Charlottesville Couple Taking Passion for Food to the Streets
A Charlottesville couple is combining their love of food and travel by opening a food truck with recipes from places they've encountered around the country.
Justin Wert is an English professor at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He now has another, tastier, profession. He and his wife Keshia have just opened a food truck in Charlottesville and are hoping to start a mobile food movement.
"Mouth Wide Open" is the newest food truck to hit the streets of Charlottesville. It offers sliders, sauces and sides from places around the country where the two owners have traveled.
The couple hopes more food trucks will come to Charlottesville. They say a "food truck scene" where trucks come together at certain places on certain days and sell all types of food would benefit their business and would be fun for the community.
Right now, they're working toward their vision of a community restaurant atmosphere by selling at Champion Brewery on Fridays. They also plan to set up shop at other locations like Bold Rock Hard Cider in Nellysford.
"People come not just to eat, but to meet, greet, do different things and eat the food, and there's a wide variety of food there," Wert said.
The public can find the food truck at various places on Market Street --- near City Hall close to the library, on First Street near Wells Fargo and other places around the downtown mall.
The owners of "Mouth Wide Open" say that social media is a huge part of the food truck business. Those who are interested can follow the business on Twitter and Facebook to find their location and specials for each day.
There will also be a feature on the website where customers can request to have the truck come to their location.
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