Working as a manager at Big Truck Tacos got chef Tara Taylor to thinking about waffles.
After all, what is a waffle but biscuit batter pressed into a heated mold to create the signature checkered shaped? And biscuits are good with pretty much anything — sweet or savory.
And properly prepared waffles can be folded like the tacos she used to watch leave the Big Truck kitchen by the bushel or like the gyros sandwiches that have supported small Mediterranean restaurants across the country for years.
And what if after you folded these perfectly prepared waffles you stuffed them with fresh, local ingredients and wrapped them in foil? Added organic fruits and vegetables? Offered unexpected but cleverly conceived flavor combinations? Changed the menu to fit the seasons? Named the waffles after holiday themes, musicals or mood changes?
The answer to these and a few other questions is: A Waffle Champion will be born.
And so it came to be in December that Taylor and chef Rachel Smith turned their ideas into the reality of a customized food truck bearing the name Waffle Champion, Taylor specializing in savory, Smith in sweet.
They are the Lennon and McCartney of local waffle-making — doubtlessly talented in their own rights, but together they produce harmony you can taste.
Unfortunately, if you haven't caught up with the Waffle Champion truck, you might never get to experience the April menu, which was based on early spring with waffles bearing the names of characters from “Grease.”
The truck is usually parked from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday on the south side of NW 23 Street between Walker and Hudson, but is booked for private events this week.