Cajun in a Truck was founded in 2012 by Phil Vanderhider, a 5th generation Cajun who was born and raised in Mamou, Louisiana.
Mamou is located at the heart of Louisiana's Cajun country, about 200 miles West of New Orleans. The town is famous for its music and musicians, and bills itself as "The Cajun Music Capital of the World." Consequently, Mamou figures into a number of song titles (such as "'Tit Galop Pour Mamou" and "Valse de Grand Mamou") and lyrics, as well as band names (such as Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys). Mamou is also home of the world famous Fred's Lounge, which features live Cajun music every Saturday morning. The interesting part with all of this strong Cajun history is that Mamou is a town of less than 5,000 people!
Phil’s dream is to share the complex flavor and texture of Cajun fare with people outside the traditional zone of influence for what would be classified as “authentic” Cajun. Phil is an expert Cajun chef, but can also run a mean barbecue grill. His family lives in the Bayonet Point area, and keep him busy being a husband, father, and grandfather. Phil is very involved in his church and community. Phil discovered his love for food-trucks, and was impressed at the quality and uniqueness of the food on his many trips to visit his daughter in Los Angeles. In his spare time (what there is of it) Phil and his wife like to spend time with their daughters and go to food truck rallies across the US.
Phil and his team have been catering to clients and at community events for years. He is so happy he can now bring his spice of life in a food truck to you!