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First Look: Essentially Fries Food Truck

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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Kick off the weekend with a basket of fries from one of the city’s newest food trucks, Essentially Fries. The truck debuts this Friday, Sept. 8, at Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park.

As The Scoop reported in May, Edibles & Essentials chef-owner Matt Borchardt announced plans to launch a food truck concept around his Southampton restaurant’s popular french fries. To maximize efficiency, Borchardt kept the menu narrow menu with one main dish and a variety of toppings.

“People constantly come up [at Edibles & Essentials] and say they’re the best freaking fries they’ve ever had,” Borchardt said. “Not a day goes by.”

Toppings range from Carolina pulled pork to fajita vegetables to white chicken chili. You can also order a classic basket, topped with just garlic and Grana Padano and served with a rich truffle aioli and a house-made smoked ketchup for dipping.

Edibles & Essentials chef Steven Teters, who has previously worked at Sidney Street Cafe, will man the truck. Borchardt and a few others will help out at big events and festivals.

“Our plan is to do primarily corporate events and obviously any festivals, Food Truck Friday-type events and community events we can,” Borchardt said. Customers can follow the truck on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updated locations.

 

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Editor’s note: Food Truck Friday is a Sauce Magazine event. 

Photos by Meera Nagarajan 

Heather Hughes is managing editor at Sauce Magazine. 

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Pie Hard pizza truck launches in Belleville, will expand to STL

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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Another chef with fine dining creds has left the white tablecloths behind and opted for a more low-key culinary approach.

Chef-owner Michael Pastor debuted his new pizza-themed food truck, Pie Hard, on Saturday, July 29, at a soft opening event at his commissary kitchen, located at 8201 W. Main St., in Belleville.

Pastor has worked in some impressive kitchens, including Gerard Craft’s Niche and Pastaria, Cielo at Four Seasons, and an externship during his culinary school days at world-renowned Alinea in Chicago. But when he decided to strike out on his own, Pastor chose a more casual focus.

“Fast-casual is a trend that’s been going on for quite a while now,” Pastor said. “People don’t want to sit down and eat three or four hour meals anymore. So I leaned toward a fast-casual concept, and that led to a food truck.”

Pie Hard is decidedly different from many of the rolling eateries in the area. It’s a custom 20-foot shipping container atop a massive flatbed truck that houses the 5,000-pound EarthStone wood and gas pizza oven. The truck measures just shy of 30 feet.

“It’s the biggest St. Louis city allows, ” Pastor said.

Pie Hard will cover a wide swath of real estate. In addition to periodic events at the Belleville commissary, Pastor said the truck will serve south St. Louis County, and St. Clair and Monroe counties in Illinois. Pie Hard will be available for private events as well.

“We can’t do St. Louis city just yet because there are no spots available,” Pastor said, though he hopes to operate within limits soon.

Pastor said initially there will be five staple 10-inch personal pizzas available on the truck, including The Queen, a traditional margherita pie; The Vladi, with vodka sauce, Italian meatballs, pickled shallots and rosemary; The Cuban, a play on a Cuban sandwich that includes a mustard bechamel, speck, porcetta and house pickles; and The King, featuring crunchy peanut butter, banana, bacon and a spicy grape jelly, along with one rotating special.

Pizza fans can keep track of the truck on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Pie Hard Pizza

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Frankly Sausages to open brick and mortar on Cherokee

Friday, July 14th, 2017

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Another local food truck is going the brick-and-mortar route. Frankly Sausages co-owner Jamie Cawthon confirmed a lease has been signed on a location.

“We’re on Cherokee Street,” said Cawthon, adding the address isn’t being released yet. “We’re still doing some negotiating and bidding on a lot of the work, so it’s still pretty early. We don’t have an opening date.”

Jamie and chef Bill Cawthon launched their popular food truck in December 2015.

Cawthon said the new space would have a larger menu than what’s available on the truck. As things progress, she said the plan is to hold pop-up events in the area to try out dishes.

“You’ll see more than sausages and fries,” she said. “It’s still going to be in the style of Frankly Sausages.”

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill food truck brings island fare to St. Louis

Friday, July 7th, 2017

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{ Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill owner Thomas Moore (second from left) launched his food truck in June. } 

 

Thomas “Buzz” Moore hopes to offer a Hawaiian escape in St. Louis with his new food truck, Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill. The food truck – painted with Hawaii’s clear blue skies, choice waves and sandy shores – opened in June and serves classic Hawaiian dishes.

Moore, a native St. Louisan, lived in Hawaii for five years, as well as California and Okinawa, Japan. When he moved back to his hometown several years ago, he was disappointed in the city’s lack of Hawaiian food. After decades of traveling back to the island state to visit family and cooking Hawaiian fare for family and friends, he decided to launch his first culinary venture showcasing the cuisine and its blend of international influences from China and Japan to the Philippines  and Hawaii’s native islanders. “It’s not just pineapple,” Moore said. “It’s food from everywhere.”

Moore said he hopes to bring a spirit of aloha to the Midwest, which he describes as a way of life that’s about “chilling and being friendly and open to one another.”

The truck rotates between St. Louis City and County and features Hawaiian plate lunches, a popular meal that features two scoops of rice, Hawaiian macaroni salad and a protein like chicken yakitori, kalbi ribs or kalua pork.

Other dishes include fish tacos, musubi (Spam and rice and a sweet egg pancake wrapped in nori) and poke, a raw fish salad that has gained popularity on the mainland in recent years. Look for sides like lomi lomi (a tomato and salmon salad) and lumpia.

Find Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill by following the truck on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Buzz’s Hawaiiian Grill 

Rachel Wilson is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Edibles & Essentials launches french fry food truck

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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Edibles & Essentials is hitting the streets this summer with a new food truck, Essentially Fries.

“I’ve always wanted to do a food truck,” said chef-owner Matt Borchardt. “I was going to do one before Edible & Essentials opened.”

After looking for a commissary, Borchardt opted to open his brick-and-mortar establishment first.

The truck will feature Edibles & Essentials popular classic hand-cut fries, along with an initial menu of other fry-based specialties. Look for beef bulgogi fries, Greek caprese fries, Carolina pulled pork fries and a poutine with duck confit. Borchardt said there would likely be some seasonal variations subbed out down the line.

Essentially Fries will be making the rounds of food truck events, as well as offering catering services once it’s on the road in late June. Follow the truck on Twitter at @essentiallyfry, and on Facebook and Instagram at @essentiallyfries.

Photo courtesy of Edibles & Essentials

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Slide Piece launches truck No. 2

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

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Lately, it’s been a thing for food truck operators to open brick-and-mortar locations and expand their reach. But Tommy Lee, owner of Slide Piece food truck, is expanding in a different direction, adding a second slider truck to the streets this week.

“We got our streets department license yesterday (Wednesday, May 3), but we’ve been able to do private events around the city for a couple of weeks,” Lee said. Both trucks will sport the same graphics, operate in the greater St. Louis area, and have the same basic menu, though each will run unique specials.

Lee said the reason for rolling out truck No. 2 is pretty straightforward — business is booming. The first Slide Piece truck debuted in December 2015, and since then, demand has steadily increased, especially for private functions.

“I think we’ve seen the food truck scene in St. Louis continually evolve and expand,” Lee said. “And we’re seeing a lot of people who see the flexibility of trucks for graduation parties, weddings, private events like that, where we can come in and get set up in 45 minutes and be completely gone 15 minutes after the event is over.”

Photo courtesy of Slide Piece

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Eat This: Brisket Mac at Farmtruk

Monday, May 1st, 2017

 

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Farmtruk’s Brisket Mac combines the best of a backyard barbecue in one paper basket. Fat rigatoni noodles are drowned in cheddar cheese sauce, a generous handful of braised brisket and a drizzle of sweet chipotle barbecue. It’s all finished with a sprinkle of crushed Red Hot Riplets and fresh slivers of green onion. Best paired with sunglasses and a lawn chair on a warm day.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Food truck food court to open in South City

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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A new “food court” for area food trucks is in the works in South City.

Earlier this year, Steak Louie owner Paul Listenberger bought the 2,200-square-foot building at 4001 Utah St., which formerly housed Annie Moons Bakery. The space has served as a commissary kitchen for Steak Louie, as well as fellow trucks Farmtruk and Go! Gyro! Go! Now, Listenberger plans to turn it into a one-stop shop where food truck fans can indulge in their favorite fare in one central location.

According to Listenberger, the actual rehab of the space will be minimal. “It’s a great building as-is,” he said. “We’re just doing basically cosmetic changes.”

Listenberger said the plan is for customers to order at a counter, and then food will be brought to their tables. Inside and outside seating will be available, and he plans to serve beer as well.

Steak Louie, Farmtruk and Go! Gyro! Go! have all signed on to participate in the venture, and Listenberger said he hopes to have Holy Crepe on board soon, as well. He also intends to eventually bring in other trucks for collaborations and events.

Initially, Listenberger said the food court would be open for Friday dinner service, and breakfast, lunch and dinner service on Saturday and Sunday. The space, which has no official name as of yet, is about four to six weeks from opening. “We want to get the patio open as soon as we can,” he said.

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The Scoop: Wicked Greenz to launch food truck, open O’Fallon location this spring

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Clayton’s Wicked Greenz will soon open a new location in O’Fallon, Missouri and go mobile. Director of operations Matt Ratz said the company has purchased the former Shell’s Coastal Cuisine truck and will be taking its health-focused eating options on the road this spring. Ratz said the plan is to debut the truck at the Forever Vintage Market event at Taubman Prestige Outlets on Friday, April 21.

“We think we can provide something different than the normal food truck does,” said Ratz.

Wicked Greenz opened its fast-casual concept last October at 16 N. Central Ave., in Clayton, offering customizable salads and wraps. Ratz said the food truck’s abbreviated menu would likely include four or five salads and a couple of soups, as well as pitas and hummus and possibly some one-off specials. “We’ll really be able to put things out quickly,” he said.

Ratz said the company decided to launch a food truck to increase brand awareness. He said the truck may be parked at the upcoming Wicked Greenz location at 4015 Highway K in O’Fallon, which is expected to open in June, before the restaurant opens to give diners a sneak peek.

Photo  by Michelle Volansky

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The Scoop: Smokin’ Monkey food truck has closed

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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The Smokin’ Monkey food truck, which specialized in “barbecue with a tropical twist,” is officially off the road.

“It was just time,” said co-owner Kimberly Patterson. “The market is oversaturated. There are a million food trucks now, and people aren’t as excited about it as they used to be.”

Patterson said she and her husband and business partner, Kyle Patterson, who also works in the kitchen at Boundary, will still maintain the business and may do some catering. The Pattersons plan to sell the truck, which they’ve operated since 2013. Patterson said they might revisit the food truck concept in the future or possibly a brick-and-mortar location.

 

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