Charleston, SC: Food Network Show Seeks Food Truck Fare

Holli Hartman // The Post and Courier Ambergre Sloan, owner of vegan doughnut truck Diggity Doughnuts, sets up outside of Coast Brewing Co. in North Charleston on Saturday. Sloan is among those being scouted by the Food Network show “Heat Seekers” for her peanut butter and sriracha doughnut.

By Ryan Quinn | PostAndCourier.com

Ambergre Sloan, owner of vegan doughnut truck Diggity Doughnuts, sets up outside of Coast Brewing Co. in North Charleston on Saturday. Sloan is among those being scouted by the Food Network show “Heat Seekers” for her peanut butter and sriracha doughnut. Holli Hartman // The Post and Courier

On Saturday, adherents to Harold Camping’s prophecy that the world would end on May 21 awaited the Rapture.

But those at the Navy Yard at Noisette sipping craft beer and eating Ambergre Sloan’s vegan Diggity Doughnuts already were in heaven.

Sloan, 36, is able to serve a surprisingly large and eclectic variety of flavors out of her teal food truck. She offers key lime pie, strawberry rhubarb and coconut curry flavors, but it was her peanut butter and sriracha doughnut that was so hot that a scout for Food Network’s “Heat Seekers” had to have a taste.

“I’m obsessed with it,” Sloan said of sriracha, a Thai hot sauce. “I had to find some way to work it into my doughnuts.

“Heat Seekers,” which will begin airing in July on the Food Network, is billed as chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking’s search for some of the spiciest foods in the country. The scout, who said she works for High Noon Entertainment but wished to remain anonymous, also was checking out spicy concoctions at other food trucks: Hello My Name is BBQ’s spicy meat loaf sandwich and Roti Rolls’ beef tongue steamed bun.

Sloan said she got a call from the Food Network about her doughnut in the first week of April, after only three weeks of being in business.

The unidentified scout sampled the doughnut at a beer-tasting event held by Coast Brewing Co. as part of American Craft Beer Week.

As evidence of the closeness of the Park Circle/North Charleston community, Sloan knows the owners of Coast and makes two doughnut flavors from their beer: apple hopart and oatmeal stout. She also preps her food at a friend’s kitchen in The Barbecue Joint.

Sloan’s mobile food stand allows her to hop quickly from event to event, like from the annual street sale fundraiser for the Olde North Charleston Neighborhood Council on Saturday morning to the Coast event around noon.

“I love every day being different,” Sloan said.

Sloan’s doughnuts are all free of preservatives, bleached flour, artificial colors, chemicals, eggs and dairy.

She said she will soon start making doughnut ice cream sandwiches with homemade ice cream and “Doggie Doughnuts” made of peanut butter and chicken.

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