5/03/2013 01:39:00 PM

Make Way for Pizza: Fire Eaters Food Truck Launches in Philly

Get ready to welcome what may be the country’s only mobile, kosher, vegetarian, wood-fired pizza operation to the Philly food truck rounds. Fire Eaters serves a variety of pies from a huge, bright orange, 24-foot trailer that’s equipped with two separate interior rooms - one for the wood-burning stove, and a second, cooler “make” room where dough rests and toppings are prepared.

Proprietor Joshua Schainbaum got his first taste of baking in a wood-fired oven when he put one in his back yard in the Philadelphia suburbs. A businessman who previously cooked only as a hobby, he fell head over heels in love with the wood-fired hearth - so much so that he and his wife built a 1,100-sq.-ft. addition surrounding it, complete with outdoor kitchen.

He started spending most of his time there, baking a variety of different breads with grains from Castle Valley Mill, less than 40 miles away. These wheat, rye and spelt breads and crackers are still available as part of Fire Eaters bakery division, but Schainbaum felt a desire to make pizza. So he fired the oven up to 1,000F and experimented until he found the perfect combination of flours (part local, part double-zero flour from Italy), and got the pizza timing down pat.

The results are what you’ll now find on the (kosher-certified) trailer, which runs whisper-silent without a generator, using mostly wood and battery power. The plan is for Fire Eaters to edge slowly onto the Philly scene - Schainbaum is a huge fan of currently pizza trucks Pitruco and Nomad, and wants to pioneer new, underserved areas for his vegan-charcuterie- and local-veggie-topped pies. For example, he’s set up on Townsend Road in the Northeast, at a spot near Philadelphia Community College and a huge beer distributor “that has almost nothing to eat!”

Expect a more regular schedule for Fire Eaters as soon as some staff is hired, including both lunch and dinner service. Schainbaum isn’t sure if there’s room in Center City for the large trailer, but we’re holding out hope he’ll find a way.

8 comments :

  1. Tried his bread – it’s awesome.

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  2. It's Great -- Highly Recommended !!!!

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  3. Delicious pizza. I had two flavors and they were fantastic.

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  4. You know the pizza's something special when not only do YOU enjoy eating the crust - your KIDS enjoy it! Bravo!!

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  5. Been a guest at his home and... And he is the epitome of what a foodie should be.

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  6. amazing food! Best pizza I ever ate

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  7. You know the pizza's something special when not only do YOU enjoy eating the crust - your KIDS enjoy it! Bravo!!

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