Pizza Maker on a Farm Hilltown Hot Pies
- Date Posted July 28, 2020
- Location Kinderhook, NY
- Category Agriculture / Culinary
- Job type Part-Time
Who We Are: Hilltown Hot Pies, a pizza pop-up and catering company will be “in residence” at Katchkie Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Kinderhook, NY, this summer-fall. Utilizing the on-farm wood-fired oven, we will be operating a pop-up pizzeria, highlighting the produce from the farm and the local bounty in the Hudson Valley. Customers will get to experience the beauty of Katchkie Farm and walk right through the fields to the outdoor pizza pavilion in order to pick-up their farm-inspired pizzas. Safety permitting, customers can either take the pizzas to go, or sit in a designated picnicking spot to eat their pies on the farm. It is an outdoor and safe setting perfect for the time we are in – when people desire outdoor dining experiences and uplifting and joyful settings more than ever. A portion of the proceeds from this pop-up will go to the Sylvia Center, which is the non-profit based at Katchkie Farm that seeks to educate young people in the Hudson Valley and NYC about healthy eating choices, culinary skills and nutrition. We’re proud to partner with them for this pop-up!
It takes a lot of work and flexibility to get a pop-up like this off the ground in a rustic farm setting. Every day, we will be prepping pizza ingredients and getting ready for dinner service in the on-farm commercial kitchen. We will then load up our coolers and gear, and transport it to the pavilion where the oven is (which is a short drive away from the kitchen) for service.
This will be a dynamic job – not a traditional restaurant job by any means at all! Making and serving to-go pizzas in an outdoor oven on a working farm is no easy task, and we will constantly be dealing with logistics, moving things around, and being flexible as we work. There is nothing I love more than serving people great pizzas in a beautiful setting, and I can’t wait to potentially work with you to make this happen. We will be a team in the truest sense of the word, and it will require all of us chipping in together for this pop-up to be a success.
Job description: I am looking to hire people both for the pizza-making side of the operation (pizza making experience preferred) and also for the “front-of-house” (not actual waiting tables, this is take-out only, of course!). There will be opportunities to move into different roles throughout the summer, depending on your interest and skill level. “Front of house” roles will include helping transport gear and set up the pavilion as a team daily (getting totally ready for service, organized, looking nice, clean etc.), interacting with customers (in a safe manner) to get them their pizzas, and managing orders as they go out for pick-up. This will be a team effort, so we will all be chipping in to make this a success: front of house might help restock ingredients, prep food as needed, and be a general point-person for making sure all customers are getting their pizzas promptly and safely. This is not a narrow role, it is really a broad range of work that you will help with, and you are welcome to get trained on pizza making if you are interested in that as well.
If you are interested in strictly working on the pizza-making side (“back of house” so to speak), you will either manage the oven/fire the pizzas utilizing our wood-fired oven, or stretch and top pizzas – depending on your experience and skill level. I love teaching new and aspiring pizza makers, and am open to training as we go, but prior pizza/dough/oven experience is strongly desired. I am incredibly passionate about training new pizzaiolos, so if you have pizza dreams, but not that much experience, still inquire.
Weekly schedule: Right now, the pop-up’s public opening hours are scheduled to be Thursday-Sunday from 4pm-8pm. Depending on whether you are front of house or on the pizza-making side, I anticipate being able to offer you 20-30 hours of work a week. The schedule would likely be (including prep, service and break down):
- Front of house role only: 3-9pm, Thursday-Sunday
- Pizza making role: 2-9pm, Thursday-Sunday
Timeline: Right now, we project being open from mid-July (official opening date is July 16) to mid-September. As we see how successful the pop-up is, we might extend this, or add more daily opening days in (outside of Thurs-Sun). This is the first time this pop-up is happening, and with everything going on in the world, it’s a bit of an experiment. We hope to be open as much as is viable and possible throughout the summer-fall.Compensation this position is : hourly, under $15/hr Application instructions