FAIRFIELD, Conn. – It took about a year-and-a-half for Fairfield residents Jessica and Alex Grutkowski to completely reimagine their professional lives and roll out their new venture, The Buzz Truck.
Before joining the food truck community, Jessica, a Greenwich native, had been in public relations and a full-time mother to their twin girls. Alex, originally from Orange, had been working in online advertising. But after Alex went from job to job for the last several years, they both decided it was time for a change.
One day last year, Jessica said, they saw an old friend working a food truck at an event. The idea hit that they could do something similar for a living. At the PopShop market in Fairfield last year, she said the idea took hold when they saw how many food trucks were selling treats.
“I’ve always been a big coffee drinker,” Jessica said, so focusing on coffee was a natural fit.
Handling coffee, but not cooking in the truck, made the health inspections much easier because there are no grills or fresh food onboard, she said.
Their truck is actually a repurposed bus, which took a year to put together, Jessica said. They wanted to make it kid- and family-friendly when driving up to parks, preschools and playgrounds.
“It used to be blue,” Alex said. But now it is black and fitted out with everything needed to be a full coffee shop on wheels.
With the rising food truck culture in Fairfield, it has been easier then expected to get going, he said. Since opening two months ago, they have done really well, mostly by pulling up to and working at events, Jessica said.
“I thought we were really going to have to go after people,” Jessica said. But once they started to advertise online that they were open for business, “They are just calling us,” she said.
Everything they sell on the truck is local, she said. The baked goods are from the Fairfield bakery Sweet & Simple; the coffee beans are from Shearwater in Trumbull; and the Planet Fuel canned juices are from a Fairfield-based company.
“I feel like Fairfield is all about supporting local, and that’s what we really wanted to do on the truck, too,” Jessica said. And it helps that, “Food trucks are just acceptable here.”
The Buzz Truck can be found anywhere from parks to public events and open houses across Fairfield County. Follow it on Facebook or Twitter to find out where it will be or visit its website to request it at an event.