June 16th: Triangle Food Truck News

Each Tuesday 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.

Be sure to catch up with my weekly post on WRAL’s Out and About.  I talk about recent “wheels and mortar” openings, food truck dinners, and other weekend events.

Quick Bites

Update on Dump Pho King

DPK Reveal

Dump Pho King Truck recently announced they would be on a hiatus.  However, it turns out they were selected to be on Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race (after a rename to Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck).  The contest started in Santa Monica and is following Route 66.  The girls have put on the miles visiting Lake Havasu, Flagstaff, Sedona, Santa Fe, Amarillo, Tulsa, St. Louis, and it has ended in Chicago (because that’s where Route 66 ends!)  We’ll find out when the season is televised who won the race.

Days of Action: 100 Hungry Kids No More Food Truck Rodeo

Today (Tuesday), you can catch Captain Ponchos, Liv’s Food Truck, Southern Spice and Virgil’s Jamaica at North Carolina School of Science and Math (1219 Broad Street, Durham) the event is a lunch rodeo from 11:30 am to 1:3o pm.

Vance-Granville Community College Food Truck Rodeo

Also today (Tuesday), you can catch Chick-N-Que, Ladybugs Treats and Virgil’s Jamaica at Vance-Granville’s Franklin Campus for an evening rodeo.  This was posted earlier last week.

Brew N Que’s Fortnight Tasting

Big Mike’s BBQ fans will want to check out Brew N Que, the food truck’s craft beer shop and restaurant, will want to circle June 26th for a Fortnight tasting at the restaurant. The restaurant is located at 1222 NW Maynard Road in Cary.

Chicken Wire Picnic

On July 19th, ChickenWireNC presents Glazed and Confused, a tasting picnic with a plethora of food specialists.  These events sell out by the time I hear about them.  But by some stroke of luck, I bought tickets and they are still available.  This event is the first I’ve noticed a food truck chef (or chefs), which include Nicholas Crosson and Matthew Hayden of Porchetta.  Tickets can be purchased here and location is somewhere in Pittsboro.

Searching for Trucks

The House of Swank to become a Swank Thursday destination.  

The House of Swank will be the place to be on Thursdays.  The mobile fashion truck featuring North Carolina-inspired designs will open its location  (315 S. Bloodworth Street, Raleigh) for food trucks.  In addition to food trucks, The House of Swank will expand to movie screenings and organize bikes.

More details on the event can be found here.

Food Truck Thursdays at Ashborough Apartments

Each Thursday, The Ashborough Apartments will have one savory/entree food truck and one sweet/dessert food truck.  The hours of the event goes from 5:30 to 7:30pm and located at 5406 Viewcrest Way in Raleigh.   Food trucks interested should email Julie at ashborough.manager@ginkgomail.com.

If you are looking for a food truck, please use the contact form below and I’ll add on the Monday news post.

Current Campaigns

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Last Saturday was the Komen Race for the Cure in Raleigh.  I volunteered to run for Team Balls for Boobies.  If you would like to donate to our team or the Komen Race for The Cure, please check out my page.

Bam Pow Chow participating in Eat (RED). Drink (RED). campaign

Bam Pow Chow-art of casualFor the month of June, restaurants, bars, and food trucks have banded together to support the (RED) organization.  In the Triangle area, there are a few local establishments participating.  One of the few is Bam Pow Chow. If you don’t know what is (RED), (RED) is a global organization formed by Bono and Bobby Shriver to fight AIDS.  For more details on (RED), check out the website.

Support MaMa Duke’s

mamadukes-1If you can, please support MaMa Duke’s.  The Alexakis family are okay, but they are looking for our support.  They are only few hundred from reaching next thousand.

Chez Moi

Chez MoiHelp Chez Moi reach 250 votes for the Chase Small Business campaign.  Once they reach 250 votes (after the campaign closes), their grant application will be reviewed by Chase.  In September, 20 small business owners will find out if they receive $100,000 grant from Chase!

Sarges’s Chef wants you

If you are looking to start your food truck business, contact Julius West of Sarge’s Chef.  He has space in his commissary located in Rolesville, just north of 540 on 401.

Contact Julius by e-mail: sargeschef (at) aol (dot) com, by phone 919.247.3547 or direct message on Twitter ()

WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Finalists announced

Five trucks were announced as finalists for Best Food Truck by WRAL Out and About viewers.  The food trucks receiving the most nominations were American Meltdown, Baton Rouge Cuisine, Chirba Chirba, Only Burger, and Sarge’s Chef on Wheels.  To vote for your favorite food truck and other categories, go to WRAL’s Out and About website. The food trucks can be found under “Experiences”.

Now Hiring

Contact Soom Soom Pita Pockets, they are looking to expand their staff.  For more details, check out the Facebook posting.

Trucks Opening Locations

Recently Opened


KoKyu BBQ opened Na’mean, a sandwich shop, at 4823 Meadow Dr, Ste. 108 in Durham.  Check out info on our Wheels and Mortar post.



Gussy’s opened Gussy’s Place on 2945 Miami Blvd in Durham.  The location is open from 10:30am to 2:30pm Monday thru Friday.


Porchetta opened a location in the Streets of Southpoint in the Fork in the Road.  The location is open same hours as the mall’s food court.

Coming Soon

Captain Ponchos (Southern Village, Chapel Hill), American Meltdown (Southpoint Mall), Deli-icious, and Sol Tacos have released they have restaurant locations in the works this year.  Stay tuned on details.

Picture from: Captain Poncho's
Picture from: Captain Poncho’s


Big Events Coming

For Rodeos, check out the Rodeo Page.

Beericana presented by 919 Beer


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.  Keep posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Outside the Triangle

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. This is the only food truck industry conference that brings owners and industry-specific people together.  They just released there will be a change to the format.  I’ll publish details as they come available.

Am I missing something?  This post focuses on Triangle food trucks every week. If you got news, let the blog know using the form below.

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