Today we're going into the mobile kitchen of the Seabirds Truck - the amazing all-vegan truck that is blowing the term 'vegan' out of the water, shattering any preconceived notions of what vegan food looks like (and tastes like!). On the Gourmet Food Truck scene since June 2010, the mission of Seabirds is, "to promote a sustainable and cruelty-free lifestyle while bringing convenience to high quality, healthful food." And, they have truly exploded onto the scene - in the past year and a half, they have appeared everywhere from the TV Food Network's 'Great Food Truck Race' to Good Morning America and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Clearly, they're onto something big here.
|Vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike lining-up for Seabirds' delicious local seasonal organic fare.|
I had the opportunity to spend an evening inside the warm & inviting kitchen of Seabirds chatting with Stephanie and her fellow cooks, Caroline & Robin, as they served their beautiful vegan dishes to the lucky public at Lake Forest Lanes last week. Now, I must admit - I had my doubts going into this - as, personally, my experience thus far with vegan food had been less-than-stellar. I've never been a fan of 'it's-not-bacon bacon' - the whole fake-meat thing just turns me off. So, I was hesitant. But, after a few minutes on the Seabirds truck, my fears began to subside... no sign of ANY fake-meat wannabes here. Whew!
I was really interested to learn more - the biggest question in my mind was, "Why Vegan?" I was fascinated with Stephanie's personal story. She said that she had just begun reading a few years ago all about the things that go into our foods in America each day. And the more she read, the more she was turned-off - slowly her mentality just started to shift. She became more conscious of the food she was eating and what she was putting in her body. And, as she puts it, she feels like she "woke up" after turning vegan - that she has more energy, feels like a new person, and that life has just made more sense to her. Sounds pretty fantastic to me!
|Owner/Founder of Seabirds, Stephanie Morgan|
I was struck by one customer's comment - a self-proclaimed meat-lover who was skeptical about his order when he placed it with Stephanie... after eating his Seabirds tacos, he came back up to the window to say, "If you got me to eat vegan, then you must be doing something right!" Sums it all up pretty nicely, I think.
Below is a small taste through photos of what can currently be found coming out of the Autumn kitchen of the Seabirds truck. And then be sure to bring your appetite on Saturday, November 19th to SoCo Farmers' Market as Seabirds goes head-to-head with the other five trucks in the Farm to Food Truck Challenge II!
Stay tuned for more details on the competing trucks in the coming days - next up, the Slapfish truck!...
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|Ever had a beer-battered, fried avocado?! Deeeelish|
|A Seabirds classic - Beer-Batter Fried Avocado Tacos|
|Caroline Vu and Robin Cole - In the Seabirds Kitchen|
|A delicious vegan Waldorf Salad? Yes, please!|
|Another Seabirds classic & crowd fave - Sweet Potato Fries with Seabirds Dippin' Sauce|
|A seasonal specialty - Zucchini-Watercress Soup, perfect for chilly Autumn nights|
|Beautiful Yellow Cashew Curry made with fresh veggies straight from Tanaka Farm in Irvine, CA|
|Another twist on the taco - Vegan asada-marinated Jackfruit tacos with fresh Persimmon salsa - yum!|
|Yes - it is possible - Vegan Cupcakes! As the ladies of Seabirds say, "They're Practically Vitamins!"|
|Feeling Naughty or Nice? A lil' bit of something for everyone at the Seabirds truck...|
|From right: Owner/Founder Stephanie Morgan; Caroline Vu; Robin Cole|