By Waldy Diez SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – This year’s Taste of Syracuse attracted about three dozen new vendors, including one that has garnered national TV exposure.
Military Moms appeared on season five of the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, a show that sends food trucks into different cities to compete in cooking challenges.
Military Moms is a food truck based at the army base located in Fort Drum. The truck prides itself in making comfort food with a twist, such as a five cheese mac and cheese with caramelized onions and a toasted peanut butter and jelly with crushed peanuts.
The food truck had only been up and running for less than a week when it made its first official public appearance at the food festival.
Carol Rosenberg, the truck’s owner and chef, said being the Taste of Syracuse was both exciting and terrifying for her.
“It’s a little bit scary to be at the Taste of Syracuse for the first time,” Rosenberg said. “This is my first big festival, but you know what, it is really cool because I’m totally prepped and ready to go.”
Rosenberg has been preparing since January.
The Military Moms truck did not win the reality TV series, but Rosenberg said the Food Network let her keep the brand and look it created for her.
Rosenberg said it’s hard for her to find a career as a military spouse because the Army is constantly moving her husband, Gary Rosenberg, who is the Garrison Commander at Fort Drum.
“I traveled back and forth with that,” Carol Rosenberg said. “I missed my kids too much. I saw an episode of the Great Food Truck Race and decided I needed a food truck. Hence the wheels.”
Rosenberg’s husband said she came up with the idea five years ago when the familiy was stationed in Germany.
He is proud of what she’s been able to accomplish.
“I’m in a supporting role,” Gary Rosenberg said. “It’s all her. She’s very good at it, and it’s been fun watching her develop this and succeed.”