Bikini Panini Food Truck

“Taste the Sunshine!”
We Service
30 mile radius of the Richmond, VA Metro Area.
About Us
I am Laura Daab, the Chef/Owner of Bikini Panini food truck and have been an avid cook most of my life. My favorite memories come from the yellow kitchen in my childhood home where my mom cooked and baked constantly. Learning from her and inspired by my favorite cuisine, I focus on Coastal Mediterranean cooking that incorporates lots of fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.

Starting Bikini Panini was an unplanned opportunity and reinvention for me. My degree is in Marketing Communications and I was a theatrical producer for 20 years with a company I owned with my husband, Jim. We were hit hard by the Great Recession and shut our doors 5 years ago. I struggled to find a full-time, corporate job so I freelanced as a house painter, Marketing/PR Manager for a local theatre company, and worked on a frozen yogurt truck for a while.

One day, Jim drove by an auto auction near our house in Church Hill and saw a food truck being cleaned-up for sale. We bid on the truck and won! It’s a cute little step van that was repossessed from a Panini business in DC. “Why reinvent the wheel?’ I thought, so I spent the next 3 months fixing up the truck and developing my menu that along with 5 different Panini sandwiches includes Paella, Ratatouille with Curried Couscous and assorted baked good, ice cream and Italian Ices. I recently added a Kid’s menu that includes a Grilled Cheese Panini and a Breakfast menu with a Spanish Torta, Breakfast Panini and other goodies!

I’ve been in business since January of 2017 and have done very well. It’s challenging, rewarding, tiring, gratifying, and glorious! I belong to the Richmond Food Truck Association and I work pretty much all over the Metro Richmond Area. I’ve been a featured chef several times on WTRV’s “Virginia this Morning” demonstrating cooking segments of my food on Bikini Panini. Bikini Panini was also voted Best Food Truck in Virginia and featured in an article titled, “Top 50 Best Food Trucks in the US” by Eat This, Not That food magazine. You can find Bikini Panini at breweries and wineries, corporate lunches, street festivals, block parties, fundraisers, private events, weddings…pretty much any kind of an event that needs mobile food.

I’m working at what I love and have learned there is always time for another adventure and a challenge to reinvent oneself! Cheers!
Our Food
Bikini Panini We offer a variety of fresh pressed panini sandwiches, made from scratch Paella, Ratatouille, and Soup du Jour, as well as freshly baked desserts and ice cream treats. We can offer items for meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets.

We have an online ordering site where you can pre-order and schedule a time to pick up their lunches at our service window, and they can also order in real-time directly from our truck.

Our menu can be found here:

Please contact me at or 804-221-0492 and we can discuss dates for us to come out and serve your next event!
Signature Dish:  Paninis, Paella, and Ratatouille
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