The scent of Tex-Mex food filled the air outside III Corps Headquarters Feb. 6, as roughly 50 Soldiers anxiously anticipated the grand opening of the Culinary Outpost, Fort Hood’s official food truck.
“It’s amazing,” 1st Sgt. Katrina Muñoz, 553rd Field Feeding Company, 61st Quartermaster Battalion, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, said about the food. “Amazing, quick and pretty convenient.”
The Culinary Outpost is a mobile feeding platform designed to enhance dining facility operations for Soldiers working in isolated areas, where they do not have access to a traditional dining facility.
It was originally fielded at Fort Carson, Colorado, and Fort Stewart, Georgia, with positive feedback. Fort Hood is the fifth installation to receive a food truck and the first to receive a Tex-Mex-themed menu.
“It’s designed to reach out to Soldiers that can’t necessarily get to our dining facilities in an adequate amount of time,” Sgt. Maj. Sylvia Thomas, III Corps Food & Services sergeant major, said during the ribbon cutting. “The beauty of it is, it’s set up to feed up to 200 people at one time.”
Staff. Sgt. Victoria Corona, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 2nd Bn., 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Division, was the food truck’s first official customer and was happy with her meal.
“The burrito was perfect, with the nice panini grill marks. I got the barbacoa with spicy beans,” Corona said. “It wasn’t too overpowering. It was juicy and really good.”
Corona said she thinks the food truck is a good idea and with Fort Hood’s size, believes it could use a few more food trucks to help Soldiers in outlying areas.
“I’m just happy we’ll be able to get out to places like the airfield, so they don’t have to commute as far,” Thomas said. “And we’ll get out to places like West Fort Hood.”
The state-of-the-art food truck includes a touchscreen ordering system. A person can build their menu via the touchscreen and customize their order, with specific types of cheese, vegetables, etc. The extensive menu includes quick and easy sandwiches, salads and wraps and burgers, but also includes tacos and burritos with barbacoa beef, pork and chicken carnita meat, rice and beans.
The food truck also have an extensive breakfast menu, which includes a variety of breakfast sandwiches, grits and breakfast burritos.
“The food is good and prices are great,” Andrew Jackson, III Corps G-4, said. “It’s going to be great and I think it will be convenient for the Soldiers.”
Soldiers with a meal card will receive the equivalent to what they would receive in a dining facility – one entrée, one side, one dessert and one beverage. All other customers pay in cash. Since the food truck is not designed to make money, Thomas said the food is sold “at cost,” which is good news for those on a tight budget.
For information about the location of the Culinary Outpost, visit the Fort Hood Dining Facility on Facebook, keyword Fort Hood Dining Facility Information Corner.