Wagyu beef is normal fare for upscale steakhouses and unique eating places — Flathead Valley meals vehicles, not a lot.
Jim and Luke Cummings are bucking that pattern with Wagyu Wagon, the meals truck they based in Columbia Falls final autumn.
The meat for his or her burgers and brats comes straight from the household’s native operation, Lazy Okay Ranch, the place the Cummings have been elevating Japanese Wagyu cattle for a few decade.
Wagyu cows had been first bred in Japan for his or her hardiness, a high quality that makes them a great match for the cruel situations in Northwest Montana. Because of this, their meat tends to have extra marbling than different breeds, giving Wagyu beef a “distinct style,” based on Jim.
“We really feel very assured about our product,” he stated.
The Cummings have had loads of motive to consider of their beef. Lengthy earlier than they launched Wagyu Wagon, Lazy Okay merchandise had been offered in retail shops and on native restaurant menus. Flathead Fish & Seafood Co., M&S Meats, Beargrass Bistro and Tamarack Brewing Co. have all carried their model.
As their herd has grown through the years, so, too, has the ranching household’s enterprise. They had been on the lookout for a approach to beef up their gross sales once they selected beginning a meals observe final fall.
The cell format had an apparent enchantment for the reason that Lazy Okay staff might use it to convey their recent beef throughout the valley.
“The factor in regards to the meals truck, we will go the place the enterprise is,” Jim stated. “We don’t have to attend for the purchasers to return to us.”
Wagyu Wagon is scheduled to serve in Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Kalispell and Bigfork this summer season. The distinctive pink truck may be noticed exterior Glacier Lanes bowling alley, on the Whitefish Farmers Market, and through the Bigfork Rodeo. The wagon’s first occasion of the season will likely be at Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana on April 21.
Meat-eaters may also ebook the Wagyu Wagon for personal catering occasions, together with weddings, events, lunches and different gatherings with 100 company or extra.
Supervisor Lydia Kimball stated she and the remainder of the staff are wanting ahead to the concessions season kicking off, since Wagyu Wagon opened throughout an inopportune time in 2020.
“It was an attention-grabbing time to begin simply because occasions are so unsure,” Kimball stated. “That’s a meals truck’s bread and butter.”
Nonetheless, she stated the cell nature of a meals truck saved Wagyu Wagon busy for the primary few months.
The most important draw, she stated, has been Wagyu Wagon’s particular sauce.
Kimball described the topping, developed by Luke’s spouse from a standard household recipe, as a sort of “fancy fry sauce.” The sauce is served on the aspect with burgers and sliders, and it comes on high of brats, the meals truck’s top-selling merchandise.
It’s accompanied by hand-cut fries made recent day-after-day, and, for anybody who prefers a less complicated meal, there are additionally Wagyu beef sizzling canines accessible. Sizzling canines constructed from this exceptionally high-quality meat generally is a uncommon discover, similar to the remainder of the protein-rich selections on the Wagyu Wagon meals truck menu.
“There’s lots that makes it particular,” Kimball stated.
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Reporter Bret Anne Serbin could also be reached at 758-4459 or [email protected]