Since March of 2009, on the first and third Fridays of the month, there have been some delicious scents wafting from the Rainbow Valley Grange Hall. That is when a dedicated band of volunteers are busy making pizzas to sell to the community.
There is a two-fold purpose for this – the first is to provide the community some great pizzas since there is no pizza restaurant in Rainbow and the Fallbrook pizza restaurants do not deliver that far.
The second is to raise funds for improvement of the Grange Hall, which was built in 1947 – with indoor plumbing installed in 1948. In the mid-2000s, the inside of the hall was painted and the fans and ceiling tiles were replaced. The 66-year old building has also received a new floor as well as a kitchen renovation, but still needs air conditioning, since they depend on fans for cooling and Rainbow can get hot in the summer.
The Grange members and friends who make the pizza were all required to take a “food handlers” class before they began to make pizzas for the public.
Most of the pizza orders are “to go,” but occasionally someone will stay and eat in the Grange Hall. Paper plates and napkins are provided, but it gets a bit warm with the pizza oven heating up the room and only fans for cooling the air.
The pizza comes in one size and it’s a big one – 15