Featured Food Truck – Island Girls Lunchbox

FEATURED FOOD TRUCK
for May is Island Girls Lunchbox.

Schedule:

Mondays: OFF
Tuesday’s:       10:30am – 2pm OSP (every other week)
4pm-late – b2 Taphouse (every Tuesday)
Wednesdays:  11am-2pm – Kettle Foods/Wells Fargo — State and Hawthorne
Thursday’s:     10:30am – 2pm  SAIF Rotate one week SAIF — 440 Church St, the next, 2850 Broadway St
Friday’s:          10:30am – 2pm – Garmin — Turner Rd
They are available for private events or parties.

Passion for Food

Island Girls Lunchbox has been the dream and vision of Stephanie Ward-Sosa for many years before her vivid red truck hit the pavement. She enrolled in the Merit Program which helps entrepreneurs by providing training and ongoing support from pre-business through start-up, and beyond business-launch. Stephanie’s business, Island Girl’s Lunchbox first launched in 2013 at the Wednesday Market downtown with a tented booth setup. Her business had two great seasons at the Wednesday market before launching the food truck. Her well known red truck with the bright colored island themed logo hit the streets in late 2014 bringing to Salem the unique food of the people of Guam, known as Chamorro. In 2015, she began serving at the Barrel & Keg, developing a huge following and a network of food truck friendships and her business exploded from there, being in demand for event venues from Portland to Eugene.

The business has come a long way since its market days and the menu as well as logo has changed significantly. The menu offerings range from traditional Chamorro dishes made in her grandmother’s kitchen (that are staples to the Chamorro culture and family gatherings), to newly developed menu offerings that incorporate a fusion aspect with some Korean fare as well as Hawaiian. Stephanie explains “Growing up in a community full of cultural diversity, there were constant opportunities to eat manydifferent styles of food from one household to the next. When one grows up in that environment, it becomes part of their palette, in a sense. Testing new ideas and thinking of ways to elevate Chamorro dishes and other menu items, is a constant. I am always searching for ways to keep one aspect of an item traditional, while introducing it in a whole new way that is appealing to both those who have specific needs and requirements and traditionalists.”

“The experience and journey has far exceeded any expectation set forth thus far, yet has been exciting at the same time.”

She is passionate about her business and the food she serves. She adds, “Naturally, it takes time to continuously allow yourself to learn and develop better ways to serve your customers as well as grow and define the business. The experience and journey has far exceeded any expectation set forth thus far, yet has been exciting at the same time. To say “Si Yu’us Ma’åse or “Thank You” is an understatement. Ultimately the goal is to show appreciation by giving back to Salem, continuing to build relationships with customers, local businesses and the community as a whole. Providing friendly customer service, food prepared to order as well as consistency, with a constant presence and support for others is one of the many ways to show appreciation for what I love to do.”

This passion for food, her great ideas and business acumen, is why Island Girls Lunchbox is so successful, winning the coveted Best of the Mid-Valley Gold Award for Best Food Cart/Truck 3 years in a row.

Her customers are her biggest advocates, spreading the word of where she is or where she will be to others on Facebook or Twitter.

Stephanie is an inspiration to those future food truck operators that your dream can become a reality with hard work and dedicated resolve.