Taste of Tuscaloosa: Say Cheese offers “Pay It Forward” System

The Mac and Cheesus is a favorite among the kitchen staff. It features mac and cheese, bacon bits, and special sauce. The Mac and Cheesus is a favorite among the kitchen staff. It features mac and cheese, bacon bits, and special sauce. Sheena Gregg

Perhaps I’m biased, but Tuscaloosa has it going on when it comes to the food scene. Outside of the boom with traditional brick and mortar establishments, it’s hard to ignore how Tuscaloosa and Northport have embraced the food truck movement. New to the gastronomic action-on-wheels is Say Cheese, a grilled cheese based food truck which launched just last month.  

For grilled cheese masters Chris Bostick and Collin Spradley, owners of Say Cheese, their business is all about the food and paying it forward.  

“Say Cheese is a ministry-based food experience that believes in showing love through actions, not words. Our inspiration started when we wanted to create a great food experience that wasn't the normal food around town,” said Bostick. “We have a pay it forward system where people can pay it forward instead of leaving a tip. Throughout the day, we will bless random people with a free meal. Imagine walking up and handing your cash or card to us and hearing, ‘Earlier today, someone payed for your meal, thank you and God loves you.’”  

The original plan for Say Cheese was to rent the food truck currently owned by Pastor’s Kitchen restaurant. However, an overwhelming response to their debut on March 30 had both Bostick and Spradley thinking strategically on the need to serve patrons more efficiently.  

“Our decision to get our own truck after a successful launch came because of the response we experienced on the 30th. We had well over 100 people show up within the first two hours. After that, we had numerous calls and emails asking us to come out to other businesses,” Bostick said. “The truck that we were using is not set up for us to accomplish what we want to with excellence. We need a truck with equipment suited for making grilled cheese at a good pace. Also, the city requires us to use our own truck.”   

The duo will be running an Indiegogo Campaign for folks to donate to the long-term vision and goals of Say Cheese with information about giving available on the company’s social media accounts.  

“We want to make a real difference in the lives of those who work for us and the guests we serve,” said Spradley.  

For more information on Say Cheese, including fundraising information, visit facebook.com/saycheesegiveback.  

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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