The People's Truck, the new non-profit food truck benefitting the City of Refuge, is all ready to hit the streets of Atlanta. Chef Ford Fry helped create the menu, and a team from the City of Refuge will run the operation and cook and serve all the food. At a preview event on Friday, Fry said, "[I knew] I wouldn't mind having a food truck, but I wouldn't try to do another business— I'd want some kind of self-sustaining enterprise that goes back into the inner city." He has a lot going on, but with the help of Atlantic Station and the need at City of Refuge, it seemed like the perfect time to move forward: "City of Refuge is all about training people and moving them on in life ... people are being trained to use certain skills and the money is going back into the city."
Proceeds from every meal purchased from the truck will be put toward feeding people in need. The menu is inspired by the Mississippi Delta. It features hot tamales, fried catfish and grilled pork tacos, po' boys, sides, desserts, and drinks like fresh fruit agua frescas. "It's not strict Delta recipes," Fry said, "The pork is ... almost like a banh mi taco," and he's also created a spin on a Chick-fil-A biscuit. It's a pickle-brined fried chicken filet sandwiched between two Sublime doughnuts. Desserts include coconut cake, sweet potato fried pie, and banana pudding. The truck itself has a fryer, flattops, and a wood-burning grill.
The menu will change periodically, by season or as Fry checks in with the City of Refuge chefs to see what people want. Look for People's at food truck parks later this spring, and catch more Ford Fry at his restaurants JCT Kitchen, No. 246, the Optimist, and King + Duke.
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