Made to Order: Altered Eats and Phoenix are part of downtown Mansfield’s rebirth (News Journal)

food truck at pheonix brewing, Mansfield Ohio

The Phoenix Brewing Company is perfectly located, just on the eastern edge of the Brickyard. We love collaborating with them!

 [Phoenix Brewing Co. has] teamed up with several local food delivery businesses and have one incredible food truck parked right outside their doors.

Altered Eats Fine Street Food is a mobile restaurant dedicated to feeding the masses high quality, fresh and delicious eats. We met with co-owner Anne J. Massie in her blue, taupe and orange-striped truck and she described her influences. Anne studied sustainability and ecological agriculture in college and had a passion for the farm-to-plate movement. She enjoyed the street and market foods while traveling to Asia, and how it develops a close relationship to the community.

Like Chef Andrea and I, Anne feels food crosses culture, borders and language in its own way. As Anne joined up with co-owner Aaron J. Schopp, they decided a food truck would help bridge the gaps that are sometimes developed in communities.

 

The joint effort of several businesses, including the Phoenix, Relax … It’s Just Coffee, Blackbird Bakery and several other Carousel District food sources has transformed the neighborhood. It makes for a great reason to “hit the bricks” this weekend to check out all that area has to offer.

This particular weekend when we visited, the band dadARM played several funky, rockin’ sets to a packed pavilion crowd. That patio area is beautifully encased with wrought iron fencing and a lovely entrance. Once you enter the brewery, you’ll be impressed with the brickwork combined with vast amounts of rich wood tones and black painted trim. The windows have old-style tilting windows with unique clasps. That backdrop of fabulous wood was not by accident, as the next-door furniture maker became the mortician, not that uncommon since they also made caskets.

The four partners at Phoenix Brewing Company — Scott, Steve, Duncan and Josh — dreamed up this little brewery that is now getting a fair amount of regional support. The eight in-house brews are served along with two select German and one Cincinnati beers.

We tried several flights of beers to do small samples of each. The samples are served in creative wooden casket holders. With our first flight, we tried Blackbird Bakery’s soft pretzels with their crusty and Kosher salt exterior and buttery soft interior. They went well with the new Oktoberfest style lager that was light, mellow and a great everyday drinker.

The German Hefeweissbier, traditionally cloudy, strong, and had a familiar wheat finish. The pumpkin ale Rivertown (Cincy) featured a cinnamon flavor at the front end while transforming into a mild, earthy finish. Andrea said dessert is served!

Speaking of dessert, we reversed our order and sampled Altered Eats German Chocolate cupcakes with an incredible topping of coconut and almonds encased in a caramelized frosting, yum. The darker Warsteiner finished out our first set with the essence of Sugar Crisp cereal with spelt and tobacco at the front end. It’s a combination I loved and was glad they had it aboard.

Meanwhile Altered Eats brought out both a barbecue pork taco and an organic tofu version for Andrea. Each taco came with homemade slaw, roasted corn and tomatoes that meshed as a wonderful combination. Altered Eats rotates seasonally and involves gourmet tacos, sliders and even sushi. Sides include crispy wontons filled with cream, cilantro and green onion, or Asian potato salad with a lemon cream sauce, jicama, horseradish and watercress.

As our next set of flights came, we started with the Redemption IPA with its crisp, hoppy and citrus tones and grapefruit finish, then moved onto a brown ale named Danger City with a smoky flavor and easy-drinking mellowness. The Jane Doe was a raspberry wheat similar to one we loved in Estes Park, and was crisp and light, while the John Doe was an American wheat that we both really loved with its excellent balance.

The next food truck delight was our favorite: sausage and pancake kabobs with warm maple syrup. Those tender, fluffy flapjacks had a close friend with a mild sausage accompaniment. Our German potato salad rounded out our meal with capers, carrots, fresh thyme and basil with perfectly cooked potatoes.

 

This info is pulled from this original article by the Mansfield News Journal.

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