by Julia Milano
Elaine Nesmith brings heart and commitment to sourcing and serving the best of locally grown and chemical-free produce and meat at her mobile restaurant Itz Gůd Füd. “Health is directly related to what you put into your body and the quality of food one eats. We believe we can be beneficial to our community by providing healthful food,” said Nesmith.
As anyone who has stopped by Elaine’s food truck and ordered one of her signature crepes, soups or salads can attest, her cooking is not only healthy but scrumptiously delicious. “I like to change it up according to what’s fresh and seasonally available,” she said on a recent breezy morning at the Hot Springs Farmers and Artisans Market where you can often find the truck during the main market season.
“When we started this venture two years ago, I was inspired by my work with the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention and Growing Healthy Communities – Hot Springs. We wanted local people to know that good food can taste delicious.” Nesmith actively worked with the city of Hot Springs in organizing a monthly gathering of food trucks which park around the market pavilion from 11 am to 8 pm every last Friday of the month through October. “This is a pilot project in which we hope to grow more food trucks that source their menus from local farmers,” Nesmith explains. “I like to think of it as farm-to-fender eating.”
At different times of the year, Nesmith may offer other gluten free options such as arepas-venz, succulent corncake sandwiches. Her most popular crepes are the Popeye & Porky stuffed with uncured, antibiotic free smoked ham, organic spinach, farm fresh eggs, house sundried tomato pesto, and hormone free sharp cheddar cheese, and the Ole’ Francais full of grilled marinated happy chicken, homemade salsa verde, farm fresh eggs, and organic cilantro crema, and hormone free sharp cheddar cheese. The salads and soups are always in tune with the seasons and feature many unusual combinations.
“There are two basic strategies essential to avoiding obesity and promoting good health,” said Nesmith before returning to cook for the long line of people at her food truck window. “Increase your physical activity and your access to healthful foods. It’s simple really, and when you visit us at the Hot Springs Farmers Market on the Greenway trail, it’s a wonderful way to accomplish both!”