Owners Matt and Christie Vymazal met in college at Kutztown University. Christie was on an athletic scholarship and met Matt spring of 2010 (her graduating year). She moved home and like any man in love, Matt crossed the border to Canada to visit her that summer. Thanks to Christie's patriotic family Matt got a healthy dose of Canadian life that year. One of the things he loved the most about the Great White North was the FOOD. Poutine, Smoked Meats, Canadian BACON!! After about a year of long distance, Christie decided to take a leap of faith and moved back to the USA to be with Matt.
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Matt used his culinary skills from working for many years as a chef at a local country club to try and recreate some of Christies favorite Canadian dishes at home. After the frustration and disappointment of dining out, seeing poutine on the menu and then realizing it wasnt the same as home, they knew they had to take it into their own hands to create something REAL. The duo tested recipes day after day, making gravy and peameal bacon, over and over again for a YEAR! Until, finally Christie was satisfied with the end result and they were happy. BUT, they thought...they cant be only ones who crave these Canadian culinary creations... and after more planning, the Flying V brand was born.
They heard Canadian geese fly overhead one day when serving up food to friends and family and it clicked...mighty ducks, geese flying in V formation, our last name is VYMAZAL....THE FLYING V!!
From there they started the Flying V pop up tent, and drove around to breweries and offered up this new foreign food. Before they knew it there were several Canadians that caught wind of the V and their authentic Poutine. From there they grew by serving at festivals and other events until one day they were able to afford the FOOD TRUCK!
After two years of trucking all over the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and New York City we decided to land in our NOW home of Bethlehem, PA. We signed a lease on the space March of 2020 right before the pandemic hit hard. With the support of the community we were able to open in August of 2020. The brick and mortar allowed us to expand our menu to more Canadian cuisine items other than just poutine. We have laid down some deep roots on the south side of Bethlehem and look forward to growing in the future!
Some awesomeness that is worth noting is we are a Smorgasburg vendor based out of Brooklyn NY. That means we pop a tent up every Saturday from April - October serving the city the best poutine south of the border. We have be featured at the Food Network and Cooking Channel's Food and Wine Festival Festival in NYC, Matt was a selected talented chef for the USA today Food and Wine Festival in NYC, and Christie was nominated as a top influential Canadian in NYC in 2019. We have also been nominated as Best Food Truck in the Lehigh Valley 2 years in a row and are a staple food vendor at the largest free Music Festival in the USA
Matt & Christie