Grilled cheese with a side of charity
They're two simple ingredients that make a fan favorite. But in true Austin food truck style, Melted is shaking up grilled cheese.
"I love the Austin food truck industry, and food, and of course grilled cheese," said founder Anna Hutto.
In addition to melted cheese and a host of extras, Melted is serving a side you won't find anywhere else in town.
"I realized that it's very difficult to go around and constantly ask people for money," said Hutto. "So if you start a business, you continually have a revenue to be donating to this charity."
16-year-old Hutto donates every cent of profit from Melted to the International Justice Mission.
"They combat poverty by fighting broken justice systems in third world countries," Hutto said.
Executive chef Aaron Esserman joined Hutto in her project knowing this was something different.
"It's not just a grilled cheese truck, and it's not just great food, there's a lot more to it," Esserman said. "This girl really knows what she wants to do and what she wants to give, so I'm glad to be a part of it."
"We want our customers to see that all the money we're making is making a difference," said Hutto.
At just 16, Hutto seems to have found the secret ingredient.
"It's more than just a food truck, it's kind of a statement saying that even though you are 16, you can still change the world," she said.
You can find the Melted grilled cheese truck at www.meltedtruck.com.