It’s that time of year! Progressive Commercial Auto has named Slidell, LA food truck, Old School Eats, the winner of its fourth annual “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest” and a $10,000 prize.

After closing down their restaurant under just a year ago, Chris and Karen Case decided to purchase a bright red school bus and start a food truck business. Though the newly married couple encountered a rocky start being the area’s very first food truck, they quickly found themselves with a residency at Louisiana’s Global Wildlife Center and a growing following of customers. Fast forward one year and the Cases’ now have $10,000, which they will use to beat the hot Louisiana sun with an AC and awning along with some new equipment for the bus!

Christopher Case and his wife Karen had a crazy idea to start a food truck out of a 1992 red school bus. It all started as we made plans to wind down and close my small fine dining restaurant. One night while “camping” in Mississippi they huddled around a tablet and watched a movie about a chef leaving the restaurant business and forging ahead with a food truck. At 2 AM that night, in the middle of nowhere, they decided that was the answer.They stayed up all night and made plans, it felt right. They found a red gutted out school bus on Craigslist a couple of weeks later and they were on our way!

Their food matches their name. Old School favorites. They are best known for our slow cooked Cochon de lait ( pork) sandwiches and Shrimp Remoulade and Fried Green Tomato Po-Boys and Oyster BLT’s.

So why did they enter this contest? Remember as a kid when you rode the school bus? If you did, remember the ones with no air conditioner? Now add in a hot oven and two fryers to that equation, multiply it by a Louisiana summer and you have their main reason for entering this contest. THEY NEED A/C! They also want to build a proper service area. They desperately need a commercial panini press and although they are proud of their DIY lettering, so they are looking for some professional help. They would also like to add a retractable awning for their wonderful customers!

Congrats to Old School Eats, for winning the fourth annual “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest” and the $10,000 prize.