Local food scene keeps on truckin’
Friday, July 07, 2017
Food trucks have been a mainstay in metropolitan communities for years, but the four-wheels-with-food approach is starting to find a foothold in the Iowa Great Lakes.
Two trucks, named Fare You Well and Farm to Fork, are the major mobile restaurants in the area.
Fare You Well Manager Desi Wheeler she started her food truck in April. A conversation in passing fueled the idea and the longtime foodservice employee her mobile enterprise decided to take on the venture. Help comes from LeeMarie Lowe and Sam Svihl — whom she had worked with before. Lowe took on the role of sous chef.
“It kind of fell in my lap,” Wheeler said. “It was kind of always meant to be.”
Wheeler secured a truck that had already been outfitted with a kitchen and spent approximately three weeks cleaning and prepping the kitchen. Since the truck’s kitchen was already installed, this shaved some time off of the inspection process.
Farm to Fork owner Michael Dunn was inspired to create his food truck after watching the Food Network program “Eat Street” – he joked he was perhaps watching too much of the show. Dunn, who was a builder for 40 years, built his mobile kitchen from a FedEx truck that was no longer in service. This will be Dunn’s third summer operating Farm to Fork.