Fire & Co.

L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.

My name is Ryan Carey, and my background has always been in the hospitality industry. From the age of 14 to 27 I’ve worked from the back of the house to the front of the house, worked in a brewery scrubbing kegs, sold beer for a brewery and been apart of hundreds of events and promotions. In all these experiences I found that I love being a part of a team that has the customers’ best interests at heart. Whether it’s been a dining experience, a trade show or a wedding, I really want the client to walk away wowed with their experience.

 Five years ago I started a concession business (Pizza Pie on The Fly) selling wood fired pizza at large outdoor festivals throughout New England. This helped expose my food to tens of thousands of people and that eventually led to a large demand for catering opportunities. Because of this I started Fire and Company. We focus on wood fired comfort food that is presented in an elegant manner.  We like to walk that line between casual and memorable.

L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.

 Many couples see our antique wood fired truck and think all we do is pizza, but we offer so much more. Out of the oven we produce hors d’oeuvres (wood fired meatballs, roasted vegetables platters, oven roasted mussels), side dishes (roasted rosemary potatoes, asparagus wrapped in bacon, fire blistered peppers) and dessert (our signature peanut butter s’mores).

This past winter we had a custom trailer built with two wood fired grills, a smoker and a 3 gas burner. This beautiful trailer is not only a chef’s dream but is a wedding show stopper. With this new equipment it has diversified our menu so that we can continue to do what we do (wood fired comfort food) but takes our main course offerings to a whole new level. Now we’re able to do wood fired lobster bakes, spitfire whole chickens and pig roasts among many other dishes.

L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?

Above anything else we specialize in onsite wood fired cooking. Many couples seek us for our antique food and bar trucks or our pizza offerings but I like to think we add a lot of value with our method of cooking. Cooking with wood not only adds a unique and rustic flavor but also creates an atmosphere. The smell in the air, the visual ambiance of the fire and the show from our open kitchen preparation are unlike any other vendors in Southern Maine.

 For 2015 I have also put a lot of attention into our presentation. We’ve had our food platters made out of used bourbon barrels from Allagash Brewing Company and just received our new farm tables (that are included in our service). These custom built tables made from reclaimed wood and metal are a big part of our presentation. I received an email yesterday from a mother of the bride who made a point to mention the platters and tables specifically as an unexpected joy of the day.

L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?

We’ve definitely gravitated towards the barns and farms that have popped up in the Southern Maine market. Our services lend itself well to what these couples are looking for and need for a caterer when choosing these venues. The Hardy Farm in Fryeburg and The Barn at Flanagan Farm in Buxton come to mind as venues that work well with our setup.

Having only been in the industry a relatively short time I’ve found that everyone has been great to work with. One of the first questions I ask couples who want to book Fire and Company is what other vendors do they have in mind for their wedding. My objective for every wedding is to not only put out great food but to put on a great show. Having likeminded vendors involved helps tremendously as we are all working together to make a memorable day.

L&L: How far in advance to couples usually book you for their wedding day?

What used to be a year in advance has sped up tremendously over the past 3 months. Our 2016 calendar has filled up much quicker than anticipated to the point where we may want to look for another truck to build out. At this point I just want to focus on 2015 and make sure we are giving couples the best experience possible!

L&L: How do most clients find you?

 I’m so thankful that most couples have found Fire and Company through referrals. Whether it was someone who attended one of our events or an industry vendor we are always appreciated when we hear this!

L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?

We catered a wedding last year for 175 people at Marianmade Farm in Wiscasset that was absolutely amazing. The weather, the beautiful backdrop and the attendees combined for an amazing day. Both our trucks were onsite and set up at opposite ends of the reception that created a very open and inviting atmosphere. Our couples tend to be amazing and thus so do their wedding party and guests. This translates to an overall vibe of the day and this wedding day was picture perfect.

L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?

It’s best for couples to reach out via email at Booking@fireandcompany.com. I encourage prospective couples to follow us on our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) to gather a sense of what we do and email us with any questions. I try and respond to all emails within 24 hours.

Thank you so much Ryan from Fire & Company for answering our questions and giving us some insights on your awesome and delicious business. I think my mouth is watering a little bit for those peanut butter s’mores!

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