By Bree Duwyn
Street Foodies is hitting the Six Nations food scene with a taste like no other, bringing First Nation/Asian and Venezuelan fusion cuisine to the community.
Dan and Arlene Martin have wanted to get into the food business for two decades and they are finally making it happen, having just soft-launched their food truck business to get their name out into the community.
“We are simple living, this is for our children and grandchildren,” said Arlene about the business being an inheritance for their family.
While Dan has a culinary background and Arlene went to school for business, the Martin family’s love for food truck festivals and watching food channels grew into something bigger.
They first attempted to start a business twenty years ago, with a structure built right next to their home. Even equipped with a drive-thru window, they planned to sell food from there. However, with a lack of funds at the time, the building was converted into a tiny home.
The food trailer, located in their driveway, is the first step to their enterprise. Arlene said that everything began with a conversation with Laurie Froman from Grand River Employment and Training (GREAT). Arlene had wanted to provide pocket sandwiches at the Chiefswood theatre, which got the ball rolling on a conversation about the idea of a food business.
With Froman’s help, the Martins were able to get funds from GREAT to purchase their food trailer. The hope is to grow into a line of food trucks to service various areas.
The trailer took a couple of months to prepare, Dan having to sort out the water and electrical components. They had hoped to open earlier in the season, but are using this time to slowly distribute their food to the community before they close for the Winter.
Their menu is constantly changing, as their test kitchen works to prepare food for community input.
Arlene also said that the food menu will continue to be adjusted according to the comments of the Six Nations community during their soft openings and travelling to different events with the food trailer.
Turtle Island News got to sample a few of their menu items at their soft-opening on Sept. 23, served by Dan and Arlene’s grandchildren.
The beef shawarma had a fresh flavour with well seasoned meat, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and one of Street Foodies’ unique sauces, a jalapeño lime sour cream.
The beef empanada is a great choice for those who like a little kick to their food. The meat was lightly spiced, encased in a golden crust that complemented the overall texture.
Finally, an interesting fusion menu item included the bacon cheeseburger eggroll. With a crisp eggroll breading, the filling was both moist and packed with a well-balanced flavour.
Arlene said that Street Foodies will also have a keto section on their menu. This includes using almond flour for their empanadas, for example. Vegetarian options will include falafels. Dessert is also in the works, Arlene saying that they plan to feature a pumpkin bread with cream cheese filling.
While they test new flavours and fusions, Street Foodies will continue to find that one item that truly sticks, something that only they can provide to the community.