One local vendor will be in two totally different locations during the two-day Village Peddler Festival. Gina Giallombardo and Annette Restifo, the two Willowick women behind Carhop’s Burger Sauce will be selling their famous jars of sauce in their usual spot located in the Local Culinary Marketplace tent at the festival and will also be serving it up on top of a Carhop’s double decker burger in their mobile diner.
The entrepreneurs’ original product, Carhop’s Burger Sauce was invented by Giallombardo when she owned a local tavern and was seeking something to make her hamburger stand out from the others. Restifo was the encouragement behind taking the sauce to market. Choosing the name Carhop’s Burger Sauce, the two found out quickly they had a hit on their hands. People constantly tell them it tastes a lot like the sauce on the hamburgers sold at the former Bob’s Big Boy, a popular drive-in restaurant dating from the 1960s.
The women don’t make that claim. The label says, “It’s the only secret sauce you’ll ever need.” The mayonnaise-based sauce is low in sodium, has zero carbohydrates, and is gluten free and sugar free. The concept of the mobile diner was created from Carhop’s customers constantly asking when the co-
owners were going to serve up the burgers with the sauce. Well, they decided it was time to do just that and bought the mobile diner. The Carhop’s Mobile Diner made its debut last summer at local farmers markets and private events. The mobile diner has the ability to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, anywhere for any event and it has done so at farmers markets, school events, parties and festivals!
This weekend, on both Saturday, September 16th (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, September 17th (10:00 a.m, – 5:00 p.m.) the Carhop’s Mobile Diner will be on festival field at the Village Peddler Festival held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland. Carhop’s double decker which is two 1/3 lb. angus burgers topped with American cheese, shredded lettuce and of course Carhop’s Burger Sauce, will be top of the menu taking you back to the diner days. Festival goers will have a selection of regular and veggie burgers on the Burger Bar along with Nathan’s ¼ lb. all beef jumbo hot dogs and the ever-popular Fleetwood Chili Dog which is topped with homemade chili, cheese and jalapenos.
This article is brought to you by Village Peddler Festival