Grand Junction, CO: Two Competing Mobile Food Vendors Work Together

Farmer's Market In Grand Junction, CO

By Sharon Sullivan | Grand Junction Free Press

Farmer's Market In Grand Junction, CO

For people at work, there’s food on the go.

Two mobile food vendors — Mama G’s One Shot and Mamie’s travel to various businesses around town delivering breakfast and lunch along the way.

Mama G’s owner Barbara Guzman cooks a variety of breakfast burritos with pork green chili, as well as several kinds of sandwiches for breakfast or lunch, including BLTs, hoagies, meatball and cold sandwiches.

“I try and change it up,” Guzman said.

A group of construction workers at Fifth and Pitkin gathered around her food truck Wednesday to order burritos, chips and energy drinks.

The Grand Junction native learned to cook by working in her mother’s Mexican restaurant and catering business.

She found a niche and a route, by delivering to construction sites and businesses located from 24 to 32 roads, and shops along the I-70 business loop and North Avenue. She also brings food to Patterson Road and Orchard Mesa.

Most of her advertising is through word-of-mouth, said Guzman, who opened her business in March 2010.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A similar business called Mamie’s was started in January by Darin and Amy Pace. Like Mama G’s, both owners cook and prepare their foods at the Business Incubator Center kitchen. Both drive pick-up trucks with propane-powered warmers to keep hot, food prepared at the Incubator kitchen that morning. Coolers on the side of the truck keep drinks and cold foods fresh.

Mamie’s offers biscuits and gravy including one called “loaded” that comes with diced potatoes, scrambled eggs, feta and bacon bits, and white sausage gravy. There’s also omelet platters that include pork green chili, diced potatoes and a tortilla. She also makes burritos, including a sweet pork burrito with marinated pork, lime-infused rice and Asian-inspired gravy that has ginger, garlic, and onion.

One of Mamie’s’ specialties is the chicken fried burrito — comprised of potatoes, scrambled eggs, diced chicken fried steak, cheese and sausage gravy.

“It’s a really big seller,” Amy Pace said.

Both vendors also accept special orders called in ahead of time.

“I’ll make whatever they want,” Guzman said.

Although they’re competitors, the two food vendors help each other out. They’re often at the Incubator kitchen at the same time, and if one is out of something, the other will donate their own ingredients.

“We share back and forth,” Pace said. “Sometimes, we are both at the same place even.”

Mamie’s concentrates more on lunch, and Mama G’s on breakfast, Pace said.

“One of the neat things about working at the Incubator, is the networking. It’s a nice little community. We try and help each other out when we can,” she said.

Both women have children at home and found cooking professionally to be something they could do on a flexible schedule with kids.

The business is doing “tremendously well,” Amy Pace said. “It’s one of those things — everybody has to eat.”

Already, the Paces are looking to expand. They plan to open a festival food truck called “Fried” — serving mostly deep-fried inspired foods such as deep-fried candy bars, deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and French fries.

There will be other items as well, Pace said, such as wraps, and pulled-pork sandwiches.

Mamie’s can be reached at 314-9493; Mama G’s One Shot, at 260-2308.

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