Restaurant: Sweet ‘N’ Savory Food Truck, Louisville, Kentucky
Dear Sweet ‘N’ Savory Food Truck:
Let me start by saying how very fortunate we, the residents of the Louisville area, are to have you in our neighborhoods and at our public events. Honestly, if it weren’t for you, most food trucks would be a bust for me. In fact, I had never had the chance to actually eat from a food truck until you rolled into my life. And, since then, I find myself clearing up my busy schedule just so I can come out to an event or hit up wherever you might be parked and serving on any particular weekend.
But you don’t just put out your typical street food and food truck fare. No…you cooked yourself in a different direction and have set yourself apart from the sorts of trucks (sandwiches, burgers, tacos) that frequent the streets of cities.
But you didn’t stop there with a unique product. Nope. You also made a conscious decision to make your products gluten-free. This is no easy task and it can be quite costly. Not to mention, there are certain stigmas that come with the term “gluten-free” so you already had to get over that hump. But you built your truck, you brought it out to the streets…and that was where I found you.
And my hope is that I never have to let you go.
From my first crepe from your truck…I tested first the sweet ones. I wasn’t too sure how to take those savory crepes…so the ones with chocolate and fruit were my first choices. But…then…one very warm day at a festival in Louisville, I branched out. I tried my first savory crepe…and it was love. It was delicious, heavenly love. And now…the savory crepes seem to be my choice each time.
This past Saturday at the Gluten-Free Fair held at Apocalypse Brew Works in Louisville…not only did I get to indulge in another (savory) crepe, but talked my roommate and our friend Greg into trying them as well. My roomie had actually wanted tacos…but in the end went with a crepe. As for Greg…he can sometimes be a bit picky…but he seemed set on the same crepe I was getting. So…orders were in.
The Veggie Caponata Crepe ($6.00) was my choice this time…although I was so tempted to get your delicious, rich Caprese Crepe again. But…this one caught my eye. This one not only sounded super-delicious, but it was made with local, fresh vegetables. Therefore…I had to have it. The Veggie Caponata Crepe was stuffed full with amazing Kentucky eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and roasted red peppers. But the star…the ingredient that made all of these fresh vegetables shine…was the Parmesan cheese. Complete and total love at first bite. It was like eating a delicious gluten-free, veggie pizza. The flavors sang. The vegetables were fresh and their flavor, after being roasted, really became elevated. And that crepe…it is never overdone, never burned, never mushy. It’s always perfect.
Then…on a perfectly hot summer afternoon, you gave to me the greatest gift of all. Gluten-free gelato. I can’t thank you enough for finding a dedicated gluten-free base for your gelato. I can’t wait to indulge in it more frequently. And…you offered a Salted Caramel flavor. Salted Caramel is my favorite flavor…for real. Nothing tops it. It’s what I crave…perhaps because, in and of itself, it is both sweet and savory. That sweet with the hint of salt. It’s the best combination out there…and you…you gave me my favorite without even being aware of that. You must have just known…
I bought one scoop of your Salted Caramel Gelato ($2.50) and was blown away. One of the best salted caramel items I have ever tasted…and trust me…I have had many. I even make my own. You made it to perfection. The right creaminess and richness to warrant a gelato…and the flavor was outstanding. Salty…caramely…refreshing. It was the perfect way to end my food truck feast.
No love letter would be complete, however, without a lot of praise and love going out to the owners and operators of Sweet ‘N’ Savory Food Truck. Much love, much appreciation, and respect go out to Richard and Ashley Giannini. I know this can be quite a costly venture…and one that you have put a lot of your own hard-earned time and money into…but from the heart of someone like me, I can’t thank you enough for not just building a better food truck, but for giving a gluten-free (and vegetarian) girl a place to come and eat at these fun little gatherings and festivals. I never have to worry about the food I purchase from you. I hope to continue to follow you around this beautiful city and give you not just my business, but more business from my roommate (Cathy) and my friends who happen to come along with us.
By the way…Cathy completely loved the Limoncello Gelato.
I count myself one of the lucky residents in this amazing foodie town of Louisville, Kentucky, who have discovered just how beautiful and delicious your products are. But when you take such great care with ingredients and you prepare them to perfection, it’s hard to imagine anything else.
Basically…the point I am trying to make here is…I love you.
And I can’t wait to indulge in more of that Salted Caramel gelato.
Love…food truck style…defined as Sweet ‘N’ Savory.
(Veggie Food Lover)