Phresh Press Paninis opened on April 28 (
Phresh Press Paninis opened on April 28 (

New Food Truck Brings Paninis to Athens

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A new food truck has come to town, offering panini sandwiches packed with local ingredients.

Phresh Press Paninis opened on April 28 and is owned and operated by Justin Berry and Daisy Carlson.

“I’ve always been fond of great sandwiches, especially paninis, and ever since Mistretta’s closed this town has been lacking in paninis,” said Berry.

For those not familiar with a panini, it’s a deli sandwich warmed with a pressing grill.

“We try to use as many local ingredients as we can,” Berry said. “We get most of our bread from Avalanche and Jackie O’s, we get our cheese from Laurel Valley Creamery, we get our beef, sausage, bacon, spring mix and some other produce from Dexter Run Farm, eggs from Brite Farms, mushrooms and microgreens from Green Edge/Mushroom Harvest and anything else that we can from the farmers market.”

The truck’s menu currently includes an Italian, turkey bacon, meatball, and mushroom panini as well as a veggie wrap.

“We will be rotating some new flavors in eventually,” Berry said.

As Berry is also the head chef at Fur Peace Ranch in Meigs County, Phresh Press Paninis’ schedule is a bit random at the moment. Berry said the truck should be at Quidel (Diagnostic Hybrids) every Tuesday. The truck will also be at the Color Dance Music Festival at Poston Lake in Stewart next weekend, and at Shade Winery during the first two weekends in June.

Phresh Press Paninis also has a vending location on East Union Street near the College Green when they aren’t at other locations.

“We’re available for events and if any other non food businesses want to have us provide food we can setup anywhere,” Berry said.

Berry said people can check the business’ Facebook page for updates.