Saturday, February 4, 2012

Six New Trucks Plus a Second Addition in late January through February

In the Asian Culture, this is the Year of the Dragon....In DFW Culture,  this is the Year of the Food Truck!  Late January brought us some new trucks, which I have not officially told you about and have several more coming out in February, so let's get to know them:

TX Delizioso had a "soft" opening in late January and debuted in the Dallas Arts District in early February.  This Italian-Texas truck is owned by the same team who own Enticed, Dallas' shaved ice truck that was very popular this past summer. TX Delizioso will be participating in the Go Texan program and using locally grown products to create Italian fare. I am especially interested in the bison pizza.  You can follow TX Delizioso on Facebook and Twitter to find out their current location.

Fred's Cafe Truck Wagon - Fort Worth's favorite son has rolled out the Truck Wagon, to compliment the brick and mortar locations. The truck menu will focus on burgers, chicken sandwiches and hand cut fries. In its first week of service has stayed in Fort Worth but I've seen several request for Dallas service, so hopefully this will become a DFW truck. Follow the Wagon on Facebook and Twitter to know when and where it can be found.

Little Vessel Grill Food Truck rolled out quietly on February 1. I have tried to get information about this truck, with little success, but have been told it is an Asian Fusion menu. Someone not associated with the truck emailed me a photo  of the menu, which did not give much information other than that everything is a flat price of $7 and items have names such as "Barque At The Moon", described as Smoked Pork & Yam Raft and "Samari Sizzler", described as Chicken & Avocado Tempura Sword.  Little Vessel Grill has a Facebook and Twitter page, although posting has been minimal.

Tin Star Taco Taxi - "Paco", the Taco Taxi rolled out on February 3, bringing the gourmet tacos of Tin Star Restaurant to the streets of Dallas. Tin Star and their large menu options of fillings has been a Dallas favorite for many years and I expect the truck to be as popular. You can find Paco's schedule on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Cajun Tailgators - Laissez les bon temp rouler! February means Mardi Gras and Cajun Tailgators will be on the streets of Dallas. Cajun Tailgators has been posting teasers of their menu as it has been evolving and I have drooled every single time. Having grown up on the edge of Cajun Country, I am excited to finally have authentic gumbo, shrimp pistolettes and all the other Cajun goodness that makes ya wanna slap ya mama!  Look for Cajun Tailgators to roll out around Mardi Gras (February 21) You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter to know where to find them.

Dos Paisanos - In mid-February, Dallas' first Salvadorian truck rolls out. While the menu has local favories such as tacos and burritos, I am excited to try the Pupusa, Pastalittos and fried plantains!  Dos Paisanos will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, around the Dallas area. Look for them to roll out on February 18 at the Bishop Arts District Mardi Gras Parade.You can follow Dos Daisanos on Facebook and get more details on their menu on their website.

February also brings a second truck to one of DFW favorites. Ssahm Korean BBQ now has a second truck, wrapped a hot red, to go with their cool black truck. Same menus on the trucks but they are now able to cover more territory.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter to know where Red and Black are setting up each day.

2012 looks to be an exciting year for the DFW Food Trucks, I expect the number of new trucks to grow at the same pace and several more owners are bringing a  out second or third truck or joining the owners of Enticed, bringing otu completely unique concepts this year. It is The Year of the Food Truck!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Food Trucks in the Dallas Arts District - Artful Bites and First Saturday

I think everyone knows that the Dallas Arts District has been an amazing supporter of the food truck scene. I, personally, don't believe the food truck scene would have evolved as quickly or as successfully in Dallas without the Arts District. Over the last month, I had heard talk that everyone was looking for ways to take the relationship to the next level and now we are seeing the result of those talks. 



If you don't know, every month, the Arts District has "First Saturday". The agenda varies but usually a couple of the museums have free admission and special events are planned for the entire family. From time to time the food trucks were invited to join the fun.  Starting with First Saturday February, the food trucks will be available at every first Saturday of every month in the Dallas Arts District! Truck schedule will vary monthly. In February the trucks will be Gandolfo's New York Deli, Jack's Chowhound, Four Seasons, Easy Slider, and Cup Cakin' Machine

In February,this coincides with the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Target First Saturday programming, the Crow Collection of Asian Art’s Adventure Asia events and the Dallas Center for Architecture’s Walking Tour.   A perfect time to come down to the district and go to the museums, take a tour, ride your bike or just enjoy the sunshine and great meal.  You can get more information about any of the events at  www.crowcollection.org ,   http://www.dallascfa.com/events/2-4.html,   http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/Events-Calendar/Target-First-Saturdays

Lunch service is 11:00 – 1:30.   Some trucks will arrive a little early and stay a little late.    Adventure Asia and Target First Saturdays are both free.   The DCFA tour is $10.   Seniors and students are discounted.  Young children are free. 

As a parent, I love that I can introduce my child to the museums in a manner designed for them and is also low cost, with a tasty lunch included. 


Also, remember the Arts District has started the Artful Bites programming on the First Friday of the month.  Meet the education staff of the Crow Collection at the food trucks at 12:00 on February 3 and then head to the galleries of the Crow at 12:30 for a quick talk.  This month it is Rest in Peace: Burial Practices of Ancient China.  www.crowcollection.org. You can find the list of trucks that will be in the District on Friday on the website

Thank you Arts District for all you do for Dallas!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Food Truck Events in February

I just received word of two different food truck series of events in February. Here are copies of the Press Releases:
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                  “FOOD TRUCKIN TUESDAYS”
For Immediate Release January 30, 2012
Contact: Mary Ann Quinonez
214.682.8225
    A FUNDRAISER FOR LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY FIGHT FOR THE CURE
Dallas, TX 1-30-2012—Join us for a lunch break in Irving, Texas at Panavision corporate headquarters at 8000 Jetstar Dr. as we combine our cooking talents to bring you FOOD TRUCKIN TUESDAYS” launching Tuesday, February 7th from 11am to 2pm .We will be serving lunch to raise money for the race for the cure every Tuesday for 4 weeks straight. Come out and try some of the best food trucks in the business…. The line up is The Bacon Wagon, Rock And Roll Tacos, Eden Café and making their debut, Little Vessel Grill. This event will feature a guest baker weekly for your after lunch snack (to be announced). Join us and show you support as these gourmet food trucks donate their tips to help sponsor the Rock and Roll Marathon for the Cure 2012. Eat for a Cause!!



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THE FOOD TRUCK EXPERIENCE
For Immediate Release January 30, 2012
Contact: Mary Ann Quinonez
214.682.8225
   SIGEL’S AND DFW FOOD TRUCK GROUP PRESENTS
                 “ THE FOOD TRUCK EXPERIENCE “
 Dallas, TX 1-30-2012—Sigel’s will join DFW Food Truck Group to host a mini series of gourmet food truck gatherings. The launch date for the first one will be Wednesday, February 8th at Sigel’s Beverages at 5757 Greenville Ave from 5pm to 8pm. Food trucks for the evening will be Rock And Roll Tacos, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Easy Slider, and the legendary Four Seasons. We will have weekly guest bakers for your sweet tooth pleasures. Joining us on February 8th will be Rockstar Bakeshop!! We are trying something new and gathering our talents and bringing them to you. No Admission, just come out and enjoy what these tasty trucks have to offer when it comes to great food. Our goal is to create more of a showcase for you to sample from and really get the full experience what gourmet food trucks are all about. Don’t hesitate to stop by and tell us “Hi” …we’re all family here! 
 
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