Herb’n Brings Fine Dining to the Food Truck Scene
You may have noticed a new food truck pop up last fall toward the end of the season. Herb’n Food Truck got a late start in September, but is ready to hit the streets in full force now that the weather has warmed up, and Owner/Chef Taylor Carter is excited to bring his take on high end food truck cuisine to an event near you.
“The focus of our menu is to provide unique flavors,” says Carter. “I love to fuse cuisines together. My favorite dish right now is the Deep Fried Lobster Ravioli with a Soy Brasied Beef, Sriracha Butter, and Sweet Soy Reduction.”
Other flavor combinations on the menu include a spicy brown sugar candied bacon that tops their black and blue burger along with gorgonzola cheese and crispy fried onions. Mac and cheese also gets a deep fried treatment before being dropped on top of their pulled pork BBQ sandwich.
“I also really enjoy the Parmesan Arancini,” adds Carter. “We stuff risotto with mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan. It’s then deep fried, with basil marinara, reduced balsamic, and a parmesan crisp.”
Carter began his culinary adventures in High School where he cooked for friends. From there he went straight to culinary school at the Columbus Culinary Institute, and then began cooking professionally at the New Albany Country Club doing catering work. He also spent some time as a saute cook at Eddie Merlot’s.
“Both were truly incredible learning experiences for a young cook,” says Carter. “I saw how to do large events at New Albany and saw fast, fine dining production at Eddie Merlot’s. I really feel like I had developed my skills as a cook and I noticed I had a strong opinion of my type of cuisine.”
From there, Carter got the itch to launch a food truck to be able to further express his culinary vision through his own style of food. He saved up some money and found a truck for sale in Pittsburgh. After fixing it up and going through inspections, he was ready to launch last fall.
“We are still new but are excited for the nice weather and happy people,” he says. “We are going to be doing the QFM Food Truck Festival, Ohio Food Truck Festival and Zauber Brewery Food Truck Festival. We are located right now at Columbus Culinary Institute, Morgan Stanley and Nationwide Childrens Hospital.”
Carter says that with the recent change to street parking rules, he hopes to pop-up more often in popular areas like the Short North and Arena District this summer.
For more information, visit herbnfoodtruck.wix.com.