In July of 2013 two avid football fans found themselves working side by side at an Atlanta warehouse. One was a Falcons Fan (Milt). The other was a Saints fan (Edgard). It was a trash talking paradise heading to Gameday every Friday. When the two teams played it really got crazy. You would think this relationship would be rocky due to the fact that Falcons fans and Saints fans generally despise one another. To everyone’s surprise we worked great together. We became friends, hung out together and talked about our goals and dreams. After discussing possible business ventures we decided to go all in and start up a Food Truck. Edgard loves cooking. Milt loves eating at Food Trucks. They both love making money. The perfect opportunity for both.
About The Chef…
Hi, let me start with a little about myself. My name is Edgard and I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. My mom and dad immigrated from Managua, Nicaragua with little to nothing. My dad made his living painting cars for Ford Lincoln Mercury and my mom work at Schwegmann’s, a former New Orleans supermarket, in the deli department. A family of six, my mother did her best to keep us fed. With Latin roots and a taste of what New Orleans had to offer, my mother would prepare some of the best meals I can remember. As the youngest, I was a momma’s boy and would do what I could to help out in the kitchen. I watched, helped and learned how to work my way around the kitchen. Immediately after high school I enlisted in the Marines to start my own career. During that time I started a family and had 2 daughters of my own. I would cook occasionally for my family as my former wife did most of the cooking.
Due to a draw down, I was unable to re-enlist after my four year commitment and with a family to support I was out of a job, a career I was planning for. I moved back to New Orleans with my family and my sister and her generous husband took us in whilst I searched for employment. I wasn’t ready to give up on the military so I enlisted again into the Army after a month……After successfully serving a combined 22 years of service; I retired with an honorable discharge, lifelong friends and lots of memories.
Hoping for the best for my 2 daughters, I transferred my GI bill benefits over to them both so that they can attend college. Transitioning into the civilian workforce, I started work similar to what I did in the military in a warehouse here in Atlanta, GA. One day I received a flyer in the mail for continuing education programs offered at Kennesaw State University. When I flipped the pages there was one program that caught my eye, The Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program. I consolidated all my remaining benefits and managed to attend. Once again my passion for cooking ignited as I was trained by a great instructor and several Sous Chefs at Park 75 at The Four Seasons, Atlanta.
Having put my passion, hobby, and calling on the back burner during my time in the military I thought now is the time for Edgard. Partnered up with a great friend and his confidence in my talent and drive, we purchased a Food Truck but exhausted all of our funds with this major purchase and application fees. With a projected start date of October 2014 we are still consolidating efforts for startup costs and incidentals and would like to get our truck wrapped/painted.
With a little help, I can continue this dream and provide a gourmet experience for the foodie’s in the Atlanta area and travelers alike.
About the Investor…
Growing up my father was always an entrepreneur. I guess I learned about making money from him. My earliest memory of making money was when I was 10 years old. Pops had a restaurant next to Washington High School. Many of the students would come in and not have money to pay for what they wanted. I would charge them a nominal fee and let them eat on credit. If they didn’t pay, my father took it out of my earnings. It was a risk, but even at 10 years old I realized the rewards were great. Although I entered the traditional workforce, I have never given up my entrepreneurial spirit. I am honored to be able to join forces with not only a talented chef, but a good friend.
As with any business venture startup capital is important. We purchased the truck fully loaded. Now we need to get the truck wrapped, purchase marketing materials, get a website, lease a commissary, hire employees and buy supplies. We are firm believers in helping others and also accept the fact that others might want to help us in making our dream a reality. Think of it as a Business Warming Gift (you know like a House Warming Gift). Please give from the heart and share this with others! Looking forward to servicing the Atlanta area with delicious food!
See, we all CAN get along. Hated rivals but good friends and partners!
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