RVA Street Foodies

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Over the past few months, during our “slow” season, we’ve had the opportunity to partner with some like-minded mobile food producers. RVA Street Foodies is an organization of mobile food businesses who want to work together to create awesome events and give back to the community.

We consider ourselves privileged to have been a part of this team since day one, and we’re eager to watch it grow. RVA Street Foodies is more than just a resource for anyone looking to throw a memorable party; it’s a group of entrepreneurs working together to represent RVA in the best way possible. Be on the look-out for great food, fun times, and inspiring community projects from this group in the future!

The Street Foodies are starting to get some buzz! Here’s what Richmond Magazine had to say about The RVA Street Foodies
RVA Street Foodies Seeks to Unite Food Trucks

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Now’s the time!

pizza tonight wood fired catering

 

If you’re wondering how to insure success at your next event, the answer is simple: Add pizza.

Event coordinators, wedding planners, office managers, and party people, now is your chance to reserve the oven for your own event.  Take a look at our catering menu for inspiration.  Our chef would love to create a custom menu for you.

Interested in making it a full court affair?  We can enlist some of our food truck friends (serving everything from Popsicles to Pad Thai to Chicken & Waffles) to join us and make your special occasion distinct and memorable.

Don’t miss out – We’re already booking well into 2013!  Contact us at info@pizzatonight.com for an estimate.

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First Fridays – Jazz & More at St. Paul’s Church

St. Paul's Jazz and More with Grow RVA

photo, Bruce Yoder

Tonight’s a great night to live in Richmond – It’s another positively gorgeous First Friday.  This month, there’s something special going on at St. Paul’s Church (between 8th and 9th on Grace.)  GrowRVA and St. Paul’s Church are hosting Jazz and More, and the “more” is the best part – Richmond’s finest food trucks will be providing the food, including, Pizza Tonight of course.

St. Paul's Jazz and More with Grow RVA

photo, Bruce Yoder

We’ll be joined by the likes of King of Pops, Thai Cabin, Soul Ice, Monique’s Crepes, and Yoder’s Donuts, to name a few.  Just a couple blocks off the gallery walk, it’s easy to find parking and grab a bite to sustain you through all that art.  There are picnic tables, plus wine and beer for sale inside St. Paul’s courtyard.  It’s a lovely family-friendly occasion that starts the weekend off right!

St. Paul's Jazz and More with Grow RVA

photo, Bruce Yoder

The event runs for two hours only – from 5:30-7:30, so don’t miss it!

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Save the Date!

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Colder temps and shorter days are creeping in.  Sure, there are a couple of heat waves here and there, but there’s no doubt fall and winter are upon us.  Soon, wedding season, graduation, the laziest first days of summer will be a distant memory…or a distant promise in the future.  Make sure you’re ready to take full advantage of Spring and Summer 2013 with your own Pizza Tonight On-Site event.

We’ve already got plenty of graduation parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings on the calendar for 2013 – Now is the time to save the date for your special event!

We offer full-service catering for groups between 35 and 150 people.  It’s a unique, intimate experience.  Guests love seeing the wood-fired oven and watching their pizzas being made and fired to order.  And with our appetizer and dessert selections, as well as our inside track with the best beverage folks in the city, Pizza Tonight On-Site provides a total package that really delivers.

If you’re looking for something a little sooner, these cool days are wonderful for backyard gatherings with friends.  Enjoy the crisp, Fall weather while it’s here.

photo, Tim Vidra

We also offer a bundled DIY Pizza Party – Take advantage of special discounts when you preorder a Party Pack with dough, sauce, cheese, and extras to make your own Pizza Party any time.  It’s perfect for sleepovers, birthday parties, and family get togethers.

Email info@pizzatonight.com, or call (804) 658-4968 to start planning your own pizza party now!


 

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Carytown Farmers Market

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photo A Girl Named Leney

We’ve got great news – Starting this Sunday, Pizza Tonight will be participating in the Carytown Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 10-2! We will be offering our full retail line – Fresh Neopolitan Dough, Gluten-Free Dough, Marinara and White Sauce, Meatballs, and House-made Mozzarella. Plus this will be the only place where you can get bundled Pizza Packets (3 for $25.) But don’t come looking for pizzas – this will be a day off for the oven!

Have you been to the Carytown Farmer’s Market yet? This has been its very first month of business, and each Sunday has been better than the last. We knew as soon as we visited the producer-only market that we wanted to be a part of it, and this week, market coordinator (and 13-year police force veteran) Patrick Warner let us know that there’s room for us to join!

We’ll be in good company, joining the likes of Mugsy’s Dogtown Lounge, Norwood Cottage Bakery, Night Sky Farms, and a handful of quality farmers and artisans, nestled snugly in the parking lot of Carytown Cleaners.

We’ll be sampling mozzarella and enjoying the newly gorgeous weather this Sunday from 10-2 – Hope to see you there!

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Get your Pizza Packets here!

pizza tonight at the south of the james

Pizza Tonight at SOTJ (photo from rvanews.com)

Our second farmer’s market season is well underway, and we’re enjoying being back at the South of the James! In an effort to help us stream-line our pizza production, we decided not to carry our retail line at the market. Overall, lines are shorter and people seem to be happy with the change.

However, there are some diehard pizza people who were less than pleased with our new arrangement, and in an effort to make everyone happy, we’ve come up with the following:

Preorders!

Here’s how it works:
Send us your preorder via email by 2:00 Friday, and we will email you back to confirm. You can prepay with a credit card over the phone (or drop off cash or check if you’re near our kitchen,) or wait to pay when you pick up the goods at the market. Easy Breezy.

Available for Preorder:
Fresh Dough
Pizza Packets (Classic Red, Creamy White, or Sausage Craft Della Nonna)
Housemade Mozzarella
Gluten-Free Dough
Marinara or White Sauce

Preorders receive a 10% discount off our regular retail prices! Plus, market preorders will be your exclusive source for the 3 for $25 Bundled Pizza Packets (regularly $10/each.)

Fresh Pizza Tonight Goodness + Saving Money = Happy Customers

Also, this weekend at the market, we’ll have a few coupons available for first-time Relayfoods.com customers. You can find our entire line of products on Relay 7 days a week – They’ll even bring it right to your door. The coupons are for 40% off your first 3 orders and will definitely go fast!

If you forget to preorder, don’t fret: We always have plenty of fresh dough for sale, and you can find the rest of our line at Ellwood Thompson’s and Farm to Family.

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Market Season!

We’ve been waiting so patiently since December, and it’s finally paid off – Market season is here!  We’re thrilled to be participating at the South of the James and William Byrd Community House farmer’s markets for our second year.

This year, we’re going to do things a bit differently, so here’s what you need to know:

Tuesdays, 3:30-7:  William Byrd Community House Market, Oregon Hill.

We’ll be there with the freshest of the fresh doughs, sauces, meatballs, and mozzarella.  We think it’s a great place to walk around and get inspired by all the vendors for dinner ideas:  Maybe a pizza with Haashrooms or some fresh Victory Farms veggies.  (No oven at the Byrd market.)

Tuesdays & Fridays, 6-9pm:  GrowRVA’s Food Cart Food Court, VA Historical Society.

This will be the place to bring a blanket and the kids and enjoy Richmond’s best mobile food businesses.  We’ll have a rotating menu of classics and new favorites, plus this will be the exclusive location to try our wood-fired desserts, like Drunken Bananas and more!

Saturdays, 8-12:  South of the James Market, Forest Hill Park.

We’ll have breakfast pizzas, classics, and fun specials.  Plus, we will be selling fresh dough.  Note, we will be selling dough ONLY!  Last year, we offered our entire line at the SOTJ, but this year, in order to concentrate on bringing you the best wood-fired pizzas quickly and efficiently, we will only be selling pizzas, drinks, and raw dough.  So, get your Pizza Packets, meatballs, and mozzarella at the Byrd Market, or at Ellwood Thompsons, Farm to Family, or Relayfoods.com.

Pizza Menu

When in doubt, check the calendar.  It’s got all the deets on our engagements and availability.

See you all at the market!

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Pizza Tonight on Kickstarter

Last summer when our friend and coworker Kevin mentioned a little website called Kickstarter.com, we were quite intrigued.  He described a site on which businesses and individuals could seek funding for an idea or project from donors both locally and from across the vast world of the internet.

Project creators set their own parameters and decide their own rewards for backers.  Rewards can range from shout-outs to screen prints to, in our case, entire catered events – whatever the project creator deems worthy of a certain level of ‘investment.’

Red Pizza Kit

A very brisk first year of business kept us from spending too much more time on developing our own kickstarter campaign.  We sat back and watched as the site grew in popularity, picking up national media coverage along the way.

Last week, we finally launched our own project on Kickstarter, which you can see HERE. Backer rewards range from oven-fired pizzas, to pizza packets, to a lovely Pizza Tonight t-shirt. Our biggest pledge reward is a catered event with our mobile oven!

We have been absolutely blown away by the display of support from people locally and across the country. It is very inspiring to see so many people who ‘get it.’

Not everybody gets the kickstarter bug, however. We’ve definitely been approached by a few people who feel like kickstarter is just a way of circumventing traditional lending options like banks or other microlendors.

To them, I would say, IT IS! It’s a way for businesses to take back the funding and allow people to determine the worth of a project, not faceless banks and corporations. Instead of paying back The Man, we get to pay back The People, and that’s always a good thing.

We’ve already learned so much from one week of kickstarting – mostly about the generosity of people who believe in a good idea, and we’re thrilled to see how it develops from here!

 

 

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Pizza-Making 101

Ellie Basch representing WCR

 

This past Sunday we teamed up with the Richmond chapter of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs to host Pizza-Making 101, one part instructional class, two parts pizza party.

The group of 11 ladies and 1 gentleman was very knowledgeable already and took to our instruction like true professionals.

Victoria gave a demo on how to make dough, covering all the essentials from what type of flour to use to how long to let the dough proof, and when she was done, all dozen students grabbed dough balls and got to it.

Localicious

We prepared a lovely spread of local ingredients, including Sausage Craft, Olli Salumeria, and even some vibrant, yummy local eggs.

We’ve already had a number of people express interest in taking the class, so we’ve put another Pizza-Making 101 on the books:

Pizza-Making 101
Thursday, Februrary 23
6:00-8:00 pm
$40

We’ll be keeping an intimate, hands-on atmosphere by limiting class size to 12, so grab some friends and sign up while there’s still time!

Email info@pizzatonight.com to register!

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Renegades

When you own a small business, especially a food business, you have to be a bit of a renegade. You have to be able to defy convention, think on your feet, and make things happen despite the odds.

We like to think of ourselves as renegades, bringing delicious pizza to unexpected places, thumbing our noses at convention with our roving wood-fired oven. We represent the opposite of big faceless pizza chains by relying on local products and community support.

That’s why this Tuesday, January 24, we’ll be slinging pizzas at the William Byrd House Renegade Market!

We’re going to keep it simple and delicious. The menu will consist of The Margherita, The Fig & Pig, and our White with (local Dave and Dee’s) Mushrooms.

The forecast for tomorrow’s market is 60 and sunny, so it’s a great time to grab a couple of pizzas for dinner and a pizza kit for later! We’ll have the whole line with us tomorrow – Fresh Mozzarella, Meatballs, Pizza Kits, and Gluten-Free Dough.

We need the support of all our fellow renegades to make it through our slow season, so come on out and show us some love!

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