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Wicked Good Food opens on Narragansett Boulevard

By DON FOWLER
Posted 12/17/20

By DON FOWLER I tasted my first Weck last week. It was one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten! What is a Weck, you ask? Take a Kimmelweck roll, add six ounces of thinly sliced, slow cooked roast beef, and top it with horseradish and au jus sauce,

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Wicked Good Food opens on Narragansett Boulevard

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I tasted my first Weck last week. It was one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten!

What is a Weck, you ask?

Take a Kimmelweck roll, add six ounces of thinly sliced, slow cooked roast beef, and top it with horseradish and au jus sauce, and you have one of the tastiest sandwiches to make its way from Buffalo, New York, to Rhode Island.

Snapchef CEO Todd Snopkowski gave me a tour of the kitchen of the Wicked Good Food virtual food hall that recently opened at 930 Narragansett Blvd. in Providence, only a couple of blocks from the Cranston line.

“Snapchef has been delivering training and staffing services and solutions to New England for almost two decades now,” Snopkowski said. “We have evolved that service into Buff-A-Love, combing that business model to support and operate a multifaceted takeout virtual food hall.”

The Buff-A-Love kitchen and offices provide a convenient location for the hundreds of commuters who use the Allens Avenue exit off Interstate 95 on their way home to Cranston and Warwick, in addition to serving the Washington Park and Edgewood neighborhoods and businesses.

Ordering can be done online for take-out and delivery by visiting buff-a-love.com or calling 443-0469. There’s also an app for that.

Snopkowski started with Snapchef over 18 years ago in Worcester as CEO and founder of the fast- growing company, which also has facilities in Springfield and Boston.

The company does extensive work and training in empowerment zones and works closely with community organizations.

With a current staff of five, the business is looking to grow quickly in spite of the pandemic. Todd has hired Katlin, a graduate from Johnson & Wales University, and local media veteran Andrew Augustus.

The good news is that Rhode Island now has one more unique take-out option to provide an alternative to the pizza, Chinese, and hamburger places.

The beef portions in the Weck sandwiches come in small, medium and large, with the large ($9.99) enough to satisfy the big eaters.

Sandwiches, salads, fries and wraps are part of the growing menu.

“We are experimenting every week with different items to add,” Todd said.

I also tried their wings, which come with a variety of sauces. My favorite was the garlic parmesan, but the medium Buffalo came in a close second.

Another must-try menu item is the Log, a Buffalo take on the egg roll. The Caprese Logs come stuffed with oven-cured tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese and served with a balsamic glaze for dipping. They also have pizza and steak and cheese logs.

While I was there, Katlin was baking chocolate chip cookies and the kitchen staff was working on a stuffed potato.

I’m happy that I don’t have to drive all the way the Buffalo for a Weck or a Log.

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