Jared Sullivan stepped away from his work in the kitchen at Chubby Fish in May to launch his own pop-up, Wild Card. While the concept took some time to get off the ground, Sullivan and his girlfriend Chelsea Christian have settled into a regular rotation of events across the Charleston area.
“Our food is definitely rooted in Mexican and Filipino, but we like to bring in all kinds of cuisines to our food when possible,” Sullivan said. “I have cooked all different types of food in my career, so I didn’t want to stray away from the influence that has had on me.”
Sullivan and Christian, lead line cook at Slightly North of Broad, met while working as sous chefs at a restaurant in their home state of Kentucky. The Filipino side of the pop-up comes from Christian, whose mom was born in the Philippines.
Their version of lumpia, a Filipino spring roll, is a variation on her aunt’s recipe, Sullivan said.
“We would always bring them to cookouts,” Sullivan said. “That was when we started to realize, ‘Hey we might have a thing here.’ ”
In between pop-ups, the couple sells frozen lumpia, sometimes rolling up to 300 in a single week.
“She is the one that rolls them because it really is hard to consistently make perfect lumpia,” Sullivan said.
Alongside the lumpia, Wild Card has served items like a griddled burrito, whipped feta and biscuits with gravy, which appeared during a recent brunch service at Wind & Waves Brewing.
Catch Wild Card the first weekend of December at Bar Rollins (5 p.m. Dec. 3) and The Garden by Charles Towne Fermentory (noon Dec. 4).