If you like the idea of food trucks, but find a lot of the food to be too exotic or too weird, then do we have a truck for you.
Carnivorous is a food truck described by owner/operator Mike Mendola as “a meat and potatoes truck, sometimes without the potatoes.”
“We look at whole meats and see what we can do with them,” he added.
Carnivorous will be emphasizing classic American comfort dishes, like the kind you expect to find at diners from Maine to California. Mendola said chicken marsala, pot roast, and fresh turkey sandwiches have all appeared on the Carnivorous menu. The truck will also feature contemporary dishes like fish tacos and barbecued wild boar ribs.
“Good old-fashioned Buffalo fare is really what we’re going to have,” Mendola said. “We’re going to play around with some Italian and German sausages, and we want to try to do some globe-trotting as specials. We definitely don’t want to stay the same and boring.”
The Carnivorous menu is going to rotate from month to month and season to season. With the fall coming up, duck wings and pot pies are slated to make an appearance.
The Carnivorous truck actually grew out of Mendola’s catering business – Nine’s Food Service.
The business is a caterer operating under the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a federally-funded program partly-administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For more than 7 years, the catering company has provided meals to underprivileged individuals and various social groups.
Mendola said the Carnivorous truck has cut its teeth by servicing many of the same social groups that his catering business services. His reputation as a caterer and news of the truck now led to Carnivorous being booked at other groups he previously didn’t have a connection to.
“We’re getting contacted by a wide variety of schools, apartment complexes, and business parks – throughout the Northtowns, throughout the city and in the Southtowns,” he said. “A lot of these are word of mouth.”
Mendola said the truck is almost always open to the public during these service events at community groups.
“We did a catering event at the US Army Reserves and that was behind chain-link fence with barbed wire and a security gate, so that wasn’t really opened to the public,” he said with a laugh. “But for the most part, they’re going to be public events.
“We’re not going to be at Canalside yet, or at Larkin Square,” he added. “Both of them are ‘locked up’ events. You had to get in early, submit your name, and get approved. We’re not going to be able to get in this year. We look forward to next year.”
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