Dalhousie hosts first mobile food truck
New truck serves "a strong demand for Middle Eastern food," says food services director
November 1, 2011, 11:08 AM AST
Last updated October 31, 2012, 7:59 AM AST
In a news release, Dalhousie University’s new mobile food truck is claimed to be the first of its kind in Canadian universities.
My Three Cousins is the name of the truck and is a registered Dalhousie company. It serves Greek, Turkish and Lebanese food. The name originated from the similarities all three cuisines have with each other.
According to Darrick Hines, Director of Dalhousie Food Services, the idea started in spring of 2011. Since it is not easy to get space in buildings, opting for a mobile trailer was introduced. The Dalhousie graphics department designed the truck. In mid-August official approval was granted for it to be present on campus.
Hines says there is “A strong demand for Middle Eastern food,” he claims it’s a healthier option for many students and that, based on a Dalhousie food survey done last year, many students prefer this type of cuisine over other options.
A new addition to it was the introduction of Halal meat -meat prepared in accordance to Muslim law. Such as “the cousin” a Halal hotdog served on pita bread.
The truck landed on campus in October, and is currently placed less then 50 metres away from Ibrahim Ali Muhmmad aka the Dawgfather with his famous Halal hotdog and burger stand.
“It’s a lame idea. The students won’t fall for it,” said the Dawgfather.
He says the university opened the truck to “impede on my business.” He says the truck is not really serving Halal meat as “they cook pork on the same place they say they cook Halal – you can’t do that!”
The Dawgfather isn’t worried about the truck affecting his business. He is confident student consumption will continue, as his prices are lower then the food truck.
Since the truck is a new campus addition, not a lot of students know about it yet. Students on campus welcomed the ides of having diversity in food options available
“It nice to be able to have a wider variety of food available on campus. The same stuff could get tiring day after day,” says Michela d’Entremont, a Dalhousie student.
One of the biggest challenges facing the truck is having a reliable power source and choosing a permanent stable spot on campus where it could be found when it’s not on the road. Another challenge is finding a reliable power source for the truck to operate when it’s on the road.
New features will be added to the truck such as a GPS where students can track where it is and also a website to update campus foodies with its latest news.
The truck operates Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. And Friday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.