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The pictorial building record of the first Christie oven, now the Fairmount oven, is here
This is how well an amateur-built Alan Scott over works after it's been detached from its concrete base at Christie Pits, lifted up and moved twice, and then transported clear across the city and lowered by crane into its new home at Fairmount Park:
The baker group got an email from and assistant to the city councillor Brad Bradford, saying that their office had asked the rec supervisor to get her staff to "come out and do a training, showing how to light the fire in that the Fairmount Park Oven."
But the bakers already know how to light the oven. It's practice that they need, and they had written to the councillor's office about needing a key for the Jan.21 baking date. No key, but a belated message....
The nine-person bakers' crew has scheduled a practice bake day today with Dale Howey (Montgomery oven) and Jutta Mason (Dufferin Grove ovens), but nobody let the Fairmount bakers have a key for their oven, so the practice had to be cancelled. Parks manager Peter White wrote to them saying for sure a key would be available for the postponed practice day (Feb.4).
On Wednesday Jan.15, Fairmount park neighbours Lottie White and Joseph Romaine came to Dufferin grove to watch park baker Heidrun light the two ovens and bake off the market sourdough.....
From Lottie: "A big thank you to Heidrun at Dufferin Grove for sharing her bake oven and bread baking expertise with Joseph and me yesterday. A day-long process that went by in a flash and was capped with a slice of heavenly potato and rosemary sourdough." read more.
The oven crew -- Karen and Marietta -- lit the oven in the afternoon and by 6 the oven was full of fire. Karen said that they had tried to push the fire soon after they had it going, and it went out. But by 6 the creosote had mostly burned off and most of the oven bricks inside were white.
At about 6.15, six baker-women came out of the house across the street, bearing the eight pizzas they had got ready to bake, on their metal platters, and singing a song ("That's Amore"). What class! The fire was pushed back more and Michael Monastyrskyj (Dufferin Grove Park baker and also the photographer for this account) scraped some fresh snow onto the bakers' broom and swept out the ashes.
The thick crust pizzas took some time to bake all the way through but they were delicious and the wedges never lasted longer that a minute when they were taken out of the oven. The fire keeper said that she was used to campfires, and it showed -- she kept the heat steady and none of the pizzas were burned despite the intense flames.
We will be firing up the Fairmount Bake Oven on Saturday the 21st at 3 p.m.
Making the pizzas at 5 p.m.
Hoping to bake the pizzas between 6 and 7 p.m.
Barry Ross sent the poster, which says:
4th annual Winter Solstice Bonfire and Lantern Parade
December 21, 7 -8 pm
Fairmount Park Fire Pit
Help welcome the return of the sun on the darkest day of the year with a lantern parade and bonfire.
Drummers will lead the parade around the park and a bonfire will be lit in the firepit.
PLUS NEW this year Farimount Park Bake Oven will be lit!
All are welcome!
Thank you to the Beach Hill neighbourhood Association, Gerrard East Community Organization, Friends of Fairmount Park and the Fairmount Park Ice Masters!
"we had the bake oven unveiling along with our rinks season launch last Sunday- Councillor Bradford and his staff were there as well as MP Erskine Smith. We had about 100 neighbourhood folks turn out, speeches made and some pizzas baked and hot dogs grilled on the fire pit. Hot chocolate, coffee, hot apple cider etc."
We met with councillor Brad Bradford’s office this morning. There was much focus on the most organic, neighbourhood spirit and efficient way to run the oven is based on the following statement that I made:
This is essentially the process we use for building and operating the Fairmount Park ice rinks - in a word, self-managed.
Their office seems to accept this is an ideal approach and will priority review it with parks and other involved city groups for buy in. We told them we want to conclude a general agreement on process by Nov1st so we can get on with planning for oven related events already getting organized.
The oven was brought over from Christie Pits by the Parks Department. From Barry Ross:
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