Chef Brad Kilgore and Vibe 305 Food Truck Collaborate @ The Wynwood Yard

Nov 02, 2015

October 29, 2015 (MIAMI) -- Bradley Kilgore, chef-owner of acclaimed Wynwood restaurant Alter, will serve as consultant and training chef for the Vibe 305 food truck through the truck’s tenure at The Wynwood Yard. The truck will join Arabian Knife, Della Test Kitchen and Myumi at The Wynwood Yard (70 NW 29th St.), a culinary incubator and events space opening on Nov. 14, 2015.
The almost two-year old Vibe 305 food truck is operated by young men from Empowered Youth, a nonprofit aimed at providing inner city young men with training, mentorship and job opportunities. With Kilgore’s help, they are launching an exciting refreshed menu. Vibe 305 will serve lunch and dinner seven times a week.

The new menu will focus on twists on Americana-influenced cuisine like:
kimchi dog - bacon-wrapped hot dog layered with kimchi guacamole, chili and crispy rice
short rib reuben -short rib with pastrami spices, chipotle thousand island dressing, giardiniera with pumpernickel bread
furikake French fries – with umami mayo
celery root slaw – with whole-grain mustard and apples.

Says Kilgore, “These dishes have classic roots from food trucks to carnivals, and they will give the boys an opportunity to try their hand at new ideas and cooking techniques.”

Empowered Youth (empoweredyouthusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of inner-city, at-risk young men between the ages of 12 and 20, most of whom have been referred to the program through the Department of Juvenile Justice. Founder Colleen Adams says she created the group because many programs teach resume skills, but don’t offer actual job training. She started Vibe 305 so that she could place the young men in jobs: “All they need is opportunity, not a hand-out.” The young men of Empowered Youth have run the Vibe 305 food truck since December 2013, along with Ronnie Vincent, Shanader Momperousse and Emmanuel Richmond, a cadre of chefs from Joe’s Stone Crab who provide ongoing chef training and supervision. 19-year-old Vernon Clark is a graduate of the Empowered Youth Program and plans to continue working on the food truck while he attends school. “Life in the streets is tough and this program gives us a chance to do better,” says Vernon. “It’s great working with Brad Kilgore because he’s helping us to be better chefs.”

In his role as consultant for Vibe 305, chef Kilgore will provide ongoing mentorship throughout the season. In high school, Kilgore attended the culinary program at Broadmoor Tech Center in Kansas City, where he met a mentor he is still in touch with today. “I wasn’t on the right path as a teenager,” says Kilgore. “Bob Brassard, my high school culinary teacher saw something in me. He became a mentor to me and got me on the right path.” Kilgore was inspired to join the project by the idea of mentoring other young people in the same way. He’s been working with the young men at their regular Monday chef training classes to prepare them to cook the new menu.
Empowered Youth is currently seeking sponsors who wish to help Vibe 305 meet their operational costs as the food truck launches this new phase of its business.

The Wynwood Yard
The Wynwood Yard, a pop-up community gathering space, launches Miami’s first culinary incubator on Nov. 14, 2015 at 70 NW 29th Street. The Wynwood Yard will be a hub for talented food and beverage entrepreneurs to introduce innovative culinary concepts to the Miami community. Four pop-up culinary concepts, along with a pop-up bar, will be anchored within a vibrant outdoor setting. At Della Test Kitchen food truck, guests can “eat the rainbow” via a menu of customizable, globally-inspired plant-based bowls that pop with flavor and color. The Wynwood Yard guests will also have the option of a traditional omakase sushi experience at Myumi, the first omakase bar on wheels or to savor Middle Eastern shawarma and falafel at The Arabian Knife. In addition to these food pop-ups, The Wynwood Yard will collaborate with local design, culture, fitness and entertainment businesses to create a dynamic community space and entrepreneurial hub. The Wynwood Yard will be open 7 am to 3 am daily.

Empowered Youth
Empowered Youth is a diversion program for inner-city, at-risk young men between the ages of 12 and 20. The program operates in two phases. Phase One focuses on character development and life skills and Phase Two on job training and development. The young men participating in Empowered Youth would have little access to training and jobs without this program. Nationally, youth between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most under-employed population segment in an otherwise recovering American economy. Inner-city youth comprise the largest percentage of that underemployed population segment. Empowered Youth believes in youth transformation through opportunity; the success of the students who work in its Job Development Program affirms that belief. The Vibe 305 food truck program was launched in December 2013.

Brad Kilgore
Brad Kilgore is chef-owner of the critically acclaimed Alter in Wynwood Arts District. He is also the consulting chef-mentor for the Vibe 305 food truck at The Wynwood Yard. The 29-year-old Kansas City native previously worked as executive chef under Jean-Georges Vongerichten at J&G Grill at St. Regis Bal Harbour and at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental Miami where the restaurant garnered a five-star rating from Forbes Travel. Before moving to Miami, Brad worked under Laurent Gras at the Michelin-starred L2o in Chicago. 

Photo by Miami Herald

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