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3 types of step van rear doors

1 September, 2008: I’ve done a ton of research into step vans. Over the coming week I’m going to post it here for all you curious about Grumman, Utilimaster, and P-30s. Getting us started I thought I’d put up a quick note on types of rear doors I’ve seen. We’re trying to decide how best to treat the back of… Read More

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Meeting with Single Speed Design

1 September, 2008: I met with Jinhee and John of Single Speed Designs today. Phil, who is going to handle the design/build joined us as well. It was a ton of fun. I talked too much, gave a tour of the truck, and asked some questions. John and Jinhee showed me some of the ideas they have been working through.… Read More

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For the side of the truck?

29 August, 2008: What do you think of this for the side of the truck? Comments welcome. Here’s an older one. This image dates to the day after I first thought of the food lab idea: Read More

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River Gods french fries

7 December, 2008: It’s funny, I’ve tested french fries all over the world. My favorite ever were from a street vendor in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I usually avoid the true Belgian fries, if done right they are made in horse fat. But I eat everything else. What’s funny is that I never spent any time with Boston french fries. Looks… Read More

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Broken toe

29 August, 2008: See that big toe? Last night I dropped the LP gas tank on it. I think it might be broken. Anyway, it kept me from surfing this morning. I guess this is why people wear steel toed boots. I was actually looking at some the other week but couldn’t find any not in leather, so didn’t buy.… Read More

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CLOVERFOODLAB CAMBRIDGE, MA

29 August, 2008: I couldn’t pass inspection without the name of the business, city, and phone number on both sides of the truck. This lettering has to be 2″ tall. Since the entire truck is going to get torn apart and re-built in a few days, I kept this simple. These letters were $2.48 for a package from Dickson Brothers.… Read More

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Inspection passed

29 August, 2008: Can-Am Auto of Hartford, CT, the place that sold me the truck, isn’t covering the kingpin repair. I’m protected by the law, but they wont budge. I think I’ll have to bring them to small claims court, but for now I paid for the $1,300 repair myself. The truck is now in top shape and has passed… Read More

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Clover Food Lab early logo

28 August, 2008: This is a logo Brooke helped me draw. This was from 2 days after the basic idea was hatched. Here is the picture the logo was taken from: Read More

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Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Mushroom seems like a new sandwich but…

6 November, 2019: It’s actually a take on a sandwich we had on the menu back in 2010. Ayr’s dad used to make a mushroom pâté, baked in a fancy French pastry crust. We made our own version, and called it a mushroom loaf. Back when I ran Sunday prep, before we had our own commissary, I remember making duxelles and… Read More

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Debbie is my hero of the day

28 August, 2008: Remember the story about Chris O’Neil at Cambridge Licensing yesterday. Well today I got a call from Debbie at the Cambridge Chronicle legal advertising department. It seems Chris did the right thing and submitted my application. YES! Amazing though what a stark contrast between how helpful Debbie was (she even called to confirm) even though she doesn’t… Read More

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Fun with Cambridge Licensing

27 August, 2008: This is where I’ve been spending a lot of time lately, Cambridge City Hall. Actually, the building I’m usually visiting is next door, and not as grand. Today I was running between MIT, having met with Richard Berlin, head of dining services, to confirm my spot, and city hall to get my application for food truck license… Read More

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IDEO meets Clover

27 August, 2008: I did a “tea time” at IDEO Boston today. I guess they take time periodically to step away from work and sometimes have a guest. A friend invited me, and it was a ton of fun. Lots of questions and some really interesting ideas. One of my favorites: put up a sign on the food truck for… 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

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Vinyl lettering

29 September, 2008: Josh has been playing with lettering options. Working from the lettering on the side of the truck, and seeing whether something like that would work for the logo for the truck. I like above. Not sure it’s right for the truck. I like that it reflects what other trucks typically do, that it relates to my early… Read More

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Rejection

26 August, 2008: More truck trials. I thought I’d go get the truck inspected. I went to Everett Truck Repair, just around the corner from A1. They did the state inspection and claimed the king pins are bad, so it failed inspection. Turns out this is a $1,350 job ($700 parts, remainder labor). Boy. I don’t think the king pins… Read More