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Taco Day is finally here!

Fact. If you work in uptown Charlotte, you’ve probably visited our food truck at least once. I know many of you frequent the truck on Wed and Thurs and we truly appreciate your support! If you haven’t made it out to a Taco Wednesday yet (*gasp!), know that you are invited to make it a part of your weekly lunch routine and you won’t regret it. And remember, if you have a gluten-free diet we will gladly serve your tacos over greens instead of in tortillas.

Need something fun to scroll through on your work break…or during that dull meeting…? Check out our friend Stephanie Haviv’s blog. She spent some time with our food truck and takes amazing photos!

For today’s menu we have so many great local ingredients to work with that Kyle and Craig could not decide what to make, so they both went home and came up with separate ideas, then came back to work and mashed them together. We can only take half of the credit for this menu, the other half goes to the farmers. We have to do less cooking when the ingredients are this good.

Taco Day Uptown (across from Duke building)

Brambleberry BBQ Pork

Grilled and slow cooked pork with a Kentucky Bourbon and Brambleberry Barbecue Sauce (say that 10 times fast), topped with shredded Dinosaur Kale, Slivered Chioga Beet and Bright Orange Vinaigrette

Free Range Grilled Chicken

Poultry Junction Farm’s Free Range Chicken, Marinated, Grilled and Roasted, topped with Rowland’s Row Shaved Summer Squash Blend, seasoned with a slightly sweet and spicy garam masala from Savory Spice Shop

‘we was like peas and carrots….’

Roasted Carrots, Spicy Red Turnip, and Sweet Potato, Fresh Greens and Local Sweet Pea Vinaigrette

Panko Crusted Tuna Taco

Panko crusted Ahi Tuna, quick fried and topped with a charred South Carolina Peach Pistou, and whole grain aioli

NC Fried Oyster Taco

Fried NC Oysters topped with a deconstructed remoulade….lemon aioli, refrigerator pickled cucumbers and onions, and fresh herbs

Sides

Local Broccoli Casserole

Yes it is hot outside, but it’s cold in your office, so warm broccoli casserole makes sense….

Cucumber Meritage

Cucumber salad made with a blend of 3 types of cucumbers from Rowland’s Row

gaz-PAH-cho

Cucumber mint gazpacho with soured cream and lemon

Double Hummus

Fresh Herb Hummus, and Lemon Grass Hummus with Toasted Pita Chips

keep on truckin,

ace

Produce Party Time!

We love getting fresh produce from our farmer friends! And of course using it to create yummy menu items for you to try. Got a bunch of fun stuff (yes, only chefs would call produce fun) in from Rowland’s Row and Bell’s Best. We’ll be out and about every day (except Mon) so I hope you can catch us somewhere for lunch, dinner, or our infamous breakfast! (hint hint Wedgewood Farmers Market) Today we’ll be serving lunch at Innovation Park (Central Park side) off of IBM Dr.

Be sure to plan on Taco Wednesday uptown tomorrow! The menu will be 2 legit 2 quit.

Innovation Park Menu

Adobo Pork Pita

Adoba Marinated Pork Carnitas with green cabbage, carrots, cucumber and onion slaw

Jerk Chicken Wrap 

Roasted chicken with a house made Caribbean jerk sauce, greens and pineapple and jicama salad

Fish Taco 

Panko Crusted tuna with mixed greens, pickled rainbow daikon and spicy aioli

Veggie Bowl

Vermicelli noodles, julienned squash, zucchini, carrots and onions, fish sauce and chopped herbs

SIDES

Bean Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

Broccoli Casserole

Cucumber Mint Gazpacho

Double Hummus

Lemongrass Ginger and Herb Garlic and pitas

Blueberry Bar

Made with Wyatt Lake blueberries

catch ya on the flip side,

ace

Good Morning!

Today we will be in our new Saturday spot serving breakfast and coffee! Come out to Wedgewood Farmers Market (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wedgewood-Farmers-Market/154588001378849?fref=ts) for some good local food and some great produce. We are using fresh blueberries for blueberry pancakes. YUM! We will also be at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (http://www.dsbg.org/) for lunch. If you are looking for something different to do in the Charlotte area today then stop by the garden and see all of its beauty.

Breakfast Menu

Blueberry Pancakes

Bell’s Best Berries Blueberries in a Fluffy Pancake Batter

Veggie Omelet

Farmer’s Market Veggies, Fluffy Free Range Eggs, and Little Cheese

Kale Poached Egg Salad Guanciale

Local Kale, Fresh greens, House Cured Guanciale, a Little Melon, Poached Egg and Cracked Pepper

You Call It

Sausage or Bacon

Scrambled or Fried

Toast, Biscuit, Muffin

Hash Browns

Friday Night is Upon Us!

It’s that time again! Time for a fantastic evening at Sycamore Brewing. There will be live music out in the beer garden by Little District and a delicious menu by yours truly. Take a scan at the menu below and just try to resist stopping by…you and I both know that’s not going to happen. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our other truck will be heading out to a neighborhood block party, which will also be fun times! We love renting out the food truck for house parties, so if you’re planning a fun shin dig this year be sure to inquire about our food truck joining the festivities! You can check out some details here and email andrea@rootsfarmfood.com

Tomorrow we’re starting the day off right with serving breakfast at Wedgewood Farmers Market. It’s right at Tyvola and Wedgewood, so if you live in that area it’s a quick walk or bike ride. Many people were doing that last weekend and loved it. If you have to drive, no worries, because there’s plenty of parking. We’ll be there with hot or cold brew coffee from Enderly Coffee. The breakfast menu will be posted later so be sure to check back. Or just show up between 9am-12pm, you won’t be disappointed!

Sycamore Brewing Menu, 5pm-10pm

Smoked Free Range Wings
Smoked Poultry Junction Farms Wings served with Wildflower honey and aleppo pepper sauce

Crispy Samosas
House made Samosas filled with a little potato, Rowland’s Row lightly curried heirloom summer squash, and served with blueberry ginger gastrique

Fried Tuna Taco
Panko Crusted Ahi Tuna topped with a local kale and dandelion slaw with creamy ginger vinaigrette

North Carolina Oyster Po’Boy
Cornfried North Carolina Oysters with sweet pickle remoulade and fresh greens on a soft roll

Double Hummus 
Duo of Fresh Herb Hummus and Lemongrass Ginger Hummus with Toasted Pitas and Chili Oil

Nachos
Add Free Range Chicken
House fried tortillas, creamy queso, early summer pico de gallo

Kentucky Wonderbean Salad
Local Kentucky Wonderbeans with sweet and tangy vinaigrette and fresh orange zest

 sippin on my friday la croix,

ace

Tacos?!

Tacos again today! Yes, you read that right. All of you lucky humans working in the Duke Energy Center have the opportunity to eat our famous Roots tacos. A really great combination to try is the Patty Pan Taco with a side of the Kentucky Wonder Bean Salad. It’s Friday, try something different. Speaking of trying something different…if you haven’t been to Sycamore Brew on a Friday night, then now is your chance to try it. They have a large open patio and live music. And of course, we will be there tonight. Check back later for details and that menu.

Duke

Grilled Jerk Chicken Taco-$4

Jerk marinated grilled chicken with fresh green, topped with fire roasted pineapple.

Adobo Lime Carnitas Taco-$4

Adobo marinated grilled pork shoulder topped with creamy local Siberian Kale, Red Russian Kale, and

Red Veined Dandelion Greens

Spicy Chorizo Taco-$3

Spicy Chorizo, Local Heirloom Rainbow Carrots with Crisp Curled Celery and Fresh Herb Aioli

Patty Pan Taco-$3

Rowland’s Row patty pan and crooked neck squash, shaved thin and marinated in fresh oregano

vinaigrette, and topped with roasted bell pepper and lemon sorrel

Sides

Local Cucumber Salad-$2

Sliced Local Cucumbers, Shaved Red onion Fresh Herbs and Honey Red Wine Vinaigrette

Kentucky Wonder Bean Salad-$2

Local Kentucky Wonder Green Beans with Fresh Orange Zest, blueberry and cranberry glaze and

Balsamic Vinegar

Hungry or thirsty?

Get yourself out to Birdsong Brewing tonight! It’s Thursty Thursday and their small batch they’re tapping tonight is C.R.E.A.M…a coconut cream ale with vanilla bean and fresh spearmint. Yum. Can’t wait to try that deliciousness. I’ll probably pair it with our Veggie Burger and some Dueling Hummus. So maybe it’s not an official pairing, but I bet it will still be perfect.

Birdsong Brewing Menu, 5pm-9pm

Nachos

House fried chips, queso, red onions, cilantro, jalapenos

Add chicken or Pork

Fish Taco,

Panko Crusted Swordfish with mint and melon pico de gallo

Adobo Pork Wrap or have it in a Taco

Braised pork with adobo marinated and lemon grass Siberian red Russian kale slaw

Veggie Burger

Seasoned Quinoa, carmelized onions, russet potatoes mashed together and seared and topped with whole grain mustard and balsamic aioli

SIDES

Dueling Hummus

Lemon Grass and Ginger Hummus and Roasted garlic and oregano Hummus

Kentucky Wonder bean Salad

Green Salad

Green, red onions, cucumbers, cranberries and Orange Ginger Vinaigrette

droppin the mic,

ace

Good Morning,

Today we will not be at Innovation Park. Instead we are going to start going there on Tuesday! That means that you are able to eat at our food truck EVERY day of the week except for Mondays. Today we will be uptown across from Duke Energy building with the following menu. Tonight we will be at Birdsong Brewing. Check back later for that menu. Tomorrow we will be on the 4th flood of the Duke Energy building for lunch as well as at Sycamore Brewing tomorrow night. Is that a lot to remember? Don’t worry, we will remind you daily. Today is Craig’s (the owner and mastermind behind Roots) birthday! Give him and extra shout out today.

Thursday Uptown

Filipino Adobo Pork Pita

Pork shoulder braised in house made Filipino adobo sauce, spiced long grain rice, local broccoli florets,

julienne sweet red bells, caramelized onions, and a meritage of fresh local greens

Carne a la Plancha

Marinated grilled steak, fresh greens, crisp cucumbers and roasted garlic aioli, in a wrap

Patty Pan Panini

Grilled chicken, Rowland’s Row grilled patty pan squash, sautéed radish fronds, melted brie, and a whole

grain balsamic aioli, pressed until crisp on the outside and warm and melted on the inside

Quinoa Burger

Quinoa with grilled carrots, caramelized onions, russet potatoes and herbs all mashed together and

seared and then topped with a balsamic aioli

SIDES

Pasta Salad

Fusilli pasta, cucumber, tomatoes, and a creamy garlic aioli

Green Salad

Organic Greens, red onions, broccoli, cranberries and orange ginger vinaigrette

Kentucky Wonder Bean Salad

Huge local Kentucky wonder beans, blanched and dressed with fresh orange zest, and balsamic vinegar

Orange you glad it’s Taco Day?

I know it’s dreary out right now, but did you know Roots tacos brighten up your day? Did you also know it’s National Running Day? So if you want to celebrate by running to our truck uptown today for lunch, we’ll give you a high five.

Are you aware that Roots does more with our food truck than just go to lunch spots? Did you know that you can even have our food truck at your rehearsal dinner? Surprise your guests with something different. We can fully customize your menu for you. Get at Jackie for more information, jackie@rootsfarmfood.com

Taco Day Uptown (across from Duke building)

Panko Crusted Sail Fish

Panko crusted sail fish with strawberry melon salsa, fresh local mint, cilantro and a creamy, smoky, spicy aioli

Free Range Orange Chicken Taco

Roasted free range chicken simmered in a light orange marinade,  and topped with a slaw made from red Russian and Siberian Kale, red veined dandelion greens, and ginger sweet carrot vinaigrette

Chorizo Taco

Chorizo sausage made from ground pork and from Windy Hill Farm’s pasture raised cured and ground turkey, with curly heirloom local baby carrots and crisp celery, coated with a cool and creamy herbed dressing, oh yeah and we garnished it with some fine cut local rainbow radish

Brocco Taco

Blanched broccoli, with raw julienne bell red peppers, caramelized onion local blueberry chutney (sounds crazy….crazy good!)

SIDES

Kentucky Wonder Bean Salad

Huge local Kentucky wonder beans, blanched and dressed with fresh orange zest, and balsamic vinegar

Cucumber Salad

Local Cucumber sliced thin with a little red onion, tons of fresh herbs and simple vinaigrette

going overboard with “did you know”,

ace

New Tuesday Spot

Good Morning,

It may be a rainy day but that isn’t stopping us from taking out the food truck. Starting today, we will be at Innovation Park every Tuesday instead of Thursday. Spread the word for us. We have a pretty normal schedule for the rest of the week except we will no longer be going to Innovation Park on Thursdays anymore. Check back daily for updates. Have a great day.

Innovation

Roasted Chicken Pita

Roasted Chicken with spicy tomato coulis and marinated cucumber and onion salad

Banh Mi

Braised Pork, with Korean BBQ Sauce, pickled carrots, cucumbers and fresh jalapenos on a toasted French baguette

Fried Fish Po Boy

Panko Crusted swordfish, with creamy cumin cabbage and tartar sauce on a baguette

Veggie Burger

Ground quinoa, potatoes, carrots and caramelized onion over greens and sweet oregano aioli

SIDES

Pasta Salad

Cucumber Salad

Begin with breakfast!

Good morning and happy Saturday! Start the day off right by swinging by the Wedgewood Farmers Market (intersection of Tyvola and Wedgewood). We’ll be there 9am-12pm serving up the menu below. We’ll also be serving local coffee from Enderly Coffee! For lunch we’ll be at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden from 11-2. We would be thrilled to see your face at one of these spots, or both!

Wedgewood Breakfast Menu

Spanish Sausage Frittata
Spicy chorizo sausage, sautéed onions, and sweet bell peppers baked together with fluffy free range eggs
Turkeys in a Blanket
House made free range local turkey sausage from Windy Hill Farms wrapped in a buttermilk pancake and served with Honey maple syrup
You Call It!
Eggs: scrambled or fried
Meat: Bacon, rashers, sausage
Bread: biscuit toast or mini muffin
Home fries
Biscuits n Gravy
Soft buttermilk biscuits with sausage and roasted mushroom black pepper gravy
noshing on bfast,
ace