Jody Kinsella and Craig Greenland are making the culinary rounds in Vernon with the Grub Truck. (Bretany Tourout/Morning Star)

Grub Truck hits the pavement in Vernon

Keep an eye out for the Grub Truck.

Craig Greenland and Jody Kinsella recently launched the mobile food truck to pursue a life in cooking.

“We have good food. We’d like to see people come out and try it,” said Greenland.

Greenland and Kinsella were working at a camp in Fort McMurray, Alta. when they were evacuated during the wildfire there and came to the Okanagan to stay with Kinsella’s friends.

While here, they purchased a home because of their love for the Okanagan water.

“It was just a spur of the moment kind of thing. I always wanted to move here,” said Kinsella.

The move has given them the opportunity to spend just as much time working as they would in the oilfield but now it’s for them.

“We get to be with our dog and we get to be home every night,” said Greenland.

During the summer, the Grub Truck has been at Paddlewheel Park from Friday to Sunday and in downtown Vernon Tuesdays to Thursdays and after mid-September, it will be open five days a week downtown.

The menu focuses mainly on gourmet sandwiches with meat, vegetarian and kid friendly options, and Greenland and Kinsella try to keep the ingredients Okanagan grown and raised.

“We’re definitely trying to keep it as local as we can. We’re just trying to support local businesses,” said Greenland.

Crispy chicken is their favourite menu item.

“It’s big, juicy and delicious,” said Greenland.

Greenland’s brother owns Edmonton’s Pixel Blue College, a school for art, media and technology, and the students created a graphic logo for the food truck.

“Craig had the sandwich design he wanted and then we had a few designs to choose from,” said Kinsella.

Vernon’s Sunshine Graphics was then commissioned to put the designs on the vehicle.

Greenland says Vernon has been behind the new business and provided support through set-up.

As an example, an e-mail was sent to the City of Vernon requesting space at Paddlewheel Park and after it went to council for consideration, the request was approved.

“Any roadblocks, they’re there to help remove it,” said Greenland.

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