Local food trucks get creative on Valentine’s Day as businesses grapple with supply chain issues


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Local food trucks get creative on Valentine's Day as businesses grapple with supply chain issues

Local food trucks get creative on Valentine’s Day as businesses grapple with supply chain issues

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Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) — Heart-shaped food is always a hit on Valentine’s Day, a Fresno food truck tradition. But this year, special commodities have taken a new turn due to supply chain challenges.

The El Premio Mayor Taco truck celebrates Valentine’s Day with a Valen-taco heart-shaped box. It’s a holiday staple, but this year will be different.

Manager Bianca Loza said the price of a heart-shaped box nearly tripled from $3 to $9 due to supply chain shortages and inflation.

The taco truck didn’t want to pass the cost on to consumers, so the crew got creative.

“This year, instead of tacos, we’ll be making heart-shaped barbacoa quesadillas,” said Bianca.

El Premio Mayor will be selling quesadillas at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing in downtown Fresno on Friday nights and at the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis on Saturdays from 4-8 p.m. as part of Fresno’s Part of street food.

Bianca expects the heart quesadillas to sell out soon and says she appreciates all the support the community has given over the past 25 years.

Her mother started using the truck to feed her babies in 1996. A single mother, Bianca said she worked very hard to get to where she is now.

“Right now, we have two small taco shops and two food trucks, so looking at how much we’ve grown over the years, all thanks to the community, we’re so grateful and blessed,” Bianca said.

Now, she hopes another 25 years or more.

If you’d like to buy a heart-shaped quesadilla, the El Premio Mayor taco truck will be at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company until 9 p.m. Friday. They’ll be at the Sierra Vista Mall Saturday from 4-8pm.

Although it’s one of their busiest days of the year, they’ll be closing on Valentine’s Day to coincide with the nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” campaign.

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