Two Nashville Food Truck Owners Offer Hope One Plate at a Time
Ariel D. Smith with Terry Key

Two Nashville Food Truck Owners Offer Hope One Plate at a Time

Early on a chilly Saturday morning in February, I found myself jumping in my car at 5 a.m. to travel six hours to Nashville, Tenn. to meet a food truck owner. Earlier that week, a friend tagged me in a news article on Facebook about a man named Terry Key who started a bike club to keep the youth in the Edgehill community off the streets and was now seeking donations to remodel an old food truck.  I was more interested in the story behind the truck and wanted to meet him.

When I arrived in Nashville, I found out my interview would be a two-for-one special for me due to the reuniting of two long-time friends. As I pulled into the driveway, I initially mistook a sizeable red truck for an ambulance before realizing it was an ambulance-turned-food truck. Kat & Pat’s Lip Smackin’ Creations Food Medic is owned by Patrick Lanier, a friend of Key. Key was outside with contractors figuring out what steps were needed to get his truck — an old funnel cake truck — on the road and in service to children. When we sat down to talk, I learned that both Key and Lanier had more in common than just the food truck business and their friendship. Both men are committed to being role models for children and helping them maximize their full potential.

This is an excerpt from a piece included on Cuisine Noir Mag. Click here to read the full post.

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