Saturday, December 3, 2011

Winter 2011-12 Seasonal Menu

Winter is here!  While the Krazy Monkey Truck is now closed for the winter season, we're taking this break to spend time with family, work on new recipes, and get ready for Spring.  We are still available for delivery & catering, and have come up with a nice selection of baked goods, pies, and other treats you can order until we re-open next Spring.  As always, everything on our menu is made from locally grown, organic whole wheat & spelt, ground fresh to order.  Got a special recipe or flavor you don't see?  Just ask us!  We'd love to custom create something for you.

To Order, call 614-440-9885, or email your order to us at
Please give us at least 48 hours to fill your orders.
Free delivery to Clintonville area!  $7 for delivery to other areas.

Holiday Breads & Rolls
Rosemary Focaccia Rolls- $12/dozen
Whole Wheat dinner Rolls $12/dozen
Chive n Cheddar Biscuits- $8/dozen
Sweet Cardamom Braids- $8 per loaf
Pumpkin Bread- $8 per loaf
5 Grain Beer Bread (goes awesome with your fave cheese spread) $6 per loaf

16" Galettes $18
A Galette is a tradtional French dish with a flaky, buttery pastry crust filled with various savory & sweet toppings.  Makes a great appetizer for parties. (and damn, it looks fancy too!)
Savory Winter Harvest: squash, leeks, goat cheese, Ohio Apples, pine nuts
Pesto & Potato
Pear, lemon & ginger
Apple Cinnamon with toasted pecans

Pies, Cookies, & other Treats

9 inch pies- $12 
Apple Lattice, Pecan, Pumpkin, or Banana Pecan

Cookies by the dozen- $10
Chocolate Chip
Funky Monkey Chip (chocolate chip with banana & walnut)
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter
Coconut Oatmeal Surprise
Pecan Sallies (our veganized version of Pecan Sandies)
Assorted Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Scones by the 1/2 dozen- $10 
Chocolate chip
Ginger pear
Lemon blueberry

Biscotti by the dozen- $8 
Mocha Chip
Cranberry Almond
Orange pistachio
Dark Chocolate Cherry

Earth's Crust Pizzas
Large 16" pies $22 each
Small 12" pies $14 each

Toppings available:
Vegan Daiya Cheese
Homemade Tofu Ricotta
Homemade Pesto
Ohio Cheeses
Locally grown mushrooms
Bluescreek Farm All Beef Pepperoni

We have a tone of pizza variations!  Just tell us what you want, and we'll put it on a pie for you.  We can make any of the pizzas you've eaten from our truck ,including our Fall Harvest, with caramelized onions, apples, and vegan cheddar cheese.

Party Beverages!  $12 per 64 oz carafe
We created these fun drinks from our juicebar to spice up your Holiday party or gathering.  Each Carafe comes with a dozen biodegradable cups for serving.

Thunder Monkey ©:Served hot, this sweetly blended coffee beverage is made with locally roasted Thunderkiss Coffee, caramelized bananas, and steamed coconut cream.  It's great as is, or spiked with your favorite after dinner liquer. (Such as Jameson or Bailey's.)

Spicy Monkey ©: This Mango-Chili Lemonade can be served hot OR cold, but the spice really kicks up when it's heated!  Also great by itself, or spiked with a little vodka!

Hot Spiced Cider: Ohio apple cider spiced with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Changing Seasons

It seems the weather has immediately jumped into Fall, and so has the Monkey Truck!  With Fall comes two of my most favorite ingredients: Pumpkins and apples.  Not just for pies anymore, we're putting these things into our juices, our milkshakes, and even our pizzas.
As a child I can remember our family trips to the apple orchards and pumpkin farms.  My brothers and I would pick out two pumpkins each- one for carving, and one for pies.   There are many memories of scooping out pumpkin "guts" and seeds, peeling apples, and making lots and lots of pies. I'm thankful for the way my Mother introduced me to canned pumpkin: "You'll never make a pumpkin pie taste right with that stuff from a can."

Below is a list of some of our Fall menu items.  Come see us at one of our events this Fall to try them:
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Apple Pecan Milkshake
Harvest Pizza with carmelized onions, apples, balsamic, and vegan cheddar
Butternut Squash Pizza with fresh sage & goat cheese
Pumpkin scones, apple cinnamon scones
Homebaked pies by the slice: Pumpkin, Apple, and Vegan Banana-Pecan

We'll be posting our Holiday catering menu very soon, including whole pies, baked goods, soups, and more.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Our first week... trial by fire

Our official first day of operations in the truck was incredible.  It's one thing to open a business on an ordinary day with a usual amount of traffic, it's a totally different experience to open at a huge festival with tens of thousands of people coming for one thing- to eat food from trucks and carts of all kinds.
We did a test run earlier in the week to make sure everything was working and running properly.  Good thing we, because the oven wasn't working! Fortunately it was just a safety valve that had to be reaplced.  Below are a few pics from our test run and our first day at the Columbus Food Truck & Cart Festival:
 A few little monkeys hanging out in the monkey truck:
We finally managed to get the oven going and made a few pizzas:

A Huge turnout to this event!  We sold out and had to close temporarily to restock.  
We had soo much fun.  And we learned a LOT from this experience.  We still have a few more tweaks and a new paint job before she is totally complete. 
Our September Calendar:
Weds, 8/31: Columbus Commons Lunch on the Lawn
Saturday, 9/3: We'll be parked at Brothers Drake Meadery for Bike the Cbus during the day and later for Gallery Hop
Fri Sept 9 thru Sun Sept 11: Hot Times Festival 
Saturday, Sept 17th: Independents' Day Festival
Thurs, Sept 29th: Cask Tapping at St. James Tavern
Food Truck Sundays Sept & Oct at Franklin Park Conservatory

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Monkey Truck makes it debut 8/24 & 8/26/2011

It's been several months of hard work and dedication, including a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and...a broken foot. We are excited to announce that the truck has passed its health inspection and we're ready to start bringing healthy local goodness to the streets of Columbus!
Our Big Debut comes next week Friday at Columbus Commons for the Food Truck & Cart Festival 2011.  Prior to that, we will need to do a few test runs in the truck to make sure we're ready for this big event.  That means we will be GIVING AWAY FREE FOOD & DRINKS!!!!!  Yes, giving away.  Why?  Because it takes several days for our official license paperwork to go through, we cannot actually sell food until that happens.  But we can certainly give it away!
Wednesday afternoons at Global Gallery are "Fresh Wednesdays."  In addition to live music and local food carts, there's a couple of farmers market vendors, as well as a CSA pick up at the parking lot.  We've decided that this upcoming Fresh Wednesday will be our Giveaway Day!  We've got some awesome new smoothie and juice recipes to try, and we'll also be serving up some new pizzas, fresh from our pizza oven in the truck!  The fun begins this Wednesday, August 24th, from 4pm until we run out.  We'll be giving out coupons throughout the day along with FREE PIZZAS, JUICES, & SMOOTHIES!
**Special Note: You will likely see me hobbling around on my awesome new crutches on Wednesday.  In the process of building, I fell from the roof of the truck and broke my foot.  The good news is I survived and I was lucky to have only broken my foot!  (it's pretty high up there, in case you didn't know.)  The bad news is that the broken foot has set us back a bit financially, and while the truck may be done on the inside, we are not yet done on the outside.   So, please don't judge a book by its cover!  It may be a bit ugly outside until we can get the funds to finish the paint job, but rest assured the food that comes from the inside is totally made with  tons of love and goodness.    We hope that in a few weeks the truck will be completed from head to toe.  When it is, it will look like this:

Monday, June 13, 2011

Nacho Pizza, it's MY Pizza! (And it's vegan)

In honor of Columbus's best festivals at Goodale park this year, I have decided to come up with this very special pizza: NACHO PIZZAA!!!!
It all came to mind after trying out a different kind of vegan cheese, called Teese.  Teese is made by the fabulous Chicago Soy Dairy Co.  I was at the Clintonville Co-Op one day and I spotted a package of the Spicy Nacho teese marked down, so I picked it up on a whim and made nachos with it later that night.  It was soo good I had to find a way to incorporate it into my pizzas.  Thus, nacho pizza was born.

We started with our whole grain pizza crust, and topped it with some Yves soy crumbles.  While I'm not a huge of fan of fake meat products, this one does a pretty good job of looking and tasting like real ground beef:
On top of the "beef" goes some nice grilled veggies- bell peppers, onion, and sweet corn straight off the cob.
Then comes the nacho "teese", followed by some lovely diced tomatoes and jalapenos.  And then, finally,
A little local crunch on top: CaJohn's stone ground tortilla strips!
The finished product.  Yum!  We'll be serving these up all weekend long at Pride Fest and Comfest, so bring your appetites with you down to Goodale Park this weekend and next!  

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chicken of the Woods

I love mushrooms.  Of all kinds, shapes, colors, flavors, and sizes.  In Ohio & the midwest there is a nice abundance of variety of wild mushrooms, such as morels, pom poms, trumpets, and my favorite: Chicken of the Woods.
These big, bright, fleshy mushrooms are a type of "shelf" mushroom.  Because they grow on the sides of trees and resemble shelves.  When cut and sauteed in a pan, they taste JUST LIKE CHICKEN... and it's delicious on a pizza.
While perusing the local produce available at the Clintonville Co-Op this week, I found these gems and bought them.  ALL of them. So this week's special pizza will be a vegan BBQ chicken pizza. topped with these mushrooms, Annie's organic vegan BBQ sauce, grilled corn, red pepper, onion, and a sprinkling of Daiya vegan cheddar cheese.  This pizza is absolutely delicious, and will only be available while the mushrooms are.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our Summer Schedule Preview

A lot of things are happening in Columbus this Summer, and we are excited to be a part of many of them.
Here's a little preview of our schedule coming up.  We'll keep this blog updated frequently as new events pop up.

May 20, Woodlands Tavern, Spring Jubilee
(Facebook Event Link)
Our date & time hasn't been confirmed yet, but we'll be at Woodlands this weekend (most likely on Friday!). Tickets are $20/day or $47 for the weekend, and totally worth it.  Check out the huge lineup of Ohio bands!!!  Late Night Slice's Pizza truck will be out front too!

May 21, Green on the Green in Worthington
This Saturday, from 9am to 2pm.  local green vendors, workshops, live music.  FREE!

1st Mondays @ the Clintonville Co-Op, Monday June 4th
Food carts, live music, and extra discounts for members every 1st Monday of the month!  We will be set up outside, along with Rad Dog, this coming Monday, June 4, from 3pm-7pm.

We've signed up for several different Farmers Markets this year.  The best part about being at these markets is incorporating all the fresh, seasonal produce and local cheeses into our pizzas.  Our menu will be different every week based on what's available and in season!

Clintonville Farmers Market, Saturdays 9am-noon through October
Don't look for the rainbow umbrella... instead look for the giant grill set up in front of Global Gallery!  We'll be grilling up fresh pizza toppings alongside Connie DeJong of Global Gallery, who will be grilling up quesadillas and other international fare.  The grill will be set up most Saturdays, except this weekend since we'll be right up the street at Green on the Green.
**Special menu item available ONLY during the Clintonville Farmers Market: BREAKFAST PIZZA!  Made with fresh eggs and cheeses from the market.**

Wexner Farmers Market (Market @15th & High)
June 2 & 9, and July 21, 3:30pm-6:30pm.
(Link to Wexner Center website/Market @ 15th & High)
This market is literally ON campus, on the West side of High St near 15th ave.  There will be a different food cart/truck at the market every week!  We're scheduled for the 3 weeks listed above.

Lunch on the Lawn @ Columbus Commons
Wednesdays 10:30am-2pm, June 1 thru August 31
The new greenspace downtown will be the place to have lunch downtown on Wednesdays!  We'll be in the food cart food court, along with Veggielicious and other food carts.  Columbus Commons Market will also feature a farmers market, live music performances every week, and an outdoor art gallery by OSU Urban Arts Space.

Goodale Park's Music in the Park Series, Sundays, 12:30-2pm  @Goodale Park
The music lineup and final dates haven't been released for this yet, but expect the Pizza cart to make some appearances at the park!  Music in the Park series is held on 3 Sundays in July & August from 12:30 until 2pm.

COMFEST!!! June 24-26th @Goodale Park
"The People's Republic of ComFest aka SpaceShip ComFest aka the best 3 days of the year!"
We're so excited to be a part of this festival!  Who wouldn't be?  3 days of local music, community involvement, arts, crafts, drum circles, free hugs, flip flops, sunshine, and.... Earth's Crust Pizza!  We are partnering with Global Gallery this year and sharing a booth.  Want to earn a FREE Comfest T shirt and some FREE TOKENS?? Sign up to volunteer!!!!  This festival is run entirely by volunteers!  Go to the website and sign up today!

July 16th: Volatility @ MadLab Theater
Volatility is an annual fundraiser put on by Madlab theater, featuring live performances, food, and beer all day from 3pm-11pm.  The festival will take place at the parking lot at Spring & 3rd st, just outside of Madlab.  More details about this event to come!

  We'll also  keep our facebook and twitter pages updated.  If you don't already follow or aren't friends with us, click the links below!

Green on the Green & Green Business Practices

This Saturday, the pizza cart will be parked just up the road in Worthington for what is possibly Ohio's greenest festival of the year- Green on the Green.
Featuring more than 75 eco-friendly local vendors, Green on the Green has something for everyone: from rain barrels and compost worms to wine and beer making, you're bound to learn something if you come on Saturday.
The event takes place on the Village Green in Worthington, right in the center of town.  It runs from 9am until 2pm, and we'll be there with the pizza cart, as well as fair trade, organic coffee & lemonade.
I'm super excited to be a part of this festival!  For more details, check out the link:
Big Green Head: Green on the Green
In the process of building our food truck, we are continuing our efforts to be a green business:  The entire truck will be solar powered.  We've incorporated a lot of scrap metal & recycled materials into the building process. We've purchased almost all used equipment to keep from mining for raw materials.  Even on the outside, the truck design will be hand painted, using environmentally friendly paints.
Being green is not always easy: it's taken us a a little more time & hard work to finish the truck.  But good things are worth waiting for, and we're aiming for a Grand Opening in late June/ Early July. In the meantime, stop by our cart this weekend and enjoy some grilled pizza!
See you Saturday!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Big Weekend! 4/29 thru 5/2

It's gonna be a big weekend for Earth's Crust Pizza & The Krazy Monkey Juicebar!  We've perfected a new recipe & cooking method for our grilled pizzas, and this weekend we'll give you lots of opportunities to try it out.  Here is our weekend lineup:

Friday, April 29th: Independent's Day Kickoff Party @Kobolive
2590 N. High St.
Details here:
The Pizza cart will be set up outside at 6pm.  Come by and check out some local music, arts, & crafts that will be featured at this year's Independents Day Festival in September.
We'll be outside along with Veggielicious and Families Mobile Kitchen (Chicken & Waffle Truck)

Saturday, April 30th: First Farmers' Market of the season
The Juicebar will be open for its first Clintonville Farmers Market!  Start your day with a shot of wheatgrass or a fresh smoothie!  And visit our wheatgrass guy's farm stand, Swainway Farms, for a coupon to the juicebar.  Joseph is great and supplies us with fresh, organic wheatgrass every week.  He'll be outside selling trays of wheatgrass along with other great herbs, plants, & produce.  The Farmers Market runs from 9am till noon, right out on High st in front of Global Gallery & the Juicebar.  We'll be open all day from 9am-7pm.

ALSO on Saturday, The Pizza Cart will be at Eartha Limited's "Healthy Environment, Healthy Living" festival from 11am-4pm.  There will be backyard composting workshops, a climbing wall, music, and more!  Details here:
Eartha Limited is located right next to the Audobon Center, at 371 Maier Place.

Monday, May 2nd: Clintonville Co-Op Member Appreciation Day
The Pizza cart will be out front from 3pm-6pm serving up grilled pizzas using local & organic ingredients from right inside the Co-Op.  It's where we purchase our local wheat & spelt, as well as our cheeses & other local ingredients to make our pizzas.  And if you're a co-op member, you'll get an extra discount on all your Co-Op purchases that day.

Check out the Co-Op website here:
Located at 200 Crestview Rd, at the intersection of Calumet & Crestview.

See you this weekend!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Columbus Underground: Food Carts/ Trucks Preview 2011

Hey wait... who is that in the picture at the top of this article?
Oh yep, it's me!  Woo hoo!

But seriously, this year is going to be an incredibly exciting season for food carts and trucks in Columbus.  There are a lot of new ones coming in this year, which brings in more variety and adds even more flavor to the already delicious scene.

Our 2011 calendar is already filling up with events.  Click on the "Where We're At" tab at the top to get the latest update of festivals and events we'll be at.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Hours at the JuiceBar!

Spring is in the air, and the juices are flowin' at the Krazy Monkey.
We've spent the last few weeks training some new Juicy Monkeys so we can extend our hours. Now you can get fresh juice or smoothies 7 days a week!
Beginning April 1st, our new hours at the JuiceBar are:
Monday-Thursday 11am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday 9am to 7pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

If you haven't been to the Krazy Monkey yet, now is the time! Come visit us inside Global Gallery Coffeeshop, at 3535 N. High St in Clintonville.

And if you're lucky enough to read this before the end of the day Friday, April 1st, go to the website below and you can purchase a $10 gift certificate to the JuiceBar for only $5! You can also use this to get some delicious whole grain pizzas on our food cart too!
This deal is only for ONE DAY!

Friday, March 11, 2011

To Be or Not To Be Gluten-Free

There is a lot of buzz going on about gluten these days. According to wikipedia, only 1 in 105 people in the U.S. are affected by celiac's disease, however, it seems to be that people who aren't necessarily allergic to gluten are following a gluten free diet. Due to the large number of requests to make my pizzas gluten free, I decided to do some experimenting in attempt to make a glutenless pizza.
Gluten itself is a protein that gives dough its elasticity. As a baker, that elasticity in my pizza dough is vital to achieving a nice puffy crust, especially since I work entirely with whole grains and not refined white flour. Making my pizza dough gluten free has proven itself a challenge. Furthermore, since I grind my own flour, my entire kitchen is "contaminated" with gluten. In order for me to make pizza that would actually be "gluten-free," I would have to purchase all new equipment, and probably even find a new kitchen space.
Since it seems that most people who are following a gluten free diet may not necessarily have celiac's disease, I decided to make a crust that is "low-gluten", but not totally gluten free. This should be suitable for people who are avoiding gluten for health benefits, NOT for those who have gluten allergies.
This is a unique pizza crust in that it doesn't use yeast as a rising agent (yeast reacts with gluten in wheat, so wheat-free flour + yeast= flat hard bricks-at least in my experimenting.) Instead, this is a baking powder & butter crust made with a mixture of rye, spelt, and corn. While both rye and spelt do still contain gluten, it is significantly lower in content: rye has only about 2% gluten, corn is totally void of gluten, and spelt has a fragile gluten content, which makes it easier to digest than gluten in wheat.
Here are some good links. For those of you who are going gluten free because of the supposed health benefits, I encourage you to read up first.

This week I will be featuring the new rye crust pizza, topped German-style with sauteed onions, sauerkraut, mushrooms, and swiss cheese. This particular pizza is fabulous with any good beer, and any person of true German heritage like myself will love it!
P.S. This pizza needs a name. Got any ideas? send me an email. If I like the name you'll also get a free pizza.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fair Trade Pizza

Our pizzas just got even better!  In addition to fair trade sugar, we are now using fair trade, organic olive oil in our pizza crusts!  Not only are these olive oils making a better life for farmers and the environment, they're also making our pizzas taste even more delicious.  Canaan Fair Trade and Higher Grounds Trading Company both offer a nice selection of some of the best tasting olive oils you can find, made from the ancient olive trees of Palestine.  By using fair trade olive oils, we are helping to support a better life for small scale farmers around the world.  For more information on these olive oils, visit:

You can also pick up a fabulous bottle of these olive oils at any Global Gallery store, located at:
3535 N. High St
in Clintonville

682 N. High St
in the Short North.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Part-time position currently available @Krazy Monkey Juicebar:
Shifts available: Thurs, Fri, Sat mornings/ early afternoons.  Shorter shifts, 8-12 hours/week.  Monday shifts may also be a possibility.

Must love all things healthy & juicy!
Reliable, self-motivated, hard working, able to multi-task
Some previous kitchen/foodservice experience required.
General knowledge of food safety/food handling procedures
Good customer service skills 
Must be 18 or older, and able to work unsupervised.

***This position will start part time but can grow to full time as early as April/ May.*** 
What I'm looking for is someone that I can train to run the juicebar a few days a week so I can handle other aspects of the business (i.e. bookkeeping).  In the near future, this can grow to a full time position- when weather gets warmer I'll be bringing the foodcart/foodtruck back to the streets!

Job Duties would include:
prepping veggies & fruits for juicing
preparing & serving fresh pressed juices & smoothies
working with the Global Gallery Staff & volunteers
cleaning, dishwashing, sweeping, etc.
Some light baking (follow simple recipes)

Pay is $8-$9 per hour plus tips & free juice!!
Apply in person, at 3535 N. High St,
Tues-Thur 11a-6p, Fri-Sat 10a-5pm, or Sun 11a-2p.
Call for more info: 614.440.9885

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Vegan Pesto Pizza

Oh the magical things a little nutritional yeast can do.  This pizza turned out really yummy, the pesto was nice and creamy, the potatoes got crispy and the rosemary really tied everything together.  I will definitely feature this pizza again!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

First Pizza Night of 2011!

Tonight's Pizza menu features our newest and most exciting vegan pizza!  It's a vegan pesto, topped with pine nuts, russet potatoes, and a little Daiya vegan mozzarella.  Yum!  For a cheesy non-vegan option, we're featuring our classic spinach & broccoli pesto, with Ohio Amish cheese & sundried tomatoes.  

For a lighter option, we'll also have a focaccia bread available every week.  This week, it's a rosemary-garlic focaccia with thin sliced lemons on top.  It looks just as pretty as it tastes!

Pizza by the slice is $3, whole pies to order for $12. Take n Bakes for $10.  And A FREE SLICE for every $5 purchase @ the JUICEBAR!!

TONIGHT ONLY!! FREE SCONES!  For Valentine's Day, we've made some little heart-shaped lemon scones.  They're free.  They're vegan.  They're freaking delicious!  (And they go great with a smoothie.)

So come on over tonight from 6pm to 8pm and enjoy some whole grain deliciousness, courtesy of Earth's Crust and the Krazy Monkey Juicebar.  I would have posted pics on here, but I want you to be surprised when you come in.  So come check it out already, huh!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Free Pizza Fridays @ The Krazy Monkey!

Hey!  We've got some new pizza recipes to try out, and we want to know what you think about them before we start rolling 'em out on the streets this Spring.  So, we're going to offer FREE slices of pizza with every $5 purchase from the Juicebar on Friday nights in February & March.
Stop into the JuiceBar inside Global Gallery Coffeeshop on a Friday from 6 to 8pm, buy a smoothie or a fresh juice, and try a slice of one of our whole grain pizzas topped with local Ohio cheeses, or one of our vegan pizzas with Daiya soy-free vegan cheese.  If you want more than just a slice, you can also order a whole pie for $12 ea, or a take-n bake for $10.
Starts Friday, Feb 11th and runs through Mar 25, 2011, Friday nights from 6 to 8pm, while supplies last.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pizza for Valentine's Day

How much more awesome can your Valentine's Day meal get with this lovely heart shaped pizza?

These are a perfect meal for two.  Available in several different varieties:
Italian herb & 3 cheese
Spinach Pesto
Tomato NOTzarella (vegan)
Vegan Harvest
Now taking orders!!  Call or email for details: