Tomorrow (Saturday 9 February) Valoriani UK will be celebrating its 16th anniversary by launching its nationwide initiative, ‘Random Acts of Kindling Day’.
The Preston-based wood-fired pizza oven supplier is marking its own milestone, alongside National Pizza Day, by calling on commercial pizza oven owners to support their local community’s good causes by making pizzas.
The Valoriani UK team, headed up by one of the family business’s owners, Dino Manciocchi, will be taking its Forno Bici – a mobile pizza oven on a bike – to The Foxton Centre in Knowsley Street, Preston, between 2pm and 5pm.
The Foxton Centre is a local Preston-based charity offering help and advice to rough sleepers and youths in need. Through its Random Acts of Kindling Day, Valoriani UK hopes to help support its work and raise awareness of the Centre’s services.
The Manciocchi family will be preparing pizza bases and toppings that will be cooked in the oven within seconds. Whilst they will be feeding anyone relying on The Foxton Centre for help, food and warmth, those who wish to head along on the day can make a monetary contribution, in return for a pizza, to help raise funds for the Foxton Centre.
Valoriani has been supported by Lancaster-based kiln-dried wood supplier, Logs Direct, which has provided kindling and some of its Piccante pizza oven logs for the day’s cooking.
Any eateries with a wood-fired, mobile pizza oven are being urged to find their own good cause to support, on or around National Pizza Day, whilst restaurants with a static wood-fired oven can ask their customers to add a voluntary donation to their bill, so that a charity of their choice can be supported.
Valoriani UK’s Andrew Manciocchi said: “Our Random Acts of Kindling Day initiative is the perfect way for the pizza oven community to come together and help those in need. We get to do what we do best – creating mouth-watering and authentic pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven – whilst doing something kind to help those who are vulnerable. Once pizza oven owners see what we have done, we hope that this initiative will grow in future years.”