By Melissa Stonesifer | TCPalm.com
You might have spotted a purple-and-green truck, decked out in hand-painted vegetables, driving around St. Lucie County lately. If you’re vegetarian, vegan or following another untraditional diet, you might want to follow it to its next stop and grab a tasty meal.
The Veggie Love Truck caters to those looking for “vegan, organic or gluten-free meals.” Owner Allison Murphy said she’s inspired by local produce and “passionate about feeding people.”
The idea for her truck began at music festivals Murphy attended. She was appalled at the food being served and said she wanted to fill a void for fast, good-for-you food at those sorts of temporary venues.
Although she graduated from college with a degree in music business, Murphy turned her talent toward the food industry. She bought the Veggie Love Truck about 18 months ago and began traveling around to Treasure Coast venues six months ago. Local people seem eager to try her food.
“People have come out of the woodwork (looking for vegan and gluten-free food),” Murphy said.
Using produce from local growers, Murphy assembles her recipes and offers food every Wednesday and Saturday at the Fort Pierce green market on the waterfront. She brings the truck to other venues as they come up, including fundraising events and festivals.
Murphy also will cater and make personal requests.
“No meal is too small,” Murphy said.
After seeing several delighted customers walking away from the Veggie Love Truck chowing down a dosarito ($8), I decided to try one. Aromatic curried sweet potatoes, crisp cabbage, cilantro, tasty coconut chutney and cashew cheese were rolled up in a dosa, a crepe-like wrap. It was a delicious concoction in which every individual flavor was identifiable and perfectly combined.
While I munched, several young children made tough decisions between different types of smoothies, spring rolls and the organic peanut butter and jelly sandwich served on Ezekiel bread.
Other menu items include raw pad thai and gluten-free marshmallow chocolate chip blondies.
VEGGIE LOVE TRUCK
Cuisine: Vegan, organic and gluten free