Judging from previous Beehive posts, many people around here are proponents of Fresno developing a more dynamic mobile cuisine scene. Now, chef Martin Franco (formerly of Pangea, among other local restaurants) is hoping Fresnans will put their money where their appetites are. Specifically, he’s looking to locals for help Kickstarting his new culinary endeavor — a food cart he’s calling Taste Kitchen.
Using Kickstarter (as Creative Fresno and Blake Jones did), Franco is hoping to raise $4,000 in the next month. Donors receive incentives ranging from a hearty thanks ($1) to a free salad or side ($10) all the way to a private meal for four and your own sandwich ($1,000). Here’s Franco explaining more with the help of the some mouth-watering visuals:
The Kickstarter site has a specific breakdown of where the money would go and more on Franco’s culinary concept. But you’re probably wondering most about his menu, right?
Taste Kitchen is a renovated travel trailer that is in the process of being outfitted with the proper commercial equipment so it can be a fully mobile restaurant kitchen on wheels. The Taste Kitchen mobile food cart will serve fresh, seasonal, locally sourced products with an emphasis on global flavors. Some of the menu items include, but not limited to are:
* Lemongrass Chicken Bahn Mi Sandwich
* 5-Spiced Pork Belly Bahn Mi with Pickled Asian Pear
* Heirloom Tomato Caprese Melt
* Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad
* Paella Croquettes with Saffron Aioli
* Watermelon Gazpacho
* Bacon-Strawberry “Shortcakes”
* Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding
The menu will change as necessary to reflect the seasons and to give the guest the best possible experience. We are committed to using meat, poultry, fish and produce grown both sustainably and organically as much as possible. We also aim to provide high quality, well-executed food at an accessible and affordable price so that all may enjoy.
If you’re inclined to help, visit Taste Kitchen’s Kickstarter page.