by Mark Barnes
Kuna is not a city known for it’s culinary diversity nor for higher end cuisine. And while the food truck craze has swept both coasts and even made some headway in Boise, quite a few local residents still seem reluctant to try food other than Mexican food out of a truck.
In drives Voluptuous Vittles, parked regularly at the corner of Main Street and Linder Road.
Andi Longoria, along with partners John Atwood, Brian Atwood and Scott Rognlie, all from Kuna, have been on the spot for about two months.
Andi was general manager at the Peregrine restaurant and then she owned the Main Street Cafe behind Idaho Pizza Company.
“It was short lived,” she said. “I had a great opportunity because they set me all up. That experience got my toes wet in Kuna and let people know that I wasn’t just a good old Andi Meadow from Kuna High.” She added that she still holds the KHS girls shot put record, a statement of her obvious pride in being from Kuna and continuing to live here. “My mom owned the Hair Hangar. So I’m a Kuna girl through and through,” she said.
Catering and cooking since 8th grade, she received a culinary degree from CWI.
Andi and her partners bought the truck in Spokane on January 28 and her dad retired on the 4th of January.
“He made our whole truck,” she said. “It had the equipment in it and he was just going to do some minor repairs, but he ended up stripping it all out and redoing it.”
It took her father only 4 weeks, working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day to get the truck ready.
Once completed, they tried setting up at few other locations, even Boise before settling in to their current spot.
“My friend at the flower shop asked us to park here,” Andi said.
“We went to Boise for a couple weeks,” said Andi. “It was more of a haul for us to go over there and take all of our stuff when we all live in Kuna.”
“Plus, all my friends and my fans from my other restaurant wanted us back in Kuna,” she said.
“It’s really hard for Kuna to get used to a new thing, no matter what it is,” she said. “And I know that because I live here. But we have enough people and enough families and food type people that they should start to realize there’s something else. The food truck concept is new to everyone. It’s even struggling in Boise.”
With a diverse menu that includes truffle fries, Brussel sprout tacos, asparagus fries, the “Shake Rattle an Reuben Egg Roll”–a reuben deep fried into an egg roll–and other food items that make you think about how comfort food and creativity can coexists. The public’s favoite menu item so far is the Hedonistic Ham & Jam.
“It’s the dumbest thing,” said Andi, “but everyone loves it.”
“I think summer is going to be huge for us,” she said.
Voluptuous Vittles is open Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and they deliver to anywhere within Kuna City Limits.