Food truck offers variety of fare

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By Gina Velasquez

At festivals and outdoor concerts around Los Alamos, Chuck’s Wagon is there to make sure no one goes hungry.
Chuck’s Wagon mobile food truck travels throughout the state to festivals, carnivals, picnics and other events that require “Fair food.” Most recently, they were the only food vendor at the Next Big Idea Festival at Fuller Lodge and they also were a vendor at Zozobra and the Renaissance Fair in Santa Fe. It was occasionally one of the vendors at the Friday Night Concerts. It plans to be at Mountain Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival.
Chuck’s Wagon is known for its “Fair” food, burgers, funnel cakes, fresh cut fries and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Chuck and Miracle Miller make their business a family affair. Their two sons, Reagan, 12 and Hunter, 10, also help out during festivals. It was first established in July.
The plan is to expand their menu and find a permanent spot in the Los Alamos community, which is a plan already in the works. They leased the space from the property owner and went to the county for approval on the space. They received a permit to park across from Ashley Pond and they can begin operations on Oct. 1.
“It is going to be a place where people can just grab lunch and go, yet have some more choices,” Chuck Miller said. “We will have a rotating menu of sandwiches, salads and soups.”
Miller hopes to add a featured item for each day of the week. A breakfast menu is in the works as well, featuring breakfast burritos and sandwiches.
“We want to offer another choice of quality food,” he said.
Mobile units are held to the same health regulation standards as the traditional restaurant and Miller went to the right channels to ensure a permit for a permanent location.
Miller is a chef with more than 20 years of experience. He and his wife are Los Alamos natives who now live in White Rock.
“We are trying to bring the concept of the food truck to Los Alamos and bring a little diversity,” Miracle Miller said.
Chuck Miller said he likes the idea of having a mobile food service truck, rather than working in a restaurant kitchen because he is now able to spend more time with his family. In the past, he has worked in high-end establishments in Texas, oil fields in Alaska and in fishing communities.
“We also do private parties, company picnics and cater different events,” Miracle Miller said. “We want to try to bring something different to town.”
“We have grown leaps and bounds since July,” Chuck Miller said. “For now, it remains an untapped market.”
The Millers check online for festivals or events coming to town and contact them to see if they are interested in food vendors. This lends opportunities to travel all over the state.
The public has been supportive.
“We would like to thank everyone who has come out and shown their support,” Miracle Miller said. “Lots of people have come out to say hello and wish us well with our endeavors.”
The truck will serving food from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the White Rock Visitor Center.
Business hours may vary. Visit Chuck’s Wagon on Facebook for updates on where the mobile truck is and will be.
Anyone planning an event may contact Miracle at 500-0476 or email chuckswagon2013@gmail.com.