Root Down Food Truck
Root Down was created in the spring of 2012 by Gypsy vagabonds Dano and Julie Holcomb. Their version of street food will focus largely on local and regional ingredients transformed into Creole, Southern and Soul influenced comfort food.
We will seek the best products available with emphasis on ingredients from farmers in Appalachia and the Piedmont who humanely raise their animals and conscientiously grow their food. Because there are so many quality farms and suppliers in the region, we will also select items that come from outside of the immediate area if we consider them as being essential to the menu. As for marine life, the reality is that the NC and SC coastlines are over 200 miles away, therefore, seafood will have to travel the greatest distances. We look to get most of our fish from NC and SC waters, however, we plan on serving some of the incredible catches from the Gulf when available.
Dano Holcomb is a Cook County, Illinois native who developed a hankerin' for Southern food. A 14 year coaching veteran of NCAA Division I soccer, Dano put his first career to rest at the end of 2008 and moved to New Orleans, LA in order to attend culinary school and pursue his dream of cooking. During the next few years, Dano worked in some of NOLA's finest kitchens, learning essential qualities of classic Creole, French and Southern cusine. It was in the Crescent City where he saw first hand the special relationships that chefs had with their local purveyors. He was amazed at how closely the farmers and fishermen worked together to capitalize on what the current harvest provided. The bond they shared was honest and simple. The difference in taste using these local products was unmistakable.
After searching for a community influenced food experience similar to what he enjoyed in New Orleans, Dano joined up with Harvest Moon Grille in Charlotte. Working for legendary local food Chefs Cassie Parsons (also of Grateful Growers Farm) and Brian Stockholm (Papi Queso Truck) further educated him about the Farm to Table philosophy and solidified his desire to take on the challenge of getting out on his own. Dano parted with HMG in the spring of 2012 in order to focus on his new adventure.
Julie Sherrill Holcomb, an Iredell County, North Carolina native, will serve as General Manager, dessert maker and the happy face up front. As a women's health professional, she has worked in several states across the nation as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, Lactation Consultant and Certified Nurse Midwife. She is passionate about natural parenting and is also a cloth Diaper Consultant for Zukababy - a mother/ baby store in New Orleans. In addition to having experience in nutritional planning, Julie has enjoyed an extensive career supporting families in their natural health care choices. She is excited to share this knowledge through providing sustainable, local food options.
The Holcombs moved back to North Carolina from New Orleans in the beginning of 2012. Dano and Julie are both graduates of UNC Asheville (Dano, '97 and Julie, '98). The couple have two boys: Felix, 6 and Arlo, 5.