Pacific Pizza Party For the Surfrider Foundation

We really enjoyed making pizza for all of the friends of the Surfrider Foundation.

Surfrider Foundation Fundraiser

Surfrider Foundation Fundraiser

The Surfrider Foundation raised over $5,000 in one afternoon, thanks to the hard work of many people who volunteered their time and resources.  If you are interested in helping out, there is so much you can do for our beautiful oceans.  Check out the Surfrider calendar of events to see what is going on in your area.

Here is the history of the Surfrider Foundation:

Thirty years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations with a volunteer-activist network dedicated to its mission to protect and enjoy the world’s oceans, waves and beaches.

Today, the Surfrider Foundation is measurably stronger, with more force and movement than ever before. It has 84 chapters, including 30 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists fighting 90 active campaigns around the country. Armed with a model to defend the coast, the organization has a record of 292 victories (and counting)since 2006.

Filled with times of uncertainty, it hasn’t been easy. The Surfrider Foundation’s long-term success and growth is a tribute to its founders vision, that taking on an environmental battle may not be easy, but with constant pressure, endlessly applied, it can be won. And the key to this is what makes the organization unique…

We were happy to partner with the Surfrider Foundation, their friendly staff of volunteers were upbeat and wanted to make it a fun time for all involved, well done!

Friends, Giving Back, Exercise and….Pizza the Keys to a Happy Long Life!

People are always searching the keys to happiness and a longer life.  At my rowing club, there is a well know athlete in the club named Dodd Wragg; he rows just about every day and is know for his curly white moustache and his smile.  Dodd is 81 years old and was part of the winning 2015 US Rowing Masters Nationals Team from the San Diego Rowing Club.

Dodd and his wife Sonja enjoying Pacific Pizza at the Surfrider fundraiser in Mission Beach

Dodd and his wife Sonja enjoying Pacific Pizza at the Surfrider fundraiser in Mission Beach

So what are the keys to a long happy life?  Looking at Dodd’s life, I’d say that surrounding yourself with good friends, exercising daily, helping others, giving back to your community, being friendly and…..enjoying pizza are some of the things that will lead to longevity and happiness.

If you are interested in trying rowing, contact Rowing Director Chris Callahan to find out more.  No matter you age or experience level, there is a place for you at the San Diego Rowing Club.

The Surfrider foundation has many ways to help you help keep our fantastic oceans and beaches clean and enjoyable for our future generations.  Contact Mandy Sackett, the San Diego Chapter Manager for more info or check out the Surfrider website.

Surfrider Foundation

Pacific Pizza was part of a large group of local businesses including Xterra Wetsuits, Helix Brewing, Duck Foot Brewing, We Olive and many more which supported the Samples for the Sea event on February 28th.  We had over 90 people come and enjoy a beautiful day on Mission Bay while supporting a great cause.

Pacific Pizza is always looking for ways to give back and help the local community.  If you are looking to host a fundraiser or just a fun party, we can help by catering the whole event and cooking wood-fired pizza at your location.  Contact us and we’ll help make your party one that people will be talking about for years.

Making Your Own Oven

Over the years, I’ve had many questions about how I built my oven from people who want a wood-fired pizza oven in their backyard.  It was a lot of fun building the pizza oven and I’ve had a lot of great parties so I’m happy to help you throw your own pizza oven with mine or yours.

For all the free information you’ll every need on throwing a pizza party in San Diego, check out the Forno Bravo forum on the Forno Bravo website.

 

Wood Fired Pizza Party

Real Wisconsin Cheese

This past weekend, my friends and I left San Diego and headed to Wisconsin…..in February!  We were out to race in the Birkiebeiner Cross Country Ski Race.  As usual, I was scoping out the pizza places and on this trip, I had the opportunity to sample a lot of different kind of cheeses.  We visited the Burnett Cheese Co-Op and had fried cheese curds, flavored cheese curds, whips of cheese  and some delicious milk shakes.

Real Wisconsin Cheese

Real Wisconsin Cheese

 

We had a great time racing but didn’t find any amazing pizza on the trip….the search continues.  It’s good to be back in San Diego and enjoying all the delicious pizza we have here.

Frozen Pizza

 

Classic Margherita Pizza Story

Have you ever wondered where the Margherita pizza gets it’s name?  Yesterday, I spoke with an older Italian man and he gave me the scoop.

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita is to many the true Italian flag.

According to popular tradition, in 1889, 28 years after the unification of Italy, during a visit to Naples of Queen Margherita of Savoy, wife of King Umberto I, chef Raffaele Esposito of Pizzeria Brandi and his wife created  a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). They named it after the Queen – Pizza Margherita.

 

Check out the full article here

Pizza Excursion in Florida

Recently, I travelled to St. Petersburg, FL and again found a pizza connection, this time a fantastic authentic popular Italian Market called Mazzaro.

Pizza to go

Pizza to go

My friend Arthur lives in the “St. Pete” area and showed me this cool market on a rainy Thursday afternoon.  Mazzaro was packed in the middle of the day.  One look at the Yelp reviews and you can see why this place is a big hit.

Mazzaro’s bakery and coffee shop

 

Mazzaro fresh pasta factory

Mazzaro fresh pasta factory

They make their own pasta, cheeses and import some of the finest quality ingredients from Italy.

Cool wall decor

Cool wall decor

Some cool little Italian cars

Some cool little Italian cars

Art enjoying a classic Italian sandwich

Art enjoying a classic Italian sandwich

You can even grab a bottle of wine and enjoy it on the patio with your food from the deli counter.

Plenty of fine wines to go with your cheese

Plenty of fine wines to go with your cheese

The deli counter is packed so be patient

The deli counter is packed so be patient

 

Take a number, relax and enjoy walking around Mazzaro and relish in one of the hidden but popular places in St. Pete.

If you are in for some wood-fired pizza, check out Gregario in the sleepy town of Safety Harbor, FL  Several people in town suggested this place because of it’s fresh ingredients and it was a great little find.

Wood Fired Pizza Gregario

Wood Fired Pizza Gregario

Rosie Network

Sean is a veteran of the Navy and served on board the USS Carl Vinson.  Pacific Pizza supports other veteran owned businesses.  If you are looking for a product or service, check out the Rosie Network and consider doing business with a veteran.  Did you know that there are over 230,000 veterans in San Diego?

Sean on USS Carl Vinson

Sean on the USS Carl Vinson September 2001