Woodbridge has a new food truck, Street N’ Savory.
Owner Jake Heffernan had a revelation one day while making risotto for himself: This is what I want to do. He’d worked as a bartender and in restaurants as a side job so he was familiar with the food business. He enrolled in culinary school and has been cooking professionally ever since including at high end restaurants in New Haven and Fairfield counties. “I jumped around a lot to absorb as much as I could,” he says.
When Heffernan began exploring opening a restaurant he quickly realized that opening a food truck would take less startup capital and require less staff management. “Eventually I might do a brick and mortar restaurant or maybe I’ll expand into multiple trucks,” the Woodbridge resident says.
Right now he does all the cooking and that’s the way he likes it. The menu is in-season gourmet-inspired street food. It’s a fusion of Caribbean and Asian flavors mixed in with Mediterranean food. Currently there’s an Italian riff on a Cuban sandwich made with the traditional pork and the addition of capicola ham and pickled fennel. A Mexican street taco is topped with jerk chicken and a Caribbean slaw. Sausage and Peppers gets an Asian spin with bok choy. The Southern staple of fried chicken and waffles gets a gourmet twist with the addition of truffles and a chipotle maple glaze.
Heffernan and his partner, Michelle Riley offer full-service party planning. She’s an experienced event planner and they can provide everything including the invitations, décor themes and, of course, the catering.
Street n Savory had its debut in March at the Woodbridge-based New England Brewing Company. “It was more than I could ask for,” he said. “It was so busy.” His weekends are filling up with events and breweries mostly through word of mouth, and he plans to be at the Woodbridge Summer Concerts on Tuesdays in July. For a calendar of where the food truck will be, visit the Street N’ Savory Facebook or Instagram pages.
For more information, visit StreetnSavory.com