Launch of the vegan food truck Peach and Pine Cafe in Long Island
Ashley Rowland and Brian Arthus have combined two of the island’s culinary trends – vegan dishes and food trucks – with the opening of the Peach and Pine Cafe. The mobile restaurant primarily serves Suffolk County with comfort food and Instagram-worthy baked goods for humans and dogs.
On a recent visit, Peach and Pine offered their signature “hot lil biscuit” (an “egg” sandwich served on a Sriracha maple cookie), fried “chicken” and waffles, $ 15, and Buffalo Brussels, $ 10.
The menu changes weekly, but one thing is consistent – there is a flavor for every palate: “Sweet n ‘sour chik’n” served on a black sesame shallot buttermilk cookie; a “Reuben” sandwich on grilled house marbled rye; banh mi made from cauliflower with caramelized chili; and the aptly named “new bacon-ings” (a hot buttermilk and honey cookie topped with fried “chicken” and “bootleg” bacon.
Rowland and Arthus, partners in life and in business, make everything from scratch, including the coffee’s “bacon” and “chicken”, both made from vital wheat gluten.
When it comes to sweets, longtime vegetarians turned vegans bake pies, cupcakes, cookies, scones, etc. For Fido, there is a sweet potato treat “Couch Patate” or “Cookie Monster”.
Rowland, a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, said she grew up cooking and cooking with her mother and grandmother. She then started a cake business, but “I never thought cakes would be the end of everything,” adding that she was “an artist and cakes are edible art. Now we take that and put it in our food. “
The duo said they put in long hours during the week to keep up with demand on weekends, but they owe it to their friends Rachel Apicella, who helps at the window, and Greg Apicella, who they’ve dubbed “Fry Daddy. “, to keep them afloat.
Initially, the plan was to open a physical store in their hometown of Patchogue, but browsing the Facebook Marketplace found a listing for a food truck. Seven months later, they were ready to serve the community – at least they thought they were.
As the truck opened smoothly, “everything went wrong,” Rowland said. Half the refrigeration broke, the hot plate stopped working, and they quickly realized that the kitchen layout was also inadequate.
The duo got away with it, but the truck closed for three weeks for an overhaul.
Peach and Pine Cafe can be found parked at breweries and distilleries including The Better Man Distilling Company at Patchogue, übergeek Brewing Company and North Fork Brewing Co., both in Riverhead. The truck participates in special events such as the Long Island Vegan Pop Up on September 5 in Levittown. Plus, her “chicken” will be offered at Hot Chicken Mama in Blue Point in a three-day collaboration from August 27-29. Stay up to date on his whereabouts by following @peachandpinecafe on Instagram.