Vegan soul food truck opens in Miami

Vegan soul food may sound like a bit of an oxymoron: traditionally, even vegetables are cooked with meat (or at least fat), and macaroni and cheese, a staple, obviously has a major dairy component. Francesca Lacuesta and Mark Jennings of Miami are among the many foodies out there who decided “tradition be damned,” and developed a menu’s worth of meat and dairy-free soul food classics. Last Friday, the two served those items from Mac’n, their new food truck in Miami.

Lacuesta provided the vision, and the recipes, and the business partners managed to find a really cheap truck on Craigslist. A Kickstarter campaign for the truck’s renovation, however, didn’t pan out, so the two continued to work full-time jobs while readying the vehicle for serving their unique menu. All came together this month, and Mac’n was able to debut on the 17th at Food Truck Fridays at Palmetto Bay Village Center.

So, what’s on the menu? Almost all the classics you’d expect… made with plant based substitutions for meat and cheese. So, yes, mac ‘n’ cheese, and even fried “chicken” are available, along with fried green tomatoes, collard greens, cornbread, and other staples of this African American culinary tradition. Whenever possible, they source their ingredients locally and hand your order out to you in biodegradable packaging. You can keep track of their progress, and their location, through their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Although they’ve only been operating for a few days, if you’ve had a chance to try any of the food from Mac’n, let us know what you thought… and feel free to share your own vegan adaptations of soul food.

via Miami New Times and @vegancook101


Image credit: Mac’n on Facebook