New food truck from San Antonio chef Jesse Kuykendall will offer 'overlooked' Mexican street foods

click image Instagram / jess.kuykendallclick image Facebook / Milpa - Food Truck & CateringThe chef behind the innovative cuisine at Ocho at Hotel Havana is branching out to offer San Antonio the food of her childhood along the U.S.-Mexico border.This weekend, chef Jesse Kuykendall will launch Milpa, a food truck specializing in Mexican street food that may be unfamiliar to many San Antonians. A brick and mortar space is also in the works.“I started this venture prior to [joining the team at] Ocho, and it was hard to let it go so I could dedicate my focus to my growth with Havana,” said Kuykendall, known to her coworkers as Chef Kirk. “Milpa is a perfect place for me to share who I am, past [the work] I’m fortunate to do with Ocho.”Even so, the Laredo-raised chef said her primary focus remains on Ocho.The Milpa food truck will launch with a hefty Valentine’s Day takeout package and a Saturday pop-up at Government Hill establishment Folklores Coffee House . The pop-up will showcase future menu items including tacos, quesadillas, pozole and arroz con leche, all inspired by Kuykendall’s family recipes, travels and experiences growing as a chef.“The menu is focused on overlooked street foods in Mexico, street foods I was introduced to by my mom on our travels growing up,” Kuykendall said. Diners can place pre-orders for the meal, including add-on options, at the Milpa website The pop-up at Folklores, located at 1526 E. Grayson St., will start at 9 a.m. and run until the food sells out.