I love taking my parents out to eat whenever they come up from Florida to see me. During their last visit at beginning of July, we took an entirely vegan food tour. For this sweet couple, who only recently learned how to pronounce “vegan” correctly, it was quite the experience. They had questions for each of the restaurants and shops we visited. “Wait, there’s no butter? What about eggs? What about…” They just couldn’t believe that all the food we tried was made without any animals being involved!
Their last day in town was also a special service day for Bartleby’s. I had been hired to cater a birthday party, and decided to put my parents to work. They pulled on official Bartleby’s hats and shirts, joined me for grocery shopping, did prep work at the Food Revolution commissary, and helped me serve partygoers on site. My dad gravitated toward the fryer, and my mom assembled the sandwiches. All in all, the Kirkpatricks make a good team! I was really happy my parents could be a part of my food truck experience, and I’m grateful for such a supportive family.
Thanks to all these amazing establishments! You can see some of delicious things we ate in our “Food tour!” Instagram Story.
Taste of Cambridge has been filling bellies for sixteen years, and we were glad to make Bartleby’s part of its vibrant scene on July 10. Large community events like ToC are a great opportunity to introduce seitan to people who have never heard of it. One of the responsibilities of being in a niche market is education. Most people these days have heard of tofu and tempeh as meat-alternatives, but seitan is completely unknown to many folks in this country (though the hungry devils in the Buddhist communities of China, Japan, and Vietnam have been eating it for about 1500 years). I think seitan is delicious and it’s an amazing source of protein, so it was super fun to describe the cooking process to the friendly Cantabrigians and watching their eyes light up when they tried a sample (and then asked for another).
The event itself was big, bustling, and tons of fun. There were loads of veggie options available! I took a little break to snag a yummy green bean salad from Whole Heart Provisions, and some truly incredible vegan mac & cheese from Veggie Galaxy. There were lots of other vendors sharing veggie tastes, but I had to scurry back to my big blue and orange truck before I could try them all. Hope to see you next year, ToC!