Veggin’ Out At The Nosh Pit

nosh-pit_nosh-1resizedLet’s face it — it can be tough to eat healthy these days. With so many diet trends and changing opinions on what’s good and bad, one thing that is inarguably beneficial for us are veggies.

While some may turn their noses at the thought of biting into anything with leaves, there’s a brand new food truck in town that is turning veggie skeptics into fanatics. It’s known as the Nosh Pit.

What began as a successful catering business has now blossomed into a full-fledged mobile food haven, thanks to local Jewish couple Karen and Eric Schultz, along with their longtime friend, Stefan Kudek.

nosh-pit_nosh-4The three have been spotted driving around Metro Detroit in their bright green truck since the middle of September with delicious eats on board.

There are several phrases painted on the truck’s exterior, indicating the dishes are “Bubbie approved,” and there are absolutely “No bologna sandwiches!”

The Nosh Pit is all about serving homemade soups and sandwiches sans meat, but full of flavor. Everything is freshly made and minimally processed.

Their newly developed savory pumpkin soup seasoned with cumin, coriander, cardamom and ginger has been a huge hit this fall, and their Israeli-inspired spicy Shakshuka soup remains a long-standing popular item.

For those craving something slightly indulgent, the sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich named after the Schultz’s 14-year-old son, Jonah, is another winner.

While Jonah proclaims himself as “anti-vegan,” he approves of the vegan or kosher cheddar cheese, smoky-flavored mushrooms and organic banana jam that brings this special sandwich together.

nosh-pit_spicy-shakshukaEvery member of the Nosh Pit has his or her strengths. Stefan develops most of the recipes, Eric is the marketing and design guru, and Karen has always been an expert vegan baker.

Due to the Schultz’s desire to spread positive, healthy vibes around Metro Detroit, they have said “yes” to stopping at every type of event imaginable, from Eastern Market’s Design Fest to the International Vegetarian Food Festival in Novi. They even held their own at a recent beer and barbecue-oriented festival in Ferndale called OktoBEERfest.

After participating in a handful of events, the Nosh Pit crew confirms plant-based eaters aren’t the only ones exhaling a sigh of relief at the sight of a health-conscious food truck.

“We’ve had people who look at our menu and say, ‘I’m reminded that I have to eat better,’” Karen says. “That’s a good compliment.”

The Nosh Pit was one of several food trucks spotted at this year’s Rosh Hashanah on the River event at Chene Park hosted by the Well.

“We are in talks of becoming kosher for Menorah in the D,” Karen says. “We’ve worked with Rabbi Jason Miller and can do it for a one-time event.”  

Ultimately, the Nosh Pit hopes to soon find its own space, ideally at a local synagogue, where they can have the freedom to cook in a kosher environment.

“This is something that means something to us,” Karen says. “We just kind of fell in, and we’re all doing what we want to do.”

To find out where the Nosh Pit will be making its next pit stop and to check out the full menu, go to www.noshpitdetroit.com, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook @NoshPitDetroit.

By Allison Jacobs | Special to the Jewish News

 

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