I did not see a section for new member introductions to please excuse me if there is a more appropiate section for this post.
My Name is Kevin. My wife (Valeri) and I have been in the restaurnat industry all of our lives, I'm 37yo she is a bit younger
I have held just about every position there is in the restaurant and have been at the management level for the past 10 years. We both have culinary arts educations, hers in the baking and pastry department and I am from the culinary side. We have worked in both corporate and indy concepts throughout the years, learning many insights along the way.
One personal quality that has worked for me at every new intersection of life is humility. Regardless of what I have seen, smelled, tasted, or experienced, there has always been something new or different. I don't ever want to limit myself by thinking that I know everything. You will find that to be especially true here, on the RoadFood Fourums!
The time has come for us to give it our best shot and to go into business for ourselves. We are both planning on keeping our jobs throughout the build process (hopefully 3 - 6 months). My wife, the face of the business, would be the first to leave her job since I am the bread winner at the moment. If all goes well, it would be a dream come true for me to be able to leave my position as well and to be fully self employeed.
We are already moving forward with our plans as we recently (this past Monday 8/27/12) purchased our platform truck. Our concept is pretty simple, basically a mobile coffee shop with a slight twist. We will not be serving any of the "normal" street food selections nor will we be outfitting the truck with grills, burners, or steam tables (hopefully this will save us $ and make the build a little easier!). The vehicle we will be doing business out of is a 1977 Grumman Kurbmaster 16ft bumper to bumper. I'll surely be posting pics as soon as I can!
Anyway, since I plan on using the site and sharing experiences I thought it was only appropiate that you knew a little something about me. We are financially sound, passionate, and know our concept very well......building the truck is a slightly different story!
Thanks - Kevin and Valeri