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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 12:10 AM


Welcome to the homepage of the Swoop! Food Truck. We work hard to bring fresh, inventive food to the streets of Columbus for your enjoyment.

The finest food traditions of so many old cultures involve skillful manipulation of less than desireable cuts of meat and seasonal produce that has persisted, prized until even today. A $27 slow braised short rib at a fine dining restaurant... Your moms rich pot roast... A strip of crisp bacon on a Sunday morning... These things are all history.

Progress and industry have threatened these traditions throughout the years, but always, they prevail. As a society, we don't need preservative methods such as salting, curing and pickling. There is ready access to refrigeration and meats are leaner and healthier, in some distinct ways, than ever before. The popularity of some of these "tough cuts" of meat makes them very equitable in price to premium cuts.

Why then do we still take six hours to braise a pot roast for our families? Why, for so many people, is breakfast not quite breakfast without a strip or two of bacon or sausage? A tough ol' rooster would be near impossible to find outside of a small family farm these days, yet you can still find a decent coq au vin.

It's because slow food; food that nanny, mamau, maman, granny and achamma, made for you was made quite literally of love. Her love for you made her industrious when times were tough and food was scarce. Her love for you made her look at that pork neck, or cow stomach in a new way. She came to understand that if she handled it precisely, she could make something that not only filled you up, but made you smile and warmed you to the core. She knew that for you to be strong you needed vegetables when there were none growing and she found a way to make it last.

The love of the centuries feeds us to this day. My family, still centered in the deep south, is steeped in that culture. A culture where fried fish and a slow cooked pot of beans is likely to show up at any meal. Where I come from, most everything is handmade, because it always has been, or at least, it was.

These days, a lack of time and inclination is leading people away from that style of cooking even though crockpots, pressure cookers and immersion circulators make it more convenient than ever. There are too many fast choices, and a home made meal is harder and harder to come by.

At Swoop! we still love ya'. Can't say it's as much as your dear old ma, but it's real. What we do might seem funky at times, but give us a try and we think you'll like it. We want to give you our best, and we'll work hard to keep doing so as long as you let us. We hand make as much of our menu as we possibly can and we make no compromises with our ingredients and standards.

Ph: (614)256-9342
Address: Columbus, Ohio 43209

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