"Two Soldiers and a Marine"

Our Story

While enjoying the benefits of their tastefully created barbecue one evening, Dan Elsner and two other combat veterans decided to pursue a culinary career together and share their barbecue talents and scrumptious creations with the rest of the world. After an exchange of ideas between the three vets they agreed to open a mobile catering company.

This novel idea brought them to the doorstep of the Illinois State Crime Commission, an organization that prides itself in assisting returning veterans and in the finding and identifying of employment opportunities for them.

The Illinois State Crime Commission immediately directed them to a former Marine who has received multiple awards for his assistance in many different areas of philanthropy, but particularly with veterans and needy children. Perry Mandera, a fellow Marine, and sole owner of the Custom Companies, once again provided the needed assistance to bring the dream of these returning disabled vets to a reality.

Currently, they are operating successfully as "Two Soldiers and a Marine" in their mobile food and catering business. These vets have created their own legacy by not only operating a successful business, but by setting an example for other decorated combat veterans to follow in their footsteps.

When you see their distinctive mobile food truck, easily discernible by the distinguished dress blue colors of the US Marine Corps uniform, please welcome them and engage in some of their many outstanding barbecue food creations.

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