Vendor Gallery: Andy Grimes

Andy Grimes

Andy Grimes didn’t always tool around the Southeast in a converted green 1975 GMC Palm Beach christened The Pickle. His résumé includes fancy stints at restaurants ranging from Joey D.’s to Ciboulette and Cafe Tu Tu Tango. He then worked for Delta doing menu design and corporate catering until getting laid off after 9/11.

Grimes started Ultimate Culinary Solutions in January 2002 and, a year later bought an old motorhome from a guy outside of Charlotte. He ” limped back to Atlanta,” had the mechanicals fixed up by Zeb Frady at Southland Motorhomes in Buford, and ripped out the avocado interior and shag carpet in front of his house prior to having a  kitchen installed by Myron Hammontree at AmEquip in Dallas, Georgia.

Grimes and his Pickle are familiar figures at events such as the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, the Inman Park Festival, and the Virginia Highland Summerfest. He is a huge fan of Ultimate frisbee and always caters the Atlanta Flying Disc Club End of Season Tournament. This year, he will participate in the Sweetwater 420 Festival, the Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Fair in Chastain Park, and make a first appearance at Corn-Dog-O-Rama.

A street vendor at heart, he will participate in many of the upcoming events sponsored by the Atlanta Street Food Coalition and, upon reading our recent piece about the King of Pops and his handcrafted popsicles, he wrote: “Maybe he can make me a pickle-flavored one. I hear they’re big in Texas.”