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.
When we announced our service would be postponed for a week because our generator died, we received so many uplifting messages from customers and fellow food trucks. Thank you so much for being patient as Bartleby underwent transplant surgery. His new generator is in and working just fine.
To our customers: You fiercely loyal devils! Thank you for following along, rooting for us, and sending hilarious “get well soon” messages. We are officially back on the streets and operating on our regular schedule. I seriously cannot wait to feed you all delicious ah-mazing food from our big blue and orange truck―powered by our beautiful new generator. Your kind words kept my chin up and spirits lifted.
To our food truck comrades: Thank you for the tips, tricks, and reminders to have fun. From generator maintenance, to jokes on the pleasures of securing permits, to trading food from window to window, this newbie is already thrilled to be a part of the incredibly welcoming food truck community.
On this bumpy road, I’ve learned an important lesson: food trucks can break, but you can always fix ‘em.
On Sunday, we posted up at the Walk for Change, which supports the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) in bringing awareness and raising funds to end sexual violence. This event has been held annually since 2006 and is a day of community, healing, awareness, and hope. BARCC is a national leader in sexual violence response and prevention, and we were honored to participate this year. We donated 5% of our sales from the day. With continued support, BARCC services can remain free for survivors and their loved ones.
This also marked our first official event (meaning a non-weekday service). And you came out in droves! It was a beautiful sunny day, and we were thrilled to see so many smiling faces at the counter of our big blue and orange truck. Thank you!
Hi, devils! Stephanie here, the Founder and Owner of Bartleby’s (read more about me and my team on the About page). You’ll likely see me slinging sandwiches and passing nuggets through the truck window, but I also love interacting with you through social media, email, and this website. I thought this blog would be a good place to provide you updates on the truck, our locations, and―most importantly!―the food. Bartleby’s Seitan Stand is fun and delicious, but we also have a mission that we take very seriously. My hope is that everyone who comes to the truck leaves having filled their tummy with great noms, having found some smiles and giggles (cause we so punny), and having learned a bit more about plant-based food and the good it can do for you, for the animals, and for the planet.
Shortly before our truck debuted in streets of Boston, we launched a Kickstarter campaign. And guess what? WE DID IT! I am so grateful for all the people who joined together to shout out “to hell with meat!” with us. We are currently working on sending you, our backers, your well-earned rewards. I cannot wait to see everyone with their Bartleby’s stickers, hats, and t-shirts, and stuffing their face full of fries! We hope to have all rewards delivered to you by the end of May. Come by to celebrate with us!