Lovin' Cup Food Truck now serving good food, music in downtown Danville

Lovin' Cup Food Truck now serving good food, music in downtown Danville

DANVILLE — At the Lovin' Cup Food Truck, which moved not long ago to a high-profile spot in downtown Danville, owner Alicia Rew said she combines her passions for fresh food and good music.

In July 2017, Rew and her husband, Sean, opened the business venture across from Shovelhead Saloon on College Street. But recently they moved it to a more noticeable grassy lot downtown, at 103 N. Vermilion St.

At present, the food truck operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays during the Summer Sounds concerts.

But Rew said it'll eventually start serving on Mondays and Tuesdays as well, as soon as Vermilion River Beer Company opens next door.

"I've always loved to cook, and I love cooking fresh," said Rew, who sources a lot of the herbs and vegetables in her dishes from her garden and tries to use other locally-sourced ingredients when possible. "We just picked a few of our favorite things and ran with them."

The truck's menu features soups, salads and sandwiches, but specific items change depending on what's in season and available, she said. This week's menu included tomato-basil-orange soup; a Caprese pasta salad; and a jalapeno-popper grilled cheese, suggested by Rew's nephew.

Later in the summer, Rew said she'll add items like cilantro-lime hummus — when her tomatoes and cucumbers are ready to harvest.

Rew's favorite menu item? Crab cakes, which come with her signature dressing — a combination of her homemade sriracha sauce and green goddess dressing. Customers also flock to the food truck for what she calls unique, big-on-flavor cupcakes. This week's included blackberry lime and blueberry lemon.

"Next week, we'll be doing strawberry shortcake," she said.

While not on the menu, those in the know might ask for a little jalapeno-cheese or goat-cheese spread to amp up their sandwich.

"We can also add an egg to anything," Rew said.

Many of her customers work downtown, but they also come from businesses across town, she said, adding that business has grown via word-of-mouth and through Facebook, where customers can check out the menu and place orders.

"It's been amazing, just so much better than we dreamed of," said Rew, who's thrilled when a customer takes a look at her truck and realizes she's a super fan of the band Phish.

That's where the music comes in. Though the name comes from the Rolling Stones' song, the truck is decorated like Phish drummer Jon Fishman's famous muumuu — a blue background with red doughnut-like circles. She said she's seen the band perform 120-plus times (and counting); its music is usually playing in the background at Lovin' Cup.

Though she worked at Robbie's Grille in Decatur at 18, Rew said she's spent a lot of time out of the food industry, working as a doula, massage therapist and car saleswoman. And together, she and Sean have six kids, ages 6 to 21.

"I think everything I've done has led me here," Rew said with a smile, adding there's nothing she likes more than to see their smiles after sinking their teeth into her fare. "It's been a lot of hard work. But it's been a lot of fun, too. I'll be here, long as people are eating and enjoying it."

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