Today we’d like to introduce you to Dalal Abdouni.
Hi Dalal, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
In 2008 I graduated in Lebanon with a teaching degree, I met my ex-husband (who was born and raised in Toledo, OH) in Lebanon in my hometown Sultan Yacoub. We got married and I moved back with him to Ohio.
Looking forward to living the American Dream, and building a family; it didn’t go quite as planned! The first challenge moving to the States was getting familiar with the food here and the quality of the food; I had my first microwaveable pizza on the plane on our way from Chicago to DTW, I threw up!
In a matter of months, I met many people from my hometown from Sultan Yaacoub who had moved to Toledo, OH years and years ago, built a family and some are even retired. That was my second challenge, not the retirement part (lol), more the community, I had a very hard time fitting in, it was almost a vetting process with any group I meet or event I go to. From asking me which brand names I buy, what brands are my purses, and which stores I go to, Am I working? and with every answer, there was a judgment and labeling. Negative comments were a given in the community, putting others down who just moved to Toledo, OH was just a common acceptable thing.
I wasn’t a person that could tolerate that, so I stopped going to all gatherings, excluded myself, and encouraged my husband to move out of that area as we were also looking for better income. It was hurtful to say the least, that the people from my hometown who I knew and knew their families didn’t really welcome me into their community.
We moved to Hoover, AL, Columbus, OH and finally Phoenix, AZ!
I started focusing on me, my health, was introduced to juicing, greens, fresh lemonades, detox lemon water, citrus water, etc… did a full detox, and changed my whole diet! OMG what a difference it made.
I started working at a company called TransPerfect Connect in Tempe as a project manager for 4.5 years! my teaching skills were a BIG part of it. There I created a community that felt like home, I met so many people, made many friendships and connections.
Shortly after, I went through a divorce, a few weeks after the project I had been managing for years, was getting shut down for good!
With single income at the time, to zero, to no family or anyone to go to! I started thinking how can I utilize everything that I have earned throughout the years, my skills, and expertise to create multiple incomes that I can always rely on.
I started a partnership in running a food truck for two years! The sales of that food truck skyrocketed from $6k/ month to $30k/month two months after I became a partner. The food truck owners I met through running the food truck, many of them became like family to me, it was the first community that I felt I was part off!!
Throughout that time, I had the opportunity to work with many festivals, event hosts, event creators. I enjoyed prospecting, connecting with people, creating memorable experiences, and serving our clients. When COVID happened, I focused on business planning, training, staying in contact with clients, to finally creating Food Truck Next.
Being knowledgeable of what it took to run a food truck, my connections to the entertainment and events industry, and knowledge and skills in operation all combined together and poured into FOOD TRUCK NEXT plan.
NOW, I am partnered with some of the biggest event planners in the valley, like Relentless Beats and many others; something that I am very grateful for. I truly thought this would be where I arrive and claim that I achieved the goal, to realize this was just the warm-up and the journey is a long road ahead. Can’t deny it hasn’t been difficult, that many of my competitors are on the constant lookout to reaching to my clients, to raising the standards with the food truck owners compared to what they are used to!!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I own Food Truck Next to partner with festivals, concerts, corporate offices, and private event planners to book their food truck vendors, private drivers, and bartenders. I help food truck owners through consultation, social media, discounts
In plan to host my own monthly public events in the valley in the newest creative ways to party.
- Website: www.foodtrucknext.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foodtrucknext/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foodtrucknext