Thursday, November 19, 2009

Alumni on Wheels

From New York to L.A., street food has never been hotter. These days, chefs and restaurateurs everywhere are taking their business outside—and with great rewards! With lower startup costs, higher profit margins, and free social networking technology that lets customers know exactly where to find their favorite food trucks, it's easy to see why this culinary trend has picked up speed.

As usual, our alumni are right there at the forefront of the industry, taking culinary ideas to innovative new heights and generating plenty of media buzz. Read on for two of the latest success stories from graduates of The French Culinary Institute.

Long Live the Casserole Queens
Channeling Betty Crocker in their kitschy retro aprons, Sandy Pollock (Classic Culinary Arts) and partner Crystal Cook bring a hearty new take on the mobile meal to greater Austin, Texas. Slinging one dish-wonders for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, Casserole Queens accept orders online for delivery the following week. If you're within their delivery area, consider the sausage, egg, and brie or French toast casseroles for breakfast, Oh Boy Broccoli or Zucchini De-"light" for lunch, and the World's Greatest Pot Pie or Chicken Proscuitto Pasta for dinner. Not counting calories this month? Top it all off with Gooey Apple Butter Cake or Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, and ponder how your next meal could possibly compare. Visit the Casserole Queens online, follow them on Twitter, and get the recipe for pot pie as seen on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

Keep on (Buttermilk) Truckin'
As the name suggests, the newest gourmet food truck to hit Los Angeles uses buttermilk in almost every menu item. Founded by Gigi Pascual (Classic Pastry Arts) and just launched this November, The Buttermilk Truck churns out pancakes, waffles, doughnuts, biscuits, and assorted breakfast pastries for hungry L.A. foodies morning, noon, and night. Specializing in sweet treats like Buttermilk Pancake Bites, Hawaiian Bread Cinnamon French Toast Sticks, Housemade Cake Donuts, and Red Velvet Pancakes, the truck also offers savory options like Buttermilk Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches, Fried Chicken with Cinnamon Waffles, Southwest Veggie Omelettes, and the Buttermilk Brick: hash browns, two eggs over easy, and a buttermilk biscuit with housemade chorizo gravy. Hungry yet? Visit the Buttermilk Truck online, follow them on Twitter, and read an interview with Gigi.

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