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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pork N' Pine delivers Christmas trees with a side of barbecue [Baltimore Sun]


Off-beat service brings holiday trimmings by car, bicycle

  • Jason Toraldo, dressed as Santa, climbs up to the roof deck of a Locust Point rowhouse, cargo in hand. He started Pork N' Pine, which delivers Christmas trees and pulled pork sandwiches by bike and van to customers in and around Baltimore.
Jason Toraldo, dressed as Santa, climbs up to the roof deck of… (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun)
December 13, 2011|By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun
Santa Claus and two of his elves pedaled their bicycles across Fort Avenue and up Woodall Street, stopping beside an apartment across from the Domino Sugar Factory.
With Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" blasting from a boombox — and a handful of curious neighbors looking on — the trio carefully unloaded their cargo: A six-and-a-half-foot Douglas fir and a pulled pork sandwich. Up the stairway they went.

Christmas had officially arrived at Marilyn Agro's home. Lunch, too.
The man behind the fake white beard was 29-year-old Jason Toraldo, a recruiter for a Johns Hopkins University gifted-and-talented program. Last month, he started Pork N' Pine, a combination of Christmas trees and sliced meat that taps into a niche market Baltimore never knew it had.
"People just aren't expecting Santa Claus on a bike, to show up with a boombox playing Christmas tunes, with a Christmas tree on the back and a pulled-pork sandwich in his hand," said Toraldo, who stopped taking orders last week and will be delivering his last tree before Saturday. "This is my first season, so I'm still trying to work out the kinks. But people seem to be enjoying the experience."

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