Forget boxed macaroni and cheese. Use your noodle and taste the real stuff at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg.
CapMac, a Gaithersburg-based food truck specializing in gourmet macaroni and cheese, is selling its gooey pasta dishes as a vendor at this year’s fair, which began last Friday and runs through this Saturday.
Josh Warner of Silver Spring took over ownership of the food truck last November after previous owner Brian Arnoff, who is also Warner’s friend, decided to close down the business. CapMac was first opened in November 2010.
After graduating from the culinary program at The Art Institute of Washington and working in restaurants for many years, Warner said he had started planning to open his own food truck when he heard about the closing of CapMac. Thinking that it “made a lot more sense to buy something already established,” Warner bought the business.
“That quality, that experience of coming and sitting and dining and eating something you can’t find anywhere else is what I wanted to bring to the food truck,” Warner said.
Menu staples include Classic CapMac’n Cheese. Chicken Parm Meatballs, and MarcoBolo, which features a brisket bolognese sauce. The classic macaroni and cheese dish can also be served “balls out” with homemade chicken meatballs or “sloppy” by incorporating the brisket sauce. Seasonal pasta dishes and salads round out the list of options.
The dishes, which are entree portions, range in price from $8-12, Warner said.
For the fair, Warner is preparing to sell a pepperoni pizza macaroni and cheese meal.
“It’s more of a ‘when in Rome’ kind of thing,” he said. “I can’t really do a funnel cake mac and cheese.”
All of the truck’s eats are made fresh each day and from scratch, Warner said. He also tries to buy local foods when possible. The truck is also one of the few, according to Warner, that cooks to order, taking into account customers’ preferences.
Although the business is headquartered in the county, the truck primarily serves customers in Washington, D.C., earning its name as CapMac, the Capital of Macaroni. It participates in the district’s food truck lottery system for rotating parking spots, Warner said. The truck regularly makes stops at areas like Farragut Square, Franklin Square and George Washington University.
“We really bounce around,” Warner said.
Warner said he often uses Twitter and Facebook to keep his guests informed on the truck’s location, menu and opening times. He also uses Instagram to post pictures of new dishes.
Montgomery County might soon have the opportunity to order tasty creations from the truck more regularly, as Warner said he is considering expanding into the area.
“I’d say there’s a strong possibility that Montgomery County might be seeing us occasionally in the future,” he said.
One of the aspects Warner enjoys most about his job is having the opportunity to converse with the customers and be apart of their dining experience. Working in restaurant kitchens often hinders chefs abilities to interact with their diners, he said.
“Being able to cook for the guests and hear them place their order, have eye contact with them, make conversation while I’m cooking for them and actually hand them their meal...it’s unbelievable,” he said.
For more information about CapMac, including their catering services, visit capmacdc.com.