By Leeanne Griffin | Hartford Courant
The “better burger” craze is still going strong in Connecticut, but Eric Stagl thinks it’s time for chicken to have its turn in the spotlight.
“Everybody loves chicken,” he says. “You can do so many different things with it. … And why not? Who doesn’t love the yardbird?”
Stagl, a longtime Connecticut chef, recently introduced Yardbird & Co., his new food truck, to the streets of Hartford County. He and business partner Mallary Kohlmeyer debuted the truck in Bushnell Park on May 7, with a poultry-focused menu and sides made with farm-fresh ingredients.
Stagl, a Colorado native, has lived in Connecticut for more than a decade, where he’s worked for Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford and Max Fish and Rooftop 120 in Glastonbury. Most recently, he served as executive chef at Barcelona Wine Bar in West Hartford. He decided to pursue the food truck path almost a year ago.