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.
Charlotte Food Trucks operate a “Food Truck Cafe”
On Friday, Charlotte trucks Maryland Carb, Master Bacon, KO Food Truck, Art of Baking, Smoke and GO BBQ and All Star Cafe all gathered at the Disabled American Veterans in Concord, NC. The event called Food Truck Friday Cafe looks to be organized by the Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday. This was their first one, but based on comments it looked like it went well. With outside temperatures uncomfortable for food trucks patrons, this could be an interesting alternative.
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.
Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo
Knightdale is doing it again on February 21, 2015. Truck lineup has not been released, stay tuned for details.
For more details, check out the town’s website.
Food Trucks and Restaurants to support (RED) in June 2015
I came 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. It would be a nice scene to see food trucks featuring a (RED) menu next June!
For more details on the event, check out details at (RED)‘s website dedicated to the food and beverage industry.
Santa visits Sweet Traditions
On December 13th, Santa will take a break from supervising the elves and make stop at Sweet Traditions store in Wake Forest. The event will be from 1 to 3 pm.
Sweet Traditions is located at 12516 Capital Blvd, Suite 106, Wake Forest
Iced Cupcakes recently opened a brick and mortar location near Triangle Town Center. On December 9th, they are hosting a hands-on event with a Beginner Royal Icing Class. I asked Allison Mecca, owner of Iced, what is Royal Icing. Based on her explanation, my impression is this a special technique for your holiday cookies and someone with my novice skill (or no skill) would be great. During the class, Iced will provide a dozen sugar cookies, icing, and will show you the basics to royal icing. The event is $10 and is from 6-8pm.
Iced is located at 5911 Poyner Village Pkwy, Suite 103
Chick-N-Que highlighting restaurant items on truck
In case you didn’t know, Chick-N-Que is opening a location in Rolesville fairly soon. In preparation of an expanded menu at the location, they will have new items pop-up on the truck’s menu. If you are curious what you might find on the menu, look for them especially this month. Continue to follow them @Chick_N_Que and Facebook for opportunities.
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 Early 2015.
Big Mike’s BBQ: 1222 NW Maynard Road (High House and Maynard / across from Kroger) in Cary. Really close…
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
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.