A new vegetarian food truck is set to hit the streets. The operator of the Veggie Love truck, 23-year-old Alison Murphy, is vegan, so the majority of her food will be animal-product free, she says. “I was thinking of offering cheese as an add-on, offering sour cream and maybe using a little egg,” says Murphy. Menu items will be completely gluten-free as well, she says. “There will never be any gluten in the kitchen. I’ll be doing a lot of gluten-free and vegan baking — cookies, cakes, things like that.”
The Veggie Love truck will also feature a number of entrees and appetizers, says Murphy, who says that she’ll focus mainly on lunch before deciding whether or not to branch out into offering breakfast and dinner. She names chili, cold soups for summer, curries and spaghetti among the dishes that she will sell from her truck — a core menu that she will enhance with a rotating list of specials. “It will be good, quick vegetarian food. I’ll also be offering a daily raw entree and appetizer.” Raw pizzas, raw tacos and raw sandwiches will all be gluten-free and vegan she says. She’ll also offer raw spring rolls and her handmade crackers with dips like hummus and guacamole.
Murphy has purchased and is outfitting her truck with the proper kitchen equipment and expects to be operational by September. She’s not looking to come into the downtown area of Asheville, and is currently looking for a space outside of city limits. “I understand; the downtown area seems a little tight for space anyways, and I feel like a truck would get in the way. But I’m on the look out for a really sweet spot a little outside of the downtown area.”
Murphy currently offers small-scale catering and will be participating in the Asheville VegFest, to be held art Battery Park Ave. on Sunday, August 7, from noon until 7 p.m.