KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There are only a handful of food trucks in our area, but a new one in Knoxville is generating a lot of buzz.
When Made in Tennessee visited the Savory and Sweet gourmet truck, customers were asking co-owner Byron Sambat questions at the service window. His wife, Nikisha Sambat, was inside wrapping up after a busy lunch service.
The couple definitely has the sweet side of their business down. Nikisha held up a half tray of white and dark chocolate cherry brownies for us to consider.
When asked about her inspiration for flavors, Nikisha said the couple owned a bakery and was looking to expand before they purchased the food truck in February.
"We would travel to the big cities where they did have food trucks, and we would keep coming back to Knoxville and see there weren't any," she said, adding that it seemed like a niche that needed to be filled.
In March, the couple hit the road with their truck and an eclectic mix of recipes such as bacon wrapped, stuffed dates, local sausage and peppers and a coffee braised pork sandwich with cilantro lime slaw.
"These are things that we like a lot and that we have eaten over time," Nikisha said. "We worked on recipes to make something we think other people will like as well."
Although Savory and Sweet is a traveling food truck, it currently has several regular stops. It's outside the Knoxville Farmers Market Wednesdays and Saturdays. It also serves at Meade's Quarry on Tuesday nights and the Bearden Beer Market on Friday nights.
The truck is also available for special events and festivals. They made their first trip to Bonnaroo in June, where they served 1,200-1,500 tacos a day.
The Sambats hope to have another truck some day and maybe even a stand alone restaurant, but for now they're rolling along and living out a dream.