Each Monday I recap food truck news as it relates to the Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill). Bringing news that impacts food truck owners, fans, or those curious.
The Wandering Sheppard voted Top Local Food Truck Blog of the Year
Sincere thanks to all who voted for The Wandering Sheppard on Mobile-Cuisine.com’s poll. For those who do not know the behind the scenes, this blog is just a fan who enjoys talking to owners, eating food, and being a champion for them. I work full-time elsewhere and this blog has been a part-time hobby. I love doing it and to be recognize is awesome. Thanks again!
Local Food Trucks featured in National Cookbook
Behind the Food Carts, a West Coast mobile food blog, is releasing a cookbook based on a road trip they did visiting various food trucks. One stop featured the Triangle area. The Triangle food trucks featured are American Meltdown, Barone Meatball Company, CJ’s Street Food, Deli-icious, Pie Pushers, and Porchetta. The release date on the sites show 11/11/2014 and the book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound and Indigo. An awesome opportunity for the area to be shown.
Food Trucks and Restaurants to support (RED) in June 2015
One takeaway I took back from the ROAM Conference early November was about the (RED) organization. The (RED) Organization fights AIDS in Africa where 2/3 of those with AIDS are located. In 2014, the organization had events around the food and beverage industry. However, they want to make it bigger and get everyone involved. For more details on the event, check out details at (RED)‘s website dedicated to the food and beverage industry.
Food Trucks 4 Kids Fundraiser
Sunday was a food event at Raleigh Brewing Company organized by Philly’s Cheesesteaks with American Meltdown and Mac-UR-Roni. The event was to bring awareness and raise money for the Helping Hand Mission, which provides healthy meals to local children in the community.
The event was a good one with local beer and three stellar food trucks (I ate like Augustus from Willy Wonka in the Chocolate River), but it was a little wet yesterday. Since we are the spirit of giving and giving thanks and you have money in your charity budget, please consider donating. You have the option to add a designation, which you are welcome to use “Food Trucks 4 Kids”.
Thanks in advance!
Not Just Icing Releases Dry Mix of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Kisses
Last week, Not Just Icing released they are selling a dry mix of their cookie dough kisses. While most may have had these surrounded by icing, you can order just the cookie dough in a “shot” format. Perfect timing for delicious holiday treats.
The one package costs $6 or save and buy 2 for $10. Email Not Just Icing to place an order at email@example.com.
Trucks Opening Locations
Sol Tacos (as a Sol Tapas concept) – estimated early 2015, Downtown Raleigh. There was a hint at near Moore Square…
Deli-icious: Location is in Clayton with a 2015 date expected.
Captain Ponchos: location in Southern Village, Chapel Hill. Got word they are looking forward to February 14, 2015. So tell your date (I guess my wife will find on this post), you are going here for dinner. They are not holding back and they will a mariachi band there.
Chick-N-Que: 420 S. Main Street, Rolesville. Anticipating December/January 2015.
Big Mike’s BBQ: 1222 NW Maynard Road (High House and Maynard / across from Kroger) in Cary. Looks really close. Just read later this month (6 days!). Psyched!
And KoKyu BBQ has kept its cards close to the vest, but recently notified Kickstarter backers that they are getting closer. I’ve been eyeing this opening like a hawk, because I’m interested to see the final restaurant and menu.
Iced Cupcakes: 5911 Poyner Village Pkwy #103, Raleigh
Olio and Aceto Cafe: 400 S. Elliot Road, Chapel Hill
Sarge’s: 400 Southtown Circle, Rolesville
Sweet Traditions: 12516 Capital Blvd, Suite 106, Wake Forest (not pictured… still need to wander over)
Big Events Coming
Durham Central Park 2015 Schedule released
The dates for next year’s rodeo have been released. They are: January 25th, March 8th, June 21th, September 6, and November 1. If interested, the Durham Central Park recognized Ben Weber, Becky Hacker (Pie Pushers) and Brian Bottger (Only Burger) as the rodeo organizers.
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. I did hear they will provide power for this event.
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.
Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo 2015 Dates announced
The day after the last one Sunday, already 2015 has been announced. Be sure to catch them May 3rd, June 14th, August 9th (evening rodeo), and October 11th. Their dates are very similar to the 2014 Rodeo and are all Sundays.
In 2014, the Triangle was introduced to an awesome event with local beer, food trucks, and music. Thankfully we will see this again September 12th, 2015. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details on the blog.
ROAM is coming to Orlando, Florida
Hopefully you caught last week’s special post on the 2014 event.
Circle your calendars now for ROAM 2015 in Orlando. The dates are October 25th and 26th with the host hotel still being locked down. This is the only food truck industry conference that brings owners and industry-specific people together. I’ll have a special post just on my experience here in San Antonio. But in short, if you are someone in the food truck business, I think you need to be here. The dates are October 25 and 26th, which is Sunday and Monday. Hopefully, those are admin days and only 8 1/2 hours (by car) between the Triangle and Orlando. I hope we can exponentially expand our representation for this one.
Truck and Equipment For Sale
Green Olive Deli is selling their truck for $32,000 OBO. If interested, contact Hugh at 919.815.8451 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you got news, let the blog know. This is a weekly post summarizing food truck information in the Triangle area.