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Talking shop, cheese, and failed experiments with the food truck duo serving modern takes on grilled cheese
You position Melt Mobile as a “gourmet food truck.” What makes it so?
We call ourselves “gourmet” because we like to think we serve an elevated version of the classic grilled cheese sandwich using the best imported and domestic cheeses, fresh produce, artisanal bread, and quality Angus beef. We’ve also put everything you can possibly imagine on our grilled cheese—braised short ribs, duck confit, osso buco, jumbo lump crab cakes, shrimp, clams, truffles.
What was your truck originally used for?
We bought both trucks from the White Plains Police Department. Our first truck was a paddy wagon, and our second truck was a surveillance van.
What sort of bread do you use?
Amazing artisanal bread from Stamford-based Beldotti Bakery. They make an assortment of delicious bread for us. We use country white, Italian Tuscan, seven-grain, challah, cranberry pecan, raisin walnut, sourdough, cracked wheat, and Kalamata olive. The variety they offer inspires me to come up with some interesting combinations.
Is there anything you tried to stuff in a grilled cheese as a new menu item and it just didn’t work?
My most unsuccessful grilled cheese was the chicken ’n waffle melt! I tried to make a grilled cheese out of this popular food trend and it just didn’t want to come together. The cheese wouldn’t melt and the waffles fell apart. It tasted great but you needed to eat it with a knife and fork.
The Umbrella Club, a local charitable organization devoted to helping families in need, gets 2 percent of Melt Mobile’s proceeds. How did it come to picking that specific charity?
We chose to work with Umbrella Club because they are a Stamford-based organization and the money they raise goes directly to people within our community.
The latest news for Melt Mobile is it’s now offering franchising opportunities. What is the biggest challenge to franchising?
The biggest challenge is that we are essentially attempting something that hasn’t been done by many food trucks. We are the first food truck franchise opportunity offered in Connecticut. The franchising community is not exactly sure of how to market a food truck franchise and we are figuring it out together.