Better Than Delivery: Pizza On Location
Jack Damon with his pizza oven trailer.
(Bright, Ind.) – Jack Damon put his career on the back burner two years ago and instead began cooking up his dream of tomato sauce and melted cheese on a fresh, golden brown crust.
Getting into the pizza business was always a dream for the Bright resident. When his former employer, Ryerson Steel, began relocating to Columbus, Ohio, he quit his outside sales job.
In 2011, the Bright resident purchased a mobile wood-fired pizza oven and quickly got to work.
“I was just tired of the whole corporate thing. This is what I always wanted to do,” Damon says.
Still in his first year in business as J. Damon’s Wood Fired Pizza, he says he’s getting better at making pizza with each event he goes to. Now, he’s able to make a pizza from order in five minutes or less at farmers markets, fairs, festivals, and private parties.
A shiny, maroon trailer allows him to take his pizza kitchen just about anywhere. The oven reaches temperatures of 750 to 900 degrees, allowing a pizza to bake in as little as 90 seconds. He bought the device from a company in Colorado.
His wife, Tina, and niece help out.
Damon’s pizza-on-the-go business has been growing steadily. He makes three to four appearances a week. If it keeps going well, he’d like to take his pizza business to the next level.
“Maybe someday I can open a restaurant. Right now I’m content with the mobile thing. Maybe I’ll get a second trailer sometime soon,” says Damon.
The travelling pizza idea does have some limitations. It’s mainly a summertime function.
“Dough doesn’t stretch very well when it’s 30 degrees out,” Damon says.
Jack can be found taking his nomadic pizza experience to several locations throughout the tri-state. He appears each Tuesday at the Lawrenceburg Farmers Market and Thursdays at the Historic Harrison Farmers Market. He will be serving pizza at the Hidden Valley Lake Luau on Saturday, June 16 and the Burlington Antique Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 17.
Find more information on J. Damon’s Wood Fired Pizza at www.jdamonswoodfiredpizza.com.