Coldwater, MI: Food truck lunch an option for students

Cruisin' Kitchen, a Chartwell food truck, served tacos to Coldwater High School students on Friday [Rosalie Currier Photo]

By Rosalie Currier  |  The Daily Reporter

School lunches aren’t what they used to be. On Friday, Coldwater High School students had the option to get street tacos from the Cruisin’ Kitchen food truck and put it one their school lunch account.

Chicken tinga or carne asada street tacos were served from the truck. Food from the regular menu was served inside. It all came from Chartwell, the food service provider for Coldwater Community Schools.

On the food truck, directing the preparation and serving of the tacos was Brian Trammell. He takes the Cruisin’ Kitchen to Chartwell schools in the Great Lakes Region — Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Food service directors from Bronson, Quincy, White Pigeon and Niles came to help and check it out for their own districts in the future.

It’s part of the “Happy and Healthy” initiative by Chartwell, said Tamara Santora, Coldwater Chartwell food service director. The goal is to serve fun food that’s also fresh.

Students who tried the tacos seemed positive.

“They match up with tacos you’d get at a restaurant,” said Landyn Birk, a CHS student.

Bryan Herreran said they were much better than fast food tacos that aren’t really tacos.

Aiden Marsden said “It’s cooler. It’s better. It’s a change of scenery.”