Author: Suzanne Jaszcz
The food truck phenomenon continues to gain favor in Buffalo, NY. With the escalating popularity of events such as Food Truck Tuesday in Larkinville, Food Truck Thursdays at Niagara Square and the increase in the volume of food trucks over the past three years, it’s safe to say that the city’s enthusiasm for food truck dining is still going strong.
In the midst of a sea of options there is one truck that stands out from the rest and that’s because it’s not a truck at all but a Tuk!
Tuk Tea hit the local scene in May of this year. In case you were wondering what a Tuk is, it’s a three wheeled motorized vehicle that is popular in countries such as Thailand where they are often used as taxis.
Owners Beverly and Randy Fortner were inspired to open this unique beverage mobile when traveling through Sonoma, California. There was a scooter shop that featured an Ape (an Italian scooter with three wheels) that was permanently parked in front of the establishment and sold coffee and tea. After doing a bit of research Beverly came across a manufacturer in the Netherlands and happily discovered that there was a company here in the U.S. where they were being assembled. Once they closed in on their vehicle of choice, they came to the important decision of what product(s) they would feature.
Beverly has always been an avid tea drinker who enjoys exploring different varieties, so they decided that tea was the right fit for them. All their teas are 100% organic and are brewed fresh each day. They offer several varieties to satisfy varied tastes. In addition, many of their teas are unsweetened making for a healthier option.
The vehicle runs solely off electric power and can be plugged into any household outlet. Unlike most food and beverage trucks which are powered by gas and diesel. Beverly is proud to point out that their vehicle leaves a zero carbon footprint stating that they “…like to say that we are powered by tea.” Even their straws (which are made of paper) are fully biodegradable. During the winter months the couple plans on selling bags of their loose tea at various winter farmers’ markets and other local businesses.
You can find a schedule of where they will be on their Facebook page.
Tuk Tea (716) 857-1876