For two years, Kandice Gonzalez has served up food from a cart labeled "Wright's." This month, she launched Wright's Food Truck, dishing up hot lunches from the comfort and convenience of the enclosed space inside the large vehicle.
"I bought this a year ago and I've been working on it," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez began offering lunches in Hesston, then shifted her focus to Newton. Wright's Food Truck is open between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Mondays through Fridays at Norcraft Companies, 900 S. Meridian. Gonzalez usually parks the truck between Buildings 2 and 3.
"I started coming out here with my cart over this last summer and they're getting to know me," Gonzalez said.
The regular menu for Wright's Food Truck includes cheeseburgers, hot dogs and hot links, which are all served on toasted buns. Weekly rotating specials feature items such as soft tacos and shepherd's pie. Chips and cans of pop are also offered.
"It's a lot of work; eight to 10 hours a day of working," Gonzalez said. "A lot of it's prep, but I really enjoy it."
The bestselling menu items at Wright's Food Truck are hot links and pulled pork made with Gonzalez's secret recipe.
"You definitely want to put honey and paprika in there," Gonzalez said.
Having the truck gives Gonzalez some protection from the elements — in past years, she sold food in the heat of summer and while snow was coming down.
"When it's what you do for a living, you just do it," Gonzalez said.
Putting together the equipment for food preparation inside the truck was just the first step, she noted.
"It's a lot of work...you have to have the licensing, you have to have it inspected," Gonzalez said.
It takes some careful planning to keep everything — from napkins to ketchup bottles — in their places.
"You can't just drive away, because everything will fly," Gonzalez laughed. "I've done it."
Gonzalez takes her food to events like the Mexican-American Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament in Newton and the All School's Day Parade in McPherson and wants to add even more to her roster this year. She also plans to add lunch delivery for businesses.
Gonzalez makes the business a family affair by having her children help out during the summer months.
"It's a lot of fun, if you like to cook," Gonzalez said. "I just like to serve people food. I get pleasure out of doing that service work and to make money at it is just a really good bonus."
For more information about Wright's Food Truck, visit https://www.facebook.com/mibilefoodcart.