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Clark to Oversee Program that Will Train Qualified Veterans to Operate First 100 Gourmet Food Trucks
SAN ANTONIO — General (ret.) Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, was in San Antonio, Texas today with Dave Danhi, founder of The Grilled Cheese Truck, a chef-driven gourmet venue, to announce a new program aimed at helping veterans start their own business. Clark and Danhi have teamed up to identify and train qualified veterans to own and operate food trucks.
“We are bringing veterans an opportunity to have a tested and proven ownership experience with The Grilled Cheese Truck,” said General Clark. “We are one of the few franchise opportunities that the veteran skill set translates to and allows a veteran to be very successful.”
Danhi, an award-winning chef from Los Angeles, was an executive chef for more than 20 years before a back injury led him to buy an employment agency for chefs. In 2009, Danhi entered a grilled cheese competition in LA that sparked the idea for the Grilled Cheese Truck.
“I couldn’t believe the demand for grilled cheese,” remarked Danhi. “People just loved it, so I went home and started doing the research on my computer. I found that there wasn’t anything out there like this and immediately decided I wanted to pursue it.”
The innovative program pairs veterans who have a unique skill set with an experienced team of food professionals to teach them how to run a food truck. Another team will assist the veterans with bookings and select sites for stops around each city.
General Clark and Danhi will introduce The Grilled Cheese Truck on July 4th to active duty military, veterans and the rest of San Antonio during the City’s official 4th of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park. They plan to feed up to 5,000 people for free as a thank you for their service to our country.
San Antonio is the first market in Texas for The Grilled Cheese Truck. The company has plans to expand to Dallas, Austin, and Houston.
The Grilled Cheese Truck has trucks in Los Angeles, Ventura/Santa Barbara, Phoenix and now San Antonio with plans to have 100 trucks across the country in the next year. For more information, visit www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com.