GastroNomad will be serving the Eugene, OR area with gourmet street grub from lunch to the late night bar munchies.
Who are we?
I have been surrounded by food my entire life. Maybe that is why I am chubby... who knows? But my culinary career began at the age of twenty, when I walked into a restaurant and begged the chef for a job in the kitchen. Oddly enough this was the very same restaurant where my parents met (my father a cook, and my mother a server). After moving through the ranks at several restaurants, I knew that cooking was my passion as well as my career. So I enrolled in culinary school in my home town of St. Helena, CA. Volumes could be written about how great of an experience it was, but I will leave it at this; it was life changing. My education offered me the opportunity to stage at restaurants such as Redd, Ubuntu, Terra, and The French Laundry. From there I moved around the country cooking, and while I was furthering my skills and moving up the ranks, I met a girl. Beth came into my life, and the rest is history. Now we have a 10 month old son, Jaxson, and have settled in Eugene.
What is the plan?
The plan is to take a 1971 VW bus, and make it into a food truck. The bus already has some food service equipment in it, but needs a new range, ventilation system, and refrigeration unit. The bus currently belongs to a local woman, who has been sweet enough to hold on to the bus while we get funded rather than sell it (which she could have easily done in Eugene), so thank you Glenda! With some elbow grease and a bit of luck, GastroNomad will be up and running in December.
GastroNomad will be an ever evolving menu of deliciousness. The focus will be on portable street food; primarily sandwiches and other such easy to eat foods. But the menu will change based on seasonality, availability and quality. The Banh Mi will be a regular item, as well as pork belly and brioche buns. Tomato and mozzarella sandwiches in summer, Brie and caramelized onion "grilled cheese" for the holidays. The Idea is to serve only the BEST ingredients and let mother nature determine the menu.
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As with any business, there are many risks and challenges that face us. Most of them probably unforeseen. There is always the possibility that business will be slower than expected, or that required permits and health inspections will be harder to acquire than planned. Business ownership is hard, and time consuming. But we fully understand these challenges, and are qualified to handle the issues that may arise. Ben has years of culinary experience in some of the finest restaurants in the country, and has run back of the house operations in several restaurants. GastroNomad is more than a food cart, it is the culmination of years of hard work and an unwavering passion for food. The opportunity for a young chef to own his own business, and support his family doing what he loves. It would be foolish to say we cannot fail, but with the combination of determination, skill, and passion, it seems unlikely.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on November 20, 2012.
Oct 31, 2012 - Nov 20, 2012 (20 days)
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Along with our eternal gratitude, you will receive unlimited high fives, and a free sandwich! And of course all of you will be mentioned on our Facebook page!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Lunch for two! Drinks included of course... Gratitude, high fives, and shout outs may still apply. Or a GastroNomad T-shirt!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Ships within the US only
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T-shirt! Let everyone know that you are a GastroNomad too! And swing by for a lunch on us.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Ships within the US only
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GastroNomad T-shirt and lunch for two. Because no one looks cool eating alone... even if you are wearing a GastroNomad T-shirt.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Nomad crew for a day! If it sounds a little backwards to have to pay to work... good job you are right! But you will get to come hang out with the crew for a shift, eat to your hearts content, and go out for post shift PBR's. If that ain't livin I don't know what is!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Ships within the US only
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The whole shebang. A full meal for six people. Whether its lunch or late night munchies, no one leaves hungry, or skinny for that matter!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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We will come to your event and sling out street grub for up to twenty people. A custom menu can be created if you so desire, or you can have the classics. And a T-shirt of course! Distance may be an issue if you are out of Eugene, but we can work something out!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Cooking classes!!! Thats right, this old boy isnt just any street food junkie, Ben is a classically trained chef who cannot wait to spend and evening teaching you and some friends various cooking techniques of your choosing. Your kitchen or mine, lets cook! Oh and we buy the groceries (chivalry is not dead).Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
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Free food! Never again will you pay for a sandwich, or tacos, or a banh mi, or whatever else we may be serving that day. You will have a free main dish every time we see you!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Yeah right like anyone will go for it! But just in case... You will never pay for a main dish from GastroNomad again, and Ben will tattoo your name on his butt! Not to mention the eternal gratitude mentioned above, and a great big hug.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013