By Selah Vetter
This food truck runs off plants, and so do the women who run it. Britni Liberton and Jamie Parks, two vegan friends, founded RendezVous Kitchen Co to provide plant-based food to the community, serving a menu of vegan adaptations of Southern food. RendezVous Kitchen Co is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s located on 2911 Linden Avenue behind Neighborhood Nutrition, where their kitchen operates. For more information follow @rendezvouskitchenco on Instagram and Facebook.
How would you describe your menu?
Britni: Our food is your favorite food turned vegan. I wanted people to see when it comes to vegan food it doesn’t have to be boring, it doesn’t have to be bland.
Jamie: It’s just food for everybody that tastes great, and you probably won’t be able to tell much of a difference. I initially became vegan for my health, and I’ve felt so much better. I just want everybody else to feel that joy and feel revitalized like I do. This is a good transition into getting into that lifestyle.
What is your personal favorite item on the menu?
Britni: I absolutely love the barbeque jackfruit (a sweet fruit with a meat-like texture) tacos. It’s like a pulled pork concept. It’s super delicious, and it’s one of our lighter menu options.
Jamie: I like the wings or jackfruit sandwich. We played around with jackfruit a lot, and we’ve got it to a place where it mimics the texture of chicken perfectly. It has an amazing fried chicken taste.
What are your favorite parts about owning a food truck?
Britni: I’m looking forward to going and serving different groups of people and being able to be around town. I’m looking forward to having different people try plant-based food.
Jamie: I love that it’s something new everyday. I’m never going to get complacent in this role. Whether it’s fun or it’s challenging, it’s something new everyday and it challenges me to grow, evolve and develop as a person. I really love it.
What made you choose Homewood?
Britni: It’s just a very quaint community, and it really worked out when we took over this space here for Neighborhood Nutrition. You can get some energy tea here and some awesome vegan food at the food truck. We wanted to bring the community together in an outdoor space.
What are your future plans for the food truck?
Britni: Right now it’s a set menu. We want to do specials, and we’re looking forward to going to farmer’s markets to do brunches next year in 2021.
Jamie: We’re really excited to release our plant-based shakes. We will have six different flavors of soy shakes. This will be a good dessert option for people who are diary-free or lactose- intolerant. We want to be able to give people a place to come get an awesome dessert as well.