Friday, August 31, 2012

September Events: From Weatherford to Allen and In Between

Now that the weather has cooled off slightly, the food truck events are in full swing!

Saturday, September 1

Food Trucks are in the Arts District for First Saturday. Trucks will be parked at 2121 Flora. Free admission and great family programming at Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Regular admission and great programming at the Dallas Museum of Art. For First Saturday food trucks are located at 2121 Flora. Enjoy a food truck picnic and a day at the museum. Food truck schedule: www.thedallasartsdistrict.org/visit/food-trucks-in-the-district


Food Truck Rally in Weatherfod. The trucks are heading west to the Old Santa Fe Depot in the Albertson's parking lot in Weatherford from 5-10 p.m. Check out Fred’s Wagon, Good Karma Kitchen, Gandolfo’s New York Deli, The Drifting Bistro, Salsa Limon, Crazy Fish and Slush Works.




Tuesday September 4, there will be a Dallas Park Elementary School at 8700 Viridian Lane in Fort Worth. Gepetto’s Pizza and Eat Jo Dawgs will be serving and donating proceeds to the school for a very worthwhile cause. This school has many children who are in need of food at home, so the school staff has taken it upon themselves to prepare sacked meals to send home. The money that Gepetto’s and Jo Dawgs raise will be used to stock the food pantry so the teachers and principals are not reaching in to their own pockets to take care of these kids.



September 6, from 6:00 - 10:00, Easy Slider, Jack's Chowhound and Rock & Roll Tacos will be at the Gingerman for their Food Truck Block Party. Go check out their beer tastings with these tasty trucks. 2718 Boll Street in Dallas. 






Wednesday September 12, Brown bag lunches by The Dallas Opera. Enjoy a free lunch time performance of opera and dine from a food truck. Performances are from 12:00 – 1:00 in Sammons Park at the Winspear Opera House (2301 Flora). To learn more go to http://dallasopera.org/events/?month=2012-09


Thursday, September 13 is North Texas Giving Day. On North Texas Giving Day, all donations made through www.DonorBridgeTX.org will be multiplied, raising millions of dollars for local nonprofits in just one day. Last year, there was an unprecedented $10.7 million donated to over 600 non-profits, and this year we anticipate even more action. Our goal is to raise $12 million for nonprofits in North Texas. Millions of dollars raised for our North Texas Community…now that’s something to celebrate! Communities Foundation of Texas is hosting a day-long celebration on Sept. 13th! Trucks already confirmed to be on-site to serve during this celebration are:


11-2PM Ruthie’s Rolling Café – Grilled Cheese Truck, Easy Slider, Enticed, Potato Potahto, Rockstar Bakeshop


4-6PM Ruthie’s Rolling Café – Cheesesteak Truck Jack’s Chowhound



September 13, 15 & 16. Dallas most recent arts venue, City Performance Hall, a 750-seat multi-purpose hall opens in the Dallas Arts District. The hall opening will begin with an official ribbon cutting on September 13 at 11:00 a.m. After the festivities have lunch at the food trucks at the Winspear Opera House at 2301 Flora. On September 15 & 16 (all day) food trucks will be parked in front of the hall at the corner of Routh and Flora. To learn more about the City Performance Hall and all the free performances and activities on Saturday and Sunday visit. http://www.dallasculture.org/cityperformancehall.asp


On the evening of Thursday, September 13, the food trucks will be at “The Parking Lot” at 1800 Henderson, the location of what is now Sprouts Grocery, formerly Newflower Grocery. This month’s line up includes: Rock and Roll Tacos, Free Wheeln, Cajun Tailgators, Crazy Fish, The Lab of the Streets, Ssahm, The Bomb, The Butcher's Son, Sweetie V's, and Slush Works.


Saturday, September 22, the food trucks are coming to Allen for the “Haute Wheels Food Truck Fest”. This event, from 6 – 9 pm will benefit the Allen Professional Fire Association and Guns & Hoses of North Texas. Live music will be provide as well as tours of Humvees. FDNY Rescue 4 and 9/11 artifacts will be onsite. Trucks serving are The Butcher’s Son, Nammi, Easy Slider, Ssahm, Ruthie’s, Jack’s Chowhound, Good Karma Kitchen, Cool Haus and Rockstar Bakeshop. Admission is $5, parking is free. The event will be in the heart of Watters Creek, near The Green. Watters Creek is at U.S. 75 and Bethany Drive in Allen.




Saturday, September 22, U.S. Food Trucks celebrates the Grand Opening of their Commissary and Food Truck Park at 7508 Ambassador Row in Dallas. The Grand Opening will be from 5-9 p.m. More details about this event will be forth coming



Wednesday, September 26, Brown bag lunches by The Dallas Opera. Enjoy a free lunch time performance of opera and dine from a food truck. Performances are from 12:00 – 1:00 in Sammons Park at the Winspear Opera House (2301 Flora). To learn more go to http://dallasopera.org/events/?month=2012-09



Now for the weekly events:


Monday Night Foodball continues at 18208 Preston Road every Monday from 6-9. There are usually about nine trucks at this location each week.




Wednesday night, several locations host food trucks:


Street Food Wednesday is at the Crate & Barrel at 3104 Knox Street. The line up for this month:
Sept 5: Ruthie's Grilled Cheese, The Butcher’s Son, Easy Slider, Gandolfo's and Cup Cakin'
Sept 12:The Butcher’s Son, Easy Slider, Nammi and Coolhaus
Sept 19: Ruthie’s Cheesesteaks, Ruthie’s Grilled cheese, The Butcher’s Son and Gandolfos #2
Sept 26: Ruthie’s, Easy Slider, Nammi, Coolhaus


The Food Truck Experience is every Wednesday from 6 -9 at Sigel’s at 5757 Greenville Ave in Dallas. Each week, Rock & Roll Tacos, Cajun Tailgators, Enticed, Good Karma Kitchen, Three Lions, Rockstar Bakeshop and Crazy Fish are serving.

Food trucks are also in Lake Highlands every Wednesday from 5 – 8, at the Eco-Op Office, 10137A Shoreline Drive. This event is sponsored by U.S. Food Trucks and they will post the line –up of trucks each week.

Camden Design District also hosts trucks on Wednesday nights at 15510 Oak Lawn in Dallas. This event is also hosted by U.S. Food trucks.



Thursday nights are just as busy as Wednesdays:



Starting September 6 and every Thursday night through October, Sammons Park will have food trucks outside the Winspear Opera House at 2301 Flora. This FREE weekly series features an eclectic lineup of emerging artists and the best bands you haven’t heard yet from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The performances, aimed at the downtown, after-work crowd, begin at 5:30 pm, adding to an already vibrant lineup of activities in the downtown Dallas Arts District on Thursday evenings. Performance information at attpac.org/patio sessions. For food truck info go to www.thedallasartsdistrict.org/visit/food-trucks-in-the-district



Every Thursday night from 6 -9, food trucks are in Addison at 3875 Ponte Ave. This event is sponsored by U.S. Food Trucks, who published the truck line-up on Facebook and Twitter.


From 5-8 on Thursday, food trucks are also at Camden Farmer’s Market, at 2250 Marilla. This event is sponsored by U.S. Food Trucks.



Cedars Food Truck Park continues their Food Truck Affair on Thursday nights from 6 - 10. This pet friendly event features a local brewery and has multiple food trucks that rotate each week. Check www.cedarsfoodpark.com for the schedule.





On Fridays, Cedars Food Truck Park brings you Alfresco Fridays with live music, a local brewery and a weekly rotation of food trucks. Bring the family and enjoy the evening. The list of food trucks each week can be found at http://www.cedarsfoodpark.com/


And as always, 



Fort Worth Food Truck Park is open on Wednesday nights for dinner and Thursdays - Sundays for lunch and dinner at 2509 Weisenberger Drive in Fort Worth.. You can find their schedule of trucks at www.fwfoodpark.com


Cowtown Chowdown is open on Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner at 1100 North Main in Fort Worth. You can find their schedule of trucks at www.cowtownfoodpark.com.



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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DFW Food Truck Foodie Has Gone To Videos

For several months, I have been toying with the idea of creating video blogs about the food trucks. I envisioned these being an extension of the blog and different way to feature the trucks and their ever changing menu. Let's face it, if I am doing a write up of one truck a week, it will take me over a year to cover everyone. In that time much changes with trucks. So, the videos are a way to reconnect with the trucks, months later.  But videos take significant resources for editing. Time is something that I do not have much to give freely.  Then, through the magic of Twitter, a company called TVTX started following me.  This company has created a Texas branded, internet tv station. In additional to uploading videos that other create, they are available to hire to come to your location, film and edit Texas content for you. Bingo!  After several planning sessions, we shot a pilot last week, with one of the most fun trucks out on the streets of DFW.  

Check-out the DFW Food Truck Foodie Show Pilot, featuring So-Cal Tacos.  

Stay tuned as we continue to visit the food trucks and check in to what they have been doing since we wrote about them.


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Cedars Food Truck Park - Fridays Alfresco




PRESS RELEASE


CEDARS FOOD PARK AT DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE BEGINS REGULAR FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE THEMED “ALFRESCO FRIDAYS”
AFTER A SUCCESSFUL FEW WEEKS AT THE PARK, FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE BEGINS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 31, FROM 6PM-10PM WITH LIVE MUSIC FROM  “THE SICKLIES”.

WHAT:  Cedars Food Park at Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas’ first food truck venue in a park setting, will begin regular Friday service August 31, from 6pm-10pm and will continue Friday evenings thereafter. The park will continue its’ Thursday evening service. Thursday nights will be ultra pet friendly with chill tunes. Friday nights will showcase unique local live music in the same relaxed setting. Local beer will always be served, in addition to mixed drinks. Cedars Food Park at Dallas Heritage Villages’ evening service represents the beginning of a unique collaboration between food trucks and Dallas Heritage Village, and will feature many of Dallas’ best gourmet food trucks, offer local entertainment, and sell beer and wine from local establishments. Food prices range from $2 - $10 with a portion of the proceeds going to Dallas Heritage Village. Always free admission, free parking and pets encouraged.

UPDATED HOURS*:    Thursday Nights           6pm – 10pm (starting Aug 16th
Friday Nights               6pm – 10pm (starting August 31st)
“Follow” the park for select Saturday’s and Sunday’s, and big special events.

WHERE:  1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, Texas 75215

WHY:  The park’s anticipated Friday night hours will begin this week. Thursday’s for dinner and music, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, beginning August 16th and Friday’s for dinner and music, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, beginning August 31st. To beat the early evening heat, the trucks will be parked under giant Cedar Elm shade trees, and air-conditioned eating areas will be available for all customers.

(Please note Dallas Heritage Village is traditionally closed the month of August, reopening September 1. Visitors coming to eat at the food trucks during the month of August are welcome to stroll the grounds and eat in select air-conditioned buildings; however, many historic structures will reopen September 1.

CONTACT: 
Brad Friedman, Cedars Food Park Media Relations – cell - 214-244-3409
Melissa Prycer, Dallas Heritage Village - cell 214-734-9281
Valerie Gabriel-Swenson, VGS Marketing Group - cell 972-741-4400

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Cedars Food Park is located at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park. 1515 Harwood St., Dallas Texas, 75215. It is just southeast of downtown Dallas, blocks from the Farmer’s Market. Food Park hours are Thursday and Friday nights from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free admission for food park only customers during food park hours. Always free parking. Pets encouraged. More details on the Food Park can be found at www.cedarsfoodpark.com, twitter@CedarsFoodPark, www.facebook.com/CedarsFoodPark.
Dallas Heritage Village (DHV), located at Old City Park, is a nationally accredited history museum, depicting life in Dallas from 1840-1910. It is one of only five museums in the Dallas area to have this distinction. The grounds showcase 38 historic structures, including log cabins, the pre-Civil War Millermore home, a Victorian Main Street, a railroad complex, an 1860s farmstead with livestock, a 19th century church, school and more. Dallas Heritage Village is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as individual and group donations. Dallas Heritage Village was nominated in 2011 and 2012 by D Magazine as one of the top Dallas-area family attractions. It is located at 1515 South Harwood, one block south of Farmers Market in Downtown Dallas. For more information call 214-421-5141 or visit www.DallasHeritageVillage.org.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

DFW Food Truck Events: A One Year Look

A year ago tonight was the first Dallas food truck event.  I blogged about the Sigel's Food Truck Rally here.    This was the event that made everyone recognize that the food trucks were going to be a force to reckoned with in Dallas. This was the event that showed how Dallas was going to embrace the food trucks. This was the event that showed the trucks that there would be greater success in grouping themselves rather than scattering around the city and working separately.

So, have the trucks and events evolved in DFW?  Absolutely!


At the Sigel's event, there were nine trucks. Nine trucks setting up together is an almost daily event now. At the time it seemed like there could never be a larger grouping of trucks and at the same time it did not seem like enough.  Today, to be considered "a large event" there has to be at least twenty trucks serving.

It was hot!  105 degrees when the event opened and yet there were thousands of people there. People were getting sick, including at least one ambulance transport.  This year, everyone was mindful of the heat and there were no large events in August. (Ironically there were many events with 9 trucks in August)

The trucks were overwhelmed. Many of the truck owners have told me that they did not know what to expect that night and went into the event as prepared as they could have been, but still not well enough.  With over 2,000 people in attendance, every truck was at maximum capacity and each truck would average over two hundred tickets in the four hours of the event. Even today, there are many trucks that have not done 200 tickets in a full day of service. By comparison, at the Texas Truck Festival in May, there were 10,000 people, with twenty-five trucks or an average of 400 tickets over a 15 hour event, twice as many tickets in over three times the length of service.

There were twelve trucks permitted in Dallas last August.  Three trucks were not at the event but the remaining Dallas trucks were serving. By comparison, there are now thirty-eight trucks with Dallas permits and another eight Fort Worth trucks that come to Dallas regularly for special events. Interestingly, the vast majority of these nine trucks are still serving. Mister Cool was never a roaming truck and I don't know their status but the rest are still operating, albeit Three Men and a Taco has been rebranded as Three Lions.  Those trucks that were at Sigel's that night continue to be the most popular trucks and were not only early leaders but remain as leaders in the DFW food truck scene.


In the last year Dallas trucks and event planners have learned how to handle the nine  truck events. The less frequent  twenty-plus truck events are still are the topic of discussion, with room for improvement. But overall for the trucks and the events, to sum up a 70s slogan, "You've come a long way, baby".

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