With increasing regularity, food trucks parked in cities across North Texas are becoming culinary windows to the world.
Take for example Greek Girls Goodies, a new 28-foot food truck that is the brainchild of Kalliopi Anastasis Papas, and that soon will be operating out of a food-truck park in Frisco.
She’ll be serving up Greek staples from the land of her birth, The Dallas Morning News reported. On the menu will be such items as gyros, greek salads, and other dishes.
“I come from a very Greek-oriented background. My life was centered around food all the time.”
Kalliopi Anastasis Papas
“I come from a very Greek-oriented background,” Papas, who was born on the Greek island of Rhodes and grew up helping in her grandmother’s kitchen, told the Morning News. “My life was centered around food all the time.”
Papas said she began thinking about launching a food truck about a year and half ago because of a suggestion by her boyfriend and adviser, Roy Reece.
The newspaper said the Papas is one of a growing number of entrepreneurs in the mobile food industry who are introducing international flavors across DFW. You’ll find food from Laos, Argentina, Mexico, China, and other culture available from food trucks.
It’s a chance for the entrepreneurs to share their cultures while making money. For consumers, it’s a chance to have Asian, Latin American, European, and other types of food from a convenient, mobile source.
“Ethnic cuisine is part of what’s making the food truck industry so popular,” Matt Geller, founding president of the National Food Truck Association told the Morning News. “Innovation in cuisine is one of the main drivers fueling the growth.”
“Innovation in cuisine is one of the main drivers fueling the growth.”
Food trucks have grown far beyond the vehicles that for many years stopped at construction and other work sites, offering convenient hot foods for workers.
Today, they offer everything from a basic hamburger or salad, to complex gourmet cuisine.
It’s a growth industry, with seemingly unlimited potential.
The National Restaurant Association reported earlier this year that estimated food truck revenue will rise from $917.82 million in 2016 to $967.25 million in 2017.