One of Santa Maria’s newest catering companies has launched a food truck that is burning up the highway.

Indeed, BBQ In The Stix, which specializes in gourmet grilled tri-tip, chicken and other side dishes made with local produce, is the creation of chef/owner James Gentry, who is Le Cordon Bleu trained and the previous executive chef for The Far Western Tavern, one of Santa Maria Valley’s most iconic barbecue establishments.

Together with grillmaster Ronny Cavazos, Gentry likes to serve local favorites garnished with a bit of his culinary flair. The two worked diligently to build a custom food truck that would accommodate a wood-burning grill. BBQ in The Stix offers everything from full dinner catering to a $10 boxed lunch that includes an oak-grilled certified angus beef tri-tip sandwich served on fresh ciabatta or an oak-grilled chicken and strawberry salad.

Sides include homemade salsa, a side salad of Babé Farms spring greens with farmer’s market veggies and balsamic vinaigrette, as well as freshly made potato chips and vanilla bean crème brulee. Gentry says this is just the beginning and hopes to have up to five food trucks operating in the next three years. Welcome Team Stix!