New pizza bike holds pop-up picnics for charity
A grant let Lyn Elliott build a trailer and buy dough to make pizza for donations
An Ottawa woman is throwing wood-fired, pedal-powered pizza parties in Ottawa this summer to raise money for a local food bank.
Lyn Elliott has set up a trailer with all the gear needed to make small pizzas, which can be towed behind her bicycle.
"People can bring their favourite toppings, I'll bring the dough, and we'll see what happens," she said.
The first location hasn't been announced yet.
On my way to Sparks Street for some breakfast pizza with the CBC. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pizzaoutside?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#pizzaoutside</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/100neighboursstrong?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#100neighboursstrong</a>. <a href="https://t.co/7BwAy6hUoE">pic.twitter.com/7BwAy6hUoE</a>—@PizzaBikeOttawa
'A great way to meet people'
Elliott told Ottawa Morning's Hallie Cotnam Tuesday that she used her portable stove for informal pizza potlucks last year.
"I noticed it's a great way to meet people and get to know your neighbours," she said. "So what if we did invite all the neighbours and see who we get to meet and build some community?"
She was able to build the trailer after getting a $1,000 grant from Awesome Ottawa, which doles out funding to projects promoting community development, the arts or anything generally awesome.
The rest of the money will go toward making dough.
The pizza will be free with a suggested donation to the Parkdale Food Centre's food bank.
"One of my good friends, when she was a single mom in her 20s, really counted on a food bank in Thunder Bay to feed her daughters," Elliott explained. "[That's] when I found out what people are food insecure actually need: not necessarily canned peas, but cash donations so they can get what they want."
Need some inspiration?
Ottawa Morning asked listeners for recipe suggestions during Tuesday's show, and here are some of them:
marmite, bacon, mushrooms, scrambled egg—@mymojoisrising
Goat cheese, roasted pear, carmelized onions and arugula.—@BrendaMorriss20
It all sounds delish!<br>Farmer’s sausage, bacon, cherry tomatoes, and thinly sliced potatoes. Top with old cheddar. <br>(The trick with eggs on pizza is to drop one in the centre in the last minute.)—@becauseisaidso
Croque madame Pizza: gruyere, bechamel, ham and slightly runny egg.—@RoughChopOttawa
<a href="https://twitter.com/OttawaMorning?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OttawaMorning</a> huevos rancheros start with lightly mashed chili con carne crack a few eggs maybe quails, add queso Fresca serve with fresh guacamole—@TerryKeddy
Bacon, bacon, bacon and vegan bacon—@datmatthewdude
Thick crust, Nutella, whipped cream, sprinkled with rum and circled with tiny cannoli. Espresso on the side.—@c102jetliner1
And Elliott's choice...
I’d love one inspired by Middle East flavours. Falafel, pickled turnips, tahini, and fried eggs for good measure.—@NoahCarroll
With files from CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning