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Mo’ Bowl Cajun serves up authentic Cajun cooking

Mo’ Bowl Cajun catering a Hail and Farewell at the Johnson home. Photo credit: Jenifer Lucero-Johnson

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Mo' Bowl Cajun is one of the popular Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contracted food trucks located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Air Force MSgt. Ret. Timothy Lee Singleton and his wife, Lori, own the food truck business. Timothy served for 20 years as a Satellite and Microwave Technician. The Singletons took a leap of faith in May 2017 and opened their business.

"My wife and I had talked about it for a couple of years, and we did some research between owning a food truck or brick & mortar, and decided a food truck provided much more flexibility for getting on JBLM -- the place we definitely knew we wanted to be so we could get back in a military environment," said Timothy Singleton. "We opened in May of last year after doing some proofs of concept at Dick's Brewing in Centralia and the American Legion Post 17, which I'm a member of."

He also found that the perseverance, leadership, and discipline skills he learned in the Air Force helped him run his own business.

Determining which style of food to cook was an easy choice when he looked to his roots. "My grandfather was from New Iberia, Louisiana, and taught us all how to make gumbo," he said.

When his family would get together, they would all cook their own gumbo version. Gumbo is an art form in Louisiana and people take great pride in their recipes. There is also a culture of men cooking their specialties at family gatherings. "It seemed like a natural fit for me to offer Cajun food," he added.

Mo' Bowl Cajun has become a popular caterer at JBLM. Using a caterer who is retired military has many advantages because he has access to the base and can enter through any gate. "We are approved by Environmental Health Services and our contract is with AAFES. All our fees go to support MWR on the base," said Singleton.

Military spouse Jennifer Lucero-Johnson has used Mo' Bowl Cajun for a Battalion Hail and Farewell at her home. "We had about 100 soldiers and their family members. We hosted a summer beach-themed dinner and the food truck was a perfect addition. They pulled right into our driveway. The staff arrived early to set up. They had a large menu to choose from and the staff was courteous and friendly. It was the perfect start to the summer season," she said.

Mo' Bowl Cajun can be found on 2nd Division Dr. on the Lewis side of the base in the parking lot by Domino's Pizza and Nelson Recreation Center. The Singletons serve lunch during the week. Check out their Facebook page, Mo' Bowl Cajun, for their menu and any weekend events they are participating in.

Mo' Bowl Cajun, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday, 2nd Division Dr., JBLM, 206.947.1804

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