New farm-to-table food truck opens
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.”
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*** 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.
A customer places order Friday at new food truck in North East.
Kenny Eanes Jr. and Kristy Karnes operate Maryland in a CAN mobile kitchen from Turkey Point Road location Thursday through Sunday.