You may have seen from local news stories such as this one in the Memphis Commercial Appeal that L’Ecole Culinaire has brought their ‘Le Food Truck’ to Memphis! Over the past few years there has been a surge of gourmet food trucks popping up all over the nation. Although food trucks have been around for centuries in some form or another, Los Angeles foodies started this latest craze with gourmet taco trucks back in 2008. Food trucks have been gaining immense popularity in the culinary world ever since, but did you know that their American roots go back more than a century?
According to the History Channel, chuck wagons and pushcarts (the pre-automobile versions of food trucks) have been serving up food since right after the Civil War. Chuck wagons popped up in the west, serving food to working men across the plains. The cooks would wake up as early as 3 a.m. to stoke the fires, bake biscuits and prep food for the day. Pushcarts were used in the urban areas, although they weren’t equipped to actually cook food like a chuck wagon, they served simple lunches such as fruit, meat pies and sandwiches to the urban working class. It’s amazing how far the concept of a mobile restaurant has come over the last century.
L’Ecole Culinaire’s ‘Le Food Truck’ gives culinary students experience in tune with current food industry trends, and is part of the school’s on-going efforts to prepare students for real-world working situations. L’Ecole students staff this gourmet food truck alongside professional chef instructors to gain competitive experience in the ever-evolving culinary industry.
The Le Food Truck menu changes weekly with prices ranging from $8-$10 for a menu item that includes a side and drink. If you’re in the Memphis area or just want to know more about Le Food Truck follow the truck on Twitter @lefoodtruck to find out where and when the truck will be serving delicious culinary meals.