Wind Creek Hospitality Develops a New Recipe for Promoting Alabama Food, Key Ingredient: Food Truck on a Mission

Mar 21, 2014, 16:10 ET from Wind Creek Hospitality

ATMORE, Ala., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 21st, Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) will launch the first of a new wave of initiatives aimed at promoting great food in Alabama as its custom-built food truck leaves the Northeast and begins the trek to its new home in Wetumpka.

"Good to Go", a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen, will begin its journey from New Jersey, where it was outfitted to WCH's precise specifications, and travel through the mid-Atlantic region and the mid-South before arriving at Wind Creek Wetumpka on the 23rd.   Along the way, "Good to Go's" culinary commodore, Chef Paul Norton, will blog about the trip, invite social media friends to jump aboard for the ride and make "taste and learn" stops at three farms that have had a significant impact on the food in their regions. The farms are: Tricycle Gardens in Richmond, Virginia (brings urban gardens, nutrition education and access to healthy foods to greater Richmond); Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm in Concord, North Carolina (co-operative extension farm that teaches organic farming techniques); and Hunt Road Katahdin Sheep Farm in LaGrange, Georgia (produces lamb, pork, and beef for a worldwide market). 

Follow Chef Paul and "Good to Go's" journey on Facebook @ TasteWindCreek and Twitter @ TasteWindCreek.  Join in the conversation @ #GoodToGo.

"I am completely thrilled about the opportunity to be a chef in motion aboard Good to Go" laughed Chef Paul Norton.  "I have lived all over America, and I can think of no better place to promote great food than in this part of the South.  My team and I want to play a part in promoting the wonderful food traditions of our region -- from growers, to wonderful amateur cooks, to those who help the hungry.  I am really excited to be doing this journey and hope a lot of people will meet us along the way– in person and through social media."

Culinary excellence is a key feature in all of the Wind Creek Hospitality properties, and Chef Paul will offer residents throughout the region the opportunity to have a "taste of Wind Creek".  Already, sample menus include offerings like breakfast bowls made with Alabama farm eggs and local sausage, Alabama-raised chicken cordon bleu, and Gulf crab cakes. 

The 24-footlong truck, which has an industrial kitchen onboard, took 5 ½ months to outfit and has the capability of producing hundreds of meals at a time.  Chef Paul says "Good to Go" will not only serve food, it will also serve as a rolling repository of information about great food in the region – where to get it and how to make it.

"I want to have 'Good to Go' be a place where people can talk about, learn about, and enjoy great food," said Chef Paul.  "This is a chance for WCH to really support the growers and food producers in our region and share great meals with our neighbors.  It will truly be a moveable feast."

"Good to Go" will begin rolling out across the State in early April, serving as a moving emissary for a larger initiative of WCH that will be announced on March 28th.

About Wind Creek Hospitality
Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.  Wind Creek Hospitality manages the Tribe's gaming facilities including: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind Creek Wetumpka, Creek Casino Montgomery as well as multiple racetracks in Alabama and Florida.

The Poarch Creek Indians are descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation, which once covered almost all of Alabama and Georgia. Unlike many eastern Indian tribes, the Poarch Creeks were not removed from their tribal lands and have lived together for almost 200 years in and around the reservation in Poarch, Alabama. The reservation is located eight miles northwest of Atmore, Alabama, in rural Escambia County, and 57 miles east of Mobile. 

The Poarch Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws.  The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ hundreds of area residents.

SOURCE Wind Creek Hospitality