This week’s 5 on Friday we spoke with Rich Levy the owner of the Chicago based food truck, Haute Sausage.

Name: Rich Levy

Age: 37 years young

Food truck name:  Haute Sausage

Location:  Chicago, IL

Year started in the mobile food industry:  2011

Five On Friday With Rich Levy

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

Rich Levy: Chicago is a sausage town by nature and there needed to be a sausage truck.  Someone had to do it it was almost like a public utility, so I simply used my sausage to fill the void.  I am glad the town has been so accommodating of my sausage.

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

RL: The list is long and distinguished, but probably my Mom – she taught me everything I know about catering and over catering.  She is a wonderfully improvisational cook.  I am not classically trained and neither is she, she just knows what will taste good and makes it happen.

Doug Sonnenshein from Hot Doug’s definitely deserves a shout out too.  The man is a legend.

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

RL: Grilled encased meats on fresh baked New England brioche bread.

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

RL: I think we want to get into the frozen foods section of the supermarkets and specialty foods stores.  I want to go into manufacturing and brand development.  I am also talking to a company about doing a brick and mortar version of the truck.

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

RL: Do it.  Start doing not talking!

Haute Sausage

Twitter: @hautesausage

Chicago’s Afro-Midwestern mobile sausage wagon. Thick • Meaty • Juicy

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