Local gal makes good…food

by | Jun 6, 2021

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Gringo Grub food truck brings world class delights to Columbus starting June 11, 2021.

Photo by Ravelle Flores

Wilson Moore and Frances McCullough are launching a food and beverage venture in Columbus. Today we are featuring one half of the dynamic duo.

Frances McCullough came by her baking skills the old-fashioned way—she learned them from Grandma.

“I lived with my grandparents up through high school and grandma was a master baker and chocolatier. You’d never ask her to bake a cake of or frost a cookie! She was all breads, pastries and candy.”

Stay tuned: Frances will be sharing a family recipe each month in CNM-News beginning Friday, June 11, 2021!

Frances worked in the bakery after school and weekends while growing up in Mississippi. She learned all the family recipes and how those recipes shaped a year. “We were seasonal. You cooked hearty stews and soups in winter, lighter fare in the summer.”

Frances attended college at Covenant College in Mountain, Georgia for a degree in elementary education but she never strayed far from her roots. “I worked in the food and beverage industry throughout college and that’s when I got hooked. I love making deserts for the restaurant I worked at and seeing how happy those creations made people!”

Frances made a name for herself in the corporate world, running food service for arenas, coliseums and other venues hosting high profile events like the World Series, Superbowl and rock concerts. Aside from the 5 years she took off to get her three kids to school age, she has worked non-stop since age 17. “I need to be constantly engaged—I love controlled chaos! That’s what the food industry is.”

For the 3 years prior to Covid-19 shutting down operations for all entertainment venues, Frances had been touring with Cirque du Soleil’s US productions of Ovo and Axel. Frances and her team of 4 were responsible for feeding 110 performers, 3 meals a day, 9 months out of the year. Every week, they moved to a new city, where Frances and her team needed to set up in another kitchen and get to work cooking to have breakfast ready by 6 am.

Now she’s turning those skills out in Columbus, NM her adopted home of the last 2 years. Starting June 11, Frances will be sharing a food truck and serving up hot, fresh pastries, breakfast burritos and specialty coffees at 6am. Wilson Moore will be serving lunch and dinner from the same location (We will feature a bio of Wilson later this month).

Starting June 11, the Gringo Grub truck will be located at the corner of Route 11 and Lima on weekdays from 6am until early evening , serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come on down for a taste of the best cinnamon rolls west of the Mississippi!