DINER: Mike Carter & Alessandro Vianello Opening “Street Meet” Food Truck This Week
Chefs Alessandro Vianello (ex-Prestons) and Mike Carter (ex-Sip Lounge and The Refinery) are about to unleash Vancouver’s newest food truck, Street Meet. If all goes according to plan, it will launch tomorrow (Thursday) and bounce between Kits and Main.
The full service kitchen will focus on fine Mediterranean cuisine that has been inspired by Alessandro and Mike’s travels to France, Spain, Italy and Greece. Using the highest quality, local and sustainable ingredients, Street Meet’s menu will include such things as; Crispy Risotto Balls with Slow Braised Pork and Green Olives, and Grilled Wild BC Salmon, with Tomato and Caper Relish and Lentil and Goat Cheese Risotto. Other menu items will include savoury pies such as, Wild Mushroom Pie with Miso and Rosemary Gravy, or Beef and Ale Pie with Roasted Leeks and Pearl Onions. The truck will have many seasonal features as well that will include things like Lamb Shanks, Duck Confit, and Coq Au Vin. The entire menu can be viewed on the website, streetmeettruck.ca.
Because the Street Meet truck is equipped with a kitchen that is larger than most brick and mortar restaurants, it will be able to provide mobile full service catering including, weddings, special occasions, camping trips in the forest. Street Meet will also be launching a outdoor summer dinner and a movie series, coming soon to a park near you. Street Meet will be primarily in the Kitsilano and Main Street areas from Monday to Friday for lunch (spot TBD) and roaming the streets of Vancouver for dinner and on weekends. Street Meet will be a familiar face at most of the festivals and events around the city as well.
Besides using local ingredients, the Street Meet team is committed to helping support other local business and artists. Street Beats is the teams local music initiative, where local bands and musicians will have their work featured and played on the truck as well as Street Meet’s website. The bands will also have the opportunity to be involved in various events such as festivals that are tied to the truck. Alessandro and Mike are also involved in the Growing Chefs, Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture. Their goal is to support and encourage the development and growth of urban agriculture, they also create a forum for chefs, educators, growers and families to work together to further awareness of food sustainability. Alessandro and Mike will also be donating 2% of the trucks profits to the Growing Chefs as well as volunteering their time to help create awareness.