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Bon Me Alum

Some Bon Me employees have gone on to do incredible things in the Boston food world. We caught up with Jackson, founder of Fresh Food Generation, a Caribbean and Latin American catering, food truck, and cafe with farm to plate ingredients selling food in neighborhoods where healthy food is hard to find.

Jackson & Cassandria, Fresh Food Generation Co-Founders

What were your roles at Bon Me?

I started in the restaurant, commissary, and truck simultaneously to see where my strengths were and to be placed where I was most useful. I eventually spent the majority of my time as a shift manager for [the] Yellow and Blue [trucks]. 

Tell us a little about your job right now. 

I am one of the founders and owners at Fresh Food Generation so every day looks a little different. I wear many different hats, so I could be training new staff, acting as the kitchen manager, hopping on the truck, working at the cafe, doing a catering drop, ordering food, taking inventory, or working on bigger project for FFG. 

What's the most important lesson you learned during your time at Bon Me that helped you get where you are today?

On the technical side, Bon Me taught me about food flow and the business of running a food truck. How to build a truck, what propane is/does, how to jump a truck battery, how to replace a truck battery. On the less tangible side, I came to appreciate how hard Ali and Pat worked to get Bon Me to where it is today. They were both super supportive and willing to give advice after a long day of work. They also let us use their kitchen in Roxbury to do some of our first events which was unbelievably generous. 

What advice do you have for people wanting to grow their career in the food industry?

The food industry is tough, really tough. So there are three things to keep in mind:

  1. First, you have got to be passionate about what you're doing because you will struggle and hit road blocks along the way. You will also make mistakes and have to correct them. You need to have blind optimism that your food dream will work and then work stupid hard to make it happen.
  2. The second thing to consider is how long you want to work in the food [industry]. If it's 1 year, your career won't get that far. You need to give 5-10 years of your life to become somewhat proficient in what you do. If that's too much time, it might be worth looking into something else. 
  3. Finally, if you are starting a business, realize that whatever gets you excited about working in food, it's probably only going to be about 5-10% of your time in your own business. There are two solutions to this; one is to get a business partner who has strengths that you lack so that they can handle some of the workload; or get ready to learn about a lot of things that you had little interest in learning in the first place. 

What's your favorite food from Bon Me?

Definitely the Bon Me Sandwich, Tofu, no pate, extra pickles, and jalapeño. 

Want to make the first, or maybe final stop, in your food industry career? Apply on our website today! 

Join us!
~The Bon Me Crew

Trucked Up With Ernie

Ever wonder how we turn regular old trucks and carts into insanely efficient, fun, and colorful food trucks and carts? It's not magic, it's this guy! 

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Ernie Wong, the owner of Shanghai Mobile Kitchen Solutions, has been designing our trucks for about as long as you've been enjoying our Spice Rubbed Chicken. He custom-builds the trucks with every piece of equipment fitting just so (so food flows easily from us to you). He's been in the food truck biz for about 15 years and the New York Times wrote about him, so you know he's good! 

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His most recent Bon Me project was our food carts! They may be small, but they're powerful. Figuring out a way to fit the same amount of food and supplies as the trucks is a feat only Ernie can do.

"The carts were an especially fun design challenge because we had to make the operational flow just as effective with about half the amount of space of the usual Bon Me trucks," Ernie explained. 

Check out Ernie's latest masterpieces at Copley Square and Post Office Square (and grab a mouth-watering meal while you're at it). In case you need a reminder, follow us on Twitter for daily times and locations.

Happy Eating!
~The Bon Me Crew

Join us for an 🌎 Day Celebration

We know you appreciate the planet as much as we do, but here's your chance to give the earth some extra love!

Harvard Environmental Action Committee
Earth Day Bonanza
Harvard Science Center Plaza
Saturday, April 22, 11am-2pm

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Celebrate Earth Day with us and learn a lot too! You'll get to listen to live music, learn a lot, and of course enjoy Bon Me food! 

Harvard sustainability and local environmental organizations will be doing demonstrations on how to treat our planet with care. We've partnered up with some local organizations to teach you more about composting (we love composting - ninety percent of our packaging is compostable!)

And if that didn't convince you, just wait! Stop by our truck to enter the raffle for a $50 gift card. Think of all the Rice Noodle Salads (look, it's in a compostable box)!

Show us your love for the planet by taking an #instaworthy pic of your Bon Me compostable brown box. Make sure to tag us!

Happy Earth Day!
~The Bon Me Crew