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The Root 66 Food Truck specializes in Mexican comfort food, serving Albuquerque through pop-up events, festivals, extensive involvement in social justice and animal rights events, and vegan catering Albuquerque-style.
The Root 66 Food Truck creates mind-blowing, authentic Mexican comfort food, eliciting childhood nostalgia and downright amazement that the food is vegan.
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Victor Flores and Karla Reyes never intended to operate a food truck, but after they and their four kids went vegan overnight for ethical reasons, their lives took an unexpected turn towards activism. "Karla was the one who got it all started, by volunteering for an animal rights organization," explained Victor. "She loved it so much that I followed suit and ended up landing a full-time job with Vegan Outreach, a nonprofit organization that works to end violence towards animals."
The whole family got involved with tabling at Vegan Outreach events, turning on the general public to free samples of vegan food, such as Ben & Jerry's vegan ice cream and Gardein nuggets. "People would say things like 'I never even knew vegan meats existed!' and I was hooked," says Victor, taking joy in availing people to the wonder of vegan foods. Soon thereafter he reached out to his friend and Root 66 Cafe co-owner JC Corcoran, asking if he and his family could borrow the Root 66 food truck for an upcoming Vegan Outreach event.
Not only did all four Root 66 co-owners unanimously agree to lend their food truck to Victor, but they offered "a deal he couldn't refuse" in which Victor and his family would ultimately take over the Root 66 food truck, running it on their own terms. The rest is history.
From pop-up markets and festivals to private catering events, corporate catering events, and participation in the Vegan Food Aid Program sponsored by Vegan Outreach, Victor and Karla and their kids work together to provide traditional Mexican street food (aka carnival food) to vegans and non-vegans alike.
"Hey, what can I say," says Victor. "My mom used to make this stuff when I was a kid. How lucky am I that now I get to make all this great food for people who say it makes them feel so nostalgic. And the fact that it's all vegan; well, it's just so much fun to see how people react."
Victor and Karla are food activists at heart, by providing tantalizing food and demonstrating that no special ingredients are needed for preparation. "We keep it uncomplicated," says Victor, pointing out that his goal is to show that not only is the food good, but that it's actually not that hard to prepare." As a family of ethical vegans, the Root 66 food truck has become a true gem under their care.