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At Palate, New Food Truck Serves Eco-friendly Gourmet Bites

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jun 5, 2019
The Kitchen at Palate food truck has started serving patrons at Palate on North Fourth Street. (Photo courtesy of The Kitchen at Palate)

Palate Bottle Shop & Reserve has partnered with chef Carson Jewell, formerly of Rx Restaurant and Bar and Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, to launch a food truck called The Kitchen at Palate.

Palate manager Jeremy Malanka said the collaboration came about as a way to offer Palate’s patrons a casual dining option without having to venture out.

“People have come to know Palate as a great place to hang out and enjoy some great beer and wine, but it was clear that something was missing,” Malanka said. “And in order to offer food, a food truck made the most sense.”

Malanka and Jewell, along with Palate owners Kevin Rhodes and Josh Wittman, made the decision from the start to operate the truck in a eco-friendly manner. Everything that is served from the truck is compostable; so all waste is collected on-site and returned to the Wilmington Compost Co. The waste is then composted and brought directly to the farms the truck purchases from. 

“It’s a small enough operation that we’ve been able to create this eco-friendly loop that benefits all involved,” Malanka said. 

Chef Jewell travels around town each morning that the truck is in operation to meet with farmers and fishermen and collect his bounty for the day. He typically likes to pick a culinary theme for the week and work off of that to plan his daily menus, each of which features roughly four to seven items. Malanka said that going forward he plans to offer several weekly wine and beer pairings to complement the theme of the week. 

Malanka also plans to work with Jewell and other area chefs to plan events such as beer and wine dinners featuring guest brewers, winemakers and distributors.  

The Kitchen at Palate is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. See Palate’s Facebook page for additional hours and special events. 

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