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Published March 18, 2012, 09:11 PM

Mobile kitchen in Grand Forks creates a recipe for success

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Grand Forks man is combining his love of food and people and coming up with a recipe for success.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A Grand Forks man is combining his love of food and people and coming up with a recipe for success.

Skip Haag began rolling his mobile kitchen about a year and a half ago, and hasn't looked back.

From a distance this concessions trailer might look like your average outdoor eatery. Get a little closer the menu will show you something different.

Skip / Skips Gourmet Grub : "This is Knoephla, we are all so serving corn beef and cabbage."

It's not your normal grub coming of the grill here. Skip Haag and his Rita have taking their mobile kitchen business in a different dietary direction. They cook mostly everything on the menu from scratch.

Skip : "Our pulled pork sandwiches we actually put the coleslaw on top of the sandwich and then we sauce it as opposed to serving just a sauce pork."

Skip has been moving forward with the concession type eatery called Skip's Gourmet Grub. Shortly after he retired from the Air Force he had the idea of starting his own version of a roadside diner.

Skip Haag / Skips Gourmet Grub : "My wife and I are both foodies we like watching the food network. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen. "

Skip and his wife have come up with recipes using, when in season, vegetables from farmers markets and their own large garden.

Haag :"It's a lot more work, but in my opinion that is where the love comes in is for cooking and for people. Because you are willing to in the effort to prepare it and then cook it correctly."

Three days a week Skip takes advantage of his mobility, all year long, parking in the heart of hungry workers and that is in the Grand Forks industrial park.

Haag : "Hey Marlene what can I get you today girl. "

Marlene Voltz : "I just have a half hour for lunch, so I can just can run over quick and it's very very handy."

Word of the gourmet grub has spread, and now Skip has customers seeking him out. These guys drove from across town to get their gourmet grub. .

Haag : "If you work hard at it and you do a good job maybe there is a way you can make a living. "

And to keep things interesting Skip and his wife come up with different soups and entrees each week all to help them stand out from what you would expect average concessions cuisine. In Grand Forks David Schwab.>

The Haag's keep busy in the summer, working at festivals and catering events.