Poly Trolley takes food to CPP streets

By Meaghan Sands

Soon, students can expect a new dining service rolling around campus delivering a blend of Asian and Southwestern cuisine.

According to a press release, in June, the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. Dining Services will officially be launching the Poly Trolley, an innovative food truck that will serve a variety of appetizing items to the CPP community.

The Poly Trolley’s first expected day of service is May 27. However, there have been earlier on-campus appearances, such as at Sunday’s Southern California Tasting and Auction.

The Poly Trolley will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at various locations on-campus. While the location during lunch hours is still to be determined, the truck will park in front of the CLA building for breakfast and will make its way to the University Village for dinner.

The truck will also be serving Starbucks coffee. Drinks will include Frappuccino and espresso-based drinks.

“The Poly Trolley will be featuring the first mobile Starbucks operation in the world,” said Aaron Neilson, CPPF interim director of dining services. “We are all incredibly excited to introduce such a groundbreaking food truck to the campus.”

Einstein Bros Bagels Manager Jennifer Waggener, Los Olivos Executive Chef Arnold Zavalza and other CPPF Dining Services personnel developed the menu.

According to Neilson, the truck will be serving items such as breakfast burritos and baked goods for breakfast as well as BBQ pork tacos and Angus beef sliders in the afternoon and evening. Their specialty will be fresh-fried russet potato chips with a variety of toppings.

The truck is reminiscent of CPP’s dining services in the 1980s when the campus had a similar truck that served items such as burgers, burritos and pastries.

“There was a truck introduced in 1986 that was called the Poly Trolley,” said Amanda Mattox, marketing assistant for CPPF. “This new truck is kind of a reinvention of the old with a new design, menu and technology.”

According to a press release, the design of the Poly Trolley will reflect the essence of CPP with silhouettes of the campus’ iconic Arabian horses and the University Union Plaza.

The design pays homage to the campus community, history and heritage.

“I think that’s what students and staff want,” said Edwin Santiago, CPPF director of marketing and one of the designers of the truck. “To do something fun, modern, yet something that represents them. I think, listening from the feedback, that’s what we got. When people saw this they were like, ‘Wow that is Cal Poly [Pomona].'”

According to Santiago, prices will be competitive and inexpensive even with the quality ingredients that are being used.

The money made from the truck will pay for services and stock for the truck and the excess will go back into the Foundation which in turn gives it back to the university.

The truck will serve the CPP campus only and will be available for catering and athletic events. Because the campus is so large, the hope is that it will now be easier for people to have access to food when they are at events on campus that are far away from the dining services.

According to Neilson, the food truck concept was originally brought up by Dining Services Management and the Foundation Board several years ago and had been a topic of ongoing conversation. The idea was finalized in April 2012.

In November, the Foundation Board approved the use of funds to build the truck.

To find out when and where the truck will be, it can be followed via Twitter.

Poly Trolley takes food to CPP streets

Natalie Diaz/The Poly Post

Poly Trolley takes food to CPP streets


Natalie Diaz/The Poly Post


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