5 On Friday: Rebecca Withers Chastenet

5 On Friday: Rebecca Withers Chastenet

This week’s 5 on Friday we spoke with the owner of the Santa Fe based food truck, Slurp.

Rebecca Withers Chastenet

Name: Rebecca Withers Chastenet

Age: 45

Food truck name: Slurp

Location: Santa Fe, NM

Year started in the mobile food industry: late 2010

Mobile Cuisine: Why did you become a food truck owner, chef?

Rebecca Withers Chastenet: Serendipity, really. A wine-soaked dinner party among friends found me teaming up with 2 partners, one a chef, the other the consummate host and uber party planner. I was a dormant food writer, ready to trade my pen for an apron and do something new. A year and a half later, two of us (the chef lasted only 2 short months!) cook from scratch each morning and feed a community of friendly Santa Feans.

MC: Who has been the most influential person in your culinary career?

RWC: My family were foodies before foodies were “cool.” Mom and Dad were part of a gourmet club. My grandparents cooked and entertained with pizazz. My younger sister is a trained chef and styles food without even trying to make it look beautiful.

MC: What do you think sets your truck apart from your competitors?

RWC: The ambiance. We’re housed in a 1967 Airstream Trailer on a one-way side street, but music wafts out the windows along with the scent of saffron-riddled paella, bubbling soup pots, and trailer-baked focaccia bread. Plants, prayer flags, chairs covered in adorably funky mix & match oilcloth upholstery, and a huge spoon on the roof round out the picture…

MC: What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself and your food truck in 2 and 5 years?

RWC: As a food writer/blogger and truck owner, I’d like to see the two collide into a book or TV project, or app.

MC: What one suggestion would you give to someone planning to open a food new truck?

RWC: Go for it! Put your personality into it and create your food with love. The rest will follow!

Rebecca Chastenet

Twitter: @SLURPSantaFe

Santa Fe’s ONLY Airstream eatery offering 3 from-scratch soups, trailermade bread, coffee, chai & beverages in eco take out containers weekdays from 7 to 3.

 

Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.