Thanks to alert reader Sherry M for the wonderful introduction to this Food Truck. I want to do something like this here. Imagine a truck like this driving to a Seedleaf plot/community kitchen in the morning, getting fresh stuff for the day, then driving to a central location in East End or north side and setting up and selling low cost, fresh, good food….utilizing local people who have prepared and cooked the food, local vendors for supplies, and local business people who manage it….a vertically integrated model of economic development, improved health, and environmental protection…..
From the New York Times and Others….
It’s brand new, it’s environmentally green (and literally green and white), it cost $92,500, and now it needs a parking space.
The Ladle of Love food truck, which bills itself as New York City’s most environmentally friendly mobile noshing vehicle, has found a woodsy, high-traffic home and plenty of customers in Central Park. But it needs a permanent home at night.
For a week now, the truck has been dispensing menu items like beef stew ($6.50), mushroom barley soup ($6) and goat-cheese salad ($7) at the east-facing terrace of the Central Park Visitor Center at Tavern on the Green. Other items include sandwiches (such as a grown-up grilled ham and cheese — serrano and manchego on ciabatta with smoked paprika aioli and watercress) and desserts (such as stuffed brownies).
“We want to do business in an eco-friendly way, but to do it we need a permanent parking space,” said the owner, Leslie Lampert.
Ladle of Love is the only truck that’s not originally from New York City, and it’s the only hybrid, electric mobile food truck. It’s a custom-designed GEM — General Electric Motorcar that plugs in to recharge at night. And, Lampert says, that’s not the only way she’s green: all of her takeout containers, utensils and cups are 100 percent compostable. “We’re trying to save the planet, one cup of soup at a time,” she laughs.
And the chickpeas? They’re such a hit that residents of the Upper West and Upper East sides are already asking whether Lampert will deliver to their homes. (Yes, soon.)
“They’re a creamy, crunchy burst of truffle-kissed chickpeas,” says Lampert. “Healthier than fries. More addictive than popcorn.”