Twin Power

Becky and Deb Tokich (profiled previously in our Vendor Gallery) love soccer and Cuban sandwiches. They went to South Africa, came back, and decided to start their business in earnest.

The Urban Picnics held once (soon twice) a month at the Sweet Auburn Curb Markets serve as incubators for the next generation of food carts. Vendors such as the Tokich sisters often start modestly with a table and portable equipment.

Pressed Cuban sandwiches and spicy roasted cashews were a big hit at the market and you can expect to hear more from the twins as soon as they figure out the wheel situation!

Vendor Gallery: Deb and Becky Tokich

Deb and Becky Tokich

No, you aren’t seeing double!

The Tokich sisters, who will soon make their debut as the only twins among the new generation of  local street vendors, have been in Atlanta for 15 years. “We live to eat & live to cook.,” they recently told us, adding that they have been cooking since they were 11.

After years of listening to their friends insisting they share their food with the masses, they are finally  working on doing just that. “Having a street food truck/cart is the ideal way for us to introduce our food,” they wrote.

Their dream: “Working together, cooking together, sharing our food with people.”

Their concept: Mouthwatering Cubans

Their method: “We slow roast our pork in our homemade mojo sauce.”

Their future: “different fillings for Cubans–i.e., Turkey Cuban, Veggie–all hot pressed on Cuban bread!!”

Those spirited twins have just the right attitude (“We love love nothing more than watching people eat our food–seriously!!! The noises & faces make us happy”) and their soon-to-be-famous Cuban sandwiches look too great for words.

Cubanismo sandwich

Vendor Gallery: Dianne Reinhardt

The Green Van

Former ER nurse Dianne Reinhardt built her own brick oven and started Magnolia Bread Company in the basement of her rural home in Cherokee County. “I started the bakery because I wanted to bake bread like I was not able to buy here–”real” bread, made with slow fermentation, like it’s made in Europe,” she told us. As her business grew, she became a familiar presence at the Morningside Organic Market, where she has been dispensing extraordinary organic loaves and pearls of wisdom.

“I thought about opening a retail location in Atlanta, but it seemed financially irresponsible to put my assets at risk,” Dianne says, “so I stuck to what I could afford and decided to launch The Green Van and sell lunch in Atlanta. I bought the van (an ugly-gray prisoner-transport vehicle) and had it converted to run on recycled vegetable oil.”

Dianne will soon serve the food she wants to eat: “food that tastes delicious and that is made with quality ingredients” that are as local and fresh as she can get. Her menu will center around sandwiches prepared on her own organic specialty breads, seasonal local salads and plenty of goat cheese snacks and spreads. She’ll also serve drinks, afternoon snack foods and some desserts. She wants the bakery to grow “in a way that creates jobs that are as nourishing as the food.” To her, “selling healthy street food is a fun job!”

The Green Van will take its maiden voyage next week in Woodstock and we wish it best of luck! Follow Dianne’s adventures on her site and give her all the support she needs.