Dennise Sigler had been a stay home mom for 14 years before she decided to join the craze and put up a concession trailer. She wanted to contribute to the household’s income but still be able to take care of her family and tend to the kids. That’s why the mobile food vending business was perfect for her, since it is seasonal and her events are mostly on weekends.
Vi’s Polish cuisine was named after Violet, the grandmother of Dennise who taught her how to cook and whom the trailer’s recipes come from. Their menu is comfort food in the true sense that most of their customers are reminded of their childhood and own grandmother’s cooking. They have Kielbasa or Polish sausage, pierogi dumplings, stuffed cabbage, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, and Grandma Violet’s very own macaroni salad. Dennise doesn’t change the menu and says she sticks to what she does best. Because of their menu they have had no problems in joining events since they offer something different than the usual burgers and hotdogs.
The trailer is run with her daughter, but the younger kids are also involved as it teaches them responsibility, how to deal with money and customers, how to cook and clean, as well as how to run a business.
“You will run into lots of obstacles and you will also hear a lot of people say how hard it is to run the business. And it is not easy. So if you’re not willing to work hard, don’t even bother. But if you’re willing to work for it and don’t give up easy and once you pass the hurdles of getting inspected and permitted, you’ll learn the business is very worthwhile and very self gratifying.”
You can catch the around Bay City and Midland in Michigan. They mostly do art fairs, carnivals, and antique fairs. For the meantime, they have no plans to expand or do more locations or events. “With the truck I don’t need to work seven days a week. So I could still tend to my family fulltime.” All of this is for them anyway, so why should her time for them suffer just because of the business? “I like to serve my customers during summer, while keeping them excited during the off season.”
Know where they will be next at their FB page here.