With profiles from Chicago and Portland this week, we felt a Friday food truck profile should come from the South. With so many growing mobile food cities, the choice was difficult, until we recalled a story we had reported on down in Miami Beach, Florida, where a candidate for city council felt enough emotion toward the truck that it lead to him leaving them a little note which called them, “jackasses”.
Late last year after growing tired of the Miami restaurant scene, Zachary Schwartz and Oren Bass tossed in their chef coats and decided to move into the realm of gourmet food trucks. These Johnson & Wales University North Miami classmates have taken their knowledge base acquired from working in Michilen rated kitchens and brought it to the streets.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to say hello to the Slow Food Truck, a mobile eatery that brings you slow cooked, seasonal, and straight from the farm cuisine. If you are not familiar with the term ‘slow food’, we offer you a brief explanation from the Slow Food USA website.
“Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”
Oren and Zach are both members of Slow Food USA, and explain the philosophy that rules their rolling bistro.
“Don’t sacrifice quality for speed when you can have both. We offer Slow Food inspired culinary creations everywhere and anywhere we can park. Slow Food Truck is here to fill the void left by the processed fast food and subs available for lunch, by offering Slow Food to South Florida in an easily accessible manner. Slow Food Truck believes in practicing the ideas of Slow Food and utilizes fresh, local, and seasonal items whenever possible.”
It has been said that the Slow Food Truck is the mobile embodiment of the earth-loving, rainbow-hugging slow food movement. In other terms; local, sustainably grown ingredients like organic farm eggs, hormone-free cheese, greens plucked from local farmers’ markets the same morning and fair-trade coffee.
This does not mean that by their using this philosophy that you need to lower your taste expectations for the meals served from this truck. Au contraire, these ingredients are what liven up their breakfast tacos, fries and meat-filled sandwiches like the Short Rib n’ Dip Sandwich and the Cuban Cowboy with pork and Southern slaw.
When asked what advice they may have for those looking to follow the same path into the mobile food industry they replied, “Be ready to work harder than you can imagine! Take your dream and make it a reality.”
As with life and this food truck, sometimes it’s better to take things slow.
The Slow Food Truck can be found on the streets of Miami Beach, and Southern Florida.
“The Ono” Every awesome bite provides you with pulled pork, ham, glazed pineapple, crispy shallots on Italian bread. The juicy pulled pork and fresh pineapple balances the saltiness of this sandwich.
What their fans have said:
Oh No! I finally tried the Ono sandwich.
This sandwich is a kosher jew’s worst nightmare as it combines roasted pork, ham, and bacon with juicy pineapple and fried shallots. One bite and your heart will stop either from the deliciousness of the Ono or the blast of cholesterol. Definitely one of the best sandwiches I have had from a truck. Oh, and if I didn’t need any more calories, I also had a cup of their awesome fries. There should be a defibrillator on the side of this truck.
The Ono and the Short Rib sandwich are a 1 – 2 punch that need to be tried.
One of the best trucks at BTTR fa sho!
– Paul M. Miami Shores, FL
For a recipe from the Slow Food Truck, follow this link to their Short Rib Sandwich instructions. http://mobile-cuisine.com/features/recipe-short-rib-sandwich/