GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Street Chef Shaw is a restaurant company that serves tacos and quesadillas with a unique twist.

“Mexico and Swahili, so food from East Africa,” said Kirel Shaw, chef and co-owner of the company. “We spice up our meats with (spices) from East Africa, then it’s the traditional Latin American dishes. “

Shaw draws inspiration from his East African roots for the concept of the menu. The company is in its second year of existence.

Shaw Street Chief started as a pop-up business that originally made food in a tent with a pair of grills. The company bought a food truck in March.

“It wasn’t painted, it was just matte black and it was usable, so we said ‘let’s go run with it,’” says co-owner Myke Worthem. “Go ahead because we can start serving food from it. The kitchen looks good.

The catering company moved to Lion and Rabbit Arts Center, where artists Edwin Morales and DeVante Barnes gave the company’s truck a new look.

Artists painted street chef Shaw’s new food truck.

“It brings food to the neighbors that we don’t have this food culture for in this neighborhood,” said Hannah Berry, executive director of the Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts. “It gives opportunities to local artists. “

Worthem says the redesigned truck is a step in the right direction for the company.

“Now it’s the Swahili-Mexican fusion truck with an impressive mural on the side that people will recognize coming from anywhere,” Worthem said. “It means a lot to us.”

In addition to giving artists a chance to show off their skills, the catering company is auctioning a 10-person private dinner with Shaw. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts, which is a non-profit organization.

“A huge donation,” said Berry. “It’s really great because it brings the worlds together.

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