'Gourmet Grub' Served From Mobile Kitchen in Grand ForksGRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - From a distance, the trailer might look like your average outdoor eatery. Get a little closer and the menu will show you something different.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - From a distance, the trailer might look like your average outdoor eatery. Get a little closer and the menu will show you something different.
"This is Knoephla, we are all so serving corn beef and cabbage," Skip Haag said.
It's not your normal grub coming of the grill here. Haag and his Rita have taking their mobile kitchen business in a different dietary direction. They cook mostly everything on the menu from scratch.
"Our pulled pork sandwiches we actually put the coleslaw on top of the sandwich and then we sauce it as opposed to serving just a sauced pork," Haag said.
Skip has been moving forward with the concession-type eatery called Skip's Gourmet Grub since the fall of 2010. Shortly after he retired from the Air Force, he had the idea of starting his own version of a roadside diner.
"My wife and I are both foodies. We like watching the Food Network. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen," Haag said.
Skip and his wife have come up with recipes using, when in season, vegetables from farmers markets and their own large garden.
"It's a lot more work, but in my opinion that is where the love comes in is for cooking and for people because you are willing to put in the effort to prepare it and then cook it correctly," Haag said.
Three days a week, Skip takes advantage of his mobility, all year long, parking in the heart of hungry workers in the Grand Forks industrial park.
Haag : "Hey Marlene what can I get you today girl. "
"I just have a half hour for lunch, so I can just can run over quick and it's very very handy," Marlene Voltz said.
Word of the gourmet grub has spread, and now Skip has customers seeking him out. Some driving from across town to get their gourmet grub.
"If you work hard at it and you do a good job, maybe there is a way you can make a living," Haag said.
And to keep things interesting Skip and his wife come up with different soups and entrees each week all to help them stand out from what you would expect from concessions cuisine.