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home : business : business October 15, 2018

12/19/2017 1:26:00 PM
Food cart offers artisan pizza
Danny and Kelly St. Lawrence (and Elijah) are serving up artisan pizza at a food cart located in the Eurosports courtyard. photo by Jim Cornelius
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Danny and Kelly St. Lawrence (and Elijah) are serving up artisan pizza at a food cart located in the Eurosports courtyard. photo by Jim Cornelius

By Jim Cornelius
News Editor

"Pizza, for me, is the balance of my favorite things," says Danny St. Lawrence.

Those things include organic vegetables, fine meats, artisan cheeses - and really, really good crust. It starts with the bread, in fact.

"I'm a baker," St. Lawrence told The Nugget. "That's how I cut my teeth in the restaurant industry."

All along, though, there was a dream to provide locally, ethically sourced wood-fired artisan pizza in a mobile shop. And now that dream is realized with the Boone Dog Pizza food cart.

Danny's wife, Kelly, noted that the food cart was out and about in Central Oregon through summer and fall, setting up shop at events.

"We needed a place to land through the winter," she said. "We want to serve the community."

It's the community where Kelly grew up, and she knows it's hard to make it in business through the winter - but the couple is confident that there's a market. With quick turnaround, a customer can order a pizza to go and head back to the office or off home where it's warm and enjoy a high-quality, satisfying meal at a fair price.

The pizzas on offer run in price from $8 to $12, and they'll be rotating them according to the availability of fresh ingredients. They also offer roasted veggie dishes.

"We embrace seasonality and all that comes with that," Danny noted.

Creating exceptional pizza is an art form and a life-way for the St. Lawrences.

"We feel like we are part of a food movement," Danny said. "We want to support the local economy; we're trying to support businesses that share our values."

Baking in a wood-fired brick oven in a mobile unit is inspiring to Danny, keeping him in touch with earth, fire and air.

"It's an elemental process," he says.

He notes that, "We will be offering bread as well - sourdough, organic bread in a variety of forms."

Boone Dog Pizza is currently open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Monday. To order ahead, call 303-746-3609.

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