Food Trucks Roll Back into Pace

Junior Ben Bernstein was excited for the TastyBus food truck. Photo: Jordan Shoulberg

Junior Ben Bernstein was excited for the TastyBus food truck. Photo: Jordan Shoulberg

Although there are many advantages to becoming an upperclassman at Pace Academy, one of most important ones is having access to the food trucks on campus at lunchtime. “I have been waiting for this moment my entire high school career,” said junior Emma Lellyett. On the first Friday of every month, the Student Council brings in a local Atlanta food truck that parks in front of the Castle. During lunch period, juniors and seniors rush to the food truck in order to beat long lines and savor their food for as long as possible.

The first food truck that came to Pace this school year was TastyBus. TastyBus’ food options varied from spicy corn on the cob to cheese pizza to meatball subs. Even at 11:50 a.m. when the lunch period bell rang, the line was already growing. After much anticipation, lots of students’ hopes were let down. “The line was definitely not worth the wait,” said junior Jack Douglass. “I spent most of my free waiting for a mediocre piece of pizza.”

Since it has been over a month since the last food truck, students eagerly await the appearance of the next one. Some ideas tossed around for food trucks are Waffle House, Genki and Mac the Cheese. However, hosting food trucks is not as easy as it seems.

Student Body Secretary Eno Reyes is in charge of researching the different food trucks, contacting them and finding a date that works best. For example, Waffle House is difficult to bring in because Pace must pay them in advance, which could lead to Pace losing a lot of money. “Food trucks are a great way for the students to bond over culinary treats, while simultaneously celebrating their Fridays,” said Eno. “But a lot of people don’t realize how much time is spent hiring a food truck.”

Still, food trucks remain something to look forward to. “I can’t wait for next year when I can go to the food trucks,” said sophomore Charlie Trimble. “The upperclassmen’s lunches from the food truck always taunt me when I have to eat in the cafeteria.”