Little Kitchen Co. - Algarve, Portugal - http://www.littlekitchenportugal.com/.
We'll lets start with ourselves, it would be rude not to:) We converted an old fashioned 2 pony trailer into a rolling Pizzeria. Catering for events and festivals, with our tasty woodfired Neapolitan Style Pizza.
Skillet - Seattle, US http://skilletstreetfood.com
The Airstream, or Silver Bullet, better known as the vintage US camper vans. Skillet serves gourmet burgers and hand cut chips daily around Seattle. We love that these guys stayed true to the design of the Airstream.
APEritivo, Naples, Italy http://www.aperitivostreetfood.it/
Love the name, love the Ape Piaggio, and I love APEritivo's quirky living room design. These guys cater for weddings and events with drinks, aperitif's and Italian icecream..
The Banh Mi Shop - Quezon City, Philippines
Show me a man who does not love a VW camper van! I particularly liked these guys since they're in the Philippines, mixed up VW colour scheme, and are serving Banh Mi (super tasty Vietnamese sandwiches)
Shell's, South Bank London, UK http://www.shellsfishandchips.com/
There is literally nothing more quintessentially British than a red double decker bug catering fish & chips.
The Cafateria, Woodstock, South Africa http://www.cafeteriafood.co.za/
We love the vintage, but also admire the modern, and these guys have made an old camper trailer look super sheek and modern.
Luardos - Mexican Street Food in London, UK - http://www.luardos.co.uk/
The H-Van is our dream food truck, if only we had the cash, and could find them in Portugal! I think we'd stick to a more traditional design, but the artwork these guys have really suits their concept, and makes them stand out in a crowd.
Del Popolo - San Francisco, USA - http://www.delpopolosf.com/.
So cool, a shipping container pizza truck. They can knock a few more pizza's than us in this bad boy!
Mammoth Burritos - Mammoth Lakes, CA, USA
Words fail me! This must be the worlds most unique food truck. Built from a snowcat, the huge treads allow it to travel anywhere on Mammoth Mountain delivering burritos, to locations where regular restaurants aren’t available
We (myself and long suffering girlfriend) moved to Portugal the best part of ten years ago, chasing the sun and a more relaxed way of life. My last three years in the UK was spent as head chef in a bistro pub, that specialized in stone baked Italian style pizza. Prior to that I worked the event scene, doing back stage catering for many large UK festivals, like Glastonbury and Reading.
Based on my passed experience, I'd been wanting to convert something into a pizzeria for some time, but it wasn't until a friend mentioned a TV program (George Clark's Amazing Spaces) that featured a horse trailer conversion, and we thought that's it... horse trailer it must be, easy right? Not quite, whilst there's an abundance of affordable trailers in the UK, none with the required matriculation paperwork, it turns out they're somewhat illusive in Portugal. Nonetheless after months of searching, a battered old thing, half the size and twice the price as planned cropped in Loule, and we grabbed it with both hands.
Converting the trailer into a Pizzeria is not as easy as one might think, especially when the oven you've purchased takes up 3/4 of the interior, and legalities don't allow special circumstances for miniature kitchens on wheels. In-spite of this, with an overwhelming amount of support from friends, an informative health and safety inspector, and understanding accountant, the Little Kitchen was born.
The Little Kitchen caters for private parties and events in the Algarve, and I'm hoping to get involved with more local festivals and markets. My first event was the Lagos Food Fest last month, which was a great success for everyone involved. People seemed to love our concept, along with our rustic pizza's.
The pizza's we make are in the classic Neapolitan style, really thin and crispy, and cooked in an oak fueled wood fired oven, which gives them a great smokey flavour. We're trying to keep the style (not necessarily the toppings) as traditional as possible, so all our base ingredients come straight from Italy.
My future plans are to expand from one trailer, perhaps into a mini fleet, offering a variety of street food from quirky trucks. I have my eye on Piaggio Ape Oyster Shack next! But for now we're busy at summer events in the Pizza trailer, and excited to see what the next year will bring,
If anybody is interested in finding out more, or having us cater their event, you can visit our website www.littlekitchenportugal.com, or contact us email@example.com.