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How To Set Up a Portable Pizza Bar for Your Next Event

Backyard cookouts step aside, outdoor pizza parties are here to take over summer weekends. Pizza ovens have grown in popularity in recent years, preventing pizza lovers from having to depend on the pizza guy to deliver their favorite pie. Delight your clients with a personalized pizza experience for their next event. We’ll tell you exactly what you need to keep your ingredients safe and fresh despite hot temperatures.

1. Identify Toppings and Sauces

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In order to provide a personalized pizza experience, you need to give your guests a wide variety of options. We suggest offering both red and white sauces, plus pesto to drizzle on top. Next, identify which meats and vegetables you’ll bring for guests to get as creative as they want with their toppings.

Here are some ideas to get you started: 

  • Hot Italian Sausage
  • Pepperoni
  • Diced BBQ Chicken
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion Confit
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Olives
  • Artichokes

2. Calculate Portions

After choosing your ingredients, calculate how much you need to adequately serve the guests at the event. Based on portion requirements, identify which size Camwear® Food Pans you’ll need. Camwear Food Pans are available from 1/9 to full size pans in varying depths, ensuring every ingredient has a place.

ProTip: Use Camwear FlipLids® to easily access ingredients and decrease the risk of ingredients getting mixed up or bugs finding their way inside.

3. Map Out Your Station

Putting your food pans together may feel a bit like playing Tetris! Do your best to group similar sized pans and similar types of ingredients together to get an idea of how they’ll fit on a table or Top Loading Ultra Pan Carrier. If they’re all the same size, the pan number tells you how many will fit. For example, if you’re using 1/6 size pans, 6 will fit in a top loading pan carrier.

The pan carrier you need is based largely on the depth of your food pans; the UPC140 holds 4” deep pans, UPC160 will hold 6” deep pans and UPC180 will hold 8” deep pans.

ProTip: If you want to increase cold holding time, go up a carrier size and add a Camchiller. Simply freeze a Camchiller overnight and place at the bottom of top loading pan carriers to keep ingredients cold for hours without ice. You also have the option of putting your carrier in the walk-in freezer or cooler to pre-chill it before loading with ingredients.

pizza prep

4. How to Hold and Transport Dough

The crust is arguably the most important part of the pizza. To keep dough safe and fresh, we suggest putting dough balls inside full-sized Camwear Pans with Seal Covers. Then, load them into a Cam GoBox® or front-loading pan carriers; both types of transporters can fit up to 3 to 4 pans. However, if you are hosting a large event with several hundred people, we suggest putting dough balls into Pizza Dough Boxes and loading them into the Pro Cart Ultra®.

If you prefer to prepare pre-set pizzas, utilize the Combo Cart Plus to hold and transport your dough on sheet pans.

ProTip: When using front loading carriers, place the Camchiller on the top rails because cold air is heavy and will flow downward.

5. Set Up Your Station

Line up your carriers on a table and get to work!


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