Monday, July 2, 2012

Could DFW See 14 New Trucks In July?

I have previously said that there would be fewer trucks rolling out this summer; the heat, the increase in mechanical problems and the vacationing clientele would seemingly make people wait until things settle down again in September. But, proving that I know little to nothing about the food truck business July brings the highest number of new trucks in one month since food trucks started rolling in DFW.

The first group of trucks is the "Already Rolling But I Haven't Told You Yet" group. 

As of June 1, Fort Worth has a fourth Hot Dog Truck.  The Dog Pound Gourmet Hot Dogs has been working the area around the Courthouse and on North Main.  The link takes you to their Facebook page where you can find more information. 

The Grill Kings have taken their catering business to a truck and have hit the streets of Fort Worth. One of the locations they will be working late night is the 7th Street Truck Court; but they also have other locations throughout the week. Follow them on Facebook to find out where you can get their burgers, brisket quesadillas and other grilled items. 

In the "Brick & Mortar Location Adding a Food Truck" group we have:

La Grange at Dallas West Trailer Park. This will be a shaved ice trailer, set up at 400 W. Commerce in Oak Cliff, near the Foundry and Chicken Scratch Restaurant.  The trailer will serve kid friendly shaved ice or ask for a grown up version, with a sample of alcohol added. The trailer opens for business on July 3. You can follow them on Facebook to get more information. The plan for this location is to draw more trailers that have been converted to kitchens, so watch closely to see how things evolve. 

The Lab Food Truck is a joint venture between Oak Cliff's well-known restaurants, Catfish Connection and Lil Cajun. The truck will be serving Cajun food and is expected to roll in Dallas within the next several weeks. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get the exact dates. 

In the "Brand New Truck" group, we have:

World Tour Food Truck plans to roll out in Fort Worth this month. Chef Jeramy tells me the menu will be wraps and paninis from across the globe, allowing you to have the flavors of the world in one hand. The menu looks very interesting, so follow on Facebook to find out the exact launch date and location.

Taste of Home Food Truck will be bringing a taste of Chicago to DFW.  When I posted about this truck on Facebook the reaction was quick and positive. I look forward to tasting the food from this truck, especially the Italian Beef and seeing if it lives up to the standards of the Windy City. This truck will make its debut at Taste of Dallas in Mid July. Follow on Facebook and Twitter to find out where and when you can find them after that event. 

In the "Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before" group, we have three trucks and/or owners who are familiar. 

By the end of the month, the guys who brought The Munch Box to Fort Worth will be introducing their second concept to the streets of DFW with Slush Works.  Owner Rob tells me that this truck will be slushes based on their gourmet lemonade, iced tea and a flavor of the day. Fresh fruit will be available to add in and guests will be able to create their own combination of flavors.  Follow Slush Works on Twitter to get more information on their opening date. Until then, you can watch the truck being built on Cruising Kitchen's website

This month we should also see The Belgian Waffle Co. join the Dallas street scene on a full time basis. I loved this truck at the TX Food Truck Festival. I loved them when they were in Addison, testing the waters and I am ecstatic that they will be in Dallas soon. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out the exact date. 

June also brought Rollin Diner & Grill back to the streets of the Metroplex, this time in a truck.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out where you can find your favorite home-style food. 

Finally, in the "Coming Soon But I Don't Know If It Will Be July" group, I am not going to go in to much detail about these trucks because I have either talked them to death or I do not have enough information to give you. But be on the lookout for these trucks to hit the streets soon. I am linking to each truck's Facebook page, where you can get more information. 

Gandolfo's New York Deli should be rolling out their second truck any day now.   

Cafe Con Leche has a truck that is ready and we are in a waiting mode but I hope to see this LA based Cuban truck rolling soon! 

Hypnotic Donuts in Dallas has posted on their Facebook page to let everyone know that they have purchased a trailer.  I hope this means they will have their famous and fabulous donuts and chicken biscuits out on the streets in the next month. 

The Smiling Moose Deli in Carrollton posted on my Twitter page and asked how I felt about them having a food truck. I, of course, responded with a Yes! I have not received any more information but most established restaurants don't post things like this unless they are close to being ready to roll. 

Coreanos Food Truck from Austin and Houston tells me that they are coming to Dallas in the next few weeks to check out locations. This was a truck that did very well at the TX Food Truck Festival. I will keep you posted as I hear how the scouting mission goes.

Whew, that's a lot of trucks for one month!  I hope you join me in supporting all of these trucks along with those that are already on the road! 


Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Food Truck Events

I had thought we would see a slow down in events during the summer, but so far "slow down" means one or two less events, the mass gathering of food trucks is still coming, with some new twists. 

July 9 is Food Truck Day at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Bacon Wagon, Salsa Limon, Fred's Wagon and Red Jett Sweets will be serving lunch, the Clay Wilson Band will be performing and the Museum will be open for viewing and sitting with your food truck lunch. 

July 13 - 15 is Taste of Dallas and this year the food trucks will be prominently featured with the Taste Curbside event. The Butcher's Son, Nammi, Gandolfo's New York Deli, Tin Star Taco Taxi, Ssahm BBQ, Jack's Chowhound, Good Karma Kitchen and Rockstar Bakeshop will be onsite to offer up Tastes from the Curb. 

July 20 -22 launches a new monthly event in  Dallas, the Midtown Food Truck Fest.  This event will be held the third weekend of each month, at Valley View Mall. The Festival will be indoor/outdoor, at least during extreme weather, when the trucks will be parked under the JC Penney garage.  Misters and fans will be cooling guests and there will be activities for the kids.  This event will run on Fridays from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. then on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday's from 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Worth noting is that this event is being planned by a different group than the one that planned the Texas Food Truck Festival that was held at Valley View Mall back in May.  The Midtown Food Truck Fest also has a Facebook page where you can follow along. The Festival website lists a lot of trucks but I am positive that this is merely a list of DFW trucks and not the trucks that will be at the Festival, so check the website closer to the event to see if an accurate list has been posted. 

The event I am most excited about this month is actually two events, happening simultaneously in Dallas and Fort Worth.  The Texas Department of Agriculture's Go Texan program is kicking off their Restaurant Round Up by sponsoring Food Truck Competitions in both cities on July 20.  The food trucks are asked to create a dish, using Texas products and then will be judged on Use of Ingredients, Taste and Appearance. I am honored to have been asked to be at Judge at the Fort Worth Competition, which will take place at the Cowtown Chowdown at 2:00 pm. At the same time, Dallas trucks will be competing in the Dallas Arts District. 

The Competition brings awareness not only to the Go Texan program but also the local food bank.  I cannot wait to see what the trucks are cooking up for the event. The week after the event the trucks will be featuring the items they entered in the contest for sale so be sure to visit the trucks from July 23 - 29 and Go Texan!

July 21, U.S. Food Trucks hosts another food truck festival in Addison, at Vitruvian Park. Beach Party Blowout will have ten food trucks slinging gnarly food, rad beats, volleyball and kiddie pools. So don the Hawaiian shirts, coconut tops and grass skirts and join the beach fun from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

Cedars Food Truck Park has announced their grand opening will be July 28. The park, located at Dallas Heritage Village certainly has a buzz about it, as Dallas' first food truck park. At this time we have not seen the line-up of trucks that will be at the grand opening but as soon as I get that I will post the details. 

On the third Tuesday of each month, July 17 in this case, The Village Country Club at 8308 Southwestern Blvd has a Food Truck Rally. Participant this month include Good Karma Kitchen, Rockstar Bakeshop, Nammi Truck, Ssahm BBQ, Three Lions, Rock and Roll Tacos, Four Seasons, Cajun Tailgators, and Easy Slider.

Street Food Wednesday, sponsored by the DFW Street Food Coalition continues to happen every Wednesday night in the parking lot of Crate & Barrel at 3401 Knox Street in Dallas. The line up varies slights each week but generally The Butcher's Son, Gandolfo's New York Deli Dallas, Nammi and two to three others are on site from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Also on Wednesday nights, the DFW Food Truck Group sponsors the "Food Truck Experience" at Sigel at 5757 Greenville Avenue in Dallas. Trucks at this event also rotate each week. The last couple of weeks Rock & Roll Tacos, Good Karma Kitchen, Jack' Chowhound and Cajun Tailgators have consistently been present.  This is an event to double check before you head out, if Sigels has a conflict the Food Truck Experience is cancelled. 

On the second Thursday of every month, July 12 this month, the Sunflower Market at 1800 Henderson in Dallas hosts the food trucks for "The Parking Lot" event from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.. This is one of the larger standing events with usually nine or ten trucks present.  

Every Thursday night, U.S, Food Trucks joins Addison's Vitruvian Park to hosts the food trucks. Usually the food trucks set up on the bridge on Ponte Avenue, although from time to time they have relocated to other areas around the park. Along with five or six food trucks there is beer for sale and music. This is my favorite standing event because of the park location and plenty of room to sit and enjoy the evening. 

That's the events list, as of today. Make plans and I will see you at the trucks!
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