If you pay enough attention to social media, you can sometimes spot Don’t Glaze Me Donuts parked outside Milpitas High School after the last bell. In the afternoon, you’ll see the truck in front of Lucky at Parktown Plaza, serving doughy creations to curious passersby. And if you’re up late nights, then you might see it at night markets across the South Bay — a bright blue food truck hitched to a black Cadillac Escalade.
Dominic Walker, a lifelong Milpitas resident, is the owner of Don’t Glaze Me Donuts, a food truck that serves handfuls of mini doughnuts — about the size of a quarter each — topped with anything and everything a sweet tooth can dream of. He’s filled his menu with concoctions with creative names from Loco Moco (an island-inspired coconut and chocolate basket of doughnuts) to Caramel by the Sea (caramel drizzle, sea salt, and nuts).
“My first love is cooking,” said Walker. “I always loved the food industry.”
Each day — or late night, depending on the event — starts with Walker prepping the grease for his doughnuts.
“It takes a while,” said Walker.
Then comes mixing the dough. And if his past is any indication, mixing is in Walker’s blood. By day, he works in construction, mixing concrete. After he picks his kids up from school, the mixing continues with eggs and flour.
“In the past, I’ve had a barbecue catering business. But there’s nothing like a good doughnut.”
Walker should know. He acquired the truck from a friend in college when he found out his friend was selling it. A few brainstorming sessions later, the unique idea of mini doughnut sundaes came to him.
“Restaurants are a lot of work, a lot of overhead,” said Walker. “When my friend in Vegas was selling his truck, I invested in it and got into food trucks.”
Once the grease is ready, Walker puts his mini doughnuts onto his mini doughnut frying machine. Picture the machines behind the glass at Krispy Kreme, but on a much smaller scale.
Once the machine runs, the doughnuts flip themselves over into the grease, and then plop themselves onto a paper towel-lined tray. Walker then takes the doughnuts to his toppings station opposite the fryer. He has everything from Nutella to chopped strawberries and powdered sugar.
But as his truck’s name suggests, there’s no sugar glaze. Despite what some donut connoisseurs might say, Walker prefers it that way.
“People do ask for glaze,” said Walker. “But I like things a little different.”
Walker is a regular fixture at Milpitas PAL sports, helping out his children as they play in the city’s sports leagues. His son has played on the Milpitas Knights’ PAL football team, while his daughter has played on the city’s softball league.
And when the games finish, Walker can be found selling his sugary delights to young athletes and their parents and guardians, and oftentimes he’ll even have his children help out. Walker says it’s the best part of the job.
“It’s a family business,” said Walker. “I’m doing all the groundwork and once it starts getting notoriety, I’ll give it to the kids. Have them run it.”
His truck has gotten a lot of attention from the community — everyone from Milpitas’s finest to the mayor — in the three months since he started his business.
“It’s pretty fun seeing the kids enjoy the food,” said Walker. “And the feedback has been great.
Walker added, “I love doing it…My model is giving back. It’s just a great feeling.”
You can follow Don’t Glaze Me Donuts online to find out where Walker and his doughnuts will pop up next.