Steve Reid has been cooking in professional kitchens most of his life. Then four years ago, he made a career switch into the health-care industry for a job with more reasonable hours and better pay. "But it was so depressing and I missed working in the kitchen," says Reid. He now cooks at the Wexford Ale House, but he also wanted to do something "to secure my family's future."
So Reid bought an old school bus in an online auction and had it outfitted into his own food truck, Reid's Fresh Express. The truck sells scratch-made hot sandwiches, salads and a soup of the day. His specialty sandwiches include: Reid's Steak (slow roasted, seasoned beef), the Pittsburgh Porker (slow-roasted pulled pork in homemade barbecue sauce) and the Mother Clucker (a giant marinated chicken breast with garlic aioli or chipotle ranch).
"I make it all, right down to the garlic aioli," says Reid.
Currently, Reid serves every Monday at Ross Township's Coffee Buddha, a supporter of local food trucks. (Track other locations on Facebook or Twitter.) Reid says he has been working to position the truck at suburban office complexes to give workers access to good, hot, fresh food. Beginning April 25, he'll set up at Greentree Parkway Associates every other Friday.
"That's the target market and I believe one that's underserved," Reid says. "We'll set up anywhere from outside your office to your Grandma's birthday party."
www.reidsfreshexpress.com. Twitter: @reidsfreshX