Sofia Annunziata writes for Bleeding Cool:
The Wikia Fantasy Food Truck was one of the most anticipated events at NYCC today. Of course you can see why, who doesn’t love free food?! The truck takes foods from your favorite fandoms, and “brings them to life”!
On the menu was: Disney Fantasia’s “Meat the Band-which”, Gravity Falls’ “Smile Dip”, Fallout’s “Nuka Cola”, Adventure Time’s “Bacon Pancakes” and Warframe’s “Greedy Milk”.
I opted to get the Bacon Pancake, and was not disappointed. It was like a fluffy pancake cloud with really good bacon in it (obviously I’m not good with similes). No, really, it was extremely delicious and worth the wait on line.
I will be attending their panel and will be following up with more information and food stories to tell, so look out for that!
LAKE ELSINORE: Food truck manufacturer thriving
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California Cart Builder – californiacartbuilder.com
Cal Poly Pomona “Poly Trolley” – polytrolley.com
Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association – socalmfva.com
National Food Truck Association – nationalfoodtrucks.org/
When the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation decided a couple of years ago to put a customized food truck on the university’s campus, the dining services division solicited bids from several companies.
Only one positive response came back – from Lake Elsinore-based California Cart Builder, which custom builds food trucks and trailers.
“California Cart Builder said, ‘Cool, let’s do this,’” said foundation Food Service Director Aaron Neilson. “They were the only game in town that could pull that off.”
The Poly Trolley, now a campus institution, helped the foundation win the 2014 gold medal for retail sales concepts among large schools in a competition sponsored by the National Association of College University Food Services.
It’s just one of the many projects associated with the CCB since Elma and Rod Eaton launched the enterprise more than a decade ago in Norco. Now, with Riverside County opening its borders to the mobile food vending industry for the first time since the 1980s, the family-owned firm may get even busier.
The business sprouted out of the couple’s frustrations with the limitations of the carts they had been using to sell hot dogs at swap meets and other outdoor venues.
Given Rod’s mechanical bent, the Eatons built their own cart, only to sell that one – and a subsequent one – to other vendors.
“We realized, why not just build the carts and sell them?” said Elma Eaton, now the company CEO.
With their sons pitching in to build carts, the Eatons transitioned to the much larger trucks and trailers.
“It was definitely a struggle at first,” she said. “The guys slept in the shop half of the time.”
After moving in 2004 to an industrial park in northern Lake Elsinore, business exploded with the proliferation of gourmet-oriented mobile vendors in Southern California.
“It really took off about ’07-08,” Eaton said. “We doubled sales every year until about 2010. By then, it really got going all across the United States.”
She estimated the firm has built 70 trucks, 140 trailers and another 50 to 60 carts. A truck can range in price from about $125,000 to $500,000.
While trucks have more mobility than trailers, the latter are allowed at large festivals and fairs, where trucks are not permitted for safety and environmental reasons.
A typical truck or trailer will have a deep fryer, grill, stove, warmer, sandwich and salad prep counter, steam table, refrigerator and freezer.
The features, however, hinge on the buyer’s needs, she said.
Best of the best
This Yorkshire team served up great Guo Bao – Taiwanese steamed buns – from a simple wood-clad scaffold rig. Filled with hoisin, cashews, sesame, palm sugar, pickled carrot and mouli, they come in three flavours: glazed portobello mushroom, crispy panko chilli chicken and braised pork belly.
Little Blue Smokehouse, Kent
This smoking team cure, brine, dry-rub and, over oak, hot-smoke the meat themselves. The smoked pigs cheeks, marinated in Korean barbecue sauce, served in a brioche bun, with miso mayo, spicy Gochujang sauce, kimchi and pickled mustard greens made a lot of friends.
Fresh Rootz’s woodland mushroom, roasted pepper and spinach pakoras
Having lent their Mad Max caravan to DJ/producer Naughty Boy to cook his garam masala shepherd’s pie at the awards, this street-food collective fried up their crisp pakoras, served with a ‘slaw citrus salad, off the boot of a car.
Fish’s east coast fish chips
Classic fast food with a twist; lovingly cooked out of a van and trailer, with flecks of chilli in the batter and sides of chipotle ‘slaw.
Original Patty Men’s Sumo
The togarashi seasoning in their burger gave the Original Patty Men the edge. That, plus the Gyu dare-marinated beef patty, crispy togarashi onions, cucumber ribbons pickled in mirin, wasabi ketchup, tossed sesame oil, beansprout and watercress salad. And a good shot of alcohol off the sake.
Cauldron Catering’s Ham Shank Redemption
The Cauldron Catering are Al and Hannah James, who buy animals whole from neighbouring Devon farms, do the butchery themselves, and cook over sustainable charcoal. “We forage for sorrel, black mustard and dandelion root,” says Al. “Our power comes from solar panels on the van, and our packaging is 100 per cent compostable.” Their mission, to “prove fast food can be delicious and ethical”, is born out by the smoked ham hock in a wrap with smashed peas and mint, black pudding, and mustard-pickled fennel and cucumber.
HY Kitchen’s Schnapps Made From My Uncle Ludwig
Monica Waltner is a famous nutritionist in Austria, and she insists that her Uncle Ludwig’s schnapps has restorative qualities. She came to Leeds with only eight bottles and there was a lot of toasting going on, so get it while/if you can.
Antto Melasniemi’s liquorice chocolate pots
Melasniemi, from Helsinki, is a true individual. Who else would bring a solar-powered kitchen to Leeds in September?
Hip Hop Chip Shop
The Manchester music-mad chefs put the hip in chip. And they do it by cooking out of a massive stainless-steel boombox.
Best overseas trader
Malmo’s Nordic Street Food
Jens and Pernilla drive the only food truck in the world to serve new Nordic food. They brought slow-cooked venison, sour cabbage with parsley, horseradish cream and sweet-and-sour lingonberries on flatbread from Jämtland, washed down with Äppelmust and birchwater, with the taste of elerflower and blueberries.
Nusou has been trading for just a few months, but is already attracting attention. The truck has just a noodle cooker, soup kettle, six-ring burner and deli counter full of fresh veg. Oh, and Derek, a chef with formal restaurant qualifications, rosettes and a Bib Gourmand.
Best street-food collective
Manchester’s Guerrilla Eats and Birmingham’s Digbeth Dining Club (below) illustrate how far street food is spreading beyond London. Guerrilla Eats has an inspirational set of traders, and held the Northern heats of the street-food awards in the old Granada studios – right next to Coronation Street’s cobbles.
Best street-food event
Digbeth Dining Club
Digbeth hosts full-on food raves in an up-and-coming part of the Second City, illustrating the power of street food to regenerate an area. If only councils would take note. 1
British Street Food is now on a nationwide tour, appearing in Edinburgh today. For details: britishstreetfood.co.uk/2014/ 09/all-aboard/
We’re willing to bet most of you have never eaten a Hungarian langos before. Now you can, with the new food truck called Langos.
This dish was new to us, but how can you go wrong with fried dough and cheese? That’s a tough one to mess up, and it can be excellent when done well.
Since it was our first time at the truck, we ordered the Classic Langos, which cost $6. They had several other versions such as a Greek langos, one with peppers, and even a dessert langos with nutella, bananas and almonds. You can see the full menu here.
To put it into terms a non-Hungarian could understand, langos could be described as a Hungarian version of pizza, although the dough is more like a zeppole.
Opening the bag, our classic langos had shredded cheese, garlic and sour cream on top of the dough. The langos was fairly light, but nearly the size of the paper plate it was served on.
On the truck, a sign says they have the “Best Dough On The Planet”. We can’t quantify that claim, but the dough was quite light – crispy on the outside, and soft and airy on the inside. Nice job on the dough.
The shredded cheese was along the lines of gouda or havarti, with a slightly strong flavor, and it was plentiful.
Sour cream under the cheese and around the edges of the langos added some tang to the dish, which we enjoyed.
The Langos truck currently spends two days per week in the Wall St. area and 2 days on 47th St between Park and Lex. For more details, check out the Langos Truck on Twitter here, on Facebook here, and their website is here.
Someone ahead of us got the ham and cheese special, and graciously let us take the photo below.
Next time we might try the langos with smoked salmon with caviar, capers, dill and creme. That should be interesting!
Reporter- Business First
Das Wafel food truck has hit its Kickstarter goal and hopes to be operating by Black Friday.
The Lancaster-based business will serve “sweet dessert wafels, savory wafels based on reimagined classic sandwiches and dishes, veggie wafels and classic brunch fare daily,” according to its Kickstarter page.
With four hours still go to in the $25,000 campaign, Das Wafel had raised $27,035. Any extra breathing room will be appreciated in a tightly budgeted project, which will include the construction of a kitchen and renovation of an truck.
“It’s time to go to work,” said Christian Walters, owner of Das Wafel. “That’s my reaction. I’m incredibly grateful and humbled.”
Dan Miner is Business First’s enterprise reporter. He also covers education and public companies.
Reporter- Business First
Das Wafel is so close.
The proposed food truck/kitchen has raised a tad over $21,000 of its $25,000 Kickstarter goal. It must raise the rest by 8:06 p.m. tonight. Per Kickstarter rules, the project is only funded if it meets its goal.
“I’m a little nervous,” said Christian Walters, who’s running the campaign. “We’re right on it.”
The project is the brain child of Walters, a 47-year-old Hamburg resident who cures his own bacon and pork loins. The funds would build a new kitchen for the operation and allow renovation of a truck he owns.
Das Wafel will serve “sweet dessert wafels, savory wafels based on reimagined classic sandwiches and dishes, veggie wafels and classic brunch fare daily.” according to its Kickstarter page.
Walters said he’s put some of his own money into the campaign, but at least $15,000 comes from other donors. The truck has already garnered wide interest from events and businesses, including a Springville auction, an Elmwood Village retail store and merchants in Larkinville.
Visit the Kickstarter page here.
Dan Miner is Business First’s enterprise reporter. He also covers education and public companies.
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Raleigh, N.C. — Lots of fall events are going on! Our picks for the weekend:
The World Beer Fest, presented by All About Beer magazine, hits the Durham Athletic Park this Saturday. Sample beers from around the world and enjoy seminars, food pairings and more. General admission tickets are $55 and VIP admission is $70. There are two sessions: 12-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.
TerraVita Food and Drink Festival, an annual culinary celebration that is always a hit with the foodies, is this weekend! The event culminates Saturday afternoon with the Grand Tasting in Chapel Hill. From 1-4 p.m., head to The Green in Southern Village to sample tons of food and drink from local purveyors. Tickets are $75 and designated driver tickets are $60.
The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year is Sunday. More than 50 of your favorite food trucks will be selling their tasty dishes downtown. Everything starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m.
Music, theatre and more:
NC Funniest Reporter Show – Reporters from print, radio and TV will be competing to see who is the funniest during this show at Goodnight’s Comedy Club in Raleigh Sunday night. This stand-up show will benefit Project Pets, a nonprofit that is committed to ending the inhumane euthanization of animals through gassing. Tickets are $20. Please come and at least laugh at me!
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival – More than 60 bands will play four stages this weekend during this annual music festival. This family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art and education runs through Sunday. Tickets start at $23.
Backyard Concert Series and Fashion Show at Cameron Village – Three concerts, one fashion show and unlimited style. The Backyard Concert Series and Fashion Show kicks off Saturday at Cameron Village. Friday’s show starts at 6:30 p.m. runs until 10 p.m. It features Old Habits and The Blue Dogs. It is going to be at the corner of Woodburn and Clark streets. The event is free.
Raleigh Oyster Festival – Head to Glenwood South on Saturday for the first Raleigh Oyster Fest presented by Hibernian and Napper Tandy’s. The festival will be in the parking lot of The Creamery Building from noon to 11 p.m. There will be live music, cold drinks and great food including, of course, oysters! Admission is free.
Oktoberfest at The Oak - Oktoberfest events continue this weekend. On Sunday, The Oak off Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh will hold a free, family-friendly celebration starting at noon. There will be a beer tent, live music and a children’s zone with a bounce house and face painting.
Le Tour de Femme – The largest all women’s charity bike ride on the East Coast is this Saturday. It all starts at Cycling Spoken Here in Cary. There are 15, 31 and 62 mile routes. WRAL is a proud sponsor and be sure to look for meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. She is the honorary lead cyclist. The event raises money for the Angel Fund of Rex Hospital and the Livestrong Foundation.
Downtown Mebane Autumn Fest – This festival is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy shopping, hayrides, tasty food and the local farmers market. There will be activities for the children. Admission is free.
Draft Line Fall Festival – Another seasonal event! Draft Line Brewing hosts a family-friendly fall festival Saturday. There will be some small batch beers, food trucks, live music, pumpkin carving and more!
On stage - The Phantom of the Opera’s National Tour runs at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Oct. 19.
EVENT: Meadowlands Racetrack hosts major food truck gathering today
An Oktoberfest Food Truck Mash-Up will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. today at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford. The event will feature more than 25 food trucks, thoroughbred turf racing, Little Town Biergarten and live music.
The trucks include Ahh! La Cart, Amanda Bananas, Bacon on Wheels, Bareburger, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Big Papa Smoke’m BBQ, Callahan’s, Churro Heaven, El Lechon de Negron, Empanada Guy, Five Sisters Catering, House of ’Que, Incrediballs, Jenna’s Franks, Kimchi Smoke BBQ, Kona Ice, Little Bite of Paradise, Luke’s Lobster Truck, Oink and Moo BBQ, Polkadot Cupcake Shop, Sanducci’s Pizza Truck, The French Quarter, The Original Soupman, The Outslider, Uncle Jack’s Falafel, Waffle de Lys, Wrap Star and WTF Food Truck.
General admission is $5 at the door. The event is being produced by Exposure, a division of North Jersey Media Group. For more information: northjersey.com/exposure.
— Staff reports
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Over the past years, Maginhawa Street in UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City has evolved from a quiet neighborhood to a thriving food destination sprouting with holes-in-the-wall, stalls, and full-blown restaurants in new buildings.
A few years back, a number of enterprising residents in this street transformed their garage to small eateries—to accommodate customers, mostly students from nearby universities like UP, who are looking for affordable meals.
Later, the number of restaurants along its two-kilometer stretch rapidly grew in number, offering different cuisines including Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Latin-American, Italian, and Persian, to name a few.
Now, Maginhawa Street is unofficially the “newest food hub of Quezon City” through the promotion of its city government as it celebrates its 75th founding anniversary on October 11 and 12. The Quezon City Food Festival is a much talked about event of the city’s jubilee celebration.
For less than Php500, people can already enjoy full meals and drinks at the Maginhawa Street Food Festival on slated to happen on October 11. Restaurants along Maginhawa and its neighboring streets will join the city’s first food festival, adding to the long list of 140 food stalls that will be offer various food products on Saturday.
Meanwhile, here’s a wish list of dishes we want to see a the festival. Share your own recommendations and photos in the Comments box below.
1. Green Daisy’s Callos Set Meal
A popular hang out among artists and musicians, owner Daisy Langenegger was among the first to transform her garden into a restaurant more than 10 years ago. With wooden tables set in a garden with a small pond outside their home, Green Daisy lets you experience al fresco dining in a serene ambiance. The atmosphere of the cafe sets your mood for a hearty meal composed of soup, salad, and entree. The fresh produce—from the rice, vegetables, to the herbs—are grown in her organic farm in Alicia, Isabela.
The cafe’s Callos Set Meal, for Php 358, is composed of a creamy pumpkin soup, mixed organic greens, and callos with organic rice and vegetables on the side. The complete set can be ended with a refreshing drink of lemongrass tea.
• Green Daisy Organic Cafe. No. 20 Maginhawa Street, tel. no. (+632) 922-2409.
2. Leona Art Cafe’s Good Morning Pizza
Leona’s Art Cafe’s interior is cozy, with small art pieces displayed on walls or shelves. With a homey ambiance and welcoming staff, it makes a good hangout place to do meetings or catching up sessions. If you’re the type of pizza lover who prefers crispy, thin-crust pizza, this restaurant is right for you.They have a wide variety of pizza offerings that can suit your taste—from classic three-cheese pizza to specialty pizzas.
One of their premium pizzas include the Good Morning Pizza (Php300) composed of sliced spicy sausages, bellpeppers, mozarella cheese, basil, and topped with sunny side up egg.
• Leona Art Cafe. No. 45 Matimtiman Street, tel. no. (+632) 929-7490.
3. Cocina Juan’s Dinamita
This 20-seater casual restaurant with tables set with fresh flowers, offers a number of Latin-American treats from appetizers to entrees; with Churarasco (grilled meat) dishes as their best sellers.
The restaurant’s Dinamita—deep-fried Anaheim chilies—will surely whet your appetite for its mild spicy kick combined with the saltiness of melted cheese inside. During our experience trying this dish, some chilies were not as spicy as we expected, making the dish a friendly appetizer for non-spicy eaters.
• Cocina Juan. No. 100 Maginhawa Street, tel. no. (+632) 434 3911.
4. Pi Breakfast and Pies’ K-Lime and Smores pies
For breakfast foodies, Breakfast and Pies is a fitting choice for those looking for big breakfast sets and sweet desserts throughout the day.
Upon entering the establishment, customers are greeted by the smell of baked breads—one of their staple offerings together with other beloved breakfast choices including pies, cakes and even rice breakfast meals that can be perfectly combined with drinks such as brewed coffee, chocolate, tea, and milk.
The restaurant’s best sellers include Egg’s Benny and Huevos Rancheros, and for desserts, must-tries are K-Lime and Smores pies.
Those who have a sweet tooth will enjoy the combination of melted marshmallows and chocolate fudge of Smores while those who prefer not too sweet desserts would enjoy the combination of lime with meringue of K-Lime.
• Pi Breakfast and Pies. No. 39 Malingap Street, tel. no. (+632) 212-1212 or (+632) 441-1773.
5. Muchentuchen Magic Carpet Ride’s Beef Wrap
Missing Ababu since it left Maginhawa and moved to a new location? Well, that’s exactly what moved the owners of this place to start their shawarma business.
Also located on No. 20 Maginhawa Street, Muchentuchen’s meat lover customers would have a magic-carpet-ride-experience with the beefy goodness of their Beef Wrap—a combination of grilled beef, vegetables, and yoghurt wrapped in pita bread. Muchentuchen uses pure lean beef with minimal fat. It also bakes its own pita bread. The Beef Wrap is a good option if you want a to-go meal; it comes with a yoghurt drink.
• Muchentuchen Magic Carpet Ride. No. 20 Maginhawa Street, mobile phone no. (+63) 920-9217200.
6. A Taste of Heaven Milkshakes
A good way to cool down during the day is to have a to-go glass of milkshake from A Taste of Heaven. They offer classic milkshake flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. Specialty milkshakes and other light snacks like burgers are also available.
• A Taste of Heaven Milkshakes. No. 71 Maginhawa Street, mobile phone no. (+63) 947-9927434.
7. The Burger Project’s design your own burgers
From the same owners of Breakfast and Pies, and Pino Resto Bar, this popular joint stands out among other burger joints in the area because of its design-your-own burger concept. No scrimping in this place as you can have truffles, wasabi, bacon, blue cheese, and other evil things in your burger sandwich.
• BRGR The Burger Project. No. 122 Maginhawa Street. Tel. no. (+63@) 212-1212 for deliveries.
8. Indonyaki’s Ayam Goreng.
A go-to place for street food staples like shawarma and kebabs, this food stall stands out because of its Indonesian offerings such as satay and beef rending. One of its bestsellers is ayam goreng, which is a spicy and crunchy fried chicken infused with spices such as turmeric and garlic. Super flavorful and, even better, cheap at less than Php100.
• Indonyaki. No. 54 Maginhawa Street. Tel. no. (+632) 560-8521.
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