Trixie’s Treats Truck
Can a love for the culinary arts be a genetic trait? Tracey Mathews, owner of Trixie’s Treats truck thinks so! Her great-grandmother was the head chef in a castle in Austria through the 1940’s and 50’s and this love of the kitchen was passed down generation to generation to the women on her on her mom’s side. Also, her grandfather on her dad’s side attended Baking School in 1929 at age 14 and went on to work for Freihofer’s and Maier’s Sunbeam Bakeries until retiring. Growing up, she reflects that baking with her mom and Sunday breakfasts and dinners with family where everyone lingered in the kitchen at the table way past the end of the meal are some of her favorite childhood memories.
Tracey spent over 15 years working in and managing restaurants throughout the Lehigh Valley. During this time, she catered and baked for friends’ parties and was always encouraged to start her own business. In 2010, she started Trixie’s Treats out of her home baking cakes and making candy as supplemental income to her full time job at LVHN.
In 2012 after an unsuccessful search for the “perfect bake shop location,” Tracey decided to be the first in the area to take the leap in to mobile food industry. In February 2013 the Trixie’s Treats Truck made her debut in the Lehigh Valley! Since then she has taken the truck to numerous corporate events, birthday parties, weddings, and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs! Tracey has won various awards at the ArtsQuest Cupcake Bowl and was voted Best Food Truck You Wish Was in Your Backyard by the readers of Lehigh Valley Style magazine in 2014. She was also voted one of the top 5 bakeries of 2014 by Discover Lehigh Valley! Her Signature Cupcake is the award-winning Banana Fluffer Nutter…just as good as it sounds!
Tracey is not the only one in the family that followed her love for the culinary arts. Her mom is a graduate of NCCC Culinary Program and enjoys spending her time in the kitchen. Her brother, Alan attended the French Culinary Institute and is the head chef at Solstice Kitchen and Wine Bar, one of the top five restaurants in South Carolina. Tracey currently lives in Upper Macungie with her husband, Clay and son, Mason, who is also her little helper. She credits the support of her loyal customers, friends and family members for the success of her business and gives back to to the community regularly throughout the year.