Food Truck Association of Georgia

Who Is FTAG | Our Mission

The Food Truck Association of Georgia (FTAG) exists to represent the complete interest of its members operating in the state of Georgia. Members include food trucks, trailers, dessert trucks and carts.

Why FTAG | Our Vision

  • We lobby state and local governments to make metro Atlanta more food truck friendly
  • We will significantly increase the number of vending opportunities/locations for Atlanta food trucks
  • We partner with event planners to develop a more mutually beneficial relationship
  • We leverage our collective buying power to identify and build better relationships with food truck vendors/suppliers (ie: mechanics/truck builders/insurance/food suppliers/etc)
  • We provide education and support for current food truck owners/operators

Tony Harrison

Board President

Tony Harrison, born into a military family in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, has lived all over the US and abroad. Tony and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 28 years, and have a daughter (Morgan/22) and son (Tony/20) and have resided in Canton, GA for 18 years.

Tony has over thirty years of civic and community service, and continues to serve his community today. Tony received his Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration & Management from Florida A&M University, and has attended several executive training courses including Harvard University.

In 1986, Tony began his career in sales management at Procter & Gamble. After almost 20 years with P&G in sales and operations, he followed his entrepreneurial calling to become President and CEO of Tohar Industries, Inc. (2004 – 2007), then President and CEO of Bonus Building Care (2007 – 2013).  After selling Bonus Building Care in 2013, Tony provided consulting services to others eager to become entrepreneurs. In 2014, Tony became one of the first franchisees of Cousins Maine Lobster, after seeing it on ABC’s Shark Tank. He launched his first food truck in 2015 and has been voted the #1 food truck in Atlanta 5 years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), Tony has also opened 2 new Cousins Maine Lobster restaurants one in Lenox Square Mall and other in the new Marietta Square Market Food Hall. He plans to open more Cousins Maine Lobster brick & mortar restaurants in the near future.

Tony currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Food Truck Association of Georgia. Additionally, with a commitment to service, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cherokee County (Malon D. Mims) Boys & Girls Club (President of the Board of Directors 2011 – 2014), Board Member, Cherokee County Education Foundation, Ride To The Olympics Foundation, Advisory Board for Sinergy Elastomers Inc, Past Board President, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Davidson, NC, CEO Myrtle Beach Winter Golf Invitational (the largest African American golf tournament in the nation), Past President, United States African American Golf Association. Tony has been a Youth Sports Coach, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, MUST Ministries, and several other charitable organizations.

Tony’s Favorite Quote: “A negative mind will never give you a positive life”

Curt Czajkoski

Finance Chairperson

Curt Czajkoski is one of the original members of the FTAG Board of Directors and serves as the Finance Chairperson. He was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and has been in Atlanta for over 25 years. Prior to owning a Food Truck Curt had a long successful career at UPS where he held a number of leadership positions in Sales, Marketing, Strategy, Competitive Analysis, Product Management, and New Product Development. Curt has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is active in the Boy Scouts of America and volunteer activities at his church. He has experienced the “best of the best” in Chicago food and is fulfilling his lifelong dream of bringing Authentic Chicago Neighborhood Cuisine to the Atlanta area. He owns and operates Big C’s Chicago Kitchen Food Truck with his son Christopher in the Atlanta area.

Rashe Malcolm

Marketing/PR Committee

Rashe Malcolm began developing her signature style of Caribbean Southern fusion as a child by helping her great-grandparents cook. Her mom’s career in the Air Force took the family around the world, from Connecticut, where Rashe was born, to North Carolina, Oklahoma, Spain, Germany, and Jamaica. At each stop, Rashe learned about the region’s culinary culture and incorporated the flavors and techniques into her own cuisine. Today, Rashe incorporates all of these influences and life lessons into a cuisine that fuses flavors, warmth, and love for family and community. The result is food that nourishes body and soul.

As a teenager, Rashe provided healthy, cultural-based meals to the elderly and to families that couldn’t afford catering services. She taught young women and latch-key kids how to prepare quick, nutritious meals for themselves and their families. Although Rashe has been a culinary entrepreneur her whole life, in 2014, she officially opened her first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Rashe’s Cuisine: Specializing in Foods Near and Far. Today, you can experience Rashe’s Cuisine as take out, personalized home meals, or catering services, as well as at vendor pop-ups, events, and on the official Rashe’s Cuisine food truck.

Through her combined love of food and community, Rashe realized a dream in 2018 when she became the founding director of The Culinary Kitchen of Athens (CKA). The CKA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the local food industry, made up of farmers, vendors, and entrepreneurs. The CKA vision is to create a vibrant and diverse community of food entrepreneurs in Athens and provide opportunities for that community, including shared commercial kitchen space, market events, access to resources, and partnerships. Rashe wants to provide a path for creative entrepreneurs to be successful and connect small business owners with opportunities to grow their businesses, while helping them to realize their goals.

Rashe’s passions include family, entrepreneurship, economic improvement, social injustice, and her community as a whole. Her motto is “If we support each other, then we’ve already made it.” In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Rashe serves on the boards of The Culinary Kitchen of Athens, Northeast Georgia Business Alliance, Foodshed UGA Executive Board, Peach State Federal Credit Union, Clarke County Community Board, Athens-Clarke County Industrial Development Authority, and the Food Truck Association of Georgia. She is a graduate of Methodist University and University of Phoenix and a member of Phi Alpha Delta International Fraternity.

Tim Forman

Training & Development

“If you do what you love for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life!”

Tim Forman, Owner/Operator, of the Royal Pig BBQ Food Truck, has been cooking passionately for 20 plus years, professionally for just three. His love of all things “smoked” began when introduced to Big Green Egg over 20 years ago. After many tried and true preparation methods and a desire to leave the corporate life, Tim pursued a Culinary Partnership with Big Green Egg and embarked on his food truck career.

Thus he began the journey with “Ms. Piggy” his 30′ fully mobile kitchen housing two XL Big Green Eggs named “Dick” and “Jane”. The mission of the Royal Pig BBQ is simple… “provide consistent wholesome southern barbecue” Today you can find Tim and Ms.Piggy bringing their wholesome southern BBQ to the streets of Atlanta at food truck gatherings, corporate lunches, breweries and special events. As the Royal Pig BBQ’s growth continues, Tim has his eyes set on a second truck and his first brick and mortar outlet.

Jasmine Beck

Training & Development

A gifted bartender with more than 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jasmine Beck has recently taken her creative palate and skill set to a new and exciting culinary level. Embracing personal values and the desire to be a part of the plant based movement in America, Ms. Beck has currently added “Veganish” Chef to her resume. A love of all things earth centric and delicious marks the motivation to launch a plant powered business by creating and operating her very own food truck and restaurant.

Sunshine Alchemy has been operating in Atlanta Georgia and the surrounding area since September of 2017. In the years prior Jasmine served as operating partner of The Cocktail Club in Charleston SC, a member of the Indigo Road Restaurant Group. From concept to execution Beck facilitated  opening the bar in 2012, managing throughout the fall of 2013, before stepping into a consulting role for The Indigo Road as they expanded their restaurant portfolio into Atlanta.

After writing the bar/ cocktail menus for Oak Steakhouse in Alpharetta GA, Indaco, Alpharetta GA, Oku Sushi, Midtown Atlanta, and Town Hall, Florence SC, Jasmine decided to take her passion for fresh food and drinks to the next level.

The Sunshine Alchemy Food Truck, a revamped FBI truck, will soon be paired with its new home base: A brick and mortar is currently being built out of a 40 foot container. Sunshine Alchemy’s Container Bar will be located at 3795 Presidential Parkway Suite 11, A part of PREP’s Food Junction. This address is the home of PREP, currently acting as commissary as well as a shared culinary compound home to more than 25 food trucks in addition to many other food based entrepreneurs. PREP’s new “Food Junction” is at the hub of one of Atlanta’s busiest intersection- 285 and 85 near Chamblee Tucker.

Find Jasmine with the Sunshine team on Instagram and Facebook at @SunshineAlchemy and on the web at www.sunshinealchemy.com

Destry Carrasquillo

Legislation

Ashley Carlton

Business Development

Darren Williams

New Members