Words by Jessica Darling
Photos by Katie Welles
Executive chef Christian Booher of Fork in the Road. Photo by Katie Welles.
When stepping inside the new food truck on campus, Fork in the Road, you’ll notice the heat from the kitchen, the swarm of hungry students and the state-of-the-art appliances. The chef and his cooks rush back and forth—flipping chicken on the turbo grill, chopping lettuce on the cold prep table and pulling fresh batches of fries out of the fryer.
Those who want to experience new dining options on campus are in luck. Dining Services added the food truck, the first of its kind on campus, in late April 2014. Fork in the Road is geared toward more healthy food options that also pass for quality cuisine—and students are already making a habit of stopping there for meals.
“Their Chorizo Mac ‘N’ Cheese is to die for,” says Alyse Rohloff, sophomore public relations major. “I try to stop every time I see it.”
“We’re trying to feature some things local as much as we can, like our fire-roasted corn is from a farm in Summit County,” says Kent State executive chef Christian Booher. “We will be featuring a local special every week.”
Fork in the Road plans on operating year-round. It will base its menu on different seasonal ingredients and foods, such as apples and peaches, as the seasons change.
Executive chef Christian Booher serves an order of fries to a customer. Fork in the Road announces its campus location on social media daily to let students know where the smell of freshly cooked food is coming from. Photo by Katie Welles.
Fork in the Road also carries signature pieces that can’t be found anywhere else on campus. The menu ranges from their homemade Summit Street Burger, in-house, smoked pulled pork sandwich, fresh-cut fries, three types of tacos and desserts, such as cheesecake on a stick. The most popular items on the menu are the mahi-mahi fish tacos and the Summit Street Burger.
“[The Summit Street Burger] is on a homemade bun,” Booher says. “It’s got sweet pepper bacon on it, homemade ketchup, homemade garlic aioli and cheddar cheese.”
The burger also comes with lettuce and onion, and it’s only $6. Every bite of the burger is filled with flavor. The sweet mix of the sauce on the sweet pepper bacon and the homemade ketchup complement each other along with the melted cheese and freshly made hamburger.
Currently, Booher and his team are working on some signature soups and chili to help students warm up when the winter chill begins to set in.
Linsey Simonette, fifth-year VCD major, cleans up after the food truck closes for the day Friday, August 29th, 2014. Photo by Katie Welles.
The food truck not only serves those on campus who have a meal plan, but also staff members and commuters by accepting cash, FLASHcards, FLASHcash and credit and debit cards. The most expensive item, three chicken, pork or mahi-mahi tacos, is $7.
Fork in the Road tends to set up in areas of campus that have few dining options. You can find it on the Esplanade near the Business Administration Building, Music and Speech Building, Science Mall, White Hall or Kent Hall. It operates between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Booher tweets the location of the truck every day.
“I like hitting up the food truck between classes because it’s really convenient,” says Lauren Biertempfel, sophomore public relations major. “And the food’s a lot healthier. I prefer supporting local businesses like they do anyway.”