All photos courtesy Brickhouse PRStreet food is about to get the gourmet treatmentLast night marked the unofficial start to the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival, Broward and Palm Beach County’s most prestigious culinary event. As part of the lead up to the festival, media and chefs were invited to The Four Season’s EDGE Steak Bar to see which Palm Beach County and Miami chefs would be cooking which dishes at the festival’s new event, Street Food Hosted by Marc Summers.
Taking place on Saturday, December 13 at 7 p.m., the competition is pitting the two counties against each other in a battle for street food supremacy. One chef from each team will challenge the other neck-and-neck in one of the five categories: fried chicken, meatballs, hot dogs, tacos, and “on a stick.”
While the contest is new this year, festival organizer David Sabin has been ruminating about the concept for years. “The idea developed over time, but I’ve wanted to do a Street Food event for years,” says Sabin.
To kick off it off, the competing chefs were invited to the Four Seasons Hotel Miami to draw envelopes for each category.
In the fried chicken category, Clay Conley is up against Aaron Brooks. Darryl Moiles and Giorgio Rapicavoli are on meatballs. Hot dogs went to Lindsay Autry and Jamie DeRosa. Tim Lipman and Daniel Serfer got tacos. Dean Max and Timon Balloo will be showcasing their culinary talents “on a stick.”
Chefs Timon Ballo, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Darryl Moiles, Aaron Brooks, Lindsay Autry, and Tim Lipman
The chefs have a chance to take home three prizes: People’s Choice, Bloggers’ Choice, and Best Bite, chosen by fellow chefs Marc Murphy, Robert Irvine, and Jeff Mauro.
Eat Street Tulsa is back! After a hugely successful food truck festival last fall, the streets of the Blue Dome gladly welcome these mobile chefs back and open up an extra street for the food frenzy to expand. On Saturday, Nov. 8th, Eat Street Tulsa will return to its home in the Blue Dome District from 11am to 10pm. In addition to the numerous food trucks, Eat Street will feature live music and kids activities all day. Admission is FREE to all ages.
There has been an impressive boom in growth of local food trucks, so the event will double in size from last year in order to accommodate about 25 of these vastly differing mobile kitchens. Their varied cuisine will fill the streets of 2nd Elgin Ave. with tastes and smells from around the globe. So, whether you’re interested in a bit of Mexico, a hot slice of pizza, some smokin’ BBQ, or a something a little more fork-n-knife style, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Even the once-thought “basic” burger, hot dog, and taco guys have expanded and dressed up their menus, dreaming up delicious twists that are unbelievably creative. If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, you’ll have no problem finding it at Eat Street. Choose from Mediterranean, Greek, Italian, French, Mexican, Vietnamese, and every tempting fusion of those you could dream up. With some brick and mortars turning to the streets, you’ll also find some of your favorite restaurant food that you can now enjoy outside. From chefs with classically trained backgrounds to those who just always know how to make ridiculously good food, you’ll be able to experience it all in one place.
Your best bet… bring friends. Bring a LOT of friends. The perfect way to truly enjoy a foodie festival like this one is to sample as much of it as you can, so invite your favorite people and come up with a strategy to try it all, then just share away. For those over age 21, Arnie’s Bar will be offering outdoor beer sales which happen to pair perfectly with street eats.
Eat Street Tulsa is a very family friendly event, so you are encouraged to load up the kids who can also enjoy the tasty fare and live music, as well as some face painting, inflatable play, and an arts station. For more information visit Eat Streets Facebook Page.
Real foodies know that for an authentic taste of a cuisine, you have to go right to the heart and soul of how it’s made. That why when we heard about this delicious sounding Italian street food pop-up event in London, we had to tell you about it.
The Moretti Gran Tour is back by popular demand with a Winter Edition, from 6th November to 8th November, the event will be playing host to the best of the UK’s Italian street food vendors including the award-winning Pizza Pilgrims, Forza Win, and Roasticini, all under one roof.
The sell out summer edition was a hit with foodies and for only £10 entry you’ll receive a Birra Moretti along with two plates of food and a Gelato as well as access to all master classes. If more food catches your eye, you can choose to purchase additional dishes for a wider taste of Italy. Not only that, if you buy five tickets for £50, you’ll get the sixth free!
The Lofts, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PC, will be transformed into a celebration of authentic Italian food in the Moretti Street Food Market showcasing signature dishes from different regions of Italy. Experience authentic Italy with a great atmosphere provided by The Book Club resident DJ Jimmy Plates.
STREET food, says Basile, has been a part of the culinary scene around the world for decades.
However, in Toronto, up to four or five years ago, street food merely constituted a hot dog.
But there has been a huge shift.
Says Basile: “It all began with the recession.
People found they could no longer afford to eat at fine dining restaurants.
And for the first time, consumer and creator found themselves on the same page when everyone started scaling down.
The situation forced people to be a little more creative, work a little harder, resulting in new opportunities and creative ideas to really shine through.” To call something street food, it has to culturally be rooted in something grassroots, says Basile.
“Because street food is considered the food of the people, it has to have a certain amount of mobility.
You have to be able to, for the most part, be able to hold it, to eat it, and walk around.
Whether it’s a sandwich, taco, or something that’s eaten with chopsticks, it has to be mobile and have some element of creativity.” At the end of the day, Basile believes the definition of “street food” remains for the taking.
“Because it’s still so new, at least from the North American perspective.
It’s not so much that we’re trying to fit pre-existing definition; we are the ones defining what it means.
This is the benefit of having such a young street food culture.” There are a lot of food truck communities in Canada, shares Basile In Toronto, the number of food trucks is rising as too the increase in its exposure.
“Toronto is a festival city.
Winter dominates so much of our months so when we get good weather, everyone wants a festival.
Food trucks go to these festivals.
We were the first ever food truck to cater at the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s oldest and largest thoroughbred horse race event.
In a way, we’re educating people that street food doesn’t have to mean cheap or dirty food.
Halloween may be the day of tricks, but this weekend there are plenty of treats to be had at The Depot in Cardiff.
It’s a massive launch weekend at the venue on Dumballs Road this Friday and Saturday (6pm-11pm) where each of the street food traders are providing a Mexican-inspired dish for their ‘Day Of The Dead’ special.
The Taste Team got a sneak peak at the top ten scarily good dishes…
Smoked Margarita with Pink Salt Rim
Jols Food Co
Braised Beef Cheek, quesadilla with guacamole, braising liquor and manchego
Check out this cool video of the last Street Food Cardiff event at The Depot
South of the border inspired dog proving that there’s more to a Mexican menu than a taco – steamed bun, Trealy Farm hotdog, Avocado and Feta Smash, Pickled Red Onions and Chipotle Mayo.
Grass Fed Chuck Steak Beef Patty, Brioche Roll, Chipotle Sauce, Jalapeños and American Cheese
Dirty Fried Chicken
Dirty Mexican Sandwich, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Toasted Brioche Roll, Mexican Mayo and Jalapeños
Trio of slow braised spiced pork tacos, with grilled pineapple and habanero salsa, pico de gallo and chipotle crema. Served with shredded cabbage and lime.
Dead Spicy Souvlaki – it’s their usual dish with a Mexican twist; the chicken will be marinated in Mexican spices served with sour cream and jalapeño peppers
Authentic Japanese Foods
Moon Shaped Mexican Sushi – chilli, thin omelet, seaweed paper and Pumpkin and Smoked Salmon Sushi
Drop Dead Gorgeous: Chocolate Crème Brulee w/ blood orange amp; tequila jelly, fresh whip amp; sugared chilli tortilla shards
Dough Boys Wood Fired Pizza
Day Of The Dead Pizza – Guacamole sauce base, chipotle beef chilli chunks, tortilla crumbs, diced grape tomatoes, fresh cilantro
If you’ve worked up an appetite reading all that, get down to Street Food Cardiff, Dumballs Road, Cardiff, October 31 – December 31, Friday – Saturday 6pm – 11pm; Web: streetfoodcardiff.com Twitter: @streetfoodcdf
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Street Food Friday: Behold the Francesinha, the Cheesesteak of Portugal
Behold Porto’s flagship cheese-smothered sandwich, The Francesinha
Don’t let Porto’s beauty and the fact that it’s well known for its wine mislead you: It’s a blue-collar town at heart. Its infrastructure peels with character, and lax local laws allow the city streets to double as beer gardens.
Neighborhood restaurants and “snack bars” sport the stay-awhile casual vibe of a roadside New Jersey diner, and the cuisine encourages you to dig in, push back your chair, and extend your legs. Steaks are typically smothered in something, fish is served split open and whole, and the sides are generous servings of potatoes, bread, and cheese.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Porto’s most famous sandwich, the Francesinha (pronounced fran-seh-zheen-ya), is a food coma waiting to happen. It packs such a punch, in fact, that a food writer from a town famous for its meaty sandwiches – Philly – had to say uncle and walk away from the plate. It flexes its muscles the minute it’s put in front of you, its protective layer of cheese shining brighter than a knight’s armor.
It’s easy to understand the universal appeal of street food. It’s a no-brainer – tasty, immediate, fresh and good value. You will note I omit the nasty words ‘fast’ and ‘cheap’ – that is a different sector! Street food has also become a way for people to set up in business, starting simply with a stall, a van or a modest premises. Indeed, many experienced people are doing so.
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Siri, facing Christ Church Cathedral, is such a case. It has just been opened by Jayraj Poojary and Kuldip Kumar, both of whom worked for a high-end Indian restaurant group here for many years. With them, they have Chef Rajeev Kalhotra, who has worked in the five-star Oberoi hotels in India. The premises are simple, the food is delicious and the prices are great.
You can either take your food out, or perch on a stool and chomp away from your snack box, as they do in Mumbai. There are three menus: in-house, take-away and a lunch box. The in-house menu (€7.50-€14.95) sports dishes such as prawn Molly, a South Indian dish of tiger prawns in a smooth coconut sauce; Punjabi lamb curry; aromatic biryanis or a wonderful thali selection of curries, plus specialities from their tandoor oven. The take-away menu (€3.50-€12.95) has all your favourite Indian dishes, while their lunch boxes at €5-€6 will brighten up your workplace.
I had a Udipi prawn box (€9.95) with gorgeous prawn ‘lollipops’ coated with very fine crispy potato strings, served with Goan sauce, rice and naan bread. A tandoori chicken tikka box (€8.75) was also ace, with spiced chicken breast served with paratha and mint chutney.
If you fancy Mexican food, take a wander down to K Chido, located at the back of the Four Courts, where you can’t miss the colourful wall-art on the front of a warehouse. A big pink-and-blue van is parked inside, from which they serve breakfast burritos, fajitas, tacos and quesadillas. The combinations include everything from pulled pork to chorizo, to re-fried beans and plenty of jalapenos – all around €4.50-€6. You can do take-out, or park yourself on the knocked-together, brightly painted wooden seating under the gaze of old Mexican photos. I had a delicious quesadilla filled with courgette, cheese and chillies (€4.50) – hot, hot, hot – while my friend had a toasted fajita with beef, cheese, onions, peppers and salad (€6). Now, was that really a senior counsel I saw in a corner, with a vast burrito between his chops?
Another ‘in-house van’ is My Meat Wagon in Smithfield. You don’t have to sport a beard or wear a beanie to enjoy it, but, if you do, I’d say you’d be in hipster heaven. Again, it’s a van with a boarded-up facade but, for all its laid-back, American hillbilly look, a lot of effort has gone into making this place comfortable as well as cool.
Grub-wise, it’s all about barbecued meat – cow, pig and bird with slaw, corn, fries, mash, beans and sausage. It was lunchtime; options included ‘meat in bread’ or ‘meat in a box’, with two sides and a drink – which was served in jam-jars – at €12 to sit in, or €10 to take out. Sides are a hefty €3.95. We shared ‘meat on a board’ at €14.95 with pulled pork, brisket, two chicken pieces, red slaw and fries – served in a mini shopping-trolley, natch!
Watching the ‘suits and beards’ chomp away, all I could think was that this was an update on the mammy dinner of meat and two veg – and probably more expensive than the auld lunchtime pub carvery. I guess it’s a bit like a Mickey D’s for big boys – there are even toy-animal table markers!
Jaime Jambrina’s Spanish food, which includes paella, gazpacho and croquetas, is available at Dun Laoghaire and Merrion Square food markets, and soon Jaime will be in permanent new premises in Blackrock. Catering, cooking workshops and an online food store
Market food, €1-€10
Bocata de chistorra – a large Basque sausage on a bread roll, €4
Having wowed Limerick with his great Asian street food, Eddie Ong Chok Fong has opened in Cork. Choices range from fish cakes to wok noodles, stir-fries to curries, grilled dishes to zesty salads
Som Tam – green papaya salad, with dried shrimp and cherry tomato, €9
Tel: (087) 974-2019
Susi is the Irish for sushi but Japanese chef, Yoshio Miyachi, also has many other authentic Japanese specialities in his repertoire. Available at Dun Laoghaire, Merrion Square, Stillorgan and Sandyford markets. Bento boxes for lunch and private catering
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - If you were turned off by the long lines at Huntsville’s wildly popular monthly food truck gatherings, Chad Emerson has a deal for you.
Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville Inc., on Wednesday announced a ticketed food truck event next month at Straight to Ale Brewery that will be limited to 250 people.
The Nov. 13 “Food Truck Finale” will serve as both the year’s final mass gathering of mobile vendors and a fundraiser to help with the cost of putting on more food truck rallies in 2015.
“There are some charges involved such as bands and restrooms, and we wanted to find a way to recoup some of that,” Emerson told AL.com. “All of the proceeds from the Food Truck Finale will be reinvested in the 2015 street food season.”
Emerson said attendees will enjoy free samples from a dozen food trucks – Badd Newz BBQ, Café on Wheels, Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza, Fire Spice, Food Fighters Bustaurant, Honeypie Bakery, I Love Bacon, Mason Dixon Bakery, Neon Lilly, Piper Leaf, Sugar Belle and Sub Zero Ice Cream Yogurt – plus live music by Flannel Umbros.
If you’re still hungry after the samples, all the trucks will be selling food. You can also buy beer from the Straight to Ale tap room, including a special Street Food Brew being made just for this event.
The unique fundraiser will generate $3,750 for Downtown Huntsville Inc. if all 250 tickets are sold.
“It will allow us to have even more live entertainment next year, more restrooms – all of those things which people say are important,” said Emerson.
Com Tam, aka Broken Rice – it’s essentially broken grains of rice left over from the traditional drying and milling process. It looks very similar to normal rice, only the grains are broken into smaller pieces, hence the name.
Where does it come from?
Basically, it’s hard to sell due to its imperfections. The grains were usually ground up for rice flour or animal feed, or eaten by the farmers themselves; however, the Saigonese have made an art-form of this rice and use it as a platform for all sorts of combinations.
What does it taste like?
Broken rice itself tastes like normal rice, and has a similar texture, it is just smaller – the taste depends on how you serve it.
How is it served?
A plate of com tam comes with a plethora of ingredients placed on top, such as suon nuong (marinated grilled pork chops), bi (shredded pork skin), cha trung (a steamed pork and egg quiche), cha ca (deep fried fish patty) and trung (fried egg). It is usually garnished with some lightly fried, sliced spring onions or some zingy accompaniments typical of Vietnamese cooking: mint, spring onions and lime, for instance.
On the side you can have pickled vegetables or sliced cucumber and tomato. A dipping sauce of fish sauce, lime and chilli can be served.
Why should someone try it?
Street food in Saigon is slow food served fast and com tam is no different. Even though each ingredient on the plate can take up to 2-3 hours to prepare, when the order is up, it takes no more than a minute to get to your table. It’s also very tasty and the marinade that goes on the pork chop is full of umami.
What’s the bill?
A plate can cost from 20,000 VND (about 56p) to 60,000 VND (£1.50) depending on whether you buy it from a street vendor or a cafe.
Where can you get it?
Every neighbourhood in Ho Chi Minh has a stall, easily identifiable by their ‘Com Tam’ sign. It is served morning, noon and night. If you do manage to find it outside the city, it will be called Com Tam Saigon, as it is considered a Ho Chi Minh City dish.
Can you make it at home?
Yes, if you live in Ho Chi Minh City. But actually, broken rice isn’t usually exported.
What does this dish say about Ho Chi Minh City?
As Ho Chi Minh is the economic centre of Vietnam, the Saigonese are constantly on the go and need something fast and filling to get through the day – I suppose broken rice reflects that lifestyle.