The Triangle’s (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) Food Trucks news related to business happenings, events, and other whatever food trucks, fans, and those interested want to know.
Hot off the Grill this Week
Recent news sizzling on hot asphalt and in conversations
Green Olive Deli selling their truck
See below for more details on buying the truck, but it pains me to report that a truck is coming off the roster. I certainly enjoyed a few of the sandwiches I’ve eaten from here.
Baguettaboutit adds new items
Baguettaboutit releasing two menu items today. I didn’t get a chance to get a sneak peek and my clairvoyance is murky, so if you are interested check their Twitter Feed @Baguettaboutit. Update: 1) Nuthin’ But Bolognese- Pasta boats w/ slow simmered tomato sauce & bow-tie pasta 2) Not Ur Mama’s Nachos -all the fix in. Check out a picture and pricing. Available at the cafe at Miami and Alexander.
Tootie’s Bar crowd funding project
Carpe Durham tweeted Tootie’s in Durham is raising funds for a live music venue and bar in Durham. Check out some of their perks which extend out to Funnel Bakes and Urban Entrees. They are looking to raise $25,000 in over a month with this project.
KoKyu Chef honored
Late Add: I meant to add this yesterday, but I forgot to write on my news list. Edward Cumming, a KoKyu BBQ cook, is one of four chefs battling in New Orleans in the Ment’or Young Chef Competition. The cool part he is up against cook and chefs at ZZest Restaurant (Rochester, MN), Buchon Bistro Beverly Hills (Baldwin Park, CA), and Sunset Grille (Hilton Head Island, SC), which are all brick and mortar locations. The competition is being held at Emeril’s in New Orleans and other young chefs will compete in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles. So Edward could be one of four winners in this competition. Be sure to think of him on October 19th. More details about the competition and tickets, see the site.
Still Sizzling News
Sōl Tapas estarán en el centro de Raleigh
Translation (I hope my years of Spanish doesn’t fail me), Sōl Tapas will be in Downtown Raleigh early 2015. That’s all fans got this weekend. Arguably, Sōl Tacos has been hugely popular and probably the hottest truck this year. No details on the location, but people are already lined up. One possible hint of what to expect: Chef Schaumann is doing a Pop-up Dinner at Deep River Brewing November 5th.
Deli-icious gets a “deli”
More details on Deli-icious was revealed at Double Barley’s Food Truck Rodeo. They were advertising the location is in Clayton. Still hungry for information, I found out it is really close to US 70 and near the Garner/Clayton boundary. Chef Suzie is very excited (and anxious) since the location will offer a strategic location for the catering side of their business. I’ve been told the next few weeks a larger reveal is happening. Deli-icious’ concept is a fresh concept. With their custom hashtag #getfreshwithus and slogan “vegetarians in disguise” they offer options that are healthier and cater to special diets.
Upcoming Rodeos: Raleigh, Garner, and Wake Forest
You’d be amazed how many people come up and ask me if I knew about the below rodeos… be the know-it-all in your group and study these dates below!
Keep your eyes on Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo‘s Twitter feed (@raleighfoodtruc) as October 12th is just around the corner (two weeks!) Its one of the few times you can see many of the local trucks, as well as, a few out-of-town trucks. As details are released, I’ll release more information.
Garner has announced one for October 26th, which sounds like it will be an event for 8-12 trucks, a few breweries, and I believe a desire for a winery. Details are still pending, but it is going by the name of Trick or Eats and will be on Main Street. There was a request for interested parties to contact John Hodges at 919.773.4402 or email at downtown garner (at) nc (dot) rr (dot) com [broke up the email address as I didn’t want to create unnecessary emails for the Town].
Also, as previously mentioned, Wake Forest will round-up trucks again on November 9th. The line-up has not been announced, but the location is the same spot at the Over The Falls Center on Elm and Brooks in Wake Forest. The date has been set for November 9th. Check out more details on their Facebook Page here.
Big Mike’s BBQ
The blog reported earlier in the summer that Big Mike’s BBQ left View Bar on Glenwood (which subsequently closed) and hinted on Twitter of a restaurant opening. I took down the update as I hadn’t heard anything. The buzz has came back and Big Mike’s BBQ recently dropped location details, but no opening date. The restaurant is near High House and Maynard, across from Kroger at 1222 NW Maynard Road. Excited to see the Piggy Mac and Redneck Nachos finding a permanent home soon.
Every sweet potato cupcake sold by Iced Cupcakes, a $1 will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Nickelpoint Brewery Now Open
Part of what is become a nice pocket of breweries (Big Boss, Sub Noir, and now Nickelpoint), Nickelpoint is looking to fill its taproom hours with food trucks. The brewery has a taproom with TV and outside seating area. Wednesdays are exciting, too, as they hold a corn hole tournament (and food truck AmigoSan and Bo’s Kitchen are on the schedule this month). Contact Greg at the brewery to get on their schedule (it looks like it is filling up).
…you want more?!
I overheard Neuse River Brewing is getting really close (on Pershing like Nickelpoint) and Blackjack Brewing Company (on Whitaker Mill near Sub Noir). It’s great to see a nice little district/pocket occurring there where people can hopefully walk to them.
Standing ovation to Wayne and Adam at 919 Beer for pulling off a great event this weekend. I talked to vendors, food trucks, and a breweries and all had positive feedback. While many are already blocking every Saturday off in September next year, maybe I caught some sleep deprived organizers still happy for a successful event – but I got a hint that we don’t have to wait 365 days and I should be prepared to be amazed.
Spring Garden III Food Truck Festival
Greensboro will have a food truck festival on October 5th with 24 food trucks from both the Triad and Triangle area. The line-up announced is Taqueria El Azteca, Baguettaboutit, Bandito Burrito, Bam Pow Chow, Parlez Vous Crepes, Gussy’s Greek, Virgil’s Jamaican, Camel City Grill, Will and Pop’s, King Creole, Bo’s Kitchen, Urban Street Grill, Hibachi Xpress, F’N Wings, KocinA, Stamey’s, GiGi’s Cupcakes, Frog’s Toadity Good Eats, Marty’s BBQ II, and Mike and Mike’s Italian Ice. This is all a fundraiser for Guilford County Animal Shelter.
World’s Largest Food Truck Festival III coming
Awhile back Generation Food Truck down in Tampa, Florida organized the largest food truck parade in March 2014. Looks like they want to organize another one this March 2015. The goal is to have over 200 food trucks at the State Fairgrounds outside of Tampa. If interested, email the organizer at Generationfoodtruck (at) gmail (dot) com.
For those that follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you may have noticed I was on vacation. Of course, when you think very little is going on, something comes on the radar.
SoomSoomPita (@soomsoompita) announced they are putting on those finishing touches. No first event date yet announced.
And while I was out, Triangle Explorer alerted me that Carpe Durham tweeted about Bull City Street Food (@bullcitystfood) being at the Green Room in Durham. The truck has had a couple events, but this is one of the first events they had in the Triangle.
This Latin-Asian fusion truck has been hitting the asphalt tires screeching. Last week, they were a last minute surprise at Big Boss’ Run Club, spotted at Shop Local Raleigh’s Glenwood South Concert Series, and Railhawks games. If you haven’t seen them, follow the truck @AmigosanFood and check out their schedule at Amigosanfood.com.
Bam Pow Chow has been hitting the streets, too and making appearances in the Northwest Raleigh. They have been spotted at House of Hops, Lonerider, Gizmo Brewworks, and Person Street Bar. Their website has posted a few scheduled events bampowchow.com and you can also follow the truck @BamPowChow.
New Rest Stops
Where are trucks being spotted…
- House of Hops (6909 Glenwood Ave #100, Raleigh): This spot has been very hot with activity. Baguettaboutit. Kocina, Big John’s and Bam Pow Chow were all spotted here over the last two weeks. The craft beer shop is located near Glenwood and Millbrook/Duraleigh (behind the Walgreens), which means a nice Northwest Raleigh food truck spot.
- Person Street Bar (805 N Person St, Raleigh): I always like it when a bar/brewery and food truck can come together. Both can come in with their specialities and exceed on expectations on both ends. So far, Bam Pow Chow, Dump Pho King Truck, Hanu, Green Olive Deli Truck, Not Just Icing, and Will and Pops parked here.
- Beer Durham (404 Hunt Street, Durham): Again, beer and food trucks collaborating! This neighborhood bottle shop has 20 beers on tap where you can refill growlers and now enjoy food trucks. I spoke with Ashley at the location and they are excited to have trucks be there. The location is in a multi-story mixed building a block away from Durham Central Park. I’ve seen Bo’s Kitchen, Porchetta, Sol Tacos and The Wicked Biscuit here with Bam Pow Chow listed the upcoming week.
- Marathon Gas Station, Five Points (1641 Glenwood Ave) on Fridays from 5-10pm the as close to Philly as you can get Philly Cheesesteaks food truck will be parked here.
- Plantation Point Farmers Market: There is a new farmers market in North Raleigh, located at 6250 Plantation Center Dr (I-540 and Capital Blvd, next to BJ’s/Big Lots/Petco) that is food truck friendly. The organizers’ goal is to have two trucks, one entree and one dessert, and running the market year-round.
Recent Brick and Mortar by Food Trucks
5911 Poyner Village Pkwy #103(Raleigh)
Olio and Aceto Cafe
The cafe has issues new hours this past week. Monday through Friday you can eat there 10:30am to 8:00pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 8:00pm and Sunday 8:00am to 2:00pm. Both Saturday and Sunday have brunch items and Tuesday’s Special revolves around tacos. The menu also will start to look like the season with more Fall like items.
400 S. Elliott Road (Chapel Hill). Note new Cafe Twitter handle: @OlioAcetoCafe.
400 Southtown Circle (Rolesville)
Last week, the blog announced two trucks getting store locations. Captain Poncho’s will open a location in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. Sweet Traditions (previously used “by LeAne” in their name) will open at Wake Forest Crossing with an address of 12516 Capital Blvd in Wake Forest. Sweet Traditions has been posting pictures on the renovations on their Facebook page.
This event has been around, but this year was my first time. For beer (and spirits as local TOPO Distillery was here this year) and food truck fans, this is a prime event. Two stages on both ends of Fayetteville Street with beer and food trucks filling the asphalt in between. The date set is April 25, 2015 and is from 2-10pm. I know a bit early, but you might want to circle it and tell your family this is a great weekend to visit.
Truck and Equipment For Sale
Herban Legend (@herban_legend) out of Charlotte is selling two trucks and other equipment. If you are interested, contact them at 828.773.7073.
Green Olive Deli is selling their truck for 35K. If interested, contact Hugh at 919.815.8451 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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