Humans of Calvert County via Facebook
I was a choral conductor and led worship for years. I commuted back and forth between here, Tennessee, and Atlanta for my job. My last assignment was in Southaven, Mississippi. It got to a point in my career of being burnt out and I wanted to be here with my family.
In May I decided to leave my six figure job. It was very tough. It was a big leap of faith. My wife has such radical faith. It is amazing to see her faith in action. She wanted me to pursue my dream, to open a restaurant.
This is straight up southern cooking like grandmas. I have my own interpretations and twists of some of those classic recipes. It has always been a dream.
We went to several places to lease and sell my vision and several doors in Calvert were closed. It was very discouraging and I put it on the back burner. After making fried chicken for my kids one night, my daughter said “You can make money off this chicken.” That night it sat with me, praying about it, and I revisited the idea with my wife. It started unraveling, the food truck idea, the name, the concept, how to present it, everything fell into place at once. While a food truck is easier to obtain, there are a lot of restrictions.
My two piece chicken meal called a ‘by and by’, deep fried ribs are called ‘amazing grace’.
Trying to find a place to set up and post your business is very difficult. In the beginning, I heard a lot of “No”s from business owners and unreturned emails.
There is a lot of competition and many have misunderstandings of zoning and regulations. Recently, several local business owners allowed me the opportunity to set up in their parking lots. It has been rewarding. There is this idea of pop-up, spontaneity that I like.
My ultimate vision is to have a brick and mortar restaurant and to continue the mobile food truck. It is fun to go around town to meet and impact various audiences. I view my truck as an opportunity to spread the Gospel. It is an opportunity to connect with people. I believe at the core of God’s love is that relationship you build and love is the very core. As I meet new people and try different things, I am inspired. I still feel like I’m making an impact on people.
My wife and kids are very involved. My wife goes out with me on weekends in the truck to help. We are very intentional of offering service style meals to interact with people, to dive into the community more. My kids help package the boxes, making sure each has a liner and napkin pack. Our goal is spreading God’s love and building back into the community.