The Pop Up Truck merges pop ups with wheels

Consider the Pop Up Truck the anti-food truck. Instead of a deep fryer, Alex Shragg and Matt Brown stock their truck, which launched last month, with fresh, seasonal ingredients and a menu that changes weekly.

It also has a pop up mentality. Shragg says they plan to highlight different local products—one week, it was using Preservation & Co. pickled green beans in ramen, for example—and bring on guest chefs to shake things up.

“It’s a mobile forum for creative expression in the culinary arts,” Shragg says. “We’re all about diversity and not sticking to the traditional food truck model of buy low, sell high.”

Who are these people? Shragg is an occupational therapist and avid home cook. Brown was recently with 58 Degrees & Holding Co. The Pop Up Truck is their extra project, and they’re having fun with it. That means a melting pot of cooking styles. Already, they’ve dished out pork bao, handmade pastas and gumbo.

Find the truck at 9 p.m. on Thursdays at Bottle & Barlow, and regularly parked there or the Hilltop through the weekend. Follow along on Facebook.

Correction on March 15: This story previously stated Brown was the executive chef of 58 Degrees & Holding Co. but they have recently parted ways.

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