hits hits the road with wood-fire oven
Have wood-fire oven. Will travel.
That could be Stephan Jennebach's new motto now that he's added a mobile pizza oven to his Firebrick Bread business in Zumbrota.
About a month ago, he hit the road with a new custom trailer featuring a wood-fire oven and prep kitchen to make and sell pizzas wherever he'd like. Right now, Jennebach can be found at the Zumbrota Farmers Market on Tuesdays and the Red Wing Farmers Market on Saturdays.
The new offering has gone over so well that he needed to hire three employees to keep the pizzas moving. However, he's still remaining true to the original vision of Firebrick Bread and continues to bake an array of hand-made breads in his wood-fired oven at his home. He first fired up the bakery business in 2012.
His menu includes five types of pizzas. He's using some local produce on them now and hopes to do more of that as the project progresses. It takes about five minutes to make and then bake a pizza in the 700-degree wood-fired oven.
Jennebach says adding the kitchen-on-wheels made sense given the local hunger for wood-fired pizza.
"When I told people about Firebrick Bread, the first question always was, 'Do you make pizzas, too?,'" he said.
Since regulations wouldn't allow him to do that at his home, Jennebach started looking into putting an oven on a trailer and eventually turned to a company that specialized in them.
"It was a big investment, but it's one I believe will pay for itself," he said. "I can take it anywhere in Minnesota."
Right now he's sticking to weekly appearances at the two farmers markets and an occasional special event. That, combined with his weekly bread baking, has pretty much filled up his schedule at this point.
He was also pretty much the only one who would act on my goofy attempts at photo contests. I was just ahead of my time with 'selfies.' Heh. His best submission involved the big red balls in front of what was then the brand-new south Target store.