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Random Acts of Food offers a rotating menu of comfort food

Apr 30th, 2015 | Category: Food

by Jessamyn Tuttle

When Tessa Mcleod opens her business, Random Acts of Food, for the day, she often puts up a sign that says “Real food sold here.” The food truck, which pops up around La Conner and at local festivals and other events, doesn’t offer the usual cheap street grub like tacos or corn dogs. Instead the constantly rotating menu is full of fresh salads, soups, and grilled sandwiches. “I do comfort food,” Mcleod said. “Things that sound good when you don’t know what to eat… it’s fun. We have good food.”

Random Acts of Food owner Tessa Mcleod, with her mother Linda Rumbolt.  PHOTO BY JESSAMYN TUTTLE

Random Acts of Food owner Tessa Mcleod, with her mother Linda Rumbolt.
PHOTO BY JESSAMYN TUTTLE

Although she has years of experience in the restaurant industry, her time was spent as a waitress, rather than in the kitchen.

“I’m not a chef,” Mcleod said. “I know what tastes good, I know what I cook for my family… what I’m really passionate about is the experience of food.”

After years of waiting tables in restaurants around Skagit Valley, she decided to go into business on her own. “I love customer service.”

Mcleod’s decision to go with a mobile setup rather than a permanent location was mostly a matter of what she could afford. “I just wanted to do it,” she said. “I just took a leap of faith.” She hopes that she can be an example to others. “You can be an average person and pull off your dreams.”

The food Mcleod serves is what she likes to eat. She loves lamb and often has it on the menu, and offers some typical fast foods like French fries, but makes sure they’re nothing but potato with no additives. She also likes to serve sweet potato fries and fried Brussels sprouts, and adores beets and goat cheese, which end up on all sorts of things.

“I have a beet and goat cheese sandwich,” she said. “It’s delicious and gooey.”

The menu may vary depending on where the truck is set up. One location might lead her to focus on grilled cheese or gyros, while another might call for making Indian fry bread.

“The beauty of Random Acts of Food is adapting to place,” she said.

Now in her second year of operation, Mcleod is still ironing out permanent schedules, locations and menu items. “I’m new, I’m green,” she said. “I’m still finding the balance.”

Mcleod runs it mostly by herself, but has help from her mother, Linda Rumbolt, a retired baker, and occasionally other family members. “My husband is my driver, and I have my family – I’ve been really lucky to have my mom helping me.”

Her sister also pitches in, sometimes delivering food around La Conner on a bicycle.

Mcleod’s biggest challenge is keeping her food costs down. “My M.O. is local and organic,” she said. “I try to make it affordable.”

She tracks ingredients from local farms and producers like Hedlin Farms, Silvana Meats, LaConner Flats, the Breadfarm, and Lone Fir Farms. As a result, some new customers are surprised at her prices, which would be high for a taco truck but are very reasonable for the kind of food she creates.

“I love helping people think out of the box,” she said.

Random Acts of Food has been parked at the La Conner Marina, and recently at the Morris Street Station through the Tulip Festival, and will be returning to the Marina in mid-May through the summer. The best way to keep track of locations is through the company Facebook page, which Mcleod updates regularly. The truck can also be found at local events like the Oak Harbor Music Festival, the Swinomish Salmon Festival, and the Antique Fair at Christianson’s Nursery.

Born and raised of the Swinomish tribe in La Conner, she loves serving her community, and hopes to someday provide career training to local youth. “To be able to help – that’s what makes me feel good, when I’m giving back,” she said. “I want to support the community and be supported by it – and have fun doing it.”

While she would love to find herself in a brick and mortar restaurant eventually, Mcleod has no intention of giving up the food cart any time soon. “Food is good…it’s what brings people together. If it’s done right all those boundaries disappear.”

Random Acts of Food will be at LaConner Marina mid-May through the summer. See their Facebook page, call (360) 550-1957, or email randomactsoffood@gmail.com.

Published in the May 2015 issue of Grow Northwest

3 Comments to “Random Acts of Food offers a rotating menu of comfort food”

  1. Norma Knight says:

    Awesome !
    If only we had more people like this lady, Food is great … price is right and what an out look she has,
    Thinking of others,
    Good Luck
    Keep On Truckin !
    Norma

  2. Bettina says:

    I’ve eaten there several times, and it is delicious!

  3. Pete says:

    I just experienced the best cheese burger I have ever
    Had. I can hardly wait to be at her next location
    To have another wonderful cheese burger. I am going to bring some of my
    Family so they can enjoy such wonderful food.
    Thanks
    Pete

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