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Buffalo Business - Autumn 2014

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Food Truckin' U P T O B U F F A L O BY MATTHEW BIDDLE E very Tuesday evening from May through October, more than two dozen food trucks descend upon Larkin Square, a colorful public space in one of Buffalo's fastest growing neighborhoods. Hungry revelers, clutching glasses of wine and craft brews, meander through the square, reading menus and weighing their options: Will they try the fajita mac and cheese with roasted chicken, jalapenos and sharp ched- dar? What about a lentil-berry sandwich, or lamb and sweet pea arancini? Or perhaps a lobster slider with a side of handcrafted pierogi and baklava for dessert—purchased from three different businesses. It's a scene that wouldn't have been possible in Buffalo before 2010 when child- hood friends Chris Dorsaneo '03 and Peter Cimino opened the city's first food truck, Lloyd Taco Truck. Since then, Lloyd has expanded into a fleet of three. B B Autumn 2014 "In 2005, during culinary school in Hawaii, I would take trips to the North Shore to eat at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck. The unique social atmosphere, the one that only occurs outside of a food truck, coupled with the smell of fresh scampi, told me this was something special," Dorsaneo recalls. "It made me feel connected to food in a way I'd never experienced, and I knew this new way of food service was going to change the culinary scene." Photos: Tom Wolf

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