Food Truck Friday: MidNord Empanada

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - "Food Truck Friday" kicks off its 3rd season with a visit from the MidNord Empanadas truck.

Phil Gaffney and Megan Hoy joinedKARE 11 News in our backyard parking lot and showedushow to make empanadas, Minnesota style.

MidNord was started by Phil Gaffney. Phil is a Minnesota native that spent the last four years learning life out of a truck in New York City. He and his former business partner owned a movie craft service company, most notably he was the head craft chef on the set of Boardwalk Empire.

New Yorkis one of the food truck capitals of the world and while Phil wasn't serving to the general public he still learned the trade and love of food truck operations and philosophies.

As soon as the laws regarding street food in MN changed, his goal was to get back to here and start his own truck. While he liked New York, he loved Minnesota and it was home.

During his time in New York, he was taught how to make traditional Spanish empanadas by an Ecuadorian family and began hanging out with the Minneapple in the Big Apple group, a group of Minnesota to New York transplants that have Minnesota themed 'get-togethers' and host a Minne-Apple Fair Day. These events sparked the idea to combine his love of empanadas and Minnesota as a food truck theme.

The idea, like other food trucks, is to do one item and do it well. Keeping the traditional Spanish style but also infuse some fun creative Minnesota-related empanadas.

The name MidNord came about as a affectionate slang term for Minnesota.

Phil loves both Minnesota and empanadas and he hopes after you taste the MidNord Empanadas, you will love them too!

If you want to find out more about other Minnesota food trucks, head to: The Minnesota Food Truck Association.


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