Nice to meet you! I am Jen McLain, owner of Fan the Flames Wood Fired Pizza. Let me tell you a little about myself and how Fan the Flames came to be…
As a child, I always said that if I were ever stranded on a desert island with only one thing to eat the rest of my life, it would be pizza. Little did I know then that pizza would play such a significant role later in my life.
In our 30 years of marriage, my husband Matt and I have travelled to almost every state in the country. We have made many wonderful memories and great friends along the way. We have always enjoyed entertaining and cooking for our friends and relatives. So many of them have remarked “You should open your own restaurant!”
Inspired by a friend who has a successful wood fired pizza business in Vermont, we began to get excited about the possibility of starting our own pizza business. I travelled to Vermont and worked alongside our friend, who was generous enough to show me the tricks of the trade. It was hard work but so much fun, not only creating the best-tasting pizza I’ve ever had but also seeing the reaction of people watching the process. There is something almost magical about a pizza that is cooked in a wood fired oven in less than two minutes. The smoky flavor and bubbly texture is a unique experience that you just can’t get from cooking pizza in a regular oven.
Wanting to learn even more, I attended Wood Fired University in Denver, hosted by the knowledgeable folks at Fire Within. It was a three-day workshop devoted solely to learning everything there is to know about running a wood fired pizza business. Their passion and enthusiasm was inspiring and I went home more excited than ever to start our own business.
And the rest, as they say, is history. After many additional months of research and development, Fan the Flames Wood Fired Pizza was born! We are so excited to be on this journey and look forward to sharing the experience with you! Once you taste a wood fired pizza, you’ll never want a pizza cooked any other way. Look for our little red Fan the Flames Wood Fired Pizza trailer at an event near you!