We’ve all seen the creative tip jar, with messages like “Thanks a latte” or “Afraid of change? Leave it here!”
One Red Deer business has come up with a tipping idea that we think is the very best: they invite their customers to pay it forward with a donation to CKUA. We recently asked Heidi Wild, who co-owns the Roly Guacamole food truck with her husband Rod, five questions, so we could learn more about this!
What is Roly Guacamole and how long have you been in business?
Roly Guacamole is a taco truck that rolls around central Alberta in the summertime. This is our second summer. The taco truck was built in Surrey, BC, and Rod is a Red Seal chef who loves to cook for people. We make all our own food, including the tortillas.
What is the food truck season like for you, or do you operate year-round?
We operate Roly Guacamole from May to September. We also have a storefront pizza business on Gasoline Alley in Red Deer called Tomato Static, and that operates in the winter.
How did the idea of supporting CKUA through your business evolve?
We’ve always loved CKUA. It’s been a part of our lives since our kids were little. We’ve had some tough times. Restaurant work is hard, and we weren’t always able to support CKUA. Now we can, and when people want to tip us, we say, “Please consider paying it forward, and our choice of an organization to support when you pay it forward is CKUA.”
What is the best-selling item on your menu?
We offer a taco trio: one pork, one chicken, and one black bean. Lots of people go for that combo!
If you could send a song out to your customers and to all the CKUA listeners, what would you choose?
Oh, probably something by Stevie Ray Vaughan or Los Lobos. We’re going to see Los Lobos in October!
Many thanks to Heidi and Rod for their support! If you’d become a part of the community that supports CKUA, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.