Food brings Cincinnatians together

Ceramic Bread Oven

This is a pizza baking in the ceramic bread oven (photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

The Cincinnati Tri-State area is filled with diversity.  There is a large community of people with special needs and the area is divided by race and socio-economic strife.  The Cincinnati Riots of 2001 did not help certain tensions in the area, but on Saturday all those things were put aside.  There was a “Community Bake Day” put on by Gorman Heritage Farm that brought people from all over the area.

Mom & son Pizza

A mother and her son are talking and enjoying the pizza they just made (photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

 

Gorman Farm employee Jamie Stoneham built the fire the community used starting at 7 AM.  She continued to keep it stoked until 11 AM when people started to arrive with pizzas, pretzels, and six different kinds of breads.  “The best type of wood to use is Osage Orange trees because they burn the hottest,” Jamie Stoneham told the crowd gathered around the hand-built ceramic bread oven.  The oven was then opened for the crowd to look in and see where they would be baking.  Jamie said, “We are going to start out with pizzas because they cook the fastest, then move onto pretzels, and finally breads.”  The crowd hustled inside and began to feverously build their pizza creations.  “I am putting olives, mushrooms, and cheese on my pizza,” said Kentucky native participant Sheryl Eichelberger.

Elderly Couple

An elderly couple enjoying their tasty pizza (photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

Overall, people with special needs, children, the elderly, and people who were just generally hungry made twenty plus pizzas. “I am trying out a new pretzel recipe today in this oven.  Baking together is fun and interesting,” Sheryl said.  Jamie said gleefully, “This is the biggest turn out we have ever had to this event!  Last time we only had three people!” Everyone seemed to enjoy the “Community Bake Day.”  Food always brings people together and it did on Saturday.

Special Needs People

Even special needs people are having fun creating their own pizzas (photo by Christina Thompson 2012).

 

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  2. peggy says:

    I had a blast! I for one made dough for 4 large pizza’s. Whole wheat Rosemary bread, 2 Semolina, Olive oil, and Rosemary breads, and 2 Baguettes. I felt like an oompa loompa but did I have fun. I can not wait til next time.

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