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Meet Trailblazer Stephanie Kirkpatrick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Kirkpatrick.

Stephanie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I loved the idea of having a food truck. I’ve always wanted to own and operate my own business that stood for something I truly believed in. A food truck was feasible. Also, if I’m going to be honest, it sounded like a grand adventure. And it has been. All the ups and downs have been really fun. Really hard and really, really fun.

I started out in the restaurant world working at VO2 Vegan Cafe in Cambridge. That cafe is truly an amazing place – go check it out! I ended up managing the cafe for a few years, until I finally decided to start Bartleby’s.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
In some ways it has been a smooth road. I bought the truck in the beginning of February and we are already operating. That’s a pretty quick turn-around. So all-in-all, things have been going well, relative to some of the stories I’ve heard. That being said, my generator broke, and I needed to get it replaced within the first week of opening (which I guess generator issues are pretty common in the Food Truck world). The permitting process is really hard to understand and get through.

My advice for women is to just keep their head up and keep working. So many people stare at me when I drive the truck, or under estimate what I can do because I’m a petite woman. Just keep going – what they think isn’t your business and doesn’t change what you are capable of.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Bartleby’s Seitan Stand – what should we know?
Bartleby’s Seitan Stand is an all vegan food truck that specializes in seitan and fried foods. It provides plant-based fast food – think delicious seitan nuggets, sweet potato fries, and incredible seitan sandwiches with homemade sauces to choose from. I’m really proud we are offering up something delicious and filling, but also does the world good. This food doesn’t hurt any animals, seitan is filled with great protein for you, and plant-based diets are better for the environment. It’s also fast, convenient and inexpensive food. The brand itself is fun and playful. Bartleby has his own personality and he’s a jokester for sure.

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Jill Rodgers @lilhoboclown

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