• The Story of Us!

    Have you ever wondered how both myself and Noah, got into the Food Truck business? Entrepreneurship was not something that we had originally planned for ourselves, but things just took off shortly after we met! Our story starts in Columbus, OH at a little Irish Pub, known as Dempsey’s Food & Spirits (Check them out on Proclamation & St. Patrick’s Day. You won’t find green beer, but you will find some authentic cuisine and music). Noah was the Executive Chef at Dempsey’s; his first Executive Chef position! About a month after the restaurant opened, I came into Dempsey’s for an interview as a Bartender. I had heard about the position…

  • 2018: A Year of Growth

    It is hard to sum up the past year, as it was overwhelming, full of chaos, but full of fun! We managed to fill the calendar with a lot of work, travel, family & friends….we even bought our first home! We started the year with construction on our, recently purchased, commercial property in Butchertown. We kept the plans underwrap, as we were uncertain on how this space would unfold. We knew we wanted to create a space for people in the industry. A community of Food Truck Owners, Caterers and other entrepreneurs to assist each other and work together to build their individual brands. With much of the work being…

  • Friday the 13th

    It was a hell of a day. The day began like any other day; Chef Noah & me racing to stock the truck and working quickly to get downtown, for what was sure to be a busy lunch. The morning begins to come together. Noah finally arrives to our reserved meter, eager to get lunch ready for the crowd. And it is a crowd: 150 people over the course of two hours! This is a wild lunch for any food truck, but we are happy and feeling great. We don’t run out of any food, every guest leaves satisfied, and we receive two 5 STAR Reviews. We take a breath,…

  • CATERING MENUS

    We have some fantastic NEW MENUS available NOW for all your private catering needs. From a Southwestern Buffet to a Italian Inspired spread, we have something for every budget and taste bud! Click below to view our extensive menus and call or email to learn more about how we can be a part of your next event. We cannot wait to hear from you! Catering Menus

  • NEW MENU 2017

    Check out our NEW MENU for Spring/Summer 2017. Keep a look out for it, available April 1st! We are certainly looking forward to a fun filled season ahead! Cheers! Chef Noah & Heather Yates

  • Hope for a Wonderful 2017!

    Just like all the other ones, this blog is a bit late! My theory: blogs are never on time and I am pretty terrible at writing them. 2016 was one hell of a year! It flew by, creating so many memories for Chef Noah and me. We uprooted our lives and moved to my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. We left our job security, some wonderful family and friends and decided to take a chance on our business, vision and future. It was a scary transition, but one that we knew we could make together. After settling into our small one bedroom apartment, finding a wonderful space for the food truck…

  • Give Thanks 2016

    November 22, 2016 Tis the Season to be Thankful! As I reflect on this year and think about what I am most thankful for, the person and thing that always comes to mind first, is Noah Yates. Not only do I have the privilege of being his wife, but I also have the opportunity to be his business partner. Now, running a business with your husband is everything but peaches and cream, but it is a journey that not a lot of couples experience and get the chance to go on together. Noah is the root of the Smok’N Cantina and without him and his culinary expertise, this whole food…

  • Cantina Update

    It sure has been one HOT Summer, in the Bluegrass State. Between the rain and the heat, it’s a wonder how we still manage to keep the weight on! None the less, it has been a fantastic summer. With many compliments on food, some failures in time management, and even a few getaways, I put this summer on the top of my lists as one of the best. Noah and I have grown the business, developed new ideas for other endeavors and even started to think about next steps for the Cantina; a successful summer to say the least. However, these cool mornings are making us anxious for fall. With…

  • Life in the Bluegrass State

    Well, life sure has changed a bit in the last month and a half of being in Kentucky. After two weeks of being here, we were licensed and inspected and ready to hit the streets. We worked so hard to get everything moving, that when we were ready, we honestly had no idea where to go! At first we began picking up some catering gigs here and there, and then some events started rolling in. We have noticed that there is a lot of potential for us in this city and state. Everyone has been more than welcoming, and the Southern Hospitality has really been alive. It has given us…

  • The Next Chapter for the Cantina & Owners Noah & Heather

    As I sit here and reflect on the past two years of the Food Truck business and our Smok’N Cantina, I cannot help but smile and laugh a bit. What a ride it has been. From day one, when the generator failed to when I lit the flat top pilot light while it was on and almost blew my head off. Yes we have both been in the restaurant industry for many years, but taking on this food truck has been a learning experience for both of us. This incredible experience would never have happened without our family, friends and the people of Columbus, Ohio. From the Columbus Ohio Food…