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Wood-fired trailer serving locally-sourced ingredients atop Minnesota maple crust pizza at farmers markets, festivals, and backyards. Read more

Minneapolis, MN Food
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Wood-fired trailer serving locally-sourced ingredients atop Minnesota maple crust pizza at farmers markets, festivals, and backyards.

Minneapolis, MN Food
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We have started this Kickstarter to help fund our portable, 100% wood-fired, Naples-style oven. WildEarth WoodFired will offer locally-sourced, artisanal ingredients atop maple sourdough pizza crust in and around the Twin Cities metro area at farmers markets, festivals, and events, and in your own backyard. This Kickstarter will not only help fund part of the oven but also help cover the other costs of getting a new business off the ground (permits, commercial kitchen, etc.). 

"Pizza Gothic" with my beautiful wife, Kelly
"Pizza Gothic" with my beautiful wife, Kelly

Born and raised in the Minneapolis area, Dan has been making and refining his pizza recipe for seemingly his whole life, inspiring him to manage pizza shops through and after college and ultimately construct a wood-fired, Naples-style oven in his South Minneapolis backyard two years ago. With this first oven, Dan and his team of friends have hosted multiple fundraisers for local organizations as well as birthday parties and other events that have strengthened the surrounding community. WildEarth WoodFired will share Dan's passion for a better local, sustainable pizza with the wider Twin Cities metro. Our new mobile oven will cater to farmers markets, weddings, music festivals, graduation parties, and any other event you can dream up. We just need your help to get the pizza rolling!

This is what we need...
This is what we need...

WildEarth's pizza is uniquely Minnesotan. Dan has cultivated a sourdough starter with Minnesota roots that serves as the basis for his signature crust, and local maple syrup adds a unique kick. 

Dan uses only the finest ingredients, preferring locally-sourced and organic when possible as well as artisanal sausages and cheeses. After eating one of our pizzas, we guarantee you will walk away with a smile on your face.

This could be your backyard!
This could be your backyard!

But first we need your help. Check out all the cool prizes on the side bar. We have everything from t-shirts with our hand-batiked logo by local artist Anne Christenson, an invitation to our kickoff parties with live music and all the pizza you can eat, booking your own private pizza making lesson, all the way up to booking your own catered event. With your help we can do this! 

Hungry yet?
Hungry yet?

Remember, Kickstarter is all or nothing, so if we don't reach our goal of $6,000 we don't get anything. We have worked really hard to come up with some cool prizes and are ready for this great new pizza adventure to begin, but we can't do it without you. So pick out what you want and let's get this party started. In advance, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

A very special thank you to...

Thomas and Jennifer Wilder for raising me right, Kelly Wilder for holding me tight, and Helena and Lawson, the kids I tuck in at night. Megan and Jena for the love and support. Anne Christenson for joining the family and the rad logo, and Emilie Hitch who takes the best photos. Ryan and Chris, I love you my brothers. The Wailing Loons: Emilie, Isaac, Erin, Casey, and Nick, making beautiful music through the thin and the thick. John and Jules, Nick and Erin, Randy and Caroline, Lisa and Flo, Laura and Aaron, Chris, Josh and Anne Marie, and all the rest of the Minneapolis family tree. This dream is coalescing because of support from all you, and I have some more gratitude for the east coast too. Thank you to Wendy and Cory for love and believing. Britt, CJ, Hanna, and Nate, I never knew in-laws could be so freakin' great! Nell, Annette and Jack, Jim and Yvonne for encouraging me on. Thank you Chris and Jessica for letting me learn from your truckin' good pizza. Especially thank you to everyone who has shared food by WildEarth Homestead's hot fire. Now let's get rolling with food that inspires...

Risks and challenges

Every small business faces challenges, but Dan has worked to mitigate the risks of starting WildEarth WoodFired. As a first step, Dan has been working and managing jobs for an already successful mobile wood-fired pizza operation in Charlottesville, VA called Blue Ridge Pizza Co. With this valuable, hands-on experience, Dan has learned the ins and outs of running a wood-fired restaurant on the go as well as how to mitigate problems when they arise. WildEarth WoodFired has thoroughly researched Minnesota food law, picked out our commercial kitchen commissary space, and started putting together a tentative calendar of events for the summer, growing buzz for our business in our community and starting to plan catering and festival events. We are ready to meet this challenge head on, all while cooking with fire.

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    A personal handwritten note thanking you for helping us get off the ground. Every little bit helps, and I promise you will also get a great big bear hug when you stop by for a pie.

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    Come on by any of our public events and get a pizza of your choice! While you get your pizza, you can also cash in on a bear hug.

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    Two pizzas of your choice at any of our public events plus an awesome WildEarth WoodFired sticker featuring our logo by local artist Anne Christenson.

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    One ticket to the "Meat Your Pizza and Dance to the Beetza" WildEarth kickoff parties: An invitation to one of two kickoff parties for WildEarth WoodFired. Choose one of two to-be scheduled dates to attend. Featuring an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet of our signature pizzas (like Sweet Beets and Jam Sauce or the Stout Kraut), beverages, and live music. You will also take home a WildEarth WoodFired t-shirt and sticker. Let's get together and celebrate pizza mobility.

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    This one is for you out-of-towners - you will get two shirts and 10 stickers to help us spread the WildEarth word!

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    Two tickets to the "Meat Your Pizza and Dance to the Beetza" WildEarth kickoff parties: Two invitations to one of two kickoff parties for WildEarth WoodFired. Choose one of two to-be scheduled dates to attend. Featuring an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet of our signature pizzas (like Sweet Beets and Jam Sauce or the Stout Kraut), beverages, and live music. You will also take home two WildEarth WoodFired t-shirts and stickers. Let's get together and celebrate pizza mobility.

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    A 10-punch pizza card to use at any of our public events. Two stickers and a WildEarth WoodFired t-shirt.

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    Dan will come to your house and give you and up to 10 friends a private pizza-making lesson. All ingredients provided to make great dough, sauce, and a fully constructed pizza pie! You will also receive two WildEarth WoodFired t-shirts and stickers. Plus two invitations to one of two WildEarth WoodFired kickoff parties.

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    Work with Dan to create a pizza of your naming that will rotate regularly onto our menu. You will also receive a 10-punch pizza card to use at any of our public events. You'll also be stylin' with two WildEarth WoodFired t-shirts and stickers. Plus two invitations to one of two WildEarth WoodFired kickoff parties.

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    The "Wild Pizza Party": You invite up to 25 guests and WildEarth WoodFired will come to your house and serve four different types of pizza until you are satiated. We will also provide assorted beverages and a warm fire to gather around. (Not to mention the two WildEarth WoodFired t-shirts and stickers you can now sport around town.) Plus two invitations to one of two WildEarth WoodFired kickoff parties. Twin Cities metro only.

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    The "Wilder Pizza Party": You invite up to 50 guests and WildEarth WoodFired will come to your house and serve four different types of pizza until you are satiated. We will also provide assorted beverages and a warm fire to gather around. (Not to mention the five WildEarth WoodFired t-shirts and stickers you can now sport around town.) Plus two invitations to one of two WildEarth WoodFired kickoff parties. Twin Cities metro only.

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    10 pizzas a year for as long as we're open, creation and naming rights to a signature pizza that will be rotated onto our menu, plus 10 WildEarth WoodFired t-shirts and stickers. Plus two invitations to one of two WildEarth WoodFired kickoff parties.

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    The "Wildest Pizza Party": Wow, thank you!
    You are getting the whole shebang - up to 100 people, a four-pizza unlimited buffet, assorted beverages, and an optional one hour set by my original folk band the Wailing Loons. You will also get 10 WildEarth WoodFired t-shirts and stickers so you can spread the pizza love around. Plus two invitations to one of two WildEarth WoodFired kickoff parties. Twin Cities metro only.

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