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Community Highlights: Meet David Collector of Stick Around Skewers

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Collector.

Hi David, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I discovered my passion for cooking at a young age and started working in kitchens as soon as I could. I loved the fast-paced, hands-on nature of the back of the house and began dreaming of owning my own establishment one day. Fast forward to 2020 and navigating a new normal, I decided to take the leap and bring my dream to life by opening Stick Around Skewers.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Developing the menu and recipe testing was exciting and felt familiar, however, the learning curve of a restaurant on wheels versus a brick and mortar brought its’ own challenges. Learning to tow a large trailer, operate a kitchen that runs off of a generator and the unique approach to service were all obstacles that were initially surprising but that in hindsight, only made myself and this business stronger.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Stick Around Skewers?
Stick Around Skewers is a locally owned and operated food truck based out of Boulder. My inspiration for this business came from a love of grilling and a fascination with how each culture around the world has its own variation of food on a stick. We grill everything fresh to order and rotate regions of the world throughout the year to be able to highlight the unique flavors of each menu.

Our goal when opening Stick Around was to create a food truck that focused on fresh food with unique flavors, and I feel as though we’ve accomplished that goal and we’re very proud of what it’s become!

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I believe that my ability to adapt and think/react quickly on my feet has been the most important characteristic of my success.

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