Smink is the owner and head-chef of Restaurant Smink in Wolvega was called “quite a revelation!” by Michelin inspectors
Translated by Thomas Ansell
At the moment, naturally, the Restaurant Smink cannot welcome any guests, and so head-chef Jan Smink has come up with an innovative idea: a drive-through food truck festival. Smink plans on holding the festival in the car-park of the Van der Valk hotel in Wolvega (Gemeente Weststellingwerf) on May 15, 12:00-20:00. As reported by the Omrop Fryslân.
“People can pre-buy a ticket, and then they’ll receive a set menu with both food and drinks”, says Smit, “they will then be asked to come to the Van der Valk car park, where they can take-away their dishes from the food trucks, or alternatively they can leave their boot lid open and we’ll put the food in for them!”
Smit came up with the idea after being asked to bring his food trucks to Brabant. “But I don’t have time for that, and would prefer to organise it myself!”, said Smit, who currently has access to ten food trucks. He’s not only doing this because of having nothing to do, either: “of course, this puts us ‘back in the picture’, but it naturally can’t make up for the pressures we have faced over the course of the Coronavirus outbreak”.
It’s an organisational challenge to run such a project whilst keeping within the RIVM’s regulations. “There can be a maximum of five cars per quarter of an hour; we’re working with time-slots. We have made a map of the festival, and during any waits we will have live music: we want it to be a nice day out overall.
The 50 Euro menu includes dishes from both Smink’s oeuvre and the Van der Valk menu, including cream of asparagus with ham and parsley, lacquered egg with crunchy onion, and pulled pork brioche sandwiches with beer mayonnaise. The menu also includes Smink’s pokebowl, and Van der Valk’s strawberry ‘Romanoff’. Drinks include both Smink’s beer, and a bottle of sparkling wine. Restaurant Jan Smink also has several other take-away menus available during its current closure.