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Lockwood's Foss, Wife Take Over Gaztro-Wagon Kitchen Sunday

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Aug 13, 2010 2:00PM

2010_08_foss_popup.jpg Hot on the heels of the Jason Hammel/Bill Kim/Logan Square Kitchen pop-up restaurant a few weeks back comes news that Lockwood's Phillip Foss and his wife Kenni are taking over the kitchen at Gaztro-Wagon Sunday to give curious gourmands a sneak peek of their Foss Family Food Trucks street food concepts.

Since the food truck movement gained momentum in the spring, Phillip Foss has half-joked that if he ever left Lockwood, he would operate a food truck serving gourmet meatballs called "Meatyballs." He'll be serving up different varieties of his, um, meaty balls, in slider form, from 2-8 p.m. But it's Kenni Foss's Puffy Pan Bread and doughnuts that are really piquing my interest from reading that menu.

The origins of Puffy Pan Bread fricassee, the Tunisian street food sandwich heavily influenced by French cuisine. Kenni Foss, an Israeli native of Tunisian heritage, has been making pan-fried dough for years for private entertaining. Sunday her puffy pan bread will serve as the bread for her husband's sliders. The bread is also used in a breakfast version of the "Foss Hog." Also being served is an egg sandwich with crispy brick pastry and homemade doughnuts until they run out.

Phillip Foss said the idea for the pop-up restaurant came up during a conversation he had with Gaztro-Wagon's Matt Maroni about using the space. The Fosses gave a test run of Puffy Pan Bread last night, serving up 700 servings of it during Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation fundraiser at the Aragon Ballroom.

The Foss Family pop-up kitchen starts Sunday at 8 a.m. at Gaztro-Wagon's kitchen (5973 N. Clark St.).