DAVIS, CA – Around noon every school day, culinary workers climb aboard a big blue truck on the Davis Senior High School quad, fire up the onboard kitchen and dole out Blue Devil burgers, grilled vegetable sandwiches and daily specials.
Food trucks have become a popular attraction at community festivals, microbreweries and concerts in the Sacramento region. But this is the first time one has taken up permanent residency at a local high school campus.
In the three short weeks the truck has been in use at Davis High, the student line has grown longer and the food more interesting, students say. On Wednesday, even before senior Jorge Rocha, 17, opened the order window, classmates were outside the culinary van, aka food truck, ready with their food choices.
Davis High began charting unknown territory when Dominic Machi, district director of student nutrition services, designed and helped create a food truck for student lunches. It has a six-burner range with oven, charbroiler and flat grill along with everything needed to meet health and design requirements and U.S. Department of Agriculture school food mandates, he said.