From the archives

Joseph didn’t know we are vegetarian. Awesome

21 February, 2019: See that amazing picture of me? Yeah. Well obviously I’m joking. It’s a terrible picture of me. But it’s here because of the other guy in the shot. That’s Joseph. We just hired him for a tech role. He’s a computer programmer. We have more programming roles open, if you’re interested please reach out. But that pic?… Read More

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Die A-frame

19 February, 2019: I can’t remember when we first started using A-frames. These are the signs that restaurants and other put out on the sidewalk to attract customer attention. I think I’d seen other trucks doing it. And when we tried they were crazy successful for us. I think the A-frames in those early days drove 10% increase in sales.… Read More

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Clover + Perky Brothers

8 January, 2019: We hired a design consultancy the other week. We love the C L O V E R logo that we’ve evolved over the years. It looks awesome large. Reflects transparency we care so much about. Reflects our history of the trucks (stencil) and contributions of our staff (Mary traced the current outline). But it doesn’t work small.… Read More

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This soup is so popular it is hurting our sales

16 February, 2019: We added a hearty soup to our menu a few weeks ago. It’s selling bonkers. One of those items that is quickly becoming this cult favorite. And I was looking around at the table I was sitting at earlier today and wondering, wow, that’s a lot of people with soup. So I ran some analysis. And guess… Read More

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Tomato nightmare… not sure what to do…

15 February, 2019: Tomatoes are a nightmare right now. For years we’ve bought from Backyard Farms up in Maine. They were sold and are growing terrible tomatoes now. The Canadian greenhouse tomatoes are terrible. The VT greenhouse we like is in the middle of a mid-winter clean-out. We tasted some OK heirloom tomatoes from Mexico, but they were just OK… Read More

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Better than “strong yes”: Breakfast Bowls are testing at CloverKND

14 February, 2019: I’m going to give you the whole story here. This bowl has been in the works for a while and there are a lot of inspirations. Read on to learn about all the things kicking around in my head as I was dreaming this one up. And come taste it at CloverKND. We’re in testing. But come… Read More

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What is Hasty Pudding?

31 January, 2019: Get ready to be confused. Hasty Pudding is a porridge, and it is a play. Today we’ll be giving out free samples of Clover Hasty Pudding all morning at CloverHSQ (1326 Mass Ave.) Hasty Pudding (the food item) is a term for a porridge. Jasper’s making up a wheat porridge using Maine Grains wheat, leeks, onions, cream… Read More

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Oh s@#$… unleaded?

30 June, 2010: It started with a phone call. Vincenzo, our fearless leader over at the Dewey truck, was in his second week working with us full time. “Ayr, what kind of fuel does the truck take?” At first I was confused. The Vincenzo added “Unleaded, right?” And something about his tone told me exactly what had happened. “Oh s#@$!… Read More

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Magical tomato mashed potato

17 January, 2019: Hey, that’s not my family! But I can write this post because I too have sampled the magical tomato mashed potato of Rome. Martina has a list of recommendations for what to do in Rome. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll share it with you. One of the stops is a restaurant called Pecorino. She sent Ayr’s family… Read More

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Survey Day: Thursday 1/17/19 (closed)

17 January, 2019: (This survey is now closed – we hold these surveys about once a month, so if you’re lucky you’ll come to Clover during a future survey day!) — If you received a survey card in line today, please click on this post to get to the survey link. A huge thanks for helping us improve!! Click here… Read More

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No giant soup popsicles here

8 January, 2019: The other day Fabricio (DTX) told me that over the weekend he popped his head into one of our competitors and watched the staff defrosting a giant frozen popsicle. That frozen popsicle? Soup. Rolando was our chef when we first started. He learned soup when working at the French Laundry with Thomas Keller. He taught us about… Read More

From the archives

Clover + Perky Brothers

8 January, 2019: We hired a design consultancy the other week. We love the C L O V E R logo that we’ve evolved over the years. It looks awesome large. Reflects transparency we care so much about. Reflects our history of the trucks (stencil) and contributions of our staff (Mary traced the current outline). But it doesn’t work small.… Read More

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It’s almost a freezer

20 November, 2013: Vegetables and fruit taste best when the time between being harvested, to being cut/ cooked, to eating is as short as possible. When the stars align we can get this cycle as short as 8 hours, and you get to taste something amazing. About 60-80% of our food is served within 12-24 hours of being made. If… Read More

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Eech

7 January, 2019: You might remember Amy (customer) who heard we were interested in olive oil cake, and baked us 2! She told Lucia about an Armenian salad she loves called “eech,” made with fine bulghur, which is actually “cooked” overnight using the vinaigrette of the salad. The next day there was a cup of bulgher waiting for Lucia! We’re… Read More