Meals on Wheels
Food Trucks Spice Up Local Parties
Like many of us, my introduction to food trucks happened in college. A congenial fellow named Bob served greasy French bread pizzas out of something called the Hot Truck. They were covered in mounds of melted cheese and toppings that only made sense to a 19 year old at 2 am. Well, food trucks have officially grown up. Ingredients are fresh and menus varied, making either one or a fleet of these mobile kitchens a trendy alternative to traditional caterers.
Recognizing that Bedford isn’t exactly synonymous with barbecue, Fox Lane High School alums Tim Bucolo and Juan Rendon saw an opportunity and started Crafty ‘Cue, a versatile BBQ truck with the motto “Innovations in Barbecue.” Bucolo says, “We believe that we can push the traditional boundaries, especially in Westchester where there’s an open mindedness surrounding food. We love where we are from and are excited to bring something great to the area we call home.”
The community is equally enthusiastic. Allison Heilman of Bedford Corners needed a last-minute catering solution for a 90th birthday party and says with Crafty ‘Cue, “It was love at first bite.” She adds, “This was the perfect solution for us: casual, yet high-quality ingredients and a reasonable price point. They should trademark the pork belly skewers.”
Regular visitors to the John Jay Homestead Farm Market are likely familiar with the rustic wood-fired pies and 1952 Chevy truck of Pizza Luca. Former U. S. Marine Dean Medico makes full use of his oven to prepare not only pizza but dishes like roasted peaches with honey and pecorino, too. He brings his years in culinary school and restaurant training to a wide breadth of venues. “Every event is so unique,” he says. Also familiar are the last names of the team members who run the Mobile Pie Truck, often visible in the parking lot of Mount Kisco hotspot Village Social. The families of Joe Bueti, Tony Luppino, and Isi Albanese have been mainstays in our area for decades and now bring their Italian traditions to your door using their special homemade dough.
Owner of well-known Mount Kisco destinations Cafe of Love and Ladle of Love, Leslie Lampert, takes sustainability to the next level with the food truck that complements her catering business called Love on the Run. Calling herself “an eco-freak,” Lampert had an electric truck made in Ohio out of which she presents her signature soups, stews, and other items customized from her distinctly farm-to-fork menu. Charged every night in Mount Kisco, it travels in a 40 mile radius, making it local in every sense of the word.
Over the border in Fairfield County, there’s a vibrant food truck scene that happily travels to our neck of the woods for special events. With the tagline “from boat to bun,” LobsterCraft in Norwalk offers fresh lobster rolls on homemade bread sourced every day from a local bakery. Bisques, sliders and variations on the traditional roll (Lobster BLT anyone?) make former commercial lobsterman Mike Harden’s truck a unique choice. For large affairs, he often teams with other trucks, like The Local Meatball, which offers an upscale twist on the Italian classic, and the award-winning Melt Mobile (recently spotted in Pound Ridge) which turns the concept of classic grilled cheese into high-end comfort food. As LobsterCraft’s Captain Mike, as he’s known, explains, “We all want to bring something gourmet to this business. It’s not a second job for any of us, so we work together and even refer clients to each other.”
Most trucks offer their own take on dessert (ask the Mobile Pie guys about their Nutella Pizza), but sometimes you just need to go old school. Stop by King Kone in Somers to hire their authentic Good Humor truck. Farm to table? No. A crowd pleaser? Absolutely.