Food trailer Toast, operated by local actor & artist, Sebastian Thommen, has popped up in Cork City, serving its signature sourdough toasties and freshly ground specialty coffee from a restored 1960s Rice horsebox trailer.
Toast is a passion project that came about by chance when Sebastian’s original plans to support his acting career and his other business, Cork Hen Party, in another line of work fell through when the COVID 19 pandemic hit. With a loan secured from his local Credit Union, Sebastian took the reins and opted for a totally different path, choosing instead to pursue his passion for food.
Having spent the lockdown months perfecting its offering, Toast Pantry & Coffee Bar is now serving gourmet grilled cheese toasties and coffees made using beans from Clonakilty’s Stone Valley Coffee Roasters.
Permission has been granted from the local Council allowing Toast to trade legally 11am – 4pm, Thursday to Saturday, on The Olde Faery Trail in the city’s Ballinlough Park.
Sebastian, who studied Theatre Performance in Cork in 2004 before starring as Michael Collins in RTE’s 5 part TV drama Rebellion, has considered every little detail. Stone Valley Coffee Roasters brews will be handed out to customers in 100% compostable cups adorned with prints of his very own Cork-inspired watercolour creations.
Toast prides itself on sourcing quality fresh local ingredients and the menu will change weekly to make use of seasonal produce.
Their opening gourmet sourdough toastie offering includes The Tom Durcan – Tom Durcan spiced beef with Toonsbridge Dairy smoked scamorza, Italian mozzarella and finely chopped spring onion; The Three Cheese – smoked Toonsnridge dairy scamorza, Macroom buffalo mozzarella, Gubbeen Farmhouse cheese and finely chopped onion; The Ham & Cheese – rosemary ham, smoked Toonsbridge Dairy scamorza, Macroom buffalo mozzarella and finely chopped spring onion; and The Feta – Ardsallagh goats feta, sundried tomato, and garlic pesto. These fillings are sandwiched in between slices of artisan sourdough from local baker Declan Ryan’s Arbutus Bread, with each toastie served with a choice of Toast’s own roasted garlic mayo or Ballymaloe Relish.
Commenting on the launch, owner, Sebastian Thommen, said: “It’s been a long time coming, with way more hoops to jump through than I would ever have imagined, but finally we’re here, and I’m so excited to serve all the people that have shown such an interest and support over the past year since this mad idea was first conceived!”
As well as having a home three days a week in Ballinlough Park, once lockdown restrictions are lifted Toast will also be available for private hire for catering gigs and events, with the flexibility to also operate as a mobile bar for Pimms/Champagne receptions at weddings.