Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Scout Mex Hall and Food Truck

Sierra McCann was on holiday in Hawaii with her family and enjoying impromptu meals from the local food trucks. She laughed and said that she was going to drop out of university and start a food truck. It was a joke – until it became a reality.

The Scout Mex Hall and Food Truck has been in operation since May offering Tex-Mex style burritos. I was delighted to see that half the menu was vegetarian with interesting options such as The Naturalist with yam, cheese, beans, rice, fresh salsa, sour cream, and lettuce.

Sierra says she has been a vegetarian for 10 years and Tex-Mex has always been her go-to food when she wanted a quick meal. She loves the food trucks in Vancouver and admires Sailin’ On, Edmonton’s vegan food truck. She decided to do something similar although she didn’t think Saskatoon was ready for an all vegan/vegetarian food truck just yet, so she also has some meat options (The Aviator chicken burrito is proving to be very popular.)

Sierra picked up her food truck in Vancouver and did the wrap herself with help from Hardpressed. The truck’s name is a play on words and all the menu items are named after Boy Scout badges.

Sierra chose vegetarian items that could be vegan without losing any of the flavour. The Lentil and Walnut Ground is her own recipe, and the guacamole and salsa are homemade.

Sierra’s brother, Thane McCann, is helping her out for the summer. “It’s my first summer job,” he says. “People think it’s easy as they only see us selling for a couple of hours a day, but the hard, busy part is the preparation. We are up at 6 to make everything, pack, and find parking. Afterwards we have to clean up, go home, and start prep. for the next day.”

Scout Mex Hall sells approximately 130 burritos a day. There’s an initial rush at 12 noon followed by what Sierra refers to as Lunch 2.0 at 1 or 1:30. The food truck hours are from 11:30 until food runs out from Tuesday to Saturday, although during the Jazz Festival they were open in the evenings during the week and for lunches on weekends. They’ve been invited to set up at The Fringe.

Sierra hopes to stay open late into the fall. She is also daydreaming about hitting the road and continuing to operate during the winter, although the truck isn’t winterized and can get really cold.

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