Chef hits the road in converted Airstream

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MANCHESTER — Amy Chamberlain, award-winning chef and former owner of the Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern in Manchester, announces her new venture, Amy's on the Road.

Amy's on the Road will offer breakfast and lunch cooked and served out of a 1968 Airstream Land Yacht that has been refurbished with a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen that will be located on Depot Street, across from rk Miles lumber yard in Manchester.

Without a set date, Chamberlain expects to open in June.

"When I closed the Perfect Wife in October 2018 after 23 years in business, it wasn't because I lost my passion for cooking," Chamberlain said. "I wanted to find a way that I could still be a chef, but have more flexibility for my family and lifestyle. This remodeled airstream had been in our community looking for an opportunity, and I had a vision to bring it to life."

Amy's on the Road is a partnership between Chamberlain and Gary Walker, who was the chef at the Barrows House in Dorset for 10 years.

Walker had heard that Chamberlain was thinking about opening an airstream food truck caf and called her.

"I'd been thinking about getting back into the restaurant world after a hiatus of a few years," Walker said. "My desire to change my career was solidified after I'd heard Mick Jagger talk about his passion for touring after his heart surgery. He made sure he was doing what he loved. The idea of collaborating with Amy in a converted Airstream spoke to me and I had to reach out to see if she'd consider a partner. "

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Amy's on the Road will offer "fresh food fast" from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"The menu items will be easy-to-eat, delicious and nutritious," said Chamberlain, adding that there will be unique ethnic and vegetarian options every day in addition to traditional fare.

Build-your-own breakfast sandwiches and daily breakfast bowls will be part of the morning offering, as will a yogurt and berry parfait featuring Mountain Morning Granola. A daily grinder, Gary's Patty Melt, and Salad in a Jar are examples of the lunch diversity.

"There will be a soup of the day, grilled cheese, and one of the Perfect Wife's most popular offerings: eggplant fries," Chamberlain said. "I've been perfecting a veggie burger recipe using sweet potatoes and black beans and we will have some sweet treats, too, like carrot cake whoopie pies."

The plan is to use only eco-friendly, to-go packaging and will encourage customers to recycle and reuse.

The name "Amy's on the Road" is a nod to Chamberlain's wanderlust for going to see live music, travelling to other parts of the globe, and attending her son's sports events.

"The name, of course, describes the roadside setting of this shiny silver kitchen," Chamberlain said. "The partnership with Gary and our morning and midday hours will allow me to do more of all the things I love."


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