Flint Hills Technical College teaches hospitality and culinary arts ‘on the go’

ospitality/Culinary Arts instructor, Chef Brian Romano and the new Culinary Wranglers Fusion Food Truck

FHTC hospitality and culinary arts instructor Brian Romano shows the college’s new mobile classroom.

EMPORIA, Kan. – Flint Hills Technical College is now the proud owner of a 26-foot food trailer. The trailer, officially named the Culinary Wranglers Fusion Food Truck, will be operated by senior FHTC hospitality/culinary arts students and overseen by instructor chef Brian Romano.

The truck features a charbroiler, four-burner range, deep fryer, sandwich station, refrigerators, freezer, as well as various portable equipment. The menu will change from event to event and feature fusion food, a type of cooking that incorporates elements of several different cuisines into one dish.

“This is an amazing, first-hand experience for our students,” Romano said. “Students learn all the basic functions of a food truck – from menu design, pricing, obtaining the proper licenses and permits, to proper maintenance and other details. Students will actually create their own business plan for a food truck; it’s the perfect learning environment combining real life experience and the classroom environment. You can’t deny the food truck trend and Kansas is becoming a culinary hot spot for them – they’re everywhere.”

The Fusion Food Truck will be serving lunch on the FHTC main campus this Friday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. and will also make an appearance at several upcoming local events this fall, including the Great American Market in September. Set up and service at scheduled events are part of the hospitality/culinary arts curriculum and give students training specific to the owning and operating of a food truck.

“The food truck gives our students hands-on experience and provides them with the knowledge and skills they need to become entrepreneurs,” said Dean Hollenbeck, FHTC president. “This is just one of the many unique opportunities our programs provide.”

For more information about Flint Hills Technical College’s Hospitality/Culinary Arts program, see www.fhtc.edu/web/majors/details/hca.

Information thanks to Flint Hills Technical College.

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