MPCHS students serving up competition at Food Truck Face Off

$5 for soup, sandwich and dessert during parent-teacher conferences Thursday

Have yet to book a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation? Mt. Pleasant Community High School students are serving sandwiches, soups and desserts at their Food Truck Face Off on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

Students in Culinary Arts II, Computer Graphics and Intro to Business are collaborating to form teams in a Food Truck Face Off during parent-teacher conferences. Each group is responsible for planning, advertising and making the food for the “truck” — a table with a display created by the graphic design team advertising their product.

For $5, anyone can check out Food Truck Face Off and get a soup, sandwich and dessert. The students are prepared to serve 100 customers.

Past culinary classes have been assigned the food truck project; however, this is the first year it will be brought to life, culinary instructor Marjorie Beckman said.

Although the “game plan” for the project was disrupted by snow days, Beckman said the project will still be a success with students serving up good meals on Thursday. Students were also going to be required to write a jingle for their food truck, but that piece of the assignment was scrapped.

Amanda Reisma, instructor for Intro to Business, said the learning goals of the project are to create a company and understand how marketing affects consumers. Students have been required to create Facebook posts to get the word out about the project.

Dalton Stearns, a senior at MPCHS, took a culinary class last year and is now working on the food truck project as a part of his Intro to Business class. Stearns said that marketing a food truck is a “very different story” than coming up with the menu.

Working as a group across three different classes has “been a headache,” Stearns said, but also a good lesson in collaboration. His group, “Love Me A Sandwich,” is serving chicken bacon ranch wraps, and he likes his odds in beating out the competition.

James Kinney, a senior at MPCHS taking Intro to Business, agreed with Stearns that the project has been challenging. Kinney said his group, “Soup Gang,” has learned how to use all the technology available to them to email or even Snapchat to communicate with each other.

Soup Gang will be serving loaded baked potato soup, a favorite of sophomore culinary student Olivia Hiatt.

“My mom makes it all the time. I suggested it to the group, and they all agreed,” Hiatt said.

Soup Gang also has a slogan: “We soup up the block.”

The other group names are “Sliding with Style” (sandwich), “Steamy Soups,” and for dessert “Anytime Cakes” and “Sweet Bites.”