Shaquan Chambers and Jasmine Bookert stood on line for an hour for a first taste of a New Haven delicacy—a grilled-cheese sandwich from the Caseus food truck.
The pair got the idea—and free coupons for the sandwiches—from people working the New Haven Green Wednesday afternoon for Liberty Bank. The bank, as part of a “Free Food! Take a break on us” promotion, arranged to pay for up to 200 free Caseus sandwiches during what has become a weekly celebration of local food and music.
Caseus parked the truck along Temple Street as part of the weekly CitySeed farmers market. Meanwhile, the weekly Blues, Berries & Jam free lunchtime series, which expanded this summer from five to eight weeks, featured a concert on a nearby stage.
The Mojo Boys served up sizzling jazz & R&B for people filling tables put out by the Town Green Special Services District ...
... as well as for the line of lunchers waiting for their free Caseus sandwich. As many as 75 people at a time stood on the line.
Caseus served all 200 paid-for sandwiches, reported co-owner Tom Sobocinski. “We had to cut people off at the end. A bunch of people were kind of angry,” he said. “Any time we can give out something free, we’re happy to do it. We had a good time. I’m happy people got to come out and get free lunch.”