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Terace proudly holds Hearth & Ice’s authentic gluten free jerk rooster plate with added rice.


Hearth & Ice meals truck serves up genuine Jamaican dishes

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Makayla, Leslie, and Terace finished prepping

Makayla, Leslie, and Terace completed prepping for the day and have been able to open at midday Sunday in Polson.


PABLO — Husband and spouse staff Terace and CSKT member Leslie (Camel) Stewart began on an journey in 2008 that they, on the time, weren’t positive would lead them. The couple began Hearth & Ice meals sales space throughout a time of uncertainty for his or her household and right this moment they’ve a profitable Jamaican jerk rooster meals truck that you’ll find in Pablo or Polson each week. 

Hearth & Ice doesn’t solely serve jerk rooster but in addition presents wraps, hyperlinks, curry, jerk fries, wings, rooster sandwich, rice, and sometimes a vegan particular. The menu has two gluten free objects, that are the curry rooster and the jerk rooster wings. The meals truck additionally serves frozen fruit punch, smoothies, frozen lemonade, tropical punch and a buyer favourite hibiscus lemonade. 

The thought of promoting meals got here to fruition in 2008 when Leslie, and her husband Terace, moved to Montana from Jamaica. Leslie was returning house and Terace was transferring right here for his first time. Initially the couple had plans on transferring to Las Vegas however then the recession hit they usually couldn’t transfer wherever. 

“It began once we have been broke and had no jobs,” Terace mentioned. The recession hit they usually have been fascinated about methods to make cash. Leslie mentioned she knew being from Montana that individuals like to grill, they usually love meat. She informed Terace, “If we have now grilled rooster what’s to not love.”

Terace had associates within the enterprise who gave him a recipe they usually began promoting it. Their first meals sales space was at Arlee Powwow the identical yr they moved to Montana. It began with a desk, cooler, fridge, and a grill. 






Terace checks on the jerk chicken

Terace checks on the jerk rooster to see if its prepared for the rising line patiently ready for orders.


Once they began that summer season at Arlee powwow individuals have been lining up within the ninety-degree solar, they realized that individuals beloved it. The couple turned rooster till their wrists have been swollen and numb. On the time they have been promoting they’re rooster for 5 {dollars} a plate. The plate consisted of jerk rooster, baked beans, and watermelon. Individuals stored telling them that they’re meals was too low cost, so the next summer season they raised it to 6 {dollars} a plate. Once they began their sales space it was simply them working they usually have been promoting to numerous dancers as a result of they’d the healthiest decisions of meals and it wasn’t fried. 

They did this for some time and stopped for a number of years. Throughout that point individuals stored asking them once they have been going to begin making rooster once more and that they beloved their rooster. 

The couple talked about restarting the enterprise and mentioned, ‘let’s do that once more’ as a result of they knew methods to do it and it made cash. This time they the enterprise extra significantly by following well being codes, laws, and ordinances which might be required for meals companies.

After promoting for ten years the couple determined to get a meals truck. The truck was bought March 2020 and proper after the pandemic hit. They couldn’t open their meals truck till stage two restrictions have been lifted. As soon as that occurred, they have been up and operating. The couple mentioned that after they have been capable of open, they stored busy due to the recognition of meals vans and have been capable of survive the pandemic and quarantine.”






Food Truck

Shortly after they opened at midday a line of individuals had already ordered and have been ready in entrance of the meals truck chatting amongst one another. Solely two of the ready prospects have been from the world.


As of now the Hearth & Ice staff contains Terace, Leslie, very long time worker Sheldon Shepard, two different staff, their eldest daughter, and sometimes their 14-year-old daughter.

For the reason that enterprise expanded, they attribute their development to Terace’s expertise in enterprise, hospitality, and repair. Previous to transferring to Montana, he labored in four- and five-star resorts in Jamaica, so he understands what prospects need and methods to please them.

For the house owners, they wish to share a meals they love and that’s conventional to Jamaica. Terace mentioned he needs to share Jamaican meals with the individuals. “Terace is all about making individuals really feel good, he needs individuals to have a pleasant time,” mentioned Leslie. He places the music on loud audio system to ‘put the vibes on.’

“Whenever you come right here you possibly can really feel the Jamaican vibes, good reggae music, good odor of meals, good contemporary meals, have good Jamaican vibes like in Jamaica,” Terace mentioned.

The flavour of the Jamaican delicacies is genuine, says Terace. They get their spices from Jamaica, as a substitute of discovering state-side options. The couple says that long-time prospects can inform the distinction.






Leslie, Makayla, and Terace prep food

Leslie, Makayla, and Terace prep meals within the Hearth & Ice meals truck earlier than they open for the day.


Many individuals drive by the meals truck and with only one odor they flip round to go see what it’s, most do not know what they’re pulling as much as however they at all times go away happy, mentioned Terace.

The couple is unaware of another companies in Montana promoting Jamaican meals. 

One piece of recommendation for somebody beginning a enterprise, Terace says, is to do one thing that your actually captivated with, not simply one thing that’s going to make a fast buck. “Belief your intuition, belief your intestine, and imagine in your self,” Terace mentioned.

In 2017 Hearth & Ice took second place at Polson’s Smokin’ on the River BBQ occasion and since opening they’ve bought jerk rooster at powwows, rodeos, Get Out The Vote occasions, the Flathead Meals Truck Pageant, and numerous locations.

Not solely do they personal, and function, Hearth & Ice, Leslie is the workplace supervisor at Mission Valley Animal Shelter, and Terace works at Salish Kootenai School as a hospitality teacher and a Scholar Monetary Help Advocate.

The Stewarts finally hope to have a brick and mortar restaurant, however proper now they’re trying ahead to this upcoming summer season. Terace is happy for the summer season as a result of they realize it’s going to be one. 

At present you’ll find Hearth & Ice at Salish Kootenai School’s Joe McDonald gymnasium parking zone Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays from 12-7pm; and throughout from Tremendous 1 on Saturday and Sunday from 12-7 pm. This summer season they haven’t secured a location but however they’re hoping to arrange throughout from KwaTaqNuk On line casino and Resort.

Observe the Hearth & Ice Fb web page, and Instagram to maintain updated on specials and areas.

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