Why Food Matters To Me

Not unlike many people in their 20’s, I was looking for answers. It was the mid 1990’s and I had just started a printing business in Dallas. Somewhere in the mix of dealing with payroll, P.R., girlfriends and life’s bigger questions, I blew a fuse. Reaching out for help, I called an old friend, Melinda. As a courtesy before I launched into my tale of woe, I asked how she was doing. What followed was a detailed account of how her life was upside down and she was going out to the desert to see if she could find what was left of her marbles. Perfect, a therapy road trip!

Days later I was in Palm Desert. The time was spent talking about life’s problems and feasting on Tom’s cooking. The smells from the kitchen got me thinking about how food brings people together and feeds the soul. On the drive back to Los Angeles we stopped at an outlet mall so I could purchase a set of pots and pans, the same set that I use to this day.

Twenty some odd years later, I live in Austin and cook for a living making wood fired pizza that is sold all over Texas. I get emails like this, “my daughters are crazy over your pizza, we bought two this week and they ate it all up”. I like the idea that I am bringing people together with food and Tom is the one that helped me realize the power of that.

I may have not found many answers to life’s great mysteries out in that desert, but I did come away with one great lesson. How the power of cooking and sharing food brings people together. Happy birthday Tom, here’s to one of my favorite dining companions!

Bola Pizza Restaurant Space?

Bola Pizza fishing around for brick-and-mortar space? Could this be it? Your neighborhood?

Emperor Salad

Most salads are just jerks, pretending to be food. Hiding on small plates like timid shrubbery. Not the Caesar! If done right, it socks you on the jaw then kisses you on the lips.

When I went about building one for my business, Bola Pizza, I wanted three things to come forward: lemon, garlic and someone to eat it. From the reaction at the Wednesday SFC Farmers Market at the Triangle, I think we have a winner.

That’s not a pita! It’s a puffed pizza crust, Piadina if you’re fancy, just like you would find as the base of one of our pizza’s. So, the fork is optional, as you can see from this cute young lady viciously attacking our handy work.

Pizza Night at SWOOP House

Pizza Night at the SWOOP House with Bola Pizza. Good times, perfect weather, great location.

Building the Godfather: Pecan Smoked Mozzarella, Kocurek Family Charcuterie Hot Italian Sausage and Caramelized Onions.

Thanks to Boots in the Oven for taking these great snaps.

Bola Pizza at SFC Farmers Market

If you have wanted to get some of our famous Bola Pizza in your mouth, now there is a way. We are starting at the SFC Farmers’ Market on Saturday. We will be on the South East corner of Republic Park. The pies will be 12″ and boxed if  you want to take them to-go.

Breakfast Pie: Cheddar (Full Quiver), Speck (Antonelli’s Cheese Shop), Red Onion and a poached Egg (Smith and Smith Farm) $12

Polka Dot: Parmesan, Mozzarella (Antonelli’s Cheese Shop), Cherry Tomato (Milagro Farm), Fried Sage (our garden), Shaved Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes $12

Godfather: Smoked Mozzarella, Hot Fennel Sausage (Kocurek Family Charcuterie), Caramelized Onion, Tomato Sauce (shaved garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes) and a little bit of Anger $12

Bola Pizza: Mobile Wood Fired Oven (512) 453-7223
SFC Farmers Market – Downtown: Republic Square Park, Saturday 9-1pm

Pep Star

I once met a man that told me that he could guess how many nickles were in my pocket. That man was wrong by five cents. I danced around this pie for awhile, but gave into it: Peppadew peppers, Speck (juniper-flavored ham) and Goat Cheese.

Speck’s origins at the intersection of two culinary worlds is reflected in its synthesis of salt-curing and smoking. The above picture is at least 1/3 fat. It’s a champion, because fat is a hero. I read an interview where a chef said, “no, it is not true. We don’t add butter to everything. We add butter, olive oil, and cream to everything”.