The latest TV food personality to open a food truck is Andrew Zimmern. It’s called AZ Canteen, and there’s even a local NYC/NJ connection.
Why did Andrew open a food truck? Let’s hear from the man himself.
“I love food. What I love even more is food with a story. That’s why I’ve created AZ Canteen.
This carefully curated menu showcases some inspired versions of the best food items I’ve discovered on the road. From a Nicaraguan shaved ice that I’ve seen only once outside of Central America, to goat sausage grinders (one of the most delicious meats on the planet!) made with an exclusive cabrito blend from my friend Pat LaFrieda, these foods resonated with me and I’m thrilled to share my culinary experiences with you.”
Yes, the AZ Canteen cabrito (baby goat) sausage is made by our own Pat LaFrieda. We lived down the block from Pat’s plant for a number of years, but Manhattan rent got too high, and he moved operations out to NJ a couple of years ago.
So what else is on the menu, and where can you find the AZ Canteen truck?
The AZ Canteen truck will be in preview mode, handing out samples at the Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul on Saturday (8/25). After that, they will be roaming the Twin Cities, but follow them on twitter here to find out exactly where.
As for the menu and purveyors, here you go:
ANDOUILLE, OYSTER AND CRAB GUMBO
CRISPY PORK BELLY WITH GREEN PAPAYA SALAD, CHILES, LIME WITH FRIED EGG
CABRITO BUTTER BURGER WITH ROASTED TOMATOES, CHARRED ONIONS, PICKLES
CABRITO SAUSAGE GRINDER WITH CABBAGE SLAW
GRIDDLED VEAL TONGUE ON A TOASTED PARKER ROLL WITH LEMON, CAPERS, ARUGULA AND TONNATO SAUCE
IZZY’S HANDCRAFTED ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
NICARAGUAN DULCE DE LECHE SHAVED ICE WITH POUND CAKE “LOLY’S STYLE”
- CABRITO SAUSAGE & CARBITO BURGERS – PAT LAFRIEDA MEAT PURVEYORS
- PORK – PASTURES-A-PLENTY
- ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE – KRAMARCZUK’S
- PRODUCE – HIDDEN STREAM FARM
- EGGS – FAIRVIEW FARMS
- LOCAL DAIRY – WHITE WATER GARDENS
- ARTISAN BREADS – NEW FRENCH CAFE & BAKERY
- HANDCRAFTED ICE CREAM SANDWICHES – IZZY’S
The AZ Canteen website is here and facebook is here.