e.leaven Food Company rolls out a food truck | Photo gallery
Most babies take about nine months to arrive. For Eben Dorros and the rest of the e.leaven team, theirs arrived in seven. It’s bright orange, 24x6.5 square feet, has four wheels and smells like coffee and pastries. I snagged a sneak peek of the food truck right before it officially hit the streets.
While food trucks are still roaming the town—albeit in smaller numbers due to restrictive legislation—not many can boast the same range as e.leaven. With breakfast, lunch and dessert offerings made daily, this truck aspires to be a true restaurant on wheels. Although Dorros hopes to eventually include the entire e.leaven menu, most favorites are already on board. I’m not a big chicken salad fan, but the chicken-salad sandwich would make me to chase down the food truck like a crazy person until I could get my fix. And after I voraciously devoured a chocolate croissant, pieces of the flaky crust might have been found in my scarf a few hours later. (I can neither confirm nor deny this rumor.)
Robert Podhajski, the man behind the tweets and the wheel of the food truck, declared his favorite offering to be, “oh, definitely the short rib.” Accolades for the Aji-braised short rib "piewich," a palm-sized puff pastry filled with the slow-cooked beef, were garnered from other members of the tight-knit crew, including both chef Abel Cortes and Dorros. “There is nothing on the menu I don’t love,” added Dorros. “It’s your heart and soul and you want to make sure whatever you’re doing counts.”
Starting a Chicago food truck in the middle of January might not seem like the smartest or warmest idea, but it will give e.leaven a chance to prepare for the craziness of summer. For the first few weeks, the big orange truck will roam with no set schedule or course, but with parking laws as the only restrictions, the truck is free to find its best route Monday–Friday during business hours. “We’re just excited to get it on the street and out to Chicago,” said Dorros.
To find out exactly where the truck is or see the full menu, follow @eleaven on Twitter, check out its Facebook page or website at www.eleavenfood.com.