Why seek out a place for delicious dining when it can come to you?
Skinny Pines is a mobile catering company that drives a brick oven directly to your event. Once there, artisan pizza made with fresh local ingredients is the specialty of the day, along with other goodies.
"This is our fifth season," said Jeff Borofsky, of Easton, who had long dreamed of creating a unique mobile food business.
A decade ago, after being laid off from his job in information technology, Borofsky decided to attend culinary school, thus beginning his dream. What was then called the Connecticut Culinary Institute was across the street from his home in Farmington. After a stint as a corporate caterer, he started searching for something different.
"I was looking for something that would be flexible," he said, having first considered the idea of creating a mobile bakery.
"I had this vision of retrofitting an Airstream" trailer, but was dissuaded by the high cost, he said.
"It's a unique concept," Mary Zubrinsky, of Easton, said of Skinny Pines, which is named after the trees in Borofsky's yard. "You're outside spending time with family and friends while enjoying the finest quality food -- specialty pizzas using the freshest local ingredients."
"We started with this vision of doing farm-to-table pizza," Borofsky said, with all items locally sourced and most organic. "Every week it's changing."
While pizza remains the specialty, he will create other fare on an as-needed basis, including steak, sliders and roasted chicken. Depending on availability, pizzas will generally have slightly unique twists, such as a bacon, kale and onion pie.
"The food is the best when it's freshest and the only way it's freshest is if you go to the farm the day you need it and the farmer cuts it," Borofsky said.
Borofsky's commitment to locally grown ingredients has helped make Skinny Pines a mainstay at several local farmers' markets, including the one in Westport.
"I like their commitment to sourcing local quality product," said Lori Cochran, executive director. "Creative and socially conscious small businesses are the key to the future. Having someone like Skinny Pines prove that a successful business can happen while remaining socially conscious is just great."
Borofsky said such events that focus on local product have helped foster their clientele. As a consequence, he said, word-of-mouth has been considerable, keeping both his two trucks busy just about every weekend throughout the three warmer seasons.
"I have used them two years in a row and will continue to use them," said Claire O'Hare of New Canaan, who has hosted parties of 100 people with Skinny Pines. "They love what they do and it comes out in their service and food -- incredible food and incredibly reliable."
For more information about Skinny Pines, visit http://www.skinnypines.com.
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.