Saturday, October 6, 2012

DFW Food Trucks To Invade San Antonio


DFW Food Truck owners, as a group, are overwhelmingly generous, with huge hearts, especially when it comes to supporting someone who has been a long time supporter of theirs. Combine this with a food truck park owner who seeks out opportunities to host charitable events and you have a food truck event that is guaranteed to make a huge impact on the entire State of Texas!


On November 10 and 11, Good Karma Kitchen, Slush Works, Nammi, Easy Slider and The Drifting Bistro are expanding the scope of their generosity and invading San Antonio, to join forces with several San Antonio trucks to raise funds to Conquer Chiari.   This fund-raiser will be held at San Antonio's Boardwalk on Bulverde Food Truck Park and is being coordinated by Cameron Davies, owner of both The Boardwalk and Cruising Kitchen, a San Antonio truck builder who built Good Karma Kitchen, Slush Works, The Drifting Bistro and several other Dallas-Fort Worth food trucks.

The Invasion will run 11:00 a.m - 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds from the event will benefit Conquer Chiari, on behalf of devoted food truck follower Michelle Malpica.  


Michelle was one of my first followers and her love of the food trucks was immediately obvious to me.  After a car accident in 2005, Michelle began to have significant heart palpitations,  vertigo and severe head aches. After years of testing, she was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a very rare neurological disorder where the bottom part of the brain extends out of the skull  to the spinal column, putting pressure on both the brain and the spinal column.  After brain surgery, Michele's prognosis is very good but much is left to be done to bring an awareness to this condition and much research is needed to more effectively diagnosis and treat the disease. 

I will be posting much more about this event in the coming weeks, including information about a simultaneous event to be held in Dallas to Conquer Chiari.  For those that are able, I would love for you to join me in San Antonio to Conquer Chiari as the food trucks show that their support for one of their follower is as big as Texas.


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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy October, when outdoor festivals and in full swing and many are including the food trucks.


Through October 21,  as I previously posted,  The State Fair of Texas is going on for most of the month and for the first time ever, food trucks in included.  Good Karma Kitchen and Slush Works have joined up to have a "Mega Truck", serving inside the Food & Fiber Pavilion.  The truck will be open the same hours as the fair.



Monday, October 1 - Having food trucks on college campuses is a trend this academic year. On October 1, the Sigma Beta Rho chapter at UNT takes part in this trend but having The Butcher's Son, Ssahm Korean BBQ and Eat Jo Dawgs come on campus to be part of a fund-raising event. Contributors will be asked to purchase a $1 wristband, which gives them access to the food trucks.  This "Food Truck Frenzy' will be held on the Library Mall.


Every Tuesday in October -The trucks will be involved in another fundraiser, every Tuesday in October in Irving.  Ford Motor Credit  is hosting the trucks and asking the trucks to donate tips to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  The Fabulous Food Truck Festival will be from 11 - 2 each Tuesday at 3660 Regent Blvd in Irving.  There will be a fairly large group of trucks each week, many who are doing service in Irving for the first time.
Every Thursday in October, Patio Sessions – Indie  bands and food trucks come together for a special evening at Sammons Park at the AT & T Performing Arts Center.  Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 @ 2403 Flora in the Dallas Arts District.  Bring a blanket or find a table.     http://www.attpac.org/index.cfm?pagepath=AT_T_PAC_Presents/Patio_Sessions&id=35424



Thursday, October 4, the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market spreads its great events to the the Design District with a Pop-Up Market.  The 300 block of Cole will be closed off to cars and vendors, local beer distribution, entertainment and food trucks will be set up. The food trucks serving include The Belgian Waffle Co, The Butcher's Son, Rockstar Bakeshop, Easy Slider, Tutta's Pizza -and new to the streets, Bombay Chopstix.  The Pop-Up Market will be held from 5-10 pm.


Thursday, October 4 is the return to the Parking Lot. This monthly event, held in the parking lot of Sprout's Grocery at 1800 Henderson in Dallas has Rock & Roll Tacos, The Butcher's Son, Ruthie's Grilled Cheese, Three Lions, The Lab of the Streets, Ssahm BBQ, The Gastro Bomber, Jack's Chowhound and My Cupcake Garden all serving from 6-9 pm.


First Friday – October 5 - Meet the education staff of the Crow Collection at the food trucks on Flora Street at noon for a tasty lunch from gourmet food trucks.  At 12:30pm, head to the museum for a sumptuous gallery talk.




Every Friday Night is a new event, the Payday Block Party at Sigel's at 5757 Greenville Ave in Dallas.  This new event brings together some of the trucks that have rolled out over the last month. Tutta's Pizza, The Gastro Bomber, Taco Party and My Cupcake Garden will all be serving and Sigel's will be available if you want to pair your food with beer or wine.


First Saturday – October 6 – Art in October  in October kickoff.   www.artinoctober.com   Free family programming at the Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art.   Then head down the street to Annette Strauss Square for DanceAfrica, including an African Marketplace


Sunday, October 7 is Food Truck Palooza at Temple Shalom in Dallas.   Trucks include Easy Slider, Good Karma Kitchen, Crazy Fish, Enticed, Butcher's Son, Cavalli, Gandolfo's, Nammi, Ruthie's, Simcha Catering's K-Wheelz, Coolhaus and Potato-Potahto Enjoy live music throughout the day from Rodney Patterson, Vic Duncan, David Welek and Nomad.

Family-friendly event also will feature a free kids' zone with bounce houses and face painting; raffles; and other surprises. No pets, please!

Admission is $5 or free for children 3 and under. Food and beverages are sold separately, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.  See http://www.dallasfoodtruckpalooza.com/ and details regarding trucks and entertainment




Week of October 8 is an exciting week for several of the food trucks.  Food Network Canda's tv show, Eat St. will be in Dallas filming several of the trucks.  The public is invited to participate in the filming, experience the food and tell the Eat St camera's how great DFW food trucks are. 

Jack's Chowhound will be filming on October 8 at Cedar's Food Park.
Nammi will be filming on October 9 on the University of North Texas campus.
Three Lions will be filming on October 11 in the Dallas Arts District.
Good Karma Kitchen will be filming on October 12 at 1717 McKinney Ave in Dallas.

All filming will start in the morning and last until late afternoon but will focus primarily on the lunch service.


Wednesday October 10 and October 24, Brown bags at The Opera - The Dallas Opera performs noontime recitals twice a month on  outside the Winspear Opera House. Folks can grab a food truck bite and hear an opera star. Please remember there is some one hour, free parking along Flora. Day time $5 to park at the Winspear Red Lexus garage.

Friday, October 12 & October 19 - ATT will be hosting Food Truck Fridays to benefit the United Way on ATT's Plaza at  208 S. Akard. In addition to various United Way organizations who will be on site to talk about their agencies, The Butcher's Son, Nammi, Ssahm, Gandolfo's will be serving both weeks and Rock & Roll Tacos will be there October 12 and Rockstar Bakestop will be there October 19. Both days the trucks will be serving 11 am - 2 pm.

Friday, October 19 – District after Dark – A preview of next year’s Aurora 2013 – light, sound and video installations.  Museums are open until midnight. Pay-What-You-Can-Performance of the Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Dallas Theater Center.  Performances, tours and food trucks are  7p-12a.


Sunday, October 21 - Veggie lovers come together for the 3rd Annual Veggie State Fair.  A celebration of Dallas’ growing vegan scene, the Texas State Veggie Fair will offer an all-vegan menu of food, live music, games, and arts. This family-friendly event will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about living a cruelty-free lifestyle. And for the third year, the fair will host the Vegan Fried Foods competition, a winking homage to the annual State Fair of Texas. Good Karma Kitchen and Zombie Food Truck will be on site serving their vegan menus.  The fair will be held at Revechon Park in Dallas, starting at 11:00 a.m.



Friday, October 26 - Denton Food Truck Festival: Friday Night Bites. From 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Denton will host their first food truck festival at the Denton Transit Center, 604 E. Hickory, the most Nothern point on the A-Train route. This event celebrates both the opening of Friday Night service for the A-Train but also welcomes the food trucks, just at City regulations are expanding to allow food trucks to operate in the City permanently.  The line-up of trucks has not been finalized but will definitely include Denton based trucks as well as trucks from outside the city that want to be able to serve Denton.

Saturday and Sunday October 27 & 28 – Klyde Warren Park Opening – 20 food trucks per day.   Activities, bands (Polyphonic Spree, Trombone Shorty, Hard Night’s Day and others), ribbon cutting and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, park activities, free museums, fireworks, movies, DJs.  You name it and it will be at the Park and in the District.  Follow theparkdallas.org and artinoctober.com for details. 



Wednesday, October 31, the Fort Worth Food Park will celebrate "Halloween At The Park" with a bounce house, costume contest and trick or treating at the trucks.   Check the Park's website to see which trucks will be there.

And, as has been the weekly experience for at least a few months now, the standing weekly events continue.



Wednesday night, several locations host food trucks:


Street Food Wednesday is at the Crate & Barrel at 3104 Knox Street.



The Food Truck Experience is every Wednesday from 6 -9 at Sigel’s at 5757 Greenville Ave in Dallas. Each week, Jacks Chowhound, Ssham BBQ, Rock And Roll Tacos, The Belgian Waffle and Crazy Fish will be serving from 6 - 9.
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:




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.




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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