Don’t get too excited if you spot the Jonbalaya food truck around town this month. It’s just visiting.
The truck is from Nashville, but the family that runs it has deep roots in Wichita. They decided to take a road trip to visit family here and decided they might as well serve their Cajun and Creole cuisine while they’re at it.
Jon Heidelberg, whose wife, Holly, grew up in Wichita, is the “Jon” of Jonbalaya. The family, which also includes 14-year-old Cedric and 12-year-old Kianna, has been operating the food truck in Nashville since 2010.
The Heidelbergs teamed up with the Flying Stove guys when they got to town and set up shop alongside them on Saturday at Auburn Hills.
The’ll be at Cessna Flight Safety, 1951 S. Airport Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and at Shelter Mutual Insurance at 2012 W. 13th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The truck will take a side trip to Kansas City and will be back serving with the Flying Stove from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 20, in Old Town.
They’ll also join the Flying Stove for a Saturday shift on June 21, but that location is yet to be determined. They’re serving at the Country Stampeded at Tuttle Creek Lake State Park the last week in June, then they’ll head back to Nashville.
While here, Jonbalaya is serving items such as jambalaya, shrimp and grits, catfish po boys and a tilapia bayou burrito.
The Heidelbergs are planning to update their location while in Kansas on their Twitter account.
For more information, call 675-852-0017.