New farm-to-ta­ble food truck opens

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... I vis­ited a new food truck busi­ness called Mary­land in a CAN Fri­day in North East.

The bright red food truck is lo­cated in the park­ing lot at the in­ter­sec­tion of Tur­key Point, Shady Beach and Hance’s Point roads. It’s adorned with a large Mary­land flag, mak­ing it easy to find.

Owner Kenny Eanes Jr. and his part­ner Kristy Karnes opened the food truck May 28 with hopes of cap­tur­ing some of the Me- mo­rial Day week­end traf­fic head­ing to Elk Neck State Park and the mari­nas.

Eanes says his busi­ness has steadily im­proved thanks to word-of-mouth tes­ti­mo­ni­als and so­cial me­dia posts on the fresh soups and sand­wiches from his orig­i­nal menu.

Mary­land in a CAN is a mo­bile kitchen that fea­tures farm-to-ta­ble style soups and sand­wiches.

“It’s my de­sire to use as much lo­cal in­gre­di­ents as pos­si­ble,” Eanes said.

He buys freshly baked bread from Sweet & Spice Bake Shop in down­town North East each morn­ing be­fore he opens and he pur­chases fresh pro­duce from Calvert Farms.

The mo­bile kitchen opens at 11 a.m. Thurs­day through Sun­day and closes by 8 p.m., ear­lier if he runs out of bread.

His menu in­cludes PopPop’s Mary­land Crab Soup, Cluck-You Can­cer Chicken Noo­dle Soup, and cream of as­para­gus and shrimp soup that he can serve in an op­tional bread bowl at the cus­tomer’s re­quest.

Eanes’ grew up spend­ing a lot of time at his grand­par­ents’ home in North East, which is where he learned to love cook­ing.

“My first mem­o­ries of cook­ing was mak­ing scram­bled eggs with my grand­mother,” he said.

His grand­fa­ther Nor­man Eanes’ recipe for Mary­land crab soup was not just an in­spi­ra­tion for his new ven­ture, but also has a prime spot on his menu. Chicken and beef cheeses­teak sand­wiches and spe­cial­ity sand­wiches like The Flam­ing Yard Bird, The War­wick, Edgar Allan Po’ Boy and Un­cle Skip’s fish sand­wich are among the of­fer­ings.

Eanes worked about five years in the River Shack at the Well­wood Restau­rant in Charlestown, where he honed his cook­ing skills. He even­tu­ally left for a job at Am­trak, where he spent nearly the next five years be­fore leav­ing be­cause of a med­i­cal dis­abil­ity.

He also spent much time dur­ing the last year tak­ing care of his grand­fa­ther who died from can­cer last Septem­ber.

“Af­ter that, I re­al­ized life is short and it’s best to be happy,” Eanes said.

That’s when he be­gan pur­su­ing his love of cook­ing as a way to make a liv­ing.

“This is re­ally my dream,” he said. “My main goal right now is to con­sis­tently cre­ate high-qual­ity food.”

You might want to check out this place!

*** Susie Web­ster Camp­bell, one of Ce­cil County’s many vol­un­teers, was at it again this year or­ga­niz­ing an­other trip for Ce­cil County veter­ans to visit some of our na­tion’s mil­i­tary mu­se­ums and memo­ri­als that are only a bus trip away.

Camp­bell, a res­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake City, got in­spired about seven years ago to do some­thing for veter­ans that have given so much to their coun­try, so she started out or­ga­niz­ing a trip to visit the World War II Memo­rial in Washington D.C. gath­er­ing up about a dozen mil­i­tary veter­ans for the maiden voy­age.

Now the trip has grown to sup­port about 50 veter­ans through do­na­tions made through­out the year by in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses in Ce­cil County.

Ch­e­sa­peake City Veter­ans of For­eign Wars Post No. 7687 has been ac­tively sup­port­ing the honor bus trip each year. For the last two years, Per­ryville Amer­i­can Le­gion Post No. 135 pro­vided a mo­tor­cy­cle es­cort for the Honor Bus. Last year, they trav­eled to New York City to see the 9/11 Memo­rial and to visit the In­trepid Mu­seum.

This year’s trip on June 4 took the veter­ans from the Wal­mart park­ing lot in North East to Quan­tico, Va., to visit the United States Ma­rine Corps Mu­seum with a mo­tor­cy­cle es­cort pro­vided by 24 rid­ers for the en­tire trip.

This was the first trip for Nick Inglisa, 84, a USMC vet­eran, who learned about the trip last year by read­ing an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the Ce­cil Whig.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said, giv­ing much thanks to Camp­bell for or­ga­niz­ing the trip each year.

*** Jill and Kyle Sher­rard, Per­ryville res­i­dents who re­cently started Safe Har­bor an­i­mal res­cue, are host­ing a Quar­ter Auc­tion June 18 to ben­e­fit the newly-formed non­profit.

The cou­ple, who are long­time an­i­mal rights ad­vo­cates, have es­tab­lished this res­cue to main­tain healthy an­i­mals in the com­mu­nity.

The Quar­ter Auc­tion will be at the Per­ryville Amer­i­can Le­gion Post No. 135. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the auc­tion be­gins at 6 p.m. Pad­dles are $3 or two for $5. Do­nated gift prizes as well as cash prizes will be awarded.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

A cus­tomer places or­der Fri­day at new food truck in North East.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Kenny Eanes Jr. and Kristy Karnes op­er­ate Mary­land in a CAN mo­bile kitchen from Tur­key Point Road lo­ca­tion Thurs­day through Sun­day.

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