FRESH Wood Fired Pizza (GIVEAWAY!)

Today I’m delighted to offer you TWO GIVEAWAYS and tell you about my fantastic find…

The first giveaway is a $40.00 credit graciously given by CSN Stores. CSN sells nearly everything known to man, from office furniture to baby gear to heavy-duty kitchen appliances. If you need it, they have it. Make sure to check out their fabulous deals!

Giveaway #2 is for Asheville Locals! One lucky eater will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Fresh Wood Fired Pizza, a new local joint creating quite a buzz…

There’s an on-going argument in Asheville of who makes “The Best Pizza.” Several local pubs and Italian restaurants vie for this title, but of course “best” is an evasive concept. After all, perception is one’s reality. So let’s speak in terms of “special” instead of best, shall we?

One of my favorite hobbies is stumbling across new restaurants. I’m always on the lookout for something special, unique…inspired.

Not long ago, we stumbled into FRESH Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta in Black Mountain, NC, just outside of Asheville. This serene little village is known in our region for its pristine views, family values, and reverent support of local artists and entrepreneurs. Downtown Black Mountain consists of boutiques, ice cream parlors, wine shops and fantastic restaurants. It would appear Fresh owner, Mark Tomczak, chose the right place to settle!

Mark first moved to North Carolina to further his education as an artist. He attended our renowned Penland School of Arts and Crafts, studying pottery for two years with the dream of opening a gallery. He pursued this dream for 12 years in Old Fort, North Carolina before another dream emerged. After a trip to Rome with his wife, he discovered a new passion…the art of pizza.

September 2010, Mark’s two dreams collided at the grand opening of Fresh Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta. This casual pizza kitchen embodies his love for food and love for art.  Complete with a wood-fire oven imported from Italy and an assortment of Mark’s pottery on display; this establishment is “hand-crafted” in every sense.

We walked in the door and were instantly greeted by the aroma of rising yeast and artisan cheeses wafting out of a massive fireplace. I watched pizza dough skillfully tossed in the air and then stretched as thin as a windowpane. The menu consists of pizzas with an unapologetic less-is-more attitude. Each pizza is layered with a few meticulously selected ingredients. After a trip into the fire, the pizzas arrived at our table piping hot with a blistered bubbly crust. I had to pause a moment to gaze at these glorious creations before devouring them. This was truly inspired pizza, made by the hands of an artist!

Mark not only has a strong culinary background, but his staff are masters of their craft as well. Baker Edward Clarey has been baking as long as he can remember and developed a spectacular gluten-free pizza crust that rivals the wheat crust. Every morning he bakes an assortment of hearty rustic breads for those that need a daily “Fresh” fix at home.

Fresh Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta is definitely worth a trip to Black Mountain. Mark Tomczak’s pursuit of simplistic perfection is a rarity to behold…and taste!

To Enter either GIVEAWAY: (Giveaway Now Closed!)

1. Leave a friendly comment!

2. For a second chance to win, SUBSCRIBE by Email, RSS, Facebook or Twitter.

3. For a third and fourth chance to win, Tweet this post or post it on your Facebook page. Leave a separate comment for each.

Fine Print…

US residents only.

If you live within one hour of Asheville, mark your comment “NC” so you will be entered into BOTH drawings!

The winners will be selected by random drawing and announced February 27th.

Good Luck!

The “Fun Guy” Pizza on a Gluten-Free Crust.

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132 Responses to “FRESH Wood Fired Pizza (GIVEAWAY!)”

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    Lisa Trompeter — February 23, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Oh my goodness, it’s 9:20 in the am and I could DOWN one of those pizzas right now. Sheesh.


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    Lisa Trompeter — February 23, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    I have your Spicy Perspective “gadget” for igoogle. So your posts come to my homepage. Is that being subscribed? And did you know of this option?


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    Lisa Trompeter — February 23, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Retweeted yours


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    A Canadian Foodie — February 23, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    What a fun local establishment. I have two foodie friends who have their own outdoor ovens, and wood fired pizza is incredible – BUT, I grill mine and that is also incredibly delicious (there are posts and a slide show about that on my site). have you tried it? YUM!!!! You absolutely must. Everyone is so intimidated at first, and when they see me demonstrate how to make it – VOILA: they are amazed!


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    Jessica — February 23, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    We lived in Black Mtn. for like 6 months and enjoyed it….Fresh pizza looks amazing :) NC


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    Noelle — February 23, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    Delicious looking pizza!! I am not salivating or anything over here, :)


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    PancakeNinja — February 23, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    just started following on twitter


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    sean — February 23, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    I live in Black Mountain and I can attest to the quality of their pies. Yummy.


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    TinaT — February 23, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one out!


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    Carolsue — February 24, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    Pizza looks yummy — nut we’re a it too far, so just enter me in the CSN contest, please!
    Digicat {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net


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    Carolsue — February 24, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    I follow you on Twitter (Cezovski)
    Digicat {at} sbcglobal {dot} net


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    Mei — February 24, 2011 @ 1:32 am

    Love to fly over if i win… :-) Not a pizza myself, hubby just joined daughter not so long ago, wish I can too but i don’t eat chesse! :-( Mei


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    Lot-O-Choc — February 24, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    Oh wow these pizzas look gorgeous and Im not normally a fan of pizza, they look so rustic and filled with flavour!


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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — February 24, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    I wish I lived near by for that delicious look pizza, but I would be happy with the CSN gift card :) Thanks for the contest!


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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog} — February 24, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

    I follow you in my google reader and on twitter!


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    Marisa — February 24, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    The pizza looks awesome! It is pretty rare to come across a place that has a real wood-burning oven. The smells, flavors, and crispness that comes out of those ovens is amazing–you can’t recreate that!


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    Nive — February 24, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    Thanks for this giveaway….yummy looking pizza…


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    Nive — February 24, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    I subscribe via email…..


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    The Cilantropist — February 24, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    Sommer have I told you yet how much I adore the new look of your blog?? I think I have told you, but I will just say it again: Completely wonderful. You know what else is completely wonderful? Pizza. I have been craving it and your post is making my mouth water! Can I move to Asheville and hang out with you? ;)


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    Magic of Spice — February 24, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    Your review has me craving pizza…looks delicious, and both great giveaways!


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    Gina @ The Crave to Save — February 25, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I love CSN stores and that pizza looks fabulous!

    gina.m.maddox AT gmail DOT com


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    Gina @ The Crave to Save — February 25, 2011 @ 1:45 pm
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    Gina @ The Crave to Save — February 25, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    I am an RSS Subscriber!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com


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    Gina @ The Crave to Save — February 25, 2011 @ 1:48 pm
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    Danielle K — February 25, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    The pizza looks yummy! Wish I was local to eat it.

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com


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    stacy w — February 27, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    The pizza looks so good! I am excited to see the gluten free pizza! Yay! I want to win! We live in AVL.


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    Michele — March 12, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    Love Fresh! So glad that we have this in Black Mtn! They do an incredible job of mixing delicious flavors with a great dough…lucky to live a mile away!!


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    beck — March 12, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    I have been there several times. Their pizza is delicious!! I love the atmosphere and the food! If you are ever in black mountain don’t miss this treat!


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    beck — March 12, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    Love this pizza. I have been there several times. THe food is good and the atmosphere! If you are ever in black mountain.. don’t skip it!


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    Lynn Heath — March 12, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Had Thanksgiving celebration @ the Fresh with my son Chris and many wonderful friends!
    The food is awesome/delicious and inviting to come back for more!
    This Black Mtn Mama will be back for more:)


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    Jane — February 25, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    Hi there!
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Black Mountain to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!



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