Bartleby’s Seitan Stand is a sixteen-foot food truck, fully equipped to feed its hungry customers (which we lovingly refer to as “devils”) the tastiest twists on classic American fare.
Seitan is wheat flour with all its starch granules washed away, leaving only the strands of pure gluten.
Seitan has a satisfying juicy, chewy texture. It is versatile, and can be baked, steamed, fried, roasted, braised, stewed, etc. It can be cooked to a dense, tough consistency, or to a lighter, spongy consistency. There are endless possibilities! Bartleby’s has tested dozens upon dozens of different cooking methods to find the version that pairs best with the fried crispiness of our sandwiches and nuggets.
Seitan is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, and high in protein. It contains no sugar, no saturated fats, and no cholesterol. It contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, and potassium, plus several B vitamins. Seitan also contains seven of the eight essential amino acids, which are the basic building blocks for our organs and tissues. The only amino acid that’s missing from seitan is lysine, which is easily found in other foods (like the tomatoes on our sandwiches and in our salads).
Our patties weigh in at approximately 3 oz, which yields an estimated 2g of fat, 4g of carbohydrates, and 26g of protein.
If you have celiac disease or an intolerance to gluten, then yes. Gluten (wheat) is included as one of the eight major allergens; if you have a gluten/wheat allergy, you should avoid it. For the rest of us? Gluten is awesome. It’s delicious, and has many excellent nutritional properties (see above). Of the three most popular meat alternatives, seitan has the highest protein levels per serving: about four times as much as tempeh, and a whopping nine times as much as tofu.
The name Bartleby is pulled from a short story by Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street.” You might also recognize the name as a character from the cult-classic film Dogma. We think “Bartleby” is unique and fun to say. The representation of our Bartleby as a little devil is a play on words, and a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of how many people mispronounce “seitan” as “Satan.” Bartleby is bit rebellious, a bit mischievous, and wickedly clever. He doesn’t have any bad intentions, but is itching to rock the boat. If we’re going to serve vegan fast food, we have to shake things up a bit!
Bartleby is also inspired by the rambunctious son of one of Stephanie’s friends. He’s smart, curious, and ready to push boundaries. He’s not even two yet and you know he’s going to do big things―just what we hope for Bartleby.
Stephanie has lived a plant-based existence since 2014, when she became a vegetarian. She became vegan two years later. A native of Florida, she saw firsthand the destruction of our ocean’s coral reefs as a result of massive over-fishing. That exposure helped her understand the importance and fragility of our ecosystem. Stephanie has held various roles in food service and retail, most recently acting as Manager of the VO2 Cafe in Cambridge, MA, where she worked for three years. After many restless nights dreaming about her own food truck business, Stephanie took the plunge in early 2018: she bought a truck, made a team, and Bartleby's was born. In her free time, Stephanie loves climbing, hiking, teaching and practicing yoga, and volunteering in the community.
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