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Sunday, October 22, 2017
PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERRandevoo owners Zach Umstead, left, and Joey Kelsey, prepare for the grand opening of the food truck Oct. 7 at 21st and Main streets, Northampton. Hours are noon-10 p.m. weekends. PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKERRandevoo owners Zach Umstead, left, and Joey Kelsey, prepare for the grand opening of the food truck Oct. 7 at 21st and Main streets, Northampton. Hours are noon-10 p.m. weekends.

Good eats

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

Food truck sets up shop at 21st, Main

There was a buzz Oct. 7 at 21st and Main streets, the busiest intersection in Northampton. The stir was not the result of heavy vehicle traffic, but rather a brightly colored food truck parked in a lot on the southeast corner.

Owners of the food truck, called Randevoo, held a noontime grand opening, but patrons were lined up long before.

Food trucks have become popular across the region in recent years, but this is the first such mobile eatery in Northampton. But unlike many fast-food trucks, which offer tacos, burgers and such, Randevoo owner Zach Umstead is bringing his culinary skills from Vail, Colo., to offer something new and different.

After spending about seven years as a chef in Vail, the former Northampton resident said, “It was time to come back.”

Umstead is joined in the food truck venture by his partner, Joey Kelsey, of New Mexico.

A graduate of Northampton Area High School and Pittsburgh Institute of Culinary Arts, Umstead said, “I felt I wanted to try something new and come back.”

He added he has not ruled out “a brick-and-mortar restaurant” in the future.

Umstead said his food is “made from scratch” and includes both international and national fare.

Highlights of the menu include fried corn tortilla chips and salsa, grilled artichokes, pork fried rice, rice dumplings with carrots and green onions, carnitas with braised pork shoulder and pastrami with pickled red cabbage and mustard.

The food truck will be open noon-10 p.m. on weekends in the parking lot of the Harhart vehicle alignment shop.