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(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)
He's also been the source of some curiosity -- being likely the only local with a penny farthing on the back of his van.
Penny farthing is the name given to the style of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel. The name is derived from a similar comparison in sizes between the British penny and farthing (quarter penny) coins.
Hooberry hasn't always been a larger-than-life character. Prior to pursuing his food dreams, he worked as an electrical engineer for a candy confection manufacturer. When the passage of NAFTA eliminated that position, he obtained a grant for job retraining -- and chose a culinary career path.
Of his fascination with the late 18th century, "It's just an era I enjoy," he says.
An avid collector of antique cookbooks. he enjoys researching an old recipe and making modern adaptations.
"I want people to know what real food tastes like," he says while showing off his dream menu. Rolled Herb Pullet Biases, Yin Yang Pasta and Boeuf de Madeira with Caramel Onion Confit and Watermelon Bisque are among the offerings.
"If you cook the things that God gave you out of the earth, you don't have to give up flavor," he says. For now he caters privately, but hopes to open a 18th century themed restaurant someday.