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Ten Pounds of Sh*t in a 5 Pound Bag w/ Odie O’Connor of Boxcar Pizza

From the Neapolitan roots of his pizza journey to the thriving world of Detroit style squares, Odie's passion for pizza and vegan creations is infectious. We delve into the hiring and firing rollercoaster, the art of crafting perfect pizza dough, and even dream about future pizza-inspired band tours.

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Episode Highlights:

1. From Neapolitan to Detroit Style: The Evolution of Boxcar Pizza

  • Discover Odie O’Connor’s journey from owning a Neapolitan pizza trailer in Portland to opening Boxcar Pizza, specializing in Detroit style square pizzas.
  • Hear about the transition from Baby Blue, Odie’s previous venture, to the current pizza haven, Boxcar.

2. Vegan Pizza Mastery: Unveiling the Dark Arts with Odie

  • Odie O’Connor, the master of vegan cuisine, shares insights into creating plant-based pizza masterpieces.
  • Learn about the challenges and triumphs of crafting vegan pizzas that even non-vegans rave about.

3. The Rollercoaster of Hiring and Firing: Pizza Shop Chronicles

  • Odie opens up about the highs and lows of being a business owner, sharing experiences of hiring and firing employees.
  • Discover the impact a toxic team member can have on morale and the pizza shop environment.

4. Sourdough, Hydration, and the Art of Pizza Dough

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at Boxcar’s dough-making process, featuring a cold ferment and a 70% hydration level.
  • Odie discusses the importance of sourdough taste and the intricacies of crafting the perfect pizza dough.

5. Pizza, Passion, and Boxcar’s Future Tour?

  • Join the conversation as Alex and Odie banter about their love for pizza, memorable pizza experiences, and even discuss forming a band.
  • Odie shares his future plans for Boxcar, potential expansions, and the challenges of managing a pizza business.

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