RINGKNOCKER Virtual Meetup #36 with Jordan Foley
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The guest speaker at this week’s RINGKNOCKER Virtual Meetup is Jordan Foley (USNA ’12).
Jordan is an active-duty submariner who is currently finishing his last year of law school in preparation to enter the JAG Corps.
Jordan loves to cook and has watched a lot of shipmates struggle through the transition process, so this past January he founded non-profit Chow to help veterans find success in the food truck industry. Chow operates on a franchising model, and rolls food-truck profits into other veteran-service initiatives. Jordan is now raising funds in the Maryland and DC area to support the purchase and outfitting of Chow’s first truck! Here’s a recent story about Chow in the Capital Gazette.
Jordan has found plenty of support inside the food truck industry. Joining him on the call will be Amy Katz, whose DC-area firm Curbside Kitchen has a platform that connects building owners, leasing agents, and property managers (and through their mobile app, everybody else!) with food trucks. Also joining us for the boots-on-the-ground view will be Army veteran and Soul-Food-Chef-on-Wheels Adonis Adams, owner/operator of the Montgomery County, MD, sensation Malia’s Kitchen food truck.
So why food trucks? In September, Travel + Leisure reported that 100,000 US restaurants have gone out of business this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Food trucks are the exception: unlike their brick-and-mortar cousins, food trucks as a category have THRIVED in 2020!
RINGKNOCKER came together under the proposition that shipmates, classmates, and comrades-in-arms who support one another will find a way to thrive through ANY crisis… including this one. Jordan and Amy have a message for every transitioning RINGKNOCKER who has considered taking a stab at the food-service business: there are opportunities HERE, if you know how to read them.
And this week they will teach us how. DON’T MISS THIS ONE!