Making Pizza With Winners Of Coloring Contest

Every year the Orland Park Prairie holds its Valentine's Day Coloring Contest. This year the lucky winners won a free pizza making lesson and a twenty-five dollar gift card from us! Overall we were very impressed with the beginner's skills!

Teaching pizza making at Wooden Paddle Pizza.

Teaching pizza making at Wooden Paddle Pizza.

Jonathan Cowan teaching pizza making to all the winners of the Orland Park Prairie's annual Valentine's Day coloring contest at Wooden Paddle Pizza.

Jonathan Cowan teaching pizza making to all the winners of the Orland Park Prairie's annual Valentine's Day coloring contest at Wooden Paddle Pizza.

Overall huge success in bringing up the future stars of pizza artistry.

Overall huge success in bringing up the future stars of pizza artistry.

Adding the second mobile wood-fired pizza oven

To start off we first got a close look at Marra Forni ovens in March of 2015 at the International Pizza Expo. Yes, Brianna and I are total pizza nerds and visit that show every year to see all the new equipment in the industry. We also go to that show yearly because Vegas is pretty fun to visit! At that show we connected with the team at Marra Forni and they asked us cook at their booth for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago.

Jonathan Cowan making pizzas at the Marra Forni booth at the 2015 National Restaurant Association show in Chicago, IL.

Jonathan Cowan making pizzas at the Marra Forni booth at the 2015 National Restaurant Association show in Chicago, IL.

We ended up cooking 500+ pizzas over four days. Brianna and I concluded that Marra Forni makes the best ovens we have ever tested.

After everything was said and done in 2015 Wooden Paddle catered weddings, graduation parties, birthday parties, firework displays, corporate functions, concerts, brewery events, summer festivals and even a pumpkin festival in all totaling over 100 events. Because of our busy schedule we did have to turn down a lot of events last year. We decided at the end of the year that we would buy a new Marra Forni mobile oven to help with the demand.

In doing our due diligence and the promise of eating the amazing culinary work of Jeff and Anthony from Marra Forni, we took a trip to Beltsville, MD in January to check out the test kitchen and manufacturing warehouse for the ovens.

Business development for Marra Forni Anthony Pilla with Wooden Paddle Co-Founders Jonathan Cowan and Brianna Cowan.

Business development for Marra Forni Anthony Pilla with Wooden Paddle Co-Founders Jonathan Cowan and Brianna Cowan.

Jonathan and Brianna Cowan making a Pretty Fly For a White Pie in a beautiful Marra Forni wood burning oven. January 2016

Jonathan and Brianna Cowan making a Pretty Fly For a White Pie in a beautiful Marra Forni wood burning oven. January 2016

Our new oven will be coming in just in time for the 2016 catering season. When it comes in we will definitely be posting pictures of it! Thank you everyone for your support last year. We have already started hiring and training so we can give the best mobile wood-fired pizza/catering experience in Chicagoland with our two ovens in 2016 and beyond!

-Jon

Chef's Auction 2015

POP QUIZ: What happens when you auction off three of our wood-fired pizza parties & eight of Mayor McLaughlin's White Sox box seats?

You totes raise △ $5500 ▽ for The Bridge Teen Center, that's what. ‪#‎ChefsAuction2015‬

Pictured below: Local power couple & some of the coolest people on the planet, Rob & Priscilla Steinmetz, co-founders of the BTC. Also pictured: Definitely uncool in comparison, Bri & Jon Cowan, co-founders of WP.

OOPS. We did it again.

This Wednesday, 11/26: We're once again teaming up with the local beer evangelists of Hailstorm Brewery for a night of wood-fired pizza, craft beer, & general good times.

It's at their place (8060 186th St., Tinley Park) from 7-10 pm.

No need to r.s.v.pizza. Just bring yourself and (preferably) an obnoxious amount of friends.

Come for the pizza & beer. Stay for the pizza & beer.

You in, brah? Let us know on Facebook.