Sunday, June 3, 2012

Truck Update For June

The summer slow down for new food trucks has begun this month. Back in February, March and April we were averaging one new truck a week. Things have slowed, for various reasons, including a couple of trucks that had hoped to be out last month and had some delays. Hopefully we will see The Food Traveler Food Truck and Rockn' Rick's hit the streets early in June. 

There is a new dessert truck planning to hit the streets this month, Cravetopia Bakery.  This truck will offer cookies and bundt cakes, including what the menu refers to as "boozy bundts"....Crown Royal Mini Bundt anyone?  The custom cookie photos that are on Cravetopia's website are beautiful! I cannot wait to see what this truck brings to the streets of DFW.  You can follow Cravetopia on Facebook and Twitter to find out when they will be rolling and where you can get one of their cakes or cookies. 

In the "not a new concept but rolling out a new truck" category, Gandolfo's New York Deli is in the final stages of rolling out their second truck, which I hope to see in June.  The second truck, named "Manhattan" will have several new items as well as the the favorite sandwiches you have come to expect from Gandolfo's. Follow Gandolfo's on Facebook and Twitter to find out about Manhattan's roll out date and the new menu items. 

There are also a couple of truck closing to tell you about. May saw the closing of Little Vessel Grill. This closing caught me off-guard, I had blogged about how unique this truck was and I was looking forward to seeing what summer options Little Vessel would be bringing to the streets. I do not know the reason behind the closing but the owner's post on Facebook indicated that he would continue to do catering, without the food truck. 

Also, Rollin' Diner Grill closed and sold their food trailer, with plans to open a new concept, in a full size truck. Unfortunately, life got in the way for the owners and Plan "B" also did not work out, so the truck is now for sale and the concept has been shelved. 

I believe this slowdown will last through the summer. With the heat rising, the coming truck owners realize that standing in a metal box, working over a cook top will take some acclimating and it is best to wait until fall to start hitting the streets.  Check back next month to see if anyone is braving the elements to bring DFW the next hot thing in gourmet cuisine. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Food Truck Events Kick Off Summer of 2012

With it now being summer you might think the food truck events that we saw in April and May would slow down, but that is not the case. The trucks and event planners are taking full advantage of the slower pace of summer to bring you events that offer fun and food for the whole family. The start times of most of the events are being pushed back to the evening hours to work around the heat.

Food Truck Tuesdays at the Red Cross – Each Tuesday, the Red Cross North Texas Region will host two food trucks for lunch at their office at 4800 Harry Hines Blvd from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The schedule for June is

Street Food Wednesdays continues every Wednesday in the parking lot of Crate & Barrel, 3104 Knox Street in Dallas, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Sponsored by the DFW Street Food Coalition, each week a variety of trucks will be open to feed the entire family.

Thursday Night Bites - Through June U.S. Food Trucks will be bringing the food trucks to Addison every Thursday night.  Each week five trucks set up at Vitruvian Park 3875 Ponte Ave.  Complimentary beer and a dj are also helping bring the fun to your summer dinner.

June 2 is First Saturday at the Arts District and the food trucks will be on site for your lunch needs while browsing the free or discounted museums in the Arts District. FourSeasons, Green House, Rock & Roll Tacos, Gandolfo’s, Tin Star Taco Taxi, TX Delizioso, and Coolhaus will be set up at 2121 Flora. More details about First Saturday can be found on the Art District website.

June 7 “The Parking Lot” returns to 1800 Henderson from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. courtesy of the DFW Food Truck Group.  Participating trucks include Rock & Roll Tacos, Jack’s Chowhound, Good Karma Kitchen, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Semplice Cibo Italiano, Enticed, Nammi and Cajun Tailgators

June 9 brings two events. 

First, the trucks will be serving in the Dallas Arts District as part of the Second Annual BooksmART Festival. The festival will be a day long celebration of books and their authors, with speaking engagements and book signings. More details can be found on the Arts District website.

Second is the Addison Food Truck Festival, sponsored by US Food Trucks. 12 trucks will be serving, along with music from the Beat Breakerz, with entertainment and fun for everyone.  The festival will be at Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

June 15 – Summer Block Party in the Arts District. In 2011, the Summer Block Party was the first event in which the food trucks participated.  If you talk to the owners who were there, they all have stories of being overwhelmed and realizing that they loved being a food truck owner, all in the same night.  These trucks have come a long way since then and they are all looking forward to celebrating the anniversary of the event that they really got the food truck scene moving in Dallas. The truck line up has not been released yet but check the Arts District website closer to the 15th for more details.
June 16 – LH StrEATS – Some of my followers in Lake Highlands have been asking for the food trucks to come to that area of Dallas for months and the call is being answered. The Lake Highlands Branding Committee is sponsoring a food truck rally raising money to create a common brand for Lake Highlands. The food truck rally will take place on Sat. June 16, from 6 – 9 pm at the Lake Highlands Town Center. Admittance to LH StrEATS will be $5.00 per each person over 12. The food trucks scheduled to be at LH StrEATS are:  Gandolfo's NY Deli, The Butchers Son, EasySlider,  Nammi Truck, Coolhaus, Jo Dawgs, Ssahm Korean BBQ, Good Karma Kitchen, So-Cal Taco's and Rockstar BakeShop.

June 20 – Chef DAT Underground Dinner at the Fort Worth Food Park. On Wednesday, June 20th the Fort Worth Food Park will be teaming up with ChefDavid Anthony Temple (aka Chef DAT) and Hunter Johnson, owner of the CityStreet Grille Food Truck, for a very special evening at the Food Park.  Chef DAT will be creating a unique 5-course dinner experience using local seasonal ingredients.  Also, on hand will be Brad Hensarling, owner and cocktail extraordinaire of the Usual and The Chat Room, serving up a delicious cocktail.  Tickets are $75/person and go on sale Wednesday, June 6th.  Tickets will be available at the Food Park and online.  The event is BYOB if anyone desires something beyond the cocktail.

June 30 – Food Truck Festival at Valley View Mall. It is an opportunity to revisit the successful Food Truck Festival at Valley View Mall, sponsored by U.S. Food Trucks. This one will be half the size, with 15 food trucks and less than half the time, running from 3:00 – 10:00 on Saturday but I predict it will be twice the fun.  More details about which trucks will be forthcoming. Be sure to follow US Food Trucks on Facebook and Twitter to get the information first.

Along with the regular service at the Arts District, Fort Worth Food Park and Cowtown Chowdown, this June is going to be filled with tasty food from the DFW Food Trucks!   
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