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'Green' Food Truck Brings Fresh Taste To Katonah Museum

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Leslie Lampert, owner of dining spots Ladle of Love and Café of Love in Mount Kisco, has yet another foodie venture making the rounds.

The Love on the Run electrically powered food truck began a series of Saturday stints at the Katonah Museum of Art on Saturday, and will be stationed in the museum’s Sculpture Garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday for the remainder of the month.

The environmentally green truck started out in 2010 with a one-year contract to park outside Tavern on the Green in Central Park, and, since November of last year, the truck has been working a Monday-through-Friday lunchtime route, visiting offices and private companies all over the Mount Kisco and Bedford Hills areas.

The truck’s menu is “an edited version of Ladle of Love,” according to Lampert: light lunch fare that includes summer-weather favorites: cold soups such as gazpacho and cucumber yogurt, and fresh sandwiches including three-herb chicken salad and tomato-mozzarella-basil. Salads and sweets are also for sale, and guests of the museum can cool off with the shop’s signature mango lemonade.

Lampert said the truck produces half the carbon footprint of a regular food truck. Its electric engine travels at a maximum of 25 miles per hour, she said, and can travel 41 miles before needing to be charged again.

“I had it outfitted, specifically custom made for Ladle of Love for our needs,” Lampert said. “Everything it’s supposed to have, it has,” including a steam table, a salad station and gas burners powered by low-polluting propane tanks.

Continuing the theme of green living and sustainability, the food is what Lampert calls farm-to-truck cooking: pesticide-free, mostly locally sourced and much of it organic.

“We source as much as possible from local farms,” Lampert said. She gathers her ingredients for the food truck, as well as Café of Love, her French-American bistro and flagship carryout eatery Ladle of Love, from farms such as Gaia’s Breath in Jordanville and Rainbeau Ridge in Bedford.

In the past, the Love on the Run truck has also served at the Boys and Girls Club farmers market in Mount Kisco and Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford. It is available for private parties for both adults and children, said Lampert.

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