By Megan Sprague | Mooresville Tribune
You won’t find hot dogs and hamburgers on Matt Alexander’s food vending truck.
The Mooresville man’s kitchen on wheels, The Homegrown Crepe, sells just what its name implies. And it’s seen a lot of miles in the past year, riding all over Iredell and Mecklenburg counties to serve up made-from-scratch crepes.
Alexander, who started his food truck venture in June 2012, has been in a kitchen professionally for the past ten years, learning how to cook on the job.
“I just worked my way up,” he said, explaining how he acquired his skills. “I’ve worked with a lot of good chefs at the Marriott (in its Savannah Red Restaurant in Charlotte) and as a sous chef at Brickhouse Tavern.”
Alexander said he chose to do made-from-scratch crepes as the focus for his vending truck because “they’re versatile.”
“You can make crepes either sweet or savory, and we change them seasonally,” he said. “My current favorite is the Margherita, which is similar to a Margherita pizza. We use fresh, local heirloom tomatoes from Josh’s (Farmer’s Market in Mooresville), along with roasted garlic puree, scallions, basil … it’s really good.”
The Homegrown Crepe sells only crepes because “that’s how most street creperies in Europe operate, and it works well,” Alexander said.
“The other great thing about our crepes is that they have a lot more components to them than your average crepe, so it is easily a meal, especially with our portion sizes,” he said. “They also work because it’s not your typical American street food and people, especially in this area, really enjoy something that’s outside of the norm.”
The Homegrown Crepe’s menu is ever-evolving and prices generally range from $7 to $10, he said.
Although Alexander’s crepe truck typically does business on the northeast corner of Trade and Tryon in front of the Bank of America tower in uptown Charlotte, he has spent the past year traveling throughout the Lake Norman region, to outdoor events and places such as the Davidson Farmer’s Market and the Cornelius Art Crawl. His truck even made a brief stop in downtown Mooresville on Sept. 4.
He’ll also make special trips to cater events.
For more information, contact Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-765-2336.