Foodies in the 831 will want to follow this food truck
Wrapped in a striking illustration of farm animals, Ate3One is a food truck operated by married couple Kasia and Jonathan Smith from Santa Cruz. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, Kasia has been a chef for more than 10 years, having worked at Wolfgang Puck Catering and at Google’s Quad Campus as Executive Pastry Chef. Kasia spent six months learning the gourmet food truck business by riding along with the Waffle Roost in Fremont. Together with Jonathan, who handles orders, the duo produces mouth-watering comfort food.
Where can people find you?
KASIA MASLANKA SMITH: We are at the Corralitos Brewing Co. (2536 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville) five days a week. Westridge Business Park in Watsonville on Thursdays during lunch and in Scotts Valley serving the Central Coast Alliance employees. You can check our daily itinerary and menu on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
What is on the menu?
The menu is constantly rotating, but we always have a pork, beef, chicken, fish, and vegetarian option. We cater to our location. At the Brewery, we will have fried or heavier items like the rosemary-and-garlic-scented grilled pork tenderloin and garlic mash. Customer favorites include the Philly cheesesteak and the Asian-style ribs using beer from the Corralitos Brewing Co.
What are some unusual requests?
People think we are a rolling grocery store, so we will get asked, “Do you have a banana?” or “Do you have fish sauce?”—and that one we actually do! We got a lot of requests for tacos before the truck was wrapped and it was just white. Because of the Food Network logo on the truck [Kasia has competed on Cupcake Wars four times] we get people asking for cupcakes. Maybe we will at some point.
What are some of the biggest challenges in operating a food truck?
Finding the right spot. We can’t go to certain areas where food trucks are not allowed—including the City of Capitola. And parallel parking.
Info: Follow Ate3One at facebook.com/ate3one. PHOTO: Ate3One’s Kasia Maslanka Smith and Jonathan Smith outside their food truck. CHIP SCHEUER