Blogs have already offered plenty of predictions as to what the coming year will bring food-wise. Pardon the delay, but here’s another one: Savage Street Cuisine is a name you’ll hear a lot.
The fledgling venture of Kalen Schramke and David Howe appeared on the local scene in late October. That’s when the two Rover’s chefs launched their street food-inspired, cross-cultural popup at Volunteer Park Café. They’ve orchestrated one dinner a month since, and after a string of sellouts and a slew of repeat diners, plan to extend the series there through June, says Schramke.
Dates are set for January 30, February 27, March 26, April 2, and June 4 (all Mondays). Menus for each dinner will rotate and take inspiration from a different country or region: Africa, Korea, India, Italy—which area is TBD—and Eastern Europe (but not necessarily in that order). Schramke noted he and Howe (who’s also worked with Lark ’s John Sundstrom, Tamara Murphy, Scott Carsberg, and VPC owner Ericka Burke) like to dabble in cuisines that allow them to incorporate their homemade charcuterie.
Of course the idea here is Schramke and Howe will capitalize on the momentum and turn it into something bigger. Both are still working full-time at Rover’s but Schramke said he wouldn’t be surprised if soon they are focusing all their energy on Savage Street Cuisine. Eventually he hopes they’ll host three to four popups a month (they’re scouting other locations, any ideas?), as well as one-off special events. The ultimate goal is a food truck. When will that be? Schramke shrugs at a time frame—could be summer, could be winter—but predicts it will happen in 2012.