Looking For Something Sweet?

We love making pizza but, when it comes to desserts, we defer to our friend Natalie.  You can talk to Natalie and her team from The Sweet Bee about all of your artisanal dessert desires.

The Sweet Bee event trailer is from the 1950’s, just like the vintage pickup bed that Pacific Pizza’s trailer is built on.  It’ great to have a re purposed vintage vehicle that has found new life in catering.  We’ve had the chance to try some of Natalie’s delicious treats which are all hand baked right here in San Diego.

Here is a list of some of the desserts which The Sweet Bee serves up, they also have vegan and gluten free options.

You can find The Sweet Bee at the La Jolla Farmer’s Market each Sunday from 9am-1pm and the Little Italy Market Wednesday 9am-1pm.  Here is a short video showing some of the tasty treats you can find at the market.

Natalie’s kids help out with the events and learn a little about business and baking from their mom.

If you are interested in dessert catering, you can contact Natalie directly:

thesweetbeesd@gmail.com

858-405-5127

Charcuterie Board Appetizers

This past weekend we had a fantastic event at a client’s home, they even had their own beautiful pizza oven.  We were asked to make appetizers for the party and suggested a Charcuterie Board.  The selection of meats, cheeses, olives and olives were fantastic.

We host many types of parties and every guest wants something unique to create a wonderful atmosphere for their guests.  We can make a variety of salads, appetizers and delicious charcuterie boards.  Here are a few examples:

 

Let us know what you’d like for your party and we’ll make it happen.

Pacific Pizza

619-365-5449

Getting Married?

Over the last few years, we’ve had the honor of serving pizza at weddings all around San Diego.  We’ve served at rehearsal dinners and the day of the wedding and had a lot of fun with the wedding parties.

We’ve worked with Megan Macoubray at several weddings and she has been fantastic.  Megan has worked for Sacred Mountain in the Mountain town of Julian.  Megan founded Megan Joy Events, she specializes in helping couples create there unique wedding experience.

We recently spoke with Megan and asked her more about her wedding planning philosophy.

“I’ve always believed Happiness is a momentary feeling while Joy is a conscious act to absorb & release positivity, gratefulness & appreciation for even the littlest nuggets of good in this world.  Joy is infectious & makes people feel like they can be themselves & loved & accepted no matter what.  Joy is being surrounded by all of your family, closest friends, & loved ones who come together to celebrate your union to the person who fills your heart with love.  I never fully understood Joy, my middle name, until I left the rain and moved to the sun where my extended family lives and where my fiance was waiting for me!  Megan Joy Events offers you a Joyful experience when planning your wedding!”

If you are interested in having a fantastic event coordinator who will help you through each step of your planning, contact Megan:

Phone: 619-346-8811
Email: megan@meganjoyevents.com

Pizza….Family Style

It’s been an amazing four years of pizza parties with Pacific Pizza.  I’ve had a chance to meet so many new friends and see thousands of smiling faces  indulge in our fresh Wood-Fired Pizza.  I’ve also had a chance to spend time making pizza with my mother and father.

Recently, my mother helped out with a pizza party and as a reward, she was able to have some of her favorite pesto veggie pizza.

Sean and Lola at a pizza event in San Diego

 

I’ve also had the chance to make pizza with my father for the past few years at the Great Western Bicycle Rally.

My dad enjoying a well deserved slice of pizza

 

Who knows what future pizza events we will be doing but, we are sure to have fun and meet many new people along the way.

 

Sean Durkin

Founder, Pacific Pizza

Adventure Touring Pizza Surprise

No matter where I go in the world, I seem to find pizza at the core of many things.  Most recently, my friend Brendan and I were motorcycle touring on the West Coast from San Diego to Washington State.  We were riding vintage Honda Motorcycles from the early 80’s and camping our way up the beautiful West Coast of the USA.

Vintage 80’s Motorcycle Tour

The Oregon Coast is so beautiful, if you haven’t been, drop what you are doing and explore.  We stopped in Bandon, OR for some coffee and to talk about our upcoming travel for the rest of the day.  We ended up talking with a cool entrepreneur named Jon Hawkins, his beautiful wife Nicole Hawkins her business associate Grace, we mentioned that we were planning on heading next door to check out the brewery with the outdoor deck.  It turns out that Jon was the owner of the Bandon Brewing and he invited us to come try some of his beers, at this point, I knew that the rest of our riding that day was probably over.  We happily walked next door and took a short tour of the brewery before sitting down to try some beer, as soon as we sat down, I noticed a large beautiful pizza oven in the center of the kitchen.

Jon, Founder of Bandon Brewing

Our conversation quickly turned to pizza and beer and soon we’d had several tasty beers and our riding day was happily finished.

Sean, Jon and Brendan at Bandon Brewing

We ended up talking with many visitors and locals, Bandon Brewing really had a welcoming feeling and it was a place that was designed to bring people together and share some great stories while sipping down some tasty beers.  We met Kip from Seattle, he was headed down the coast on his BMW motorcycle.  Wild Bill was a local Bandon guy who had traveled to the Southern tip of Chile on his motorcycle.  

Later that evening, we ended up meeting Jon’s family and he put us up for the evening in his house.  These were the first beds we’d slept in during our travels, so it was excellent to get a day of socializing with new friends and great beer and pizza.  The next morning Grace cooked us some delicious French toast and soon we had our iron horses loaded up and we were ready to hit the road after a great stop with our new friends.

Brendan, Grace and Sean

Jon even has some plans to get into the wood-fired pizza business with his unique REO classic truck.

If you find yourself in Bandon,  you must stop and see Jon and his crew and try some delicious beer and pizza!

Unique Wedding and Party Venue

We had the opportunity to tour the ZLAC Rowing Club on the North end of Mission Bay, San Diego.  ZLAC is the oldest women’s rowing club in the world and is available for wedding or party rentals.  The Rowing Club has a unique patio area, a large catering kitchen and direct access to the beach for weddings or BBQ.  We spoke with several of the board members at ZLAC and they mentioned all sorts of parties they had hosted over the years.

You can find out more information about renting the ZLAC facility here.

What Is Small Business Ownership Like?

People often ask us what it’s like to own and operate a small business.  It depends on how you run your business and if you actually enjoy the day to day operations.  At Pacific Pizza, we find joy in many tasks that don’t actually involve making pizza.

Just today, we put a fresh coat of pain on the dome of the pizza oven, it was a beautiful day to be outside with paintbrushes and rollers in hand while listening to some Huey Lewis.

We enjoy going shopping for fresh ingredients, sourcing our cooking wood and making our pizza dough fresh each week.  Did  you know that we started a stairs workout on Tuesdays before making pizza dough?  What a great way to get the day started with 20 friends.

At Pacific Pizza, we think it’s great to incorporate friends and family into our daily operations, thanks to all those who have helped us out through the years!

Our crew of friends celebrate after a big first day of pizza.

Visiting Chef Tomas’

 

Thin Crust or Thick?

The thin vs. THICK crust argument has been going on long enough, let’s settle this right now!

If you are REALLY hungry and you haven’t eaten for days, perhaps a thick crust pizza is what you need.  For most of us, pizza is about enjoying a delicious meal with friends and perhaps trying some new pizza combinations.  If you really want to taste good pizza, you want to go light on the sauce, cheese and toppings, it sounds strange, but pizzas cook best with less.

When cooking with a wood-fired oven, the temperatures can get up to 850F degrees or higher!  If you want that nice crispy crust on the bottom, you”ll need to go thin crust so that your toppings and cheese don’t burn in the process.  It only takes 2 minutes to cook an 11″ pizza in the wood-fired oven, so things happen very quickly.  If you want to have a thicker crust, you’ll need a lower temperature and let’s face it, then we are just talking bread with pizza ingredients.

Have we solved the thick vs. thin pizza argument?  As much as we’d like to say yes, we probably haven’t.  If you are having a party coming up,  consider wood-fired pizza from Pacific Pizza.

Wedding Catering Advice

We think that caterers should help to make your life easier and let you enjoy your party.  Our friends at San Diego Party Ride compiled a list of suggestions for those who want to get the most out of their catering experience.

Check out the wedding catering advice list and see what you can do to make your wedding run smoothly so you can enjoy the party to the fullest just like your guests will.

If you are interested in pizza at your wedding, we cater rehearsal dinners as well as pizza fun after the ceremony.  Give us a call (619-365-5449) or send us a message via email for more information.