Sofrito Fusion Food Truck: “Where the South meets South America”
Sofrito: an aromatic, savory blend of herbs and spices that’s the cornerstone of many Latin dishes – it’s endlessly customizable, usually beginning with onions, garlic, oil, and peppers, and each sofrito is unique to the individual cook who prepares it. Sofrito Fusion, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of experiencing it, is a much beloved local food truck that specializes in Southern-South American (specifically Venezuelan) fusion delights – they offer empanadas in various flavors, tequenos (cheese sticks), a Latin Dog – a bacon-wrapped hot dog with toppings such as cabbage or potato sticks – and the amazing patacon, a sandwich of shredded chicken, crunchy cabbage, homemade green sauce, and cheese, sandwiched between two fried plantains. It’s outstanding food, sold at a reasonable price by some truly kind and grateful local folks.
Jada Smith grew up in the middle Georgia area, but left the area to travel awhile in her late teens/early 20s. She began a career at an insurance company in her mid-twenties, but soon found corporate America wasn’t a great fit for her – she knew she wanted to be her own boss in some capacity, but she wasn’t sure quite how – until the inspiration for Sofrito Fusion hit her. She’d seen Chino Bandido, a popular Phoenix Mexican-Chinese fusion restaurant, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, and that, combined with a Texas native-owned food truck she’d seen in Hawaii that served up Hawaiian food with a Southwest slant, kept recurring in her mind. Jada’s husband is from Venezuela, and the two of them have a deep love for one another’s cultures, so she decided that creating a foodie fusion of Southern and Venezuelan cuisine would be the perfect way to personalize her new business.
Sofrito Fusion opened for business in March of 2016, and in the year-plus that they’ve been serving food, they’ve built a loyal following of customers – “We love getting to know our customers,” Jada says, “and their kids and their dogs.” Dogs eat and drink free, by the way – and it’s just that kind of friendly, welcoming attitude that’s helped Sofrito Fusion become as popular as it has. Well, that, plus the delicious food.
So where can you get your hands on some of this goodness? Every Friday, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, from April through October for Food Truck Fridays at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins– “This is one of our favorite spots,” Jada says. “We love the Museum and its staff, and the opportunity to feed and say thank you to our military men and women.” And just last week, Sofrito Fusion started serving lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30-1:30 at their permanent location in the International Square Shopping Center on Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins. “We wanted to give customers more opportunities to experience Sofrito,” says Jada. But don’t worry, they’re still mobile, serving up goodness at festivals, parties, and even weddings all over the midstate. The best way to keep up with where they’ll be is to follow their social media – check for them by name on Facebook, on Twitter as @SofritoFusionFT, and on Instagram as @SofritoFusion – and you can always email them at Sofritofusion@hotmail.com with any questions.
The most challenging part of owning a food truck? “It’s so much more than just food,” Jada says. “You have to be part mechanic, part engineer, and part marketing director, because there are so many moving parts – literally – in this business that you have to be prepared for anything.” If Sofrito Fusion’s stellar first year is any indication, Jada has done an impeccable job of balancing all the different areas of food truck ownership without skimping at all on the most important two – great food and great service, with a side order of thankfulness and appreciation. “We’d like to thank the community for embracing us the way they have,” says Jada. “We love sharing our cultures and our love for food with middle Georgia.”
Sofrito Fusion Food Truck
1807-B Watson Blvd.
Warner Robins, GA 31088