Savory, sweet Parisian crepes are not commonly associated with the â€œroach coach.â€ The traveling lunch trucks are more often allied to saturated fat and construction sites, but not anymore.
Crepes Bonaparte, the Fullerton based traveling food truck, is twisting the perception of meals on wheels, breaking every stereotype with their crepe-based menu and their little French hats.
The truck known as â€œGaston,â€ along with Christian Murcia, his wife Danielle and his childhood friend Matthew Meyer were recently featured on The Great Food Truck Race reality show on Food Network, hosted by TV chef Tyler Florance. The show spanned across the United States in a series of challenges presented to seven different gourmet food trucks in hopes of winning a grand prize of $50,000. For the Parisian trio, the show came to an end on the third episode when the team received the lowest gross sales in the Ft. Worth Texas challenge,
â€œWhereâ€™s the Beef.â€
Riding the wave of the showâ€™s exposure, the couple has seen a peak in sales.
â€œWe definitely are a lot busier, we get more request for stops in Orange County and LA,â€
Danielle Murcia said.
The Murcias opened the parent company, Crepes Bonaparte Catering, in 2008. To expand on the company the couple decided to create the food truck in the place of a permanent restaurant location.
â€œGastonâ€ had only been in service for a month when they were casted on the show. The business savvy duo were successful in the first two episodes, coming in second in the New Mexico episode.
â€œIt was almost surreal,â€ Murcia said.
On the show, the French truck came to the end of its road in Texas where one onlooker during the episode said, â€œIâ€™ve never heard of a crepe.â€
The crepe truck actually sold more than Grillâ€™ Em All, but the burger truck won a $1000 bonus for the â€œTruck stopâ€ challenge leaving the crepe truck in the dust.
Gourmet food trucks have had a popularity explosion in the last few years with somewhat of a late start in Orange County, but with the addition of Crepes Bonaparte the list is growing.
â€œItâ€™s something really different. It opens a lot of opportunity for business owners and for consumers. People really enjoy the different food options,â€ Murcia said.
Crepes Bonaparte makes appearances all over Orange County and Los Angeles, with a consistent appearance every Thursday at the Anaheim Farmers Market. With over an hour-long line at their recent visit to the OC Foodie Fest at the Honda Center, the delicious gourmet truck is proving that itâ€™s all in the pudding, or the crepes in this case.