Food truck creates jobs for Refugees in Clarkston!

Refuge food truck creates jobs
PREP Atlanta is proud that Refuge Coffee Truck operates out of our facility!

This Food Truck Serves Up Gourmet Food And Drinks — And Jobs For Refugees

Anjali Enjeti for NPR (click here for article)

 

Refuge Coffee is a nonprofit gourmet food truck that employees refugees resettled in Clarkston, Ga., and provides job training and networking opportunities within the community.

On a bright, blustery October morning in Clarkston, Ga., the sweet aroma of baked treats and brewing coffee flows out the windows of the fire engine-red food truck known as Refuge Coffee Co. parked at a street corner. A dozen or so eager customers mill about, converse and gradually fall into line.

Chalkboard signs announce the menu: latte, cappuccino, chai latte, espresso and hot chocolate, as well as a soda of the day, iced matcha latte, and a “shakerato” (espresso with simple syrup, shaken, over ice). For breakfast seekers, croissants, muffins, morning buns and scones await. Wedges of tomato and goat cheese quiche, crunchy Nepali chatpate and savory sambusa (triangle pastries stuffed with lentils) are readied for the lunch crowd.

Three refugee-baristas are buzzing about inside the truck. Amina Ahyaoui, 32, arrived from Casablanca, Morocco, in 2014. Tha Hlei Iang, 31, is from the Chin state in Myanmar. She spent four years in Malaysia with her husband and daughter before they made their way to Clarkston in 2011. Ahmad Alzoukani, 31, is a pharmacist from Damascus, Syria. He came to Clarkston in September of last year.

 

(Left to right) Ahmad Alzoukani, Tha Hlei Iang, Ndahimwa Leon Shombana and Amina Ahyaoui all came to Clarkston, Ga., as resettled refugees and embody the town’s international vibe.

Though Iang and Ahyaoui are trainees who only began working at Refuge Coffee a few weeks ago, they pour and stir and make change like seasoned professionals. Iang laughs when she says she doesn’t even drink coffee or tea, just juice and water. Ahyaoui loves coffee, but enjoys socializing with the customers more. Alzoukani, who has been with Refuge Coffee for a little over a year, is quick to point out his specialty. “I make the best cappuccinos,” he says.

The truck sits in a parking lot in front of a garage that once belonged to a used car dealership. Some customers take their orders to go or sit outside at tables. Others meander to the cozy cafe space inside the garage. Red and turquoise tables and plush sofas offer customers plenty of space for dining, communing or taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi.

Shortly after noon, 43-year-old Ndahimwa Leon Shombana, Refuge Coffee’s manager since May, makes his way to the garage with the purposeful gait of the high school teacher he once was. He checks in with other staff and will soon begin his shift on the truck. Shombana, who arrived in Clarkston in November 2012, hails from the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ahyaoui, Iang, Alzoukani,and Shombana embody Clarkston’s international vibe. In the 1990s, the U.S. State Department deemed this northeast suburb 11 miles from downtown Atlanta, with its low cost of living and easy access to public transportation, an ideal location for refugee resettlement. Some 13,000 residents call Clarkston’s 1.4 square miles home. Half are foreign-born — most of them, like the employees at Refuge Coffee, are refugees. They come from everywhere from Afghanistan, Bhutan and Burma, to Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and, more recently, Syria.

None of the baristas spoke English when they arrived in the U.S. They take tuition-free, English-as-a-second-language classes at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Learning the language has become their highest priority. “Imagine people who come to this country without a word of English,” says Shombana. “That person cannot express himself. That person is not free.”

 

A sign outside the Refuge Coffee food truck says “Welcome” in (top to bottom) Amharic, Somali, Swahili, Arabic, Sudanese, Vietnamese and Nepali.

 

Alzoukani agrees. “What I discovered when I came here was that without language, you can not work. With language, you can do anything.”

Today, Refuge Coffee employs two full-time and three part-time staffers, as well as four full-time barista trainees. The red truck is permanently stationed in front of the garage — it’s open six days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Alzoukani, who insists Atlanta traffic is much milder than traffic in the Middle East, drives the second truck — used for catering — to weddings, corporate events and even movie sets in the greater Atlanta area. On the set of the HBO movie Confirmation in July 2015, actress Kerry Washington, who starred as Anita Hill, thanked Refuge Coffee on Instagram for serving the cast and crew.

Income from sales covers only half of Refuge Coffee’s current operating costs, with private donations and grants making up the rest. Though the Refuge Coffee team hopes to generate more sales in the future, it is currently facing a more dire issue — location.

When the used car lot went out of business, the property on which Refugee Coffee is located went into foreclosure. Refuge Coffee must vacate the premises by Dec. 1 or purchase the property with funds it hopes to raise in a crowd-sourcing campaign (click here to support Refuge coffee)

Shombana remains optimistic, though. With the support of the community of Clarkston, “the future of Refuge Coffee,” he says, “is bright.”


Anjali Enjeti is an award-winning essayist, journalist and literary critic based in Atlanta.

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PREP, Food Trucks and Craft Beer in Woodstock!

Truck & Tap – Food Trucks

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In downtown Woodstock!

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PREP is always working to give food trucks a place to operate year round at festivals and events, and opening soon is Truck & Tap in Downtown Woodstock Georgia.

Truck & Tap is the brainchild of the partners at PREP. We were thinking one day, what if we had a place for a different food truck every day with a area for people to sit down, as if they were in a restaurant, this would be a great way to help food trucks expand their business! Along came Cliff Crider with an excellently located property in Downtown Woodstock. After a lot of planning, construction and calculating every inch of space, Watch for Truck & Tap to open in the next couple of weeks.

It just so happens that Barrel and Barley Craft Beer Market is a few doors down. We visited with the owner Zach Yurchuck to see his operation and especially the Growler Shop and tasting room with 20 taps. Hmmm. Food Trucks and Craft Beer? What a winning combination. Zach quickly became the choice for managing Truck & Tap, and in addition to hand selecting the perfect Craft Beer Selections Zach will feature handcrafted sodas as well as grooming a friendly and welcoming team to take care of you.

Zach’s “Barrel & Barley”
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Beer Selection Second to None!

Well the idea of Food Trucks and a place to sit has turned into an exquisite Craft Beer Bar where you can go to have a great time trying new local craft brews, and order food from a rotating selection of food trucks each day! We always say, do it right, or don’t do it at all! This is evident when you walk down the beautiful sidewalks of Woodstock and see the metal and glass modern exterior, with glass doors that roll up, allowing the space to be open from the front to the back. The historic architecture has been retained and is evident in the brick work, exposed beam ceiling and the rustic look of heavy wooden tables and the custom bar like no other! Every detail has been thoughtfully examined and you will be amazed when you walk in the door.

So, how long has it been since you were in Downtown Woodstock? For me, it was my first time in the Downtown area. Previous visits have only been a drive through in the other direction of gas stations and franchise restaurants. Stunning is the only way to describe the view that unfolds when you arrive in the Downtown area. Props to the Downtown Development Authority for the plan that made Downtown what it is today.

The feelings of two of my favorite places, Asheville and Boone came back as my feet hit the ground. In the areas around Woodstock, there frankly is not much to do. People come from cities in a 30 mile radius, and many from Marietta. This is the cool place to be. Shopping in owner operated shops, where everyone has a passion for what they are doing. Atlanta has erased memories of a bike shop such as OutSpokin Bikes where owner Kevin Poske knows every detail about bikes, biking, and even healthy living for an athletic lifestyle, or just weekend bike warriors.  Then you pass Natural Strides and see many shoes.  No, not just a shoe store, the owners Greg and Erin Scott will explain that there are 100 muscles in your feet.  They know shoes.  They will even take you out and teach you how to run safely and properly.  Each and every business in Downtown Woodstock is there with purpose and passion for what they do. The point is, go into another store of your choice and see the blank stare you get when you ask even a simple question.  I am in love with Downtown Woodstock!

Cheers to the Downtown Development Authority!

Eclectic Mix of folks…

Vibrant Woodstock

This is a destination area, so go ahead and drive by, peek in the windows of Truck & Tap, and dream about the lineup of Food Trucks that will be serving there shortly.  you might be lucky enough to catch Cliff inside during construction and hear what he has to say about the 100 food trucks he has sampled over the last couple of Months. Stop in Barrel and Barley and introduce yourself to Zach and share his passion for Local Craft Beers, maybe even pick up some homebrew equipment.   Then, do some shopping, maybe some drinking, and try some of the local restaurants and pubs that are in that area.  You will want to go back, this is your new “quick getaway” place.   You can not feel stressed when you are walking in this beautiful area (including the city park right behind Truck & Tap) and soon, you will know where to find your favorite food trucks every day!

The potential food truck lineup includes: Tasting Maine, The Loaded Burger, Dominics Napolitano Pizza, Happy Belly, Genki Sushi, El Napol, The French Truck, Crepe Suzette and many more…

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PREP is a state of the art Shared Kitchens and Commercial kitchen facility. Unique to the Metro Atlanta area, the State of Georgia and Southeastern United States.  PREP’s concept, facility and amenities have all been custom designed to be a culinary haven.  PREP meets the needs of all types of food artisans –specialty food producers, bakers, and mobile food service operators – food trucks.

The PREP facility consists of:

  • A fully certified, multi-stationed, shared kitchens for specialty food producers.
  • Dedicated kitchens for USDA meat producers and gluten free product production.
  • 36 fully certified, dedicated, commissary kitchens for food trucks and food cart vendors.
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  • Studio production kitchen.
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PREP offers membership packages to the shared kitchens, catering kitchen and the mobile food service operator dedicated commissary kitchens. Each membership package varies in price, initiation fee and applicable amenity offerings, and is based on either hourly usage of the shared kitchens and studio kitchen or size of the dedicated commissary kitchen being rented.

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Food Truck Mobile food service trailer for lease Food Truck For Lease - BBQ Trailer mobile kitchen for bbq business. King Kabob food truck coming to Atlanta soon!

 

To lease a food truck is a great opportunity for a new mobile food entrepreneur. This is an excellent way to get started in the Mobile Food Service without breaking the bank.  Be in Business with your own truck or trailer.  Purchasing a new vehicle can range from 50K to 250k depending on the application.  Most used food trucks and trailers can be easily modified to work for that food truck idea that you have been dreaming about.

 

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How to Start a Food Truck? Food Truck 101! Saturday June 13th 1-4 pm.

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Street Food 101 Workshop

How to start a Food Truck

Saturday, June 13th, 2015
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Street Food 101 is an in-depth workshop designed to guide you through the ins and outs of mobile food entrepreneurship in metro Atlanta.

If your dream is to start a food truck, trailer, or cart, but are mystified by the various permitting processes, business financing, and other issues facing street food start ups, this class is for you.

The Atlanta Street Food Coalition will help you learn how to jump through the legal and permitting hoops and send you off with all the insider information you need to start your very own street food business.  The course will cover the dos and don’ts of social media and internet marketing and provide an opportunity to pick the brain of Atlanta’s premier service providers to the food truck industry.

This workshop is a “must do” for anyone considering an entry into the street food industry – Learn How to Start a Food Truck – if you are interested in participating, please register Today!

Agenda:

 12:30pm – Doors Open

1:00pm – Introduction and Rules and Regulations, and Legal Aspects of Small Business Ownership by Greg Smith

  • Learn the ins and outs of permitting and the legal steps necessary to operate a mobile food service unit in metro Atlanta
  • Get insider tips on using your truck for catering and special event operations

3:00pm – Social Media and Marketing for Mobile Vendors by Scott Smallwood

Further Presentations – TBD

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Greg Smith is the President of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition and a practicing attorney specializing in small business matters.

Scott Smallwood is the Director of Marketing and Media with Creaxion.

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept which was established with one goal in mind – to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta, by providing state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs, including: specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.  For more information about PREP, please call (404) 920-4150 or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter

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BBQ Concession Food Truck For SaleThis is a Turn-Key 28 Ft BBQ Concession BBQ Trailer for Lease, Fully Equipped.This concession trailer is ready to go, and with a base of operationsat PREP, you can be up and operating in no time!

The estimated cash needed to get set up in a leased food truck or trailer including, Food Truck or Trailer is estimated to be around $20,000.   If you have a business plan and a great concept, this might be the time to get your show on the road.  Food Truck leasing is subject to credit approval.

 

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources,
food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators,
along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
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2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Wing Food Truck Debut on Oprah!

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2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Wing Food Truck to debut on Oprah’s Network saturday February 28th @ 10 pm!

JR makes his debut on 2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Wing Truck

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Atlanta Georgia is considered the Food Truck Mecca and PREP was proud to host 2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Wing Food Truck, Owners Corey and Ramone as well as the crew from Paperny Entertainment during the filming over the last few months.

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2 Fat 2 Fly brought their stuffed wing food truck from Columbia SC to PREP last fall and operated in Atlanta over the winter months.  You may have seen them at the Atlanta Food Truck Park, Sweetwater Festival or many other places where they were gathering crowds and serving up their special brand of Wings with Personality!  We can promise you that Corey and Ramone’s wing stuffing technique is shrouded in secrecy!

Be sure and check out PREP’s own Director of First Impressions, JR Santos at the 1:10 mark of the video talking to the guys about booking their truck at Ladies Night at the food truck park.  This was a fun experience for everyone at PREP, and the guys were great interacting with all of the other food truck owners here who are always willing to share their experience with others getting started in the business.

If you are looking to book a food truck or caterer in the Atlanta area for your special event be sure and check out PREP’s Street Food Bookie Robyn Ware (click here)

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources,
food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators,
along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
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Refuge Coffee Truck making a difference

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Reposted from The Refuge Coffee Truck www.RefugeCoffeeCo.com

Maybe you’ve seen Clarkston in the news lately. And we’re guessing you smile when you see our red truck, not always featured, but often as the colorful backdrop to the story. We like to think the truck itself is a bright beacon of hope… A beacon your gifts and encouragement have helped us to light. We are Refuge Coffee.

Well, we thought you’d like to know a little of the news behind the news. Because we know you care about what’s really happening:

  • Someone in our community pointed out an inaccuracy in the piece by Channel 46 that aired last week. The reporter mentioned a coffee truck in Clarkston “run by refugees.” While we appreciate our neighbor’s desire for us to get credit, the reporter was right. The Refuge Coffee Truck really is powered by three very empowered Clarkston residents from Congo, Ethiopia, and Syria. We couldn’t be more delighted with this “error.”
  • If you watch the same report, you’ll hear from a man who is quite vocal in his opposition to refugee resettlement. Sadly, he represents many Americans. The next day, he showed up to meet with our “young, hipster mayor” (again, the reporter’s words)… where? At the truck! He bought coffee brewed and served by a resettled refugee. A refugee who often revels in the freedom he has here to say anything, even if he disagrees with our government. In his country, there is no free speech, and he has paid dearly for that.
  • Finally, we are super proud of Ahmad’s courage. We’ve pretty much asked reporters to leave him alone while he gets up to speed in English (he began learning only three months ago when he arrived in the U.S.), but somehow, Channel 2 got a microphone near him, and he did great. Check it out here.

Why do we share these tidbits? Because you are making them happen. YOU are making the news and the real news every time you invite us to cater an event or send us a $5 donation or buy one cup of coffee from us.

You’ve generously given so that we can employ and train Eleni, Leon, Ahmad… and hopefully others soon. You’ve enabled us to buy an old truck on craigslist, outfit it as a rolling coffee shop, take it all over Atlanta, and park it right here in the refugee community where detractors and encouragers alike visit and sip coffee, some never knowing they are creating refuge.

We are thankful for you.

And speaking of creating refuge, our Campaign ends in just two days. We’re getting close to our goal of 50k, an amount we’ll need to widen our embrace and deepen our impact in 2016. If you haven’t given this time around, would you consider making a donation? Just click here to fuel the beacon of hope called Refuge Coffee Co. 

(The photo above is from our Thanksgiving Brunch at Refuge Coffee Truck at our garage space in Clarkston. Come join us there one Wednesday or Friday, 7am till 4 pm)

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept.
Established with one goal in mind, to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources,
food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators,
along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter