Kent State’s Dining Services Rolls Out Food TruckPosted Jun. 16, 2014
Kent State University’s Dining Services will begin serving burgers, tacos, salads and more from its first food truck this summer. The food truck, called Fork in the Road, will have a core menu and chef specials with a focus on culinary excellence. The menu will change with availability of seasonal ingredients and will feature both classics and signature items.
“This is definitely culinary-driven,” says Rich Roldan, director of Kent State’s Dining Services. “It’s going to be street food, but in a different fashion. It will be very good and healthy, not your standard menu.”
Executive Chef Christian Booher will run the truck. Fork in the Road will operate near White Hall and the more remote northwest area of campus. It also will appear at athletic events, campus festivals and other special venues.
“We’re looking at going where it’s convenient,” Roldan says. “A lot of students just don’t want to walk more than three or four minutes to get to the Kent Student Center. We want to service those needs on that side of campus, as well as for commuters and folks who don’t want to worry about parking.”
Fork in the Road conducted tests of its menu items with free samples at events.
“We want to make sure we tweak all the recipes, get all the equipment working and have a good flow,” Roldan says. “The last thing we want to do is open and not be able to give the best service.”
The idea for a food truck came from watching food trends and discussing campus dining options over the years.
“We’ve had a small truck, and it’s done OK for us, but the trend seems to be going toward food trucks,” Roldan says. “Adding more dining locations to that side of campus is expensive and not a feasible option to build something there, so we kept thinking of doing a portable option.”
The food truck is equipped with state-of-the-art appliances, featuring a commercial Keurig system, digital menu screens and blue undercarriage lights for night time.
Dining Services also is continuing to offer healthy options at many of its locations across campus. Last year, a combined total of 126,250 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables was consumed at Dining Services’ locations. The department purchases produce from local vendors and uses fresh seasonal items in menus whenever possible.
Stay up to date on Fork in the Road’s menu, locations and events through its Twitter account @KSUFoodTruck and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KSUFoodTruck.