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You know how it is when you get so busy you don’t make time for fun?  Or you make time for fun and something comes up to thwart your attempts?  All summer long Husby and I wanted to taste some pizza from A Wandering Fire, and last Friday we finally did it.

The mighty Wandering Fire

Todd and Maaren Schweim started an adventure with a traveling wood fire oven and haven’t looked back.  They make regular appearances at the Chateau St. Croix Winery throughout the summer and autumn months and are available to cater your event with some of the most delicious pizza I’ve ever had.

The pizzas have real ingredients that are fresh.  The dough, sauces and sausage are house made.  The herbs and shiitake mushrooms are grown by Todd and Maaren.  They had two basil plants on site, using the leaves straight from the plant to the pizza.  How cool is that?

Check out those healthy basil plants.  Maaren and Shannon are busy setting up some pizzas.

Shannon assembles a pizza like an artist.

Todd cooking a pizza in the wood fire oven.

Why do they call themselves A Wandering Fire?  Because the wood fire oven is portable!  It can travel to whatever location they’re called to easily.

OK, that’s all fine and cool, but you’re asking how good is the pizza?  Well, let me tell you.  The pizzas are personal-size, so Husby and I ordered two different flavors.  The first was the St. Croix pizza ~ a traditional pizza with red sauce, Italian fennel sausage, shiitake mushrooms, fresh basil, and a mozzarella/provolone blend.  I love the cheese blend, and the sausage was extraordinarily flavorful.  Excellent!

The St. Croix Pizza

The second pizza we ordered was a bit of a surprise.  It’s called Sand Creek and is made with maple-roasted sweet potatoes, pancetta, a blend of bleu and Asiago cheeses and a maple syrup drizzle.  I’ll tell you right now I was a little nervous about this one.  Sweet potatoes have made me gag since I was a child.  Guess what?  I loved it!

The Sand Creek Pizza

We had such a nice time enjoying these delicious pizzas with a glass of Chateau St. Croix wine.  It isn’t often (read: never) I go out to eat and know the chefs so I felt like kind of a hot shot mingling with them while they assembled our pizzas and even joined us at our table for a while.  It’s fun being friends with such nice and talented people!

Shannon, Maaren and Todd ~ our hosts from A Wandering Fire

A Wandering Fire will be appearing at the Chateau St. Croix a couple of more weekends, so take a little drive to St. Croix Falls, WI and check them out.  Remember, they’re also available for catering.  Check out their website for more information.  You can also Like them on Facebook to keep up with the latest happenings.

I’m so glad Husby and I know some interesting people ~ who else would have ever served me a sweet potato pizza?!  Good job you guys!

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