We hosted our first Wood Fired University workshop in 2009. 6 years later, we taught hundreds of people a method of starting this business that eliminates the most common unforeseen mistakes a lot of businesses make within their first few years. Better yet, you benefit from the experience of the most up to date caterers and concession foodies that continue to support one another after the workshop.

Wood Fired University is designed to walk you through all of the stages of starting your own wood fired pizza oven catering business. You will learn specific preparation and cooking techniques used in the catering business as well as how to take your hobby and create a business strategy around it. Practice using the equipment and techniques proven for success in the mobile pizza catering business and receive advice from professionals in the field. Real mobile caterers from across the US will teach you how to take your passion for pie and turn it into a successful business strategy. No previous experience necessary. If you are advanced consider attending our optional culinary intensive.

Together with like-minded, pizza-loving people, learn dough making, hands-on oven training, business operations and marketing strategy.


The workshop starts on Friday evening (April 21st) for a meet and greet. A meal is included.

Saturday (April 22) 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Breakfast and lunch included)

  • Complete overview of the wood fired catering business
  • How to obtain permits and licenses
  • Compare baking pizza at three types of events
  • Determine necessary equipment
  • Learn wood fired oven methods & techniques
  • Dough making and management
  • The Five Pillars of Management

Sunday (April 23) 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(Breakfast and lunch included)

  • Wood fired oven methods and techniques part II
  • Hands-on: handling dough and pizza making
  • Marketing strategies
  • Budgeting and start up costs
  • Q & A with practicing wood fired caterers

Monday (April 24) 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

  • Learn advanced techniques
  • Extends your menu and highlights how your wood fired oven can cook more than pizza.
  • Learn how to take your catering to the next level.
  • Learn how to make everything from roasted chicken to breakfast sandwiches all the way to delicious cannoli.

Our goal at Wood Fired University is to provide you a comprehensive understanding of how you can succeed.

Wood Fired University provides our community with the training needed to run your mobile wood fired pizza business. We do not consider our program a success until you understand how to cook the perfect pizza and run a business that makes you proud. Enroll today!

Across our program, you will be trained by a successful wood fired chef. You receive the first-hand direction from someone who has been in your shoes. Our instructors provide you an in-depth understanding of everything from making your first pie to the long-term care of your oven.

Discover the essential strategies every business owner must know in order to succeed. We start with the fundamentals of owning your own business based on the deep wisdom and know-how that only comes with real-life experience. Once you get a complete overview of our real-world business strategies, you’ll be able to easily avoid some of the common business pitfalls. Most importantly, this information will keep you focused on the path of success. We’ve included a proven business plan that takes the guesswork out of getting the right business permits, managing supply chains, advertising and much more. It’s as comprehensive as a franchise model, only without the rules so you are in complete control.