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Pizza-Maker Pays It Forward With Free Dinner For Sick Children And Their Families

Pizza-Maker Pays It Forward With Free Dinner For Sick Children And Their Families

Ron Arguello says ever since he bought his mobile, wood-fired pizza oven he can't wait to start it up on weekends. That was never more true than on a visit to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford last month. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014)

There are many ways that people discover their passion in life.

Some find it while studying in school.

Others are introduced to it by a friend.

Ron Arguello bit into his.

It was a bite that would lead Ron into the world of mobile, wood fired, pizza-making.

A bite that is, ultimately, why you could find Ron one Monday last month cooking free pizza for the sick children and their families who are temporarily calling the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford home.

"I look at it, it's only pizza," Ron says, "but it brought them a little bit of happiness. I'm proud to do it."

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It was five years ago that Ron, with an eye on his children's tuition and his own retirement, was looking for a way to supplement his income from his day job in the wholesale food business.

He was at an event at a winery when he was served a piece of pizza cooked in a mobile, wood fired, oven.

"Once I had it, I put my pizza down and I couldn't take my eyes off the oven," Ron remembers.

He tracked down the person who made the oven in Colorado and eventually ordered one for himself.

So, for the past four-and-a-half years Ron has been driving his oven all over the Bay Area cooking pizzas at weddings, wineries, and special occasions under the name Soleil Wood Fired Pizza.

It has fulfilled the financial goal he had set for it, and so much more, Ron says. He says the social aspect of it all has been a good fit for him.

"On the weekends, I can't wait to get the fire started. I really love it."

It has been such a success that Ron recently decided he should start sharing that success, and his love of pizza, with people in need. He heard a story on the radio about the Ronald McDonald House and thought he could start with them.

"I just called them up and offered to make dinner one night," Ron says. He says they leapt at the opportunity. 

  

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