If you’ve been howling at the moon, hoping for the Food Wolf’s answer, here it is. After setting up a permanent, semi-retirement home at the Timber Lounge (2712 Agricola Street), serving up street eats to the bar’s axe throwers, Halifax’s food truck pioneer is welcoming a second vehicle to its pack.
“We went to Taiwan and what we discovered was an amazing culinary source of inspiration,” says truck co-owner Natalie Chavarie. “Taiwan is all about three things: Hot springs, night markets and bubble tea. It’s a super-chill society.” She and her partner Virgil Muir returned hungry to experiment, inspired by the noodle dishes they’d indulged in while travelling and a connection with a local Chinese noodle producer. “We thought, let’s make a menu that really resonates with people. Noodles are a kind of universal language.”
Through Chavarie's connection with the food truck association in Hamilton, Ontario, opportunity knocked when a bright purple truck—the former nomadic home of Nudulz, a noodle truck with a hilarious name—came up for grabs. “It was at the same time Food Wolf was gearing up for this season and recognizing the deficiencies of the truck. The Timber Lounge is good for the old truck, but it wasn’t fulfilling the nature of our business—to food truck, to be mobile,” says Chavarie.
Now, they can get the best of both worlds. Food Wolf’s new colourful partner in crime (which is 30 years its junior, with a new kitchen) will hit up the streets of Halifax and special events—starting next weekend at Gridlock Festival—serving up a noodle-centric menu, from Muir and his brother Judd Muir. The original truck and its ever-evolving menu will continue to feed the brand new, beer-slinging patio at Timber Lounge. “Thats why we’re a good food truck,” says Chavarie. “We’re nimble and versatile.”