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Gourmet food hits the street 

Food trucks have already overtaken major cities, delivering mobile nourishment and deliciousness to throngs of hungry people eager for something different. And now they are invading San Luis Obispo. Haute Skillet Truck is the newest food truck to hit the streets, serving nontraditional grilled Panini’s and delicious fries.

- FRESH AND QUICK :  Haute Skillet Truck is offering fresh food made from local ingredients and homemade Caibatta bread. -  - PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER
  • PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER
  • FRESH AND QUICK : Haute Skillet Truck is offering fresh food made from local ingredients and homemade Caibatta bread.

Owner Anna Andriese graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and began her career working in numerous restaurants and bakeries. For the past five years she has been baking pastries for Giuseppe’s in Pismo Beach.

Although Andriese was successful she and her husband Steve were looking for something more. So they decided to build a food truck.

“This was the next step,” said Andriese. “We heard from everyone it would take six months to build the truck, but the company finished it in about two months. We are impressed with how it turned out.”

With a new food truck ready, Andriese then took her talent for baking pastries and began making homemade Caibatta bread for their paninis. Haute Skillet Truck also uses the freshest local ingredients to create delicious food that people are growing to love.

Homemade bread, fresh ingredients, and low prices make Haute Skillet Truck a favorite of the late night college crowd. Andriese said she has run out of food numerous times in the first month of operation.

“Thursday night we will be slammed, but Friday we won’t,” said Andriese. “We are still trying to figure it out and see how much food we need daily.”

Haute Skillet Truck has been working hard, selling 60 to 80 sandwiches each day they are open. They offer pulled pork and tri-tip sandwiches and fries with various toppings.

“Our biggest seller is the pulled pork fries. They are fries with pulled pork, cilantro, and some cheese,” said Andriese. “Kind of like nachos, but with fries.”

Haute Skillet Truck has only been open for a little over a month, and they are still working on getting their name out to the public. On opening week, Andriese served free food to over 1,000 people to promote the arrival of a new food truck in SLO.

The first month has been successful for Andriese and Haute Skillet Truck, and now she is currently booking private events and looking for new locations to park and serve fresh food.

“We are a gourmet food truck that is simple without a large menu,” said Andriese. “We don’t just serve to the late night crowds. We do private events. Hopefully, we will be doing a wine event in Paso and a beer fest very soon.”

Haute Skillet Truck can currently be found serving fresh delicious food at Campus Bottle on 290 California Blvd. from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday through Saturdays. To book Haute Skillet Truck, call Anna Andriese at 298-0734.

Fast Facts

Looking to help children in need? Join CASA and walk around Atascadero Lake to help raise funds to help support children living in foster homes. CASA Walk for the Child is taking place on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Atascadero Lake Park. Funds raised at the walk will be used for recruiting, screening, training, and supervising volunteer advocates. The event will feature live music, a bounce house, BBQ and raffles. To sign up, visit slocasa.org.

Intern David Yriarte compiled this week’s Strokes and Plugs. Send our business news to strokes@newtimesslo.com.

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