Teen Has His Own Recipe For Successful Street Food Business

Posted: Sep 19, 2019

David Martinez is a 14-year-old Palmdale boy who is all about street food: elotes, raspados, duritos.

"This is the best," a customer says as he gets ready to devour his raspado. "You got to get this, or elote, or both!"

While sitting in his engineering class at Palmdale High School, David’s love for selling treats sparked an idea.

"I started designing a cart, and that's how I got my cart right here," Davis says proudly, as he stands in front of a cart he built.

David didn't just stop at making the cart, however.

"I peel it. I make the elotes. Sometimes my mom helps me," the 14-year-old says when discussing the food preparation involved in stocking his cart to serve people looking for a delicious snack or shaved ice treat to combat the Antelope Valley summer heat.

David walks through his neighborhood or parks his cart in the shade for about eight hours, as temperatures regularly hit triple digits in Palmdale.

One day, a fellow classmate came to the cart and did a double-take when he recognized David as a fellow schoolmate.

"It was like, 'Whoa!'" Adrian Nowak says. "The majority people that I see [at the carts], they're older. But he was like, 'Oh I'm just trying to help my family.'"

Adrian asked if he could snap a picture, and that photo went viral. Thousands around the world started asking for David's Venmo, Paypal or next location to taste the street treats.

Adrian continues to support David's endeavor and says, "His mentality is very strong, because most people, they would be afraid to do it."

David's self-made cart is paying off, with the money he's making helping his family in the present and helping save for a brighter future.

"I'm saving (the money) right now, so in the future, I can maybe go to college," David says. "Or if the business goes well, maybe make a bigger (cart)."

Carmelo Lavastro, a regular customer and supporter of David’s entrepreneurial spirit, says, "He is a good example for the kids in our neighborhood."

If you're in Palmdale, David usually parks on the corner of Avenue R Frontage Road and 26th Street in Palmdale, or you can follow him on Twitter and get the latest updates.

By Esmeralda Cisneros and Shahan Ahmed
September 13, 2019

Picture Source:

Go-Wine Sharing and Promotion

Go-Wine's mission is to organize food and beverage information and make it universally accessible and beneficial. These are the benefits of sharing your article in

  • It Generates Free Traffic to your site.
  • Your Article Will Get Indexed Faster.
  • Your Google Rankings Will Rise. Google Rise Articles with Positive Participation & Contribution.
  • Your Article Will Reach New Customers and Audience. Go-Wine has a selected audience and visitors from over 120 countries.
  • You always receive credit - you will be cited accurately (Author, Website & Hyperlink).
  • The integrity of the Information is not compromised - you always will be linked to the most up to date version of your article.

Contact Us for more information.

© 2020 Go-Wine©. All Rights Reserved.
Designed by CX Web Design. Vision of Wine Business Academy