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Where pulled pork is....the spice of life


Where pulled pork is....the spice of life
Doug and Suzanne Worley, truck drivers from West Virginia, order pulled pork sandwiches from Thunder Allen at the Spice Me! food truck in Floresville.


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Pascalle Bippert
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April 17, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- The next time you drive along U.S. 181 near Dollar General and Tractor Supply, look for the bright, neon green mobile food truck parked there. Spice Me! is helping Floresville to be on the cutting edge of the culinary experience.

Austin has a lot of mobile food trucks and San Antonio’s food truck fleet also is growing. And the mobile food vendors have made an appearance in La Vernia, during the city’s two Music Fest events. Now Floresville has its very own mobile gourmet food truck.

Nico Carrillo, a 2010 graduate of Floresville High School, and his mother, Brenda, a retired biology teacher who taught in the Harlandale school district for 28 years, teamed up to start Spice Me! in February. Both attend culinary school through St. Philip’s College and will graduate in May.

While attending the University of Texas at San Antonio, Nico heard about another very successful graduate from the St. Philip’s culinary program, Chef Jason Dady, who worked for the famous restaurant French Laundry, and has opened several of his own restaurants in San Antonio.

Nico and Brenda said that the culinary course is very rigorous and challenging.

“It is not for the academically lazy” or unmotivated, Brenda said. “You’d be surprised how much math you use when you cook or bake. Everything has to be measured in volume and you have to do conversions.”

The culinary arts involve a lot of critical thinking and science. Chemistry is used to create ingredient combinations to make delicious food. Along with cooking and baking, Nico said the students study economics, employee management, meat cuts, ingredients, and quality control. It is not an easy degree. Brenda added that they have six-hour labs and have to be on their feet the whole time, so it is also very physically demanding.

The students do galas for the organizations and people who help fund the program. Recently, they did a gala for 100 people and will do another for the Chefs’ Advisory Board.

Brenda said it is 10 times harder to do mobile food than have an establishment. Nico gets up by 5:15 a.m. and starts to do food prep.

Spice Me! offers some taste twists that set its offerings apart from the usual culinary crowd. They use rosemary in their potatoes, which gives their potato and egg tacos a unique flavor. They also smoke their own burgers rather than frying them and they make their own pulled pork. The ancho chile sauce on their pulled pork sandwich is yummy. It adds just the right amount of spice and kick and the pork is tender.

Recently, the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library folks invited Spice Me! to participate in a June event, which will include food trucks from San Antonio, to share their culinary delights on the Wilson County Courthouse square during the library’s summer reading program. For more information about this, call the library at 830-393-7361 or visit http://www.wilsoncountylibrary.org and click on events.

Spice Me! is open Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Dollar General near Tractor Supply Co.

Find them online at www.spiceme114.com or on Facebook, SpiceMe! Southern comfort with a KICK!

If you stop by Spice Me!, tell them you saw the article in the Wilson County News. They are very nice folks!
 

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