Posts tagged Menu

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Wheat protein sandwich

29 October, 2008: We’ve been experimenting with a BBQ wheat protein sandwich. This is an interesting one, something I’ve always enjoyed, but am not sure everyone will. Above Rolando is giving it a try. Keep an eye out, this one might make an appearance next week on the menu. We’re trying to make our own wheat protein (seitan) to get… Read More

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Buying supplies

28 October, 2008: For the first day or two we thought it might make most sense to buy retail. Here’s Rolando pushing both our carts at Russo’s. Russo’s is going to be our supplier for local and national produce. I’m a huge fan of what they do. Tony Russo who runs the place just really loves vegetables. It’s such a… Read More

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Test menu

23 October, 2008: I’m playing with the idea of using a dry erase marker on the side of the truck to post the menu. I think I like it alot. We can keep it flexible, update it frequently. And it reminds me of late nights working out problem sets at school, or big ideas at work. Read More

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Rolando at work

22 October, 2008: We’ve got Rolando full time right now. He’s awesome. Here we are working on some recipes, getting ready to open. Read More

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Clover falafel

20 October, 2008: Rolando is awesome. We’ve been working with falafel recipes. And while nothing we’re making is particularly traditional (neither of us is bound to the middle eastern tradition), the results are just absolutely delicious. Rolando has pulled together something that is light and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. It’s totally gluten free and has no baking soda. Just… Read More

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Moffat oven

16 October, 2008: We’re thinking about adding a full convection oven to the truck. We’d use it for warming food, and perhaps for baking in the morning when we add breakfast to the menu. In NYC today we found a great option. The Moffat oven. Burns propane (hard to find and a must for us), is very energy efficient at… Read More

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Soup stocks

15 October, 2008: Rolando had this idea: we should have fresh stocks steaming away at the restaurant. I wasn’t sure. First, I wasn’t sold on the whole soup idea. I was still wed to the “fresh” qualities of my “non-lettuce” salads (still need a better name). But I’ve been wondering how on earth we will sell salads in the winter.… Read More

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Welcome Rolando, Clover’s chef

24 September, 2008: This is Rolando Robledo, Clover’s chef. We’re absolutely thrilled to have him on board. Rolando found his way to Clover by way of The French Laundry, the Waldorf, and most recently, Johnson and Whales as a professor. He’s going to be working the food truck with me full time for the first 6 weeks and we’re going… Read More

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Henny Penny fryer

10 September, 2008: A friend turned me on to Henny Penny fryers. They make normal fryers, but specialize in “pressure fryers.” These were developed primarily for fried chicken, and supposedly they do wonders for that. But they have other qualities that caught my interest: 30% lower fuel consumption 10-20% less grease on food More moisture and flavor retained in the… Read More

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ServSafe Certified!

26 August, 2008: Last Friday I went into the Massachusetts Restaurant Association offices in Southborough, MA and took my ServSafe exam ($50). This is an exam that is required for “Foodservice Managers.” At John Olinto’s recommendation I’d skipped the course and opted for the online training. You sign up with the National Restaurant Association, give them $135, and take the course at… Read More