Friday, April 8, 2011

Grilled Cheese Bus serves up mobile food and social change

Durham unofficially holds the title of best place in NC for mobile food. Dozens of vendors, many chef owned, offer everything from coffee to pizza from mobile kitchens built in all sorts of vehicles…several are repurposed school buses. With local codes that are friendly to such operations and a market both literally and figuratively hungry for tasty treats from trucks, Durham is an absolute hot spot foods latest craze. Never mind that it is already one of the country’s most revered food markets.

Enter The Grilled Cheese Bus. A twist on the current model of area trucks, The Grilled Cheese Bus will be “powered by community” and operate as a not-for-profit. Similar to the SEEDS model, youth from the community will be taught the skills necessary to run a food truck. The Grilled Cheese Bus has been collaborating with SEEDS to develop the youth program. The bus speaks to all manners of Durham’s community values and serves as a vehicle for social change. The menu will feature seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Debuting on Saturday, April 9th at Briggs Ave between E. Lawson and Riddle Streets from10am-1pm, the public will be able to sample the wares of Durham’s newest mobile vendor. Making it easier for operators, Durham welcomed The Cookery this week, as well. Located where the food co-op used to be on W. Chapel Hill Street, this for rent commissary kitchen is targeted toward mobile operators and those looking to develop food businesses.

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