The Workshop Buffalo sneaks onto Lloyd Taco Truck - PHOTOS
by Ben Tsujimoto • October 07, 2013 @ 10:52am
Following his Exploration of Grain at Silo City, the Workshop Buffalo chef Edward Forster networked with Buffalo’s food truck pioneers—Lloyd Taco Truck co-owners Chris Dorsaneo and Peter Cimino as well as sous chef Teddy Bryant—to hold a street-food focused pop-up restaurant on Sunday evening at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Lafayette.
Entitled “Beet It,” Forster’s menu highlighted beets from Oles Family Farm in Alden in an amuse-bouche and a pork entree. You can see images of the menu and the food in the gallery above. Two gallons of apple cider and a supplemental jus in the entree came from Lyndonville’s LynOaken Farms as well. An emphasis on local ingredients through street fare proves that Buffalo isn’t too far behind national food trends.
The meal’s cost was a reasonable $10—and while the charred eggplant, yogurt and beet appetizer wasn’t my cup of tea, the entree was a terrific mixture of divergent flavors that coalesced nicely. Personally, the highlight was the exterior crunch of the seared pork shoulder (which remained tender and was cut rather easily), while the sweetness of the caramelized white chocolate and apple jus didn’t seem out of place. You wouldn’t ordinarily think that a sweet pork dish would be desirable, but it worked.
Former heralded NYC chef Scott Crombie, Bryant and Dorsaneo joined Forster—who donned sunglasses either as a fashion statement or to be appear rather incognito—on the truck
There’s no word on when or where Forster’s next pop-up will take place, but keep your eyes peeled on the Workshop Buffalo’s Facebook page.
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