In August 2018, Christy and Chuck debuted their food truck business, Central Fusion, at one of Central Michigan University Research Corporation’s Food Truck Fridays.
Combining Christy’s Hispanic ties and Chuck’s Thai roots, the husband and wife duo sell flavor fusions and crowd favorites like pulled pork nachos, wonton chicken tacos and fried churros.
But long before they had the truck, Christy said she was making tortilla chips and homemade salsa dip, refining the recipes until they were “perfect.”
“We started out bringing them to coworkers and family gatherings, and everyone just went crazy over the chips and salsa,” Christy said. “We were not expecting the chips and salsa to take off like it has, but people really seem to love it.”
Urbano’s chips and salsa -- named after Christy’s grandfather -- can now be purchased at Eastman Party Store in Midland, the Mount Pleasant and Shepherd locations of Mitchell’s Gourmet Deli and Market, and most recently at Country Corner Market, located just north of Mount Pleasant.
Christy said they have other stores and customers inquiring about the chips that extend as far as Detroit, and their goal is to expand sales to other Michigan stores.
“I really don’t like the idea so much being in chain stores like Walmart and Meijer, so much as specialty local stores around the state,” Christy said.
Christy, an administrative secretary at CMU and Chuck, a lawyer, take a few hours each night to work in the truck, keeping up with demand for their chips. They have occasional help from Christy’s mother as well.
“It’s fun and it makes a difference when you’re having fun doing your job,” Christy said. She added, jokingly, “the day jobs keep getting in the way.”
Starting a food business had always been a dream of Christy’s, stemming from the desire to be her own boss, she said. When she found a 1980s ice cream truck for sale about a year and a half ago, Chuck supported her dream 100 percent.
“(Chuck and I) are so very different but we both have an attitude of service and love serving the public, especially when it comes to doing what we love -- making food and eating it,” Christy said. “We are big ‘foodies.’”
Now, the two are enjoying their journey together in the food industry, with plans to reopen the truck in May.
“It’s been great and business is slowly increasing as we move along and getting people that are interested more and more,” Christy said.