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A Fine Swine BBQ back in business in Metro East

A Fine Swine BBQ has returned to business, helped along by “Soulcial Kitchen,” the Metro East’s first commercial cloud kitchen, featuring a fleet of mobile food trucks, catering, delivery and curbside pickup options.

A Fine Swine BBQ food truck and catering will operate out of Soulcial Kitchen, located at 2127 Lebanon Ave. in Shiloh, and will bring back an array of its most popular menu items, as well as new pitmaster specials, via its custom-built food truck, starting June 2021.

“I am thrilled to partner with Soulcial Kitchen and lead the development, menu and operational execution of not just A Fine Swine BBQ, but also five exciting new brands coming to Soulcial Kitchen this summer and Fall 2021 including El Guaqo Taco, Neo’s Wood-Fired Pizza, NashVegas Fried Chicken and Minuteman Hamburgers featuring charcoal grilled burgers and fries, each with their own branded food trucks,” said David Stidham, founder of A Swine BBQ and new partner/chief operating officer of Soulcial Kitchen.

Soulcial Kitchen is a unique commercial cloud kitchen platform that serves as a hospitality business incubator. One major focus is to develop and grow new dining concepts, at significantly reduced risk and lower sustainment costs, while offering restaurant entrepreneurs access to a commercial kitchen and mobile food trucks.

Soulcial Kitchen is the brainchild of Brigadier General (Ret) John E. Michel, who is already running a similar, successful incubator in Arkansas.

“The restaurant industry has been undergoing a transformation in both expectation and presentation for years, and the pandemic only accelerated the growth of key trends such as delivery, pickup, mobile, and drive through,” Michel said. “A mobile powered cloud kitchen enables us to be innovative in food preparation, while dramatically reducing cost of operations”

Another major focus of Soulcial Kitchen’s mission is to reduce food insecurity through its “Currency of Caring” dignified-dining, meal-token program. The token is a prepaid coin that may be purchased at any Soulcial Kitchen-powered food truck, the cloud kitchen or on the Soulcial Kitchen website, for $8. It is a unique “Pay it Forward” Meal program designed to create a simplified means of providing a variety of hot meals to Metro East residents in need. The coins may be redeemed at all Soulcial Kitchen-powered mobile food trucks.

“We have successfully proven the value of this mission-driven flexible model with our veteran-operated Minute Man Restaurants in Arkansas, and are applying those same lessons here. It is our belief true success in the hospitality industry is about maximizing every opportunity to serve those around us, one delicious meal at a time,” Michel said.

A Fine Swine BBQ is currently booking food truck locations and catering orders, and plans to offer delivery and takeout services, beginning early summer. For the A Fine Swine BBQ food truck schedule, visit afineswinebbq.com. For more information about the Soulcial Kitchen food outlets, call David Stidham at (618) 322-4160. For more information about Soulcial Kitchen, its mission and partnership opportunities, visit soulcialkitchen.com or contact John Michel at (719) 339-1547.

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