In its search to find new food trucks for campus next year, the Duke University Dining Advisory Committee tried food hailing from Buffalo, N.Y.
DUSDAC sampled menu items from Get Buffaloed, a food truck based in Roxboro, N.C. The truck was one of several DUSDAC is interviewing over the course of the year to see which trucks will make it into the regular campus rotation starting in July. The committee is expected to make its decisions by April or May.
Get Buffaloed is owned by a family from Buffalo and started business just three months ago. The truck serves a variety of comfort staples from “the 716,” such as chicken wings, chicken fingers and various “buffalo dumplings” that resemble empanadas but with chewier, hand-made dough.
The establishment is not based on the conventional food truck—it operates out of a 24-foot long trailer that the family had custom built.
DUSDAC focused many of its questions on vegetarian options—or the lack thereof—in Get Buffaloed’s menu. The truck offers a spinach and artichoke dumpling that the family said always sells out, as well as a cookie dough dumpling. DUSDAC members had some suggestions for them to expand the menu, including cauliflower wings and a bean-and-cheese dumpling, which were received positively.
In other business
DUSDAC heard a presentation from Marcus Carson, Duke Dining’s assistant director of sustainability and quality assurance manager. He discussed some of Dining’s new initiatives—a push to increase composting of eco-friendly ware and a pilot program for reusable takeout containers that would use students’ Duke Cards.