A Cville Food Truck Guide, Part II

Posted on June 10, 2013 by

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Just a few months ago, Cville Niche featured the local food truck scene rising up in Charlottesville. Since that post, even more food trucks and carts have hit Downtown and the many wineries and breweries around Cville, offering up a wide variety of delicious eats, from Australian pies to wood-fired pizza.

We followed our noses and now bring to you a look inside some of Cville’s newest food truck vendors – Blue Ridge Pizza Co., The Pie Guy, Delicious George, and Smoked BBQ Co.

Read A Cville Food Truck Guide, Part 1 >>

Blue Ridge Pizza Co.

Credit: Robinson Imagery

Credit: Robinson Imagery

New this Spring is a dough-wheelin’, wood-fired pizza truck that goes by the name Blue Ridge Pizza Co. Run by Chris and Jessica Bullard, this food truck is already hitting the town, local wineries, and private events.

See them at Champion Brewery on June 14th, 6pm.

Talk about the people behind the project (a little back story).

I (Jessica) grew up in this area and have been in the event, catering and marketing world around here since graduating from college in 2001 and I currently work at Blue Mountain Brewery.  Although Chris is much more involved in the day to day logistics of Blue Ridge Pizza Co., it’s been fun to help out…don’t ask me to make you a pizza but I’ve enjoyed helping with events, marketing & social media.

Chris moved to Charlottesville from Vermont in 2008 and has since spent a year in Afghanistan.  When he’s not cooking pizza at almost 1000 degrees, he works for Relay Foods.  He is our expert on logistics, working with local farms and the actual oven since he built it piece by piece.We also have a great team of pizza makers & front of house staff that help us each week at events.  We’re all having a really good time with it so far!

How did you come to own a food truck here in Cville?

A few years ago we went to a beer festival in Floyd, VA and Dogtown Pizza was there.  It was the first time we’d had 100% wood-fired pizza and it was awesome! When we got married 2 years ago we practically begged them to come to Charlottesville to cater our wedding and they agreed.  It was such a hit that we decided C-ville needed a pizza truck of it’s own and we were sure ‘someone’ would do it.  A year or so later it still hadn’t happened so we bought a truck and got started.

What was the process of opening your own truck like?

It was MUCH more complicated than we initially thought.  In the beginning, we were planning to build the entire oven ourselves. (ha ha)  We quickly realized that was a bad idea and purchased one from the experts- an Italian company called Forno Bravo.  To our surprise, it arrived in a huge, extremely heavy, crate with NO instructions on how to put it together, much less how to secure it to a truck.  Thanks to someone very special to us who wants no credit for the project, it finally came together about 6 months later.

Credit: Robinson Imagery

Credit: Robinson Imagery

Talk about your menu items – what variety of pizzas do you offer?

At public events, we usually offer a selection of four pizzas.  This month we have been doing a cheese, pepperoni, a margherita with local green tomatoes to shake it up a bit, and then a really local option that has been different for each event. A few examples:
Asparagus + Feta
olive oil | local asparagus | green onion | mozzarella | feta | garnished with fresh parmesan + red pepper flakesStrawberry + Spinach
local strawberries from chiles in crozet, va | spinach | feta | balsamic drizzleSausage, Egg and Cheese
spicy sausage from the rock barn in arrington, va | sweet peppers | organic red sauce | mozzarella | topped with a local egg

We have an entire ‘chalk wall’ full of menu ideas at our house so the menu will change a lot! We are also happy to customize menus for private events.  We’re already doing a totally vegetarian wedding featuring NoBull Burger, Twin Oaks Tofu and a Local Veggie pizzas.  Our dough is dairy free and we will also be offering a gluten free option in a couple of weeks.

Describe your food in ten words or less. Be creative!

Travelin’ wood-fired local goodness!

Credit: Robinson Imagery

Credit: Robinson Imagery

Do you offer your culinary skills off the street as well? (special events)

Yes! Our business model (and past experience) is a little different from the typical food truck in that we focus more on private events than public street sales.  We are available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, parties, corporate events and late night snacks!

How can people find Blue Ridge Pizza Co.?

We have a public event calendar on our website at www.BlueRidgePizza.com and of course we’re also on Facbeook & Twitter.

What is your vision for the food truck scene here?

A weekly food truck extravaganza! Seriously, we would LOVE to see all of the trucks in one spot each week or month with maybe some live music.  Outside of Blue Ridge Pizza Co. I (Jessica) am a co-founder of the C-ville Wedding & Event Professionals.  It’s amazing how that group works together to make their industry better overall and they constantly refer to each other.  We would love to see that among C-ville food trucks too as the number of trucks continues to grow.

The Pie Guythe pie guy 2

There’s only one place in Cville you’ll find authentic Australian pies… and that’s at The Pie Guy. A Charlottesville native, Justin Bagley’s travels abroad stirred a passion for the perfect pie, and you can find this culinary treat right outside The Mudhouse Downtown for lunch during the week.

All I’ve seen behind the truck are dudes — is this a pie business run by men?! Talk about the people behind the project (a little back story).

At the moment it’s just me behind the cart. I have a lot of great friends that come down, wear the t-shirts, and support the brand, oh and eat pies!

How did you come to own a food truck here in Cville?

I grew up here in Charlottesville. After I graduated college I left the country to travel to New Zealand where I met my girlfriend Claire, who is Australian. I followed her back to Australia and not only fell in love with her but pies as well! I decided that the best way to bring them back to the states was a food cart because of the exposure it would give to an unknown food item.

What was the process of opening your own truck like?

It was a blast! It was amazing to find that all of the people I had to go through we’re extremely supportive and excited about the brand!

the pie guyTalk about your menu items – what variety of pies do you offer? What makes them Australian?

We have a Thai chicken curry, a chicken and mushroom, a chunky steak, a minced beef, a bacon egg and cheese, a tofu Thai curry, and a quinoa chili pie. They all use a flaky puff pastry filled with a savory filling. The sweet pie is an apple pie with a cinnamon sugar glaze with the option to go a la mode. I will also begin offering special varieties weekly soon!

These types of pies are on every street corner in Australia. They are part of Aussies’ daily diet! Think of them like an American hamburger or hotdog. I worked in a pie shop in Australia which is where I learned to make authentic pies. They are all my own creations, based off of traditional Australian recipes.

Describe your food in ten words or less. Be creative!

A gourmet taste of Australia, for a tradie’s price and convenience!

Do you offer your culinary skills off the street as well? (special events)

Yes, we do! We cater private parties, meetings, weddings, etc. We also can book the cart to special events and festivals, as well as sell frozen pies!

How can people find The Pie Guy?

I update my location daily on Facebook (The Pie Guy) and Twitter (@thepieguyva). You can also call me at 1-434-882-4819 or view my website – thepieguy.org.

What is your vision for the food truck scene here?

I feel that the more food trucks and carts the better. The Charlottesville food truck scene is growing rapidly, we are just the first wave. Before 2013, there were only one or two here and there. But now you can go to a place like Champion Brewery, and on any given night find a number of gourmet mobile food options. There is no place in town you can go and get a variety such as Korean inspired quesadillas from the Hanu Truck, southern smoked BBQ from Smoked BBQ co., and authentic Australian pies other than Champion. No restaurant can compete with the quality of such a variety. The three of us envision a “mobile food court.” Places where people can go like this and expect to have a number of different options from vendors who specialize in there niche.

Delicious Georgedelicious george 2

Newlyweds Will Flagge and Melissa Ketola-Flagge found French Fry Love, and our tastebuds couldn’t be happier. This mobile french fry cart is sure to get your tastebuds charged up from yards away.

Talk about the people behind the project (a little back story).

Will and I met while working at a restaurant in Fredericksburg. We were both seeking change in our lives and a mutual love for the band Phish saw us leaving town together to vend food in parking lots up and down the east coast. That summer was a lot of trial and error as far as concept goes, and it wasn’t until we returned to Charlottesville that the idea of fries came home to roost.

How did you come to own a food truck here in Cville?

The first time we served our fries was at an event put on by our friends The Kings of Belmont called The Royale. The fries were tremendously successful and the idea to purchase a cart grew organically from there.

What was the process of opening your own truck like?

It was exciting and frustrating– we took a lot of time and consulted a lot of people. We also had to beg money from friends and family– thanks guys! Over all, it was an educational process, and we are definitely still learning!

delicious georgeTalk about your menu items – what variety of fries and other goodies do you offer?

Our fries are served in the Dutch tradition– served hot in paper cones with your choice of seasonings and sauces. We have several options as far as flavors– Garlic Parmesan, Rosemary, Herb, Curry and Surefire are the current line up, but we are always searching for exciting new flavor profiles. Our sauce selection includes the very popular Lemon Aioli and a yogurt based mint sauce– excellent with the curry fry! We also have fried pickle chips and (for the sweets lovers) banana fritters. Both very southern, both very delicious, but neither very Dutch.

Describe your food in ten words or less. Be creative!

Simple food for complicated people.

Do you offer your culinary skills off the street as well? (special events)

Absolutely– we’ve done a variety of events, including weddings. We’ll come to your house and cook for you if you’d like!

How can people find Delicious George?

We are on Facebook– facebook.com/DeliciousGeorge.

What is your vision for the food truck scene here?

We hope that the city can learn to embrace this thriving scene. This is a town that loves food, and the sort of community promoted by food trucks would be beneficial to everyone.

Smoked BBQ Co.smoked bbq co

After years in the restaurant business, Justin van der Linde found his niche in the food truck scene serving up delicious smoked meats from his kitchen on wheels. Find this mouth-watering BBQ cart at Champion Brewery Thursday and Saturdays.

Talk about the people behind the project (a little back story).

Smoked BBQ Co. is the product of many years in the restaurant industry. After graduating culinary school in 2002 I worked with several top level chefs and restauranteurs until 2005 when my wife Candice and I founded The Carving Board Cafe. After selling the business in 2010 I took a break from the industry, but only to prepare my new concept – Smoked BBQ Co! As far as people behind the business…. here’s the short list: Candice, Craig, Janet, Brook, and too many more for me to list, but they know who they are!

How did you come to own a food truck here in Cville?

We are less a truck and more of a mobile cart/kitchen. A large focus of our business is catering, and the cart allows us to get our product into the mouths of our potential customers, without maintaining the traditional store front. We operate the cart on the Downtown Mall Wed. – Fri. 11-3, along with Thursday and Saturday nights at Champion Brewing Company.

On Thursday’s you can experience Charlottesville’s first “Mobile Food Court” as Smoked BBQ Co., The Pie Guy, and The Hanu Truck are working together to provide diversity and create Cville’s first “real” street food scene!

What was the process of opening your own truck like?

Getting the business together is always a challenge, but honestly it is half the fun. Its a rush as you see your vision coming together. Experience always makes things a little easier, but every new venture has its own surprises and hurdles, but when you open for the first time its a feeling like no other!

smoked bbq co 2Talk about your menu items – what variety of BBQ do you offer?

BBQ IS WHAT WE DO! Obsessed? Probably. I have been fascinated by barbeque since I can remember. My grandfather took me on a culinary trip through Europe when I was 7 years old, and I was never the same again! Food is my life, and its what I have always done. BBQ is my passion, and now I get to do ‘Que everyday…..couldn’t be much better!

We feature pulled pork, chopped beef, smoked chicken breast, baby back ribs, sliced brisket. All of our sides are made in house including potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans with sausage, baked mac and cheese, cornbread. We make all of our dry rubs as well as our five BBQ Sauce Flavors: Original Red, Spicy Red, NC Vinegar, SC Mustard, VA Blackberry in house. We use a combination on hardwood charcoal, and Hickory wood shipped in from Kentucky. We are patient with our food… BBQ works on its own time schedule!

Describe your food in ten words or less. Be creative!

What BBQ Should Be!

Do you offer your culinary skills off the street as well? (special events)

Smoked BBQ Co. is available for events large and small. Tailgates, black tie events,weddings, rehearsal dinners, big jobs/small jobs, we have a menu to fit!. Sauces, dry rubs, bbq, and sides are for sale in bulk.

How can people find Smoked BBQ Co.?

Facebook Page: Smoked BBQ Co.
Twitter: @Smokedbbqco
Website: Smokedbbqco.com
Gmail: Smokedbbqco@gmail.com

What is your vision for the food truck scene here?

I hope the street food scene continues to grow. We bring diversity, value, and creativity to the people of Charlottesville. With the success of the farmers market each Saturday downtown, I only hope the street food scene will follow!

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