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Enjoy gourmet meals made in a mobile kitchen

It's a restaurant that rolls up to serve you a fresh, made from scratch, meal.

An East Tennessee couple runs the Tootsie Truck.

"Takes us about 10 minutes to get set up. We just turn on our generator, turn on our water heater, and set up a few things and we're ready to go," Rebecca Saldivar said.

Rebecca and Daniel Saldivar were content with a traditional catering business. Then they decided to start a food truck.

"We were getting calls from people wanting to get married in the middle of nowhere and there's no kitchen in the middle of nowhere. So this way we can take the full kitchen with us," she said.

Daniel Saldivar said, "We wanted to show people you could actually have great food in a food truck at really good prices."

The Saldivars spent seven months custom building their Tootsie Truck.

"The only thing we don't have in here is an oven but everything else we've got it. We've got a griddle, a range, a fryer, steamer, a sink, a hand washing sink," he said.

Rebecca said, "I've never worked this hard in my life. If I didn't love what I do I wouldn't do it. Tiring doesn't even begin to describe what it is."

They are doing something they enjoy and they are doing it together.

Daniel said, "I've been cooking in Knoxville since 1991."

He handles most of the cooking while Rebecca takes care of the order window.

It's walk-up service with a very short wait.

"We make everything from scratch. We put passion in everything we do," Rebecca said.

They use organic ingredients when appropriate and lean toward local whenever possible.

"When you buy local the quality is better and our menu reflects that. We have grits from an hour and a half away from here. Little things like that make a difference,"Daniel said.

Their website features their daily schedule and menu.

Daniel said, "I like to keep it interesting."

"When I have a customer who has never tried our food before and they try that first bite and I get to see the look on their face. That's my favorite moment," Rebecca said.

The Tootsie Truck will share a recipe with you on Valentine's Day on our Fox 43 morning show.


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