If pizza is your preference, don't pass up Rolling Stonebaker.
The pizza business, housed in a Studebaker fire truck, is in its regular location daily in a grassy lot on U.S. 12 in Beverly Shores. It also makes appearances at local farmers markets and other events throughout the week and on the weekends. (The company now has two firetrucks making the rounds to different locations).
The Rolling Stonebaker's specialty is wood-fired pizza made with fresh ingredients. Creativity is the operative word here and pizza renditions in the spotlight include everything from the Choke-N-Shroom, The Purple Pig and Gotham City to Bruschetta Pizza.
"We're celebrating our fifth year in business," said Andrea Georgion, who owns The Rolling Stonebaker with her husband, Jim Chaddock.
Georgion said husband Jim was always interested in starting a business. And with her background in food, the culinary business seemed the perfect fit. Jim, she said, has long been a fan of vintage vehicles.
He found a 1949 Studebaker firetruck in South Dakota several years ago on Craigslist and purchased it. The firetruck, which they converted into their stunning looking food truck, houses the wood-burning oven. The couple now have two trucks in different locations for their business.
We visited the Rolling Stonebaker foodtruck at Chesterton's European Market on a recent Saturday and enjoyed a leisurely lunch. We sat at a picnic table not far from the food truck. Our choices that day were The Potato Head and the signature Purple Pig. The Purple Pig starred a flavorful combination of pork shoulder, red slaw, barbecue sauce and other seasonings. The Potato Head had a blend of garlic, red potatoes, ricotta and more. Both pizzas took about 10 minutes total to prepare.
The Rolling Stone Baker can be found from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week from May to October on U.S. 12 in Beverly Shores. On Tuesdays, find the truck at the Valparaiso Farmers Market at Central Park Plaza and on Fridays at Griffith Farmers Market. Visit the business from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Chesterton European Market.