Cheryl’s Kitchen finds a home in Gordon

By Scott Bidroski

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year or so, chances are you have found yourself in front of the Cheryl’s Kitchen food truck picking up a quick bite.

Cheryl’s is owned and managed by Cheryl Calitri and her son, Matthew Abold.

Abold has been the man behind most of the madness, with food being a passion of his for as far back as he can remember.

“I do food because it does not feel like a job,” Abold said.

“I have a passion for it and it is just second nature to me,” he added.

Abold was born in Pine Ridge, SD but moved to Central Texas in his childhood.

He found himself employed at Outback Steakhouse as a busser at the age of 14. Abold worked his way through the ranks the following seven years, ending up as the Head Cook and Manager by the age of 21.

Abold then spent some time working in a sushi restaurant, refining his knife and fine food skills.

He followed that up with a Manager position at an entertainment center before Covid shut everything down. That prompted the move back to Gordon and the beginning of Cheryl’s Kitchen.

Following the move back to the Panhandle, Abold was not sure if the culinary path would be a good fit for him in Gordon.

“I was really hesitant about it at first but then I started feeding people and people started knowing me through my food,” said Abold.

“It has opened lots of doors, a lot of relationships and friendships. That’s what I do, I’m the village cook. That’s my identity,” he added with a smile.

Abold designed the current menu utilizing his culinary experience in Texas.

“Everything on my menu, I love to make,” Abold says.

The truck features daily lunch specials, with Orange Chicken emerging as a must have dish on Thursdays.

The truck averages between 60-65 specials sold on Orange Chicken days, by far the most popular.

“It’s all about the compound butter,” said Abold when asked about how he makes his fried rice so special.

Cheryl’s Kitchen does travel for special events or private parties. Abold encourages anyone to contact them at the number listed below for pricing and scheduling details.

“With the mobile food truck, you just call us and we can be there,” Abold said.

As of this week, the truck has moved to a more prominent location next to the Highway Express at the intersection of Highways 20 and 27. They will be there from 10-2 daily.

You can check out their daily specials on their Facebook page, under Cheryl’s Kitchen.

And you can always text and call your orders in at 308-360-0499.

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