Their bright, pink-sided truck is hard to miss – complete with flame décor, of course – and if you do miss out, it’s a huge loss for your taste buds!
In the business of making fresh food daily since 1982, Mitch Smith and his wife, Rita, began their culinary business venture with old-fashioned drive-ins. You may know and love them from T.J.’s Deli & Grill in Winston-Salem, but now, they have taken a leap into the popular food truck arena. They are serving a mouth-watering menu at a variety of venues around town – breweries, wineries, festivals and local corporate events, loving the fact that they are a small business promoting other small businesses, as well. If you’re looking for a fun twist to your reception fare – and if you don’t know what a cham burger is – read on!
This new venture is a labor of love for Mitch, and now his daughter, Elizabeth, who has embraced the food truck role with boundless energy.
“My daughter grew up around the business and has always been enamored of food trailers and festivals,” said Mitch. “I became a cheerleader for her passion, so we purchased a new food truck. I know the ins and outs of operating a successful restaurant, and she has tremendous knowledge – and passion – for the business.”
He also knows she will be met with huge success. “When it is not up to her standards, the food is simply remade,” said Mitch.
Through social media and recommendations from a loyal base of long-time customers of T.J.’s Deli & Grill, the new Hunger Flames food truck is booking quickly, and they are anxious to offer a slightly different option for engaged couples looking for a new twist on cuisine for their rehearsal dinner or reception.
The possibilities are endless; from simple, but amazing, gourmet grilled cheeses and soup bar to grilled marinated salmon on a bed of greens and all their signature favorites in between. Think tater tots with chili, cheese, sour cream and chives, indescribable gravy fries, hand-patted burgers made from fresh ground chuck (even a pimento cheese version), buffalo chicken tender wraps and the wildly popular cham and buffalo cham burgers. For you beginners, that’s fresh chicken dipped in a buttermilk batter, deep fried and topped with grilled, smoked ham and melted smoked provolone, served on a premium bun.
Mitch says he’s catered many traditional weddings through the years, plus more casual cookouts, and he knows that food and fellowship can be the real heart of the event. The truck’s most recent addition would be a delightful element for any rehearsal dinner, wedding reception or post-wedding party – locally made ice cream! It’s always been a favorite at T.J.’s Deli, and both Mitch and Elizabeth agreed it was an obvious choice to add to the food truck menu.
“We just did an event for 540 folks where we set up an ice cream sundae bar with three flavors of ice cream and all the fixings,” said Mitch. Their plan is to add a colorful ice cream cart with a colorful umbrella – wouldn’t that be charming at your outdoor wedding gathering?
For weddings, Hunger Flames suggests booking the food truck three months in advance. A typical visit to your event is four hours with services and menu options scaled to fit your event style and food tastes.
“I love the opportunity to work with my daughter and know she shares my passion for preparing good quality food and giving great service,” said Mitch, proudly. “We both truly love this business!”
See why these food experts have been a part of customer’s celebrations for more than 35 years, with a tasting from the Hunger Flames Food Truck. Call them at 336.542.6836 for availability, rates and menu options, visit T.J.’s Deli & Grill at 5017 Country Club Road in Winston-Salem or visit the website at tjsdeligrill.com.