The Wicked Pickle test kitchen, housed in a vintage 1966 Airstream Globetrotter trailer, is the work of several men who dreamed of cooking on the boundless, open road. Restoration and conversion work on the gutted shell began in Austin, Texas before finishing touches were put on it with great care by mechanic, Kelly Chancey, in Atlanta, Georgia. Current owner, Derek Barnes, brought it to Stratford, Ontario in the Spring of 2013 and – along with pirate-hearted flavour dj, Andrew Mavor – sold the first dish out of its service window at the local culinary festival that Fall.
In its first year, however, Derek and his band of merry picklers were forced to hitchhike with their shiny kitchen on wheels -- depending for transport entirely on the generosity of friends with trucks (another great reason to know your farmer!). In the hopes of remaining friends with truck owners, we'd like to purchase this used, candy apple red 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. As you can see below, it is souped up with 35 inch mud tires in case the Pickle is hired for a hunting lodge catering or bush party. The square 80's headlights have been replaced with friendlier round ones from the mid 60's and the plush 80's interior carpet replaced with food grade vulcanized rubber.
Derek has no professional kitchen training and no culinary pedigree. He currently leads a troop of dedicated volunteers in the cooking of community meals at the Local Community Food Centre in Stratford. He draws his inspiration from street food and home cooking from around the world — food that he encounters on his travels and in his studies. He is joined in the Wicked Pickle kitchen by a rotating roster of social misfits and miscreants that, on their better days, fill the hard working restaurant kitchens of the Stratford area.
It is our hope that the Wicked Pickle will stand for future generations as a shiny, aluminum beacon for anyone who’s ever wanted to travel the world, but couldn’t bear to leave their kitchen behind.
Risks and challenges
The project will, in fact, reduce the risks and challenges of our business. The stress and expense of trying to find reliable transportation will be lifted with the completion of this project and we can concentrate of cooking and delivering food to our area's markets and festivals. We're looking forward to the thawing of the snow and another summer of fun street eats.
There is a risk that this particular vehicle will be sold by the time money is raised so actual project may be different but it will be comparable.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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