Fulton Taproom has added a permanent food truck to its existing menu options and landed Scott Pampuch as the chef to oversee the operation of a converted Airstream trailer-housed kitchen. Fulton Brewery was one of the first in Minneapolis to open a taproom back in 2012. Since then, the brewery, started by Ryan Petz, Jim Diley, Brian Hoffman and Peter Grande has expanded, adding a larger brewing site in 2014. Since that time, Fulton has continued to operate the wildly popular taproom at the edge of downtown Minneapolis, a stone’s throw of Target Field.
Up until now, drinkers had been able to buy food from a rotating selection of food trucks that would pull up outside. Today Mpls./St. Paul Magazine reports that just one truck will be parked outside from now on, a sleek silver Airstream with a menu created by notable chef Scott Pampuch.
Pampuch was the original owner of Corner Table restaurant in South Minneapolis. An outspoken advocate for farmers and small restaurants, he eventually sold that business and embarked on another phase of his career out of the limelight. He never went all that far from food, though. For a while he oversaw all of the food service at the University of Minnesota, advocating for use of the local bounty and cooking the occasion special dinner. Most recently, he’s been the all-knowing Oz behind the curtain at smaller restaurants whose menus could use a little expertise. Now, the charismatic chef will oversee a beer food menu for this truck, including a fat, juicy burger. He told Stephanie March of Mpls./St. Paul Magazine, “I'm going on record to say that I'm sick of the flat-top diner burger. With a beer at a taproom I want a backyard grill burger.”
With the chef comes his relationships. So, that means bread from St. Agnes Bakery, some cured meats from Mike Phillips’ Red Table, Lowry Hill meats will be grinding sausages and hamburger meat, and more.
The new kitchen opens Tuesday September 19 at 3:00 p.m.