Jeff Kraus Makes the "First Time Crepe" -- Nutella, Elderflower, Spiced Walnuts and More
Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by one.
Photos by Lauren Saria Jeff Kraus makes the First Time crepe
Today: Jeff Kraus of Crepe Bar makes the First Time Crepe.
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We're still groggy at 6 a.m., but when we pull up to Crepe Bar, owner Jeff Kraus is shockingly energized. Then again, judging from experience, this guy is always energized. We asked to meet in his "home kitchen" and it seems he wasn't kidding about this place being his de facto home. While we're still trying to assemble our camera equipment without breaking anything, Kraus prepares a couple of cups of Crepe Bar's seasonally harvested coffee, ambling about the restaurant the way we wander through our own house in the morning hours.
Lauren Saria Jeff Kraus at Crepe Bar in Tempe
If you've heard of or tasted Kraus' work, you may already have an idea of what it's like to hang out in the kitchen with this chef. One look at the Crepe Bar Twitter or Facebook and it's like you can feel Kraus and his high-energy seeping through the screen. He's chipper and happy and chatty and making us feel much better about getting up so damn early. Making small talk with Kraus we can't help but like his natural good humor and quirkiness (if you don't believe us, check out his Nutella tattoo, pictured below).
Before opening Crepe Bar, located on the northwest corner of Elliot and Rural Road in Tempe, Kraus made quite a name for himself on the road, via his mobile creperie Truckin' Good Food. Kraus then pulled off the streets for good and moved on to his second venture, ++experience++ gastro, but not before Huffington Post named TGF one of the 10 Most Influential Food trucks in 2010. In 2011 Kraus also earned and honorable mention on America's Top 20 Mobile Concepts list in QSR Magazine. He's become known for using local ingredients to turn out creative, playful cuisine - and almost always with a French twist.
Lauren Saria Jeff Kraus shows off his Nutella tattoo