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These 4-year-olds asked about food trucks & got Magnolia’s red velvet waffles

Pint-size foodies get a taste of Southern cooking

Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant brought her Magnolia's on the Move food truck to Operation Breakthrough to serve preschoolers a lunch of chicken, red velvet waffles and loaded mac and cheese. She also answered the curious students' questions and gave t
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Chef Shanita McAfee-Bryant brought her Magnolia's on the Move food truck to Operation Breakthrough to serve preschoolers a lunch of chicken, red velvet waffles and loaded mac and cheese. She also answered the curious students' questions and gave t

Miss Nita’s Operation Breakthrough class of 4-year-olds loves food.

They’ve learned how to roll out dough for apple pie, taste-tested whole, fresh pineapple, made pancakes from scratch to celebrate Pajama Day and participated in a scavenger hunt at a grocery store.

“We literally lay on the carpet every Friday and discuss what they want to learn next,” says Shaunquinita Thomas, “and they’re still on food, so we asked what kind of food do you want to learn about?”

Food trucks were a curiosity so “Cutthroat Kitchen” winner Shanita McAfee-Bryant volunteered to bring Magnolia’s on the Move to serve lunch Wednesday to three classes at Operation Breakthrough, a preschool and social services agency that serves children of low-income families. We hosted a Facebook Live video on our Chow Town Facebook page during the meal.

The menu? Fried chicken, red velvet waffles and loaded macaroni and cheese.

The preschoolers also got to talk to a working chef and go on a tour of the food truck.

McAfee-Bryant brought her dad plus teenage and 3-year-old daughters to help her serve more than 50 students and staff.

If you want a taste of McAfee-Bryant’s red velvet waffles, limited-edition gumbo or Dr Pepper chicken wings, Magnolia’s on the Move will be one of 15 food trucks featured at The Star’s May 5 Food Truck Friday.

Other vendors that day will include: Wilma’s, Cajun Cabin, El Tenedor, The Waffler Truck, Deco Street Eats, Bochi Truck, Poppy’s Ice Cream & Coffee House, Monk’s Roast Beef, Blue Moose, Little Italy KC, Boyers Artisan Meatballs, American Fusion, Taste of Kansas City BBQ, Simply Frosted, Ollie’s Local, Goose Island, Bud Light, 360 Vodka. Also, Harvesters – The Community Food Network will be there to accept monetary or nonperishable food donations.

The food and fun start at 5 p.m. in the parking lot at 18th & McGee streets. Reporter Sarah Gish will be hosting a live broadcast during the event.

Meanwhile, Miss Nita’s class has already settled on their next food adventure: learning how to make BLTs.

Jill Wendholt Silva is The Star’s James Beard award-winning food editor and Chow Town blog curator. Tweet her @kcstarfood. She’s also on Instagram (@jillwsilva) and Facebook.

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