Capital Kitchens helps NBC News Identify Austin Food Trucks Inspiring America

At the end of May, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt contacted Trish Wesevich to obtain her assistance in finding a good story for their Inspiring America segment.  She knew that reaching out to the Austin Food Trailer Chamber community would be a great place to hear good stories and was she ever right on about that!  "So many food trucks in the ATX have inspiring stories", says Trish.  NBC chose to do their segment on Libbie's Fun Time Food Truck, a non-profit food truck operated by Becky Nichols for the benefit of kids who need tasty meals while in treatment at the Dell Children's Blood & Cancer Center.  It aired on the national nightly news last night.  NBC would like to come back here and do more stories as they recognized what a great food truck community Austin, Texas has.  

See the full story on NBC Nightly News' Inspiring America here:

Austin's Capital Kitchens Uses City Rebate to Boost Clients' Waste Diversion!

Stacy Savage

Founder & President, Zero Waste Strategies, LLC

Over the past couple of months, our team at Zero Waste Strategies has been working with Capital Kitchens to not only expand their current recycling program, but to implement a new composting program! 

Using the City of #Austin's $1,800 business rebate, the commercial kitchen is now able to offer its 30+ clients, consisting of caterers, food trucks owners, chocolatiers, and others, the opportunity to lessen their environmental impacts through waste diversion from landfills!

We provided a comprehensive on-boarding process through education training and revised the company's contract language to reflect client agreements with the new policies. The program was well received and the clients of Capital Kitchens are excited to now claim #ZeroWaste operations and establish a green marketing edge over their competitors!

Big thanks to owner, Trish Foreman Wesevich, for her long-term vision for sustainability and to Morgan Whitney for her tireless efforts in helping businesses discover operational efficiencies.



- Planting the Seeds, by Virginia B. Wood, Fri., Aug. 21, 2015

At Capital Kitchens, caterer and private chef Trish Wesevich not only offers prospective tenants a kitchen in which to work and grow their company, but working in the space comes with business development services, as well. For instance, she cultivates relationships with local retailers to assist in product placement and helps tenants make connections with potential investors, co-packers, food technology, mentoring, and social media groups. At any given time, she'll have more than 25 tenants sharing space in the 3,600-square-foot warehouse kitchen in a South Austin business park.

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How Central Texas became a hotbed for packaged food businesses.  

By Addie Broyles - American-Statesman Staff.  Friday, June 19, 2015

The Austin packaged food economy is as hot as the restaurant scene, and its reach extends far beyond the boundaries of Central Texas and into the shopping carts, refrigerators and pantries of grocery shoppers from coast to coast.

Hundreds of companies call Austin home, from established homegrown brands like Stubb’s, Primizie, Beanitos and Vital Farms to booming transplants such as Skinny Pop, one of the biggest ready-to-eat popcorn companies in the country, which recently moved its headquarters from Chicago to Austin for warmer weather and livability for its top executives.  

On a national scale, small to midsize consumer packaged goods companies have taken $18 billion from the pockets of the largest food companies in the past five years, and a healthy portion of that money is flowing through Central Texas.

Other parts of the country, especially the Upper Midwest, where mega food companies such as Kraft, General Mills and Kellogg have long been based, have far more institutional knowledge to launch and manufacture products. Austin’s history is shorter.  Continue reading here.