Local Couple Seeks To Start Italian Food Truck Using Crowdfunding

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

In October 2003, Chattanooga native and Baylor School graduate Sarah Cate Patten met a handsome Sicilian soldier, Benedetto Scaduto, while studying abroad in Italy during her junior year of high school.  As the school year progressed, so did their love for one another.  

Fast forward 10 years, numerous transatlantic trips, and a move back to the States, the two are approaching their fifth wedding anniversary and are anticipating opening their own business in Chattanooga.

Determined to share authentic Italian and Sicilian street food culture with Chattanooga, Benny and Sarah Cate are embarking on a mission – a food truck mission called The Saucy Sicilian.  In order to start their business and purchase their truck, they are launching a crowdfunding campaign with foodstart.com.

Crowdfunding allows supporters to give money to a start-up, business or project in exchange for perks. Perks, in the case of FoodStart and The Saucy Sicilian, can include anything from lifetime discounts and free T-shirts to developing and having a menu item named after you depending on which funding level you pledge.

The couple will primarily serve a traditional Sicilian specialty called arancini.  Arancini are delicious, crispy fried risotto balls stuffed with just about anything you like.  The flavors of both the risotto and the fillings can be altered to produce an endless number of flavor combinations.

The Scadutos chose crowdfunding to raise capital because they want their truck to be a community effort. The couple looks forward to joining the street food movement in Chattanooga and adding a little variety with their Saucy Sicilian fare.

For more information on The Saucy Sicilian, visit www.eatsaucy.com and for more information on their FoodStart campaign, see http://www.foodstart.com/project/thesaucysicilian.


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