Saturday, July 21, 2012

Go Texan Food Truck Competition

Friday, I had the honor of being one of the judges of the Go Texan Food Truck Competition sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The Competition was held at the Cowtown Chowdown in Fort Worth, with six trucks participating and showing how they used Texas grown produce to create fresh, tasty food.

Judges, Top Row - Ryan from Funkytown Foods, Chef Steve Wilson from's The Weekend Chef
Bottom, Francie Cooper from Tarrant Area Food Bank, Me, Meghan Scott from and Jane McGarry
Photo courtesy of Megan Lewis, P31Eleven Photography

Each dish was ranked on a scale of 1-5 in the areas of: Use of Texas products, Appearance and Taste.

The first dish we tasted was from Chile Pepper Grill.  

The Aqua Frescas was cool, sweet and refreshing. The corn tortilla filled with yellow potatoes and carrots and mixed greens was extremely tasty. The side soup of chicken and avocado was a wonderful soup. This meal set the tone for the day and showed that food trucks do gourmet food well!

Next up was an assortment of items from Holy Frijole

For the main course, crab cake, asparagus wrapped with prosciutto, veggie flatbread and  stuffed eggplant !  For dessert, tiramasu!  Oh my!  Every single item was delicious!  We only had five minutes to taste each plate, which was a blessing and a curse....I wanted more time to savor it all but was grateful that the time constraints meant that I did not actually have to finish each plate. 

Next up Good Karma Kitchen's Sandwich and Peach with Vodka Sauce

I could dedicate an entire post to the bread that this sandwich was on...gluten free, pretzel bread. Seriously, amazing!  Almost as amazing at the Tito's Vodka sauce for the peaches.  I hope none of the other other judges noticed me licking the plate to get every drop of sauce! The sandwich, with fresh Texas vegetables was very tasty and it was at this point that I realized that these full size servings were too much. No one could eat this entire sandwich but especially after having other dishes before it.   Can someone pass me a To Go box?

Next up, World Tour Truck's Greek Wrap. 

I give World Traveler props for even being in the contest, as it was their very first day on the road, ever.  This wrap had grilled pork with peppers, orzo and a side of tzakiki sauce was very flavorful.  

Next up Sassy Hot Dog's Shrimp and Melon Salad

This was the winner of the Public Vote for best food.   The sauce in this dish was one I would love to drink with or without the shrimp. The red and yellow watermelons and cucumbers mixed well and the Gulf Shrimp add up for a real treat with this dish. Well done from what started has a hot dog truck and has expanded to many other items. 

Our next to last dish was the Natural Strawberry Snowball from Snowball Corral. 

This was the winner of the Judge's Competition. Given that it was 106 today, the cold delicious snowcone was a welcome treat and being all natural, with Texas strawberries made it outstanding!

And last, but certainly not least, Auntie Am's Sweet Shop Peach Cobbler Cupcake. 

With peach chunks in the cupcake and the crumble like topping, this was more muffin like to me and absolutely fabulous! I wish I had several more for breakfast this week!  Loved these cupcakes!

Since the dishes were not to be compared to each other in voting, the results were close. Very, very close, with the Snowcone Corral and Chile Pepper Grill tying for first place. After calls to The Department of Agriculture and much discussion, Snowcone Corral was declared the winner, with Chili Pepper Grill taking second and Sassy Hot Dogs taking third.  

The next step was the Public Voting where samples were given out and each attendee was given a ticket for voting for their favorite dish.  For this portion, Sassy Hot Dog was declared the winner.  But, this was one of those events where everyone was a winner, especially me, who got to taste all this amazing, Texas food!  For the next week these trucks will be showcasing all of these items so visit them and Go Texan! 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Food Traveler Truck: Bringing Street Food of the World to the Streets of DFW

When I first heard of Food Traveler Truck, I was thrilled, a food truck that served cannot get much more gourmet than that! The Food Traveler Truck has one of, if not the most, unique menus of any truck rolling today. Everything is inspired by the owners' travels across the globe. I love the concept of bringing street food of the world to the streets of DFW!

On this visit I had the Mandu or Korean Dumplings
.  The order came with 5 nice size dumplings, filled with bulgogi beef and lightly fried to a perfect softness. These dumplings had a great flavor of various spices and the meat was filling. The side of sauce added to the flavors. I could see myself snacking on these for hours, order after order.

I also ordered the Jerk Wings.

The wings are described as Asian fusion meets Jerk Chicken and its the perfect definition! I LOVED these wings. The flavors are amazing; not too hot but full of spices that lingers after the bite is finished.  The wings come with a side of ranch but I felt like that toned down the flavor of the spices, so after one bite I reserved the ranch for the side of celery.

I've also heard great things about the Belgian Frites from Food Traveler, those and the escargot are up next for me.

I love this truck.  It is what I want all trucks in DFW to be, unique food with great taste.  You can follow Food Traveler on Facebook and Twitter to find out where there will be next. They are primarily in Fort Worth but on a regular basis are venturing to Dallas, Irving and on Saturday, July 20 will be in Addison.

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