Food truck serves up message about giving

March 08, 2013

9News

As part of his final project for his Daniels Executive MBA program, Travis Smith worked to raise awareness and funds for Domus Pacis, a non-profit organization in Colorado.  KUSA-TV featured his story. 

DENVER – The Bistro Colorado food truck will never be able to sneak up on anyone. The flavorful aroma of gourmet food being cooked inside the truck signals its presence in a neighborhood.

Travis Smith, a longtime chef, started the food truck about a year ago. While he wants his customers to enjoy the food on the menu, he also wants to raise their appetite for helping others. A small sign on the food truck speaks to efforts Smith and Bistro Colorado are making to serve the needs of others.

The sign reads, “Bistro Colorado proudly supports Domus Pacis Family Respite.” Smith has donated proceeds from his food truck to the organization and volunteered his services as a chef.

Domus Pacis, which is Latin for “house of peace,” is a Colorado non-profit created to serve families dealing with cancer. Vince and Marylouise White-Petteruti founfed the organization in 2008. Through the organization families battling cancer can escape to the high country for a week to celebrate life.

“You look around and see that 65 percent of the homes in Summit County along sat vacant for probably 48 to 50 weeks a year and we thought this would make total sense,” Marylouise said.

They now have 90 homeowners in Summit County who have made their vacation homes available to families dealing with life threatening illness.