Like any first time event, there were a few misses but overall, I call this Rally a success!
There were 9 Food Trucks in attendance, Gandolfo's NY Deli Truck, The Bomb Fried Pies, Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, Enticed Shaved Ice, Nammi Truck, Jack's ChowHound, Trailercakes, 3 Men and a Taco and Mister Cool Ice Cream, lining a row of Sigel's parking lot, with several tables placed down the middle.
The event was scheduled to start at 6, but a couple of Facebook messages and Tweets hinted that food may be ready earlier and with concerns about parking, my friend and I decided to go early. We got there about 5:45 and lines were starting to form with a couple of the trucks still finalizing things.
Our approach was to divide and conquer and share our bounty as it was received. Generally it went like this... we stopped at Ruthie's Rolling Cafe first and ordered a Cheddar Cheese with Bacon and Tomatoes. While that was being made, we visited with others waiting and met face-to-face with people that I had "met" online but had not yet met in person.
At the trucks we visited, the food was great! Yes, the lines were long but everyone was patient and visiting amongst themselves and talking about their own experiences at the various trucks.
There were a couple of misses that can be easily fixed before the next Rally.
1. Of course, the heat. I don't know how long this had been planned and of course there is no way that Sigel's could have dreamed today would be miserable hot. But if we can all agree that July and August are not viable options for an outdoor event in Dallas I think we would all benefit.
3. Close off the entire Sigel's parking lot. As far as I could tell there was parking available on the other side of Sigel's and across the street. With as many people as were in attendance it was dangerous to have cars pulling in and out of spaces. Yes, Security was there to help direct but the potential for a bad situation was there.
Otherwise, I think it was a fabulous event and I thank Sigel's for organizing and all the trucks for participating. It was hot outside, I can only dream of hot it was in your trucks.