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Riley’s Food Truck adds to menu

By Jessica Healey | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | March 10, 2014

Quick, convenient and healthy, that’s what customers can expect from Riley’s Food Truck on post.

The food truck operates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday.

Although locations deviate, the truck can typically be found on Tuesdays on Custer Hill, Wednesdays on Custer Avenue on Main Post and Thursdays at Marshall Army Airfield.

Since Riley’s Food Truck is mobile, location changes are based on participation. To track the daily location of the food truck, follow Riley’s Food Truck on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rileysfoodtruck or search for “Riley’s Conference Center” on Facebook.

“Our goal is offer a quick and healthy option for people for lunch,” said Chris Downs, manager, Riley’s Conference Center.

Riley’s Food Truck is a small extension of the conference center’s kitchen. It was created in an effort to provide the center’s fare in a portable venue for the convenience of Soldiers and Fort Riley community members, he said.

The menu has undergone a recent update for winter, and some of the prices decreased at the same time.

Chili is now offered as a regular menu option, Downs said, along with a burger of the week, as well as a special of the week, which offers items not normally found on the menu.

Decreasing prices is an effort to make the food truck more economical for customers, Downs said.

The food truck has been on post for about eight months, as a result of a brainstorming session looking for ways to offer the community more lunch options, he said.

“Obviously, we are trying to mimic the food truck culture that you find in some bigger cities,” Downs said.

Unlike food truck culture that often focuses on a certain type of ethnic food, Riley’s Food Truck tries to offer a variety of foods, so there is something for everyone, Downs said.

Food is fresh and made to order on the truck itself, he said, and customers can expect the same level of quality as they do at the conference center.

“We try to accommodate special requests to the best of our ability,” Downs said. “We get food out absolutely as fast as possible.”

The food truck can be requested at certain locations, like for unit organizational days or family readiness group events.

To request the food truck at a particular location, contact the conference center on Facebook.

“I think the truck is convenient for the entire Fort Riley community. Especially down on Main Post, since lunch options are outside the gates or up the hill, involving traffic,” Downs said. “The idea is to bring convenience to our customers.”
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