Jarod Maier, the former owner of J. Gumbo’s in Fairfield, decided to close his brick-and-mortar restaurant and launch a food truck. He wanted to take his food to his customers, rather than the other way around.
Chicken Mac Truck
did a run at Bunbury Festival, where Maier served more than 2,500 bowls of mac n’ cheese. It officially debuted on June 30 at Rhinegeist for a five-day tour of Cincinnati to help support Fall Feast
, a free Thanksgiving Day meal for local homeless families.
A portion of the proceeds from the five-day tour went to Fall Feast; Chicken Mac Truck raised a total of $1,000 for the event.
The menu features a blend of slow-simmered chicken over homemade mac n’ cheese. Chicken options include Bourbon Chicken Mac, simmered in a sweet butter and hoisin sauce; Zesty Chicken Mac, which is beer-stewed chicken with garlic, olive oil, tomatoes and spices; Spicy Chicken Mac, cooked in a spicy tomato sauce with garlic and crushed red pepper; Buffalo Chicken Mac, which is chicken, celery and onion cooked in buffalo sauce and topped with bleu cheese; Honey Sriracha Chicken Mac, cooked in sriracha with honey, garlic and cilantro; and Veggie Corn Stew, which is corn, stewed tomatoes, onions and black beans in a sweet and spicy butter sauce.
Over the next few weeks, Chicken Mac Truck has a number of stops on its calendar. It will be at the Low Cut Connie concert
on July 21 at RiversEdge in Hamilton, the Robert DeLong concert
on July 22 on Fountain Square, and the Buckle Up Music Festival
on August 5 and 6 at Summit Park in Blue Ash.