Chicago’s Best Gluten Free: Chesa’s Gluten-Free Food Truck

Chicago’s Best Gluten Free: Chesa’s Gluten-Free Food Truck

October 28, 2019 6 By William Morgan


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– In the loop food trucks
are a lunchtime fav
cause there’s a little
something for everyone.
And I’m particularly
excited to try Chesa’s today
cause the sign on
the truck says,
you get stuff free.
Woohoo, free stuff!
– I do not think it means
what you think it means.
– Your business is
born out of necessity.
– And so I have Celiac Disease.
It was difficult for
me to find food to eat.
So I was like, oh my
God I’m always hungry.
And I was like,
someone needs to start
a gluten free food truck and–
– [Elliott] Why not you?
– [Chesa] Yes.
– [Elliott] So you
guys are killin’ it?
– [Chesa] Yes.
– What are your staples, ‘
what are the ones people
keep coming back to you for?
– So we do the All
Hale Kale Salad
and then the Lob,
Crab Mac and Cheese.
– I wouldn’t expect that
to be something that
someone with gluten
issues could eat.
– People who do have like
Celiac or gluten intolerance
having macaroni and
cheese is like a delicacy.
It’s like oh my God.
– I love it!
Mac and cheese is one
of the best foods ever.
– I grew up in Wisconsin so
anything with cheese is so–
– That’s not your fault.
– Thank you, thank you.
– You’re welcome.
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– People will be thinking
that inside of your food truck
is like a Tardis.
– It’s bigger on the inside.
– Is it, I hadn’t noticed.
– Spoiler, we’re not inside
the food truck right now.
We have some water boiling.
– Okay, take the
gluten free pasta,
elbow macaroni that’s made
from rice and potato flour.
Just dump it in,
I let it cook for about
three to five minutes.
We’ll skip forward all
the water boiling bit,
okay, you guys can…
What’s next with our pasta made?
– We’re gonna add our
cumin and chili powder.
– Just straight in?
– Let the Gods tell
you when to stop.
– When the food Gods,
when they speak sense too,
you don’t wanna know about
the voices in my head.
– Okay.
– [Elliott] Next stop
a little dried parsley
and garlic powder but
not without checking in
with the food Gods, of course!
– That sound good guys,
you agree with that?
They’re answering, they agree.
They said that’s a good amount.
– Now we can add
in the crab meat.
– This takes our mac and cheese
and it does something else.
This takes a basic
t-shirt and adds a bow tie
and a jacket on top of that.
– Cause it says like,
I wanna be formal,
but I’m here to party too.
– We’ve got blended
cheeses in here.
Do I put the whole thing in?
– [Chesa} You Can.
– Because when you said
when the Gods gave you–
– Yeah.
– And they were saying to
me, they were saying like,
Elliott just add
the whole thing in.
– Yeah, so then
we’re gonna add in
the Parmesan Alfredo cheese.
Finally the double
Cheddar cheese.
– [Elliott] Oh yeah, oh yeah!
All right, mac and
cheese is made.
Hail Kale.
– We first wanna start with
the extra virgin olive oil.
Maybe two tablespoons worth.
Massage once it’s all in.
– Could you change the music?
I like like strange
music when I’m massaging.
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Oh yeah, thank you,
that’s more my speed.
(whispering) You’re beautiful.
I don’t care what other
people say about you.
You’re worth it, shhh, relax.
Garlic powder and
gluten free soy
kick this massage up a notch.
– So then you want to
add in the fresh veggies,
I have tomatoes,
cucumbers and red onions
and shredded carrots
and then the same
with the shredded broccoli.
You just top it off with a
little parsley for color.
And we are done.
– Then you and I
can get back to the truck–
– yes.
– and we can eat.
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– I have clout in this city.
– Oh.
– I know a few
people so I set us up
a nice intimate
dining experience,
here in Presidential Plaza.
You get to add the protein and
we’ve already talked about.
And this is your fried chicken?
– Yup.
– Well I think we
should dive right in.
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– The cumin and the different
little layers of spice
does a little dance
on your tongue.
With a robust, party flavor
that you couldn’t find
anywhere else in a mac so.
– That’s so smart.
I wouldn’t know that mac
and cheese was any different
to real mac and cheese.
– Yeah.
– I’m even going
to be a good boy
and try some of this Hale Kale.
That’s a good combo!
Thank you for opening my eyes.
– No problem.
– And thank you for making
my taste buds dance.
It’s a mac and
cheese for everyone.
It does not discriminate.
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