Food unites us all, in both the good and the bad times. That’s true whether you’re serving food to make a living, to create relationships with employees, to bond with the community, or to make sure the homeless and the displaced are fed.
After her return from serving in the Air Force, Tabatha Erwin’s idea was to develop an adaptable Outdoor Mobile Grilling (OMG) system that could quickly, efficiently, and with minimal manpower serve food to a long line of hungry people. The concept of mounting the kitchen equipment on a lightweight trailer meant it could be easily towed and hand-maneuvered into a parking spot, through a crowd, or even across damaged terrain. She also wanted it to be a family business producing a “Made in the U.S.A.” product.
Encouraged by her early success of an OMG with a warmer, griddle, and steam table, she added a variety of other food preparation choices to additional models. OMGs now can also have several sizes of smokers, a Santa Maria-style adjustable grill, a deep fryer, a freezer, or concentrate solely on serving cold food and beverages.
Growing up in a household with a fireman also meant creating a safe operating environment. These outdoor mobile kitchens are used at school and athletic fundraising efforts; church events; tailgating; employee events; military, police and fire departments; concession stands; and competition barbecues on a frequent basis. These individuals or groups can then choose to put their trailers into action in an emergency situation.
With the help of family and friends, Tabatha has been able to bring her vision to a reality and the OMG line of outdoor mobile kitchens continues to expand and be used across the U.S. and in other countries.
Her company hand-builds each trailer under a clear-cut mission to create a product with market appeal that is well-crafted, versatile, durable, and affordable. Equally important, her vision is to provide a product that can assist in humanitarian efforts by serving food, help non-profits fund their projects and serve their communities, give entrepreneurs a unique food serving opportunity, and provide companies a way to bond with their employees and customers.
What makes this COO so special is Tabatha not only talks the talk, but she also walks the walk. During the 2017 damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, three OMG trailers were in action feeding the hungry. In addition, she coordinated local drop-off points and supervised over 40 tons of supplies that were delivered to rural communities, including driving loads herself.
Her values are simple and straightforward: Jesus Christ, Him crucified, and raised three days later. Feeding the hungry is a principle He advocates.