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Chef-Owners John Jackson and Connie DeSousa Roll Out the Alley Burger

Food Truck is Gearing Up to Hug Calgary’s Curbs and Corners and Start Dishing Delicious Starting This Summer 

Calgary, AB: Fuelled by social media – Twitter followers and Facebook fans – CHARCUT Roast House set off a feeding frenzy in a downtown back-alley with its $5 burger available in limited quantities for late-night diners. Now the phenomenon is taking to the streets with the debut of the Alley Burger Food Truck.

The 1981 custom truck has been operating as a food truck on the West Coast and most recently Southern Alberta for almost 30 years. It had a hands-on top to bottom overhaul by the CHARCUT Chefs John and Connie. Thoroughly refinished with a gleaming stainless steel kitchen, the truck is wrapped in custom urban art by Kid Belo and features a logo by Calgary culinary author, illustrator and personality Pierre Lamielle. 

This summer, look both ways at random downtown Calgary locations lunching hours and check Twitter and Facebook to hone in on exact times and locales for service, daily all year-round. Stay alert at random citywide events or book the truck for your own private get-together.

Making the menu are the famed, classic “Alley Burger” as well as new, special burgers including the” Whole Truck” which is made with Spring Creek Beef Chuck as well as signature hand-cut duck-fat fried potatoes and poutine with Quebec cheese curds. Drinks and t-shirts, spice jars and more are in store. Early morning Alley Burgers – with fried eggs on a garlic sausage patty with cheese curds – have not been ruled out by the chefs and driver.

John and Connie are pleased to welcome Chef Mike Batke aka “Alley Burger Mike” as he takes the lead in the Alley Burger driver’s seat.

In 2005, Batke joined forces with Jackson and DeSousa in San Francisco as Sous Chef where he helped them open the Mobil 5-Star St. Regis Hotel. Prior, Mike worked with the the CHARCUT chefs in Calgary at the Owl’s Nest for several years, inspired by the honest food and straight forward approach of California cuisine. He has worked and learned from many great farmers, ranchers and foragers such as Connie Green, the Mushroom Lady “noted in Thomas Keller’s Book French Laundry.” He was also given the opportunity to stage with Greg Dunmore and Hiro Sone and work alongside some of NY and San Francisco top chefs collaborating on special events like Marcos Samuelson of Aquavit and Gary Danko of Dankos. He has worked across the United States, most recently in North Carolina where he took up surfing during down-time. Most recently, Batke was Executive Chef at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

“With Mike back onboard and back in Calgary as our partner we are a jazzed trio once again!” says Jackson. “He is a terrific culinary talent and has a personality to match that is sure to lure Calgary’s biggest appetites curbside.”

About the Alley Burger
CHARCUT Roast House began dishing up its trademark Alley Burgers, creating social media stir and an original Calgary urban-foodie late-night phenomenon in the Summer of 2010, within a year of the downtown restaurant’s opening. Available in limited numbers on random nights, the Alley Bruger became a top-trending topic on a range of social media site and a sudden YouTube sensation. The Alley Burger now has a food truck of its own to further fuel the buzz and satisfy Calgary burger fans. Follow on Twitter@alleyburger. 
Posted on Jul 06, 2011; updated Jul 07, 2011
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