Brush High School’s Beetdigger Catering Introduces The Beet Box Food Truck – The Fort Morgan Times
On Thursday, June 2, nine students gathered outside the Brush high school campus and waited for a special delivery: The Beet Box, a 22-foot-long food truck specially designed for Beetdigger Catering.
It was purchased with the help of the Innovations in CTE (Career & Technical Education) grant, and Jyll Queen, Beetdigger restoration consultant and ProStart instructor, said she and her students never failed to dream big. .
“There really isn’t much missing. When we built it, we just built big. We shot for the moon and we got it,” Queen said.
Not only is The Beet Box 6-10 feet taller than an average sized food truck kitchen, it also has additions like an awning over the window, digital menu screen, speakers and indoor air conditioning. And in addition to all the typical kitchen appliances, like hot plates and fridges, the truck also includes a dual convection oven, deep fryers and even an ice cream maker.
“The ice cream machine is a very expensive part for the truck, but I think the revenue turnaround and the opportunity that comes with that is pretty significant,” Queen said.
Queen and her students have already brainstormed ideas for potential desserts, like ice cream sandwiches, pies a la mode, fried Twinkies, fried Oreos and milkshakes. They even hope to try a Mexican-inspired menu, rounding out the meal with homemade churros and ice cream on the side.
Brush High School students who are interested in a culinary career can begin their education with an introductory course called Culinary Essentials. From there they move on to ProStart I and ProStart II classes (formerly Catering and Catering Management classes prior to the adoption of Brush High School the state’s two-year program). A bakery and pastry course is also offered. Queen, who is also an adjunct culinary arts instructor at Morgan Community College, said all classes are eligible for concurrent registration through MCC.
While the use of the truck is specifically dedicated to Beetdigger Catering, Queen explains that her bakery and pastry students often help support Beetdigger Catering events and can – with the right amount of work ethic, initiative, leadership and adventurous spirit – be allowed to help occasionally on the truck too.
Beetdigger Catering has already committed to providing desserts at the East Morgan County Hospital Gala in October to showcase the truck and its skills to much of the community. The truck will also definitely be present at Brush Homecoming events in the fall.
Queen says the class plans to attend some BHS sporting events and discussed booking things like Brush Oktoberfest, area car shows and the popular market at the East Morgan County Library. They also plan to continue hosting great events for local businesses and organizations such as the Morgan County Economic Development Corp., the Morgan County Family Center and the Brush Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Offsite catering will be much better. We’ve done it before but there’s a lot to do off site right now because of the equipment or the amount of stuff we have to pack or even sometimes the limited menu we can do because it’s offsite. But with that… just because of the way it’s equipped, we can pretty much do anything,” Queen said, referring to the events that can sometimes accommodate up to 400 people that they host throughout the year. year. “It depends on what the kids want to do and where they want to take it. I think it can be as busy as we want…and probably busier. We (were) quite busy as it is without the truck. This year has been phenomenal with the number of meals we have had and the number of others (events) in the community that we have been contacted about.
Ahead of the start of the 2022-23 school year, 2021-22 catering students – four of whom graduated in May – are testing the truck in August at Queen’s son’s reception and wedding. Queen explained that it was not a requirement for her class, but all of her students wanted to participate purely because of their enthusiasm for The Beet Box. She trusts her students enough to make the event a success, and plans to simply be the mother of the groom for the wedding festivities, rather than an instructor.
In January, Beetdigger Catering hosted a tasting and packaging design event at a BHS basketball game to gather feedback from peers and community members. Both the truck’s logo and packaging design were created by students from Will Hornbaker’s and Joe Marler’s classes, and Beetdigger Catering tested different versions of burgers, fried pickles and a signature sauce.
“What excites me is bringing this to events, seeing people’s reactions to what we’ve done here. We made a (Signature) Beetdigger Sauce, and I can’t wait to see what we’ll do with it here in the truck because that’s the main reason we made the sauce. I’m excited to see what we’re offering,” said catering student Yared Acosta.
Another catering student, Xiomara Ramirez, said, “I’m excited to see how this will bring our community together. I feel like this will get a lot of people’s attention and they will want to come to our school events more.
Beetdigger Catering would like to thank their supportive community and invite everyone to come and try the truck in the fall.