• 21Jun

    This looks like a “must see” to me. Hello press release. :)

    -JAY

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    “Capital Food Fight”

    New documentary explores how D.C.’s street food battle was fought and won
    June 26th, 9 p.m., Maryland Public Television

    WHAT:      D.C. exploded to become a top-5 food truck market in

                     America. But the street fights have been bruising. The battle
                     might be over, but the major players still have something to
                     say.

    WHEN:     Wednesday, June 26th, 9 p.m.

    Maryland Public Television

    Ch. 22 (Cox, Comcast, Dish, Fios DirecTV)

    WHO:       Documentary interviews include representatives from:

    •                  Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington
    •                  Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington
    •                  Council of the District of Columbia
    •                  Food truck and restaurant owners
    •                  Area Neighborhood Commission

    WHY:       In four short years, D.C. has become one of the hottest food

                    truck cities in the country. But the conflicts surrounding these
                    new mobile eateries raise questions about capitalism, politics,
                    social media, and the future of business in America.

     

  • 15Jun

    In my inbox.

    -JAY

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    Next week, Freixenet will roll into DC June 23-26 to wrap up its 5-city tour to offer consumers a wonderfully unexpected experience – the Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck! Up to the minute tour information and details on where the truck will be, as well as “wonderfully unexpected” happenings along the way, can be followed at www.freixenetusa.com/cavatruck, via Twitter (@FreixenetUSA) and on Facebook (facebook.com/freixenetusa).

    The Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck will reach out to consumers and show that the “Black Bottle Bubbly” is ideal for everyday enjoyment.  During the tour, the truck will make appearances at local hot spots, participate in unique festivals and offer a taste of Spanish nightlife at scheduled evening stops with tapas and fun games to play for Freixenet prizes.

  • 14Jun

    Brian (in front) and Chef Malik. Click for full picture.

    I was one of the Food Media at Basil Thyme’s soft opening.  They make the pasta fresh every morning, and do a great job at it. The basil fettuccine with basil pesto and the lasagna were very very good.  The basil pasta dish seems like something you would find at a good fancy Italian restaurant, while the lasagna is what someone’s Italian grandmother might cook (if the granny in question was a very good cook).  The Italian sandwich (prosciutto, hard salami, pepperoni, red pepper, and fresh mozzarella was tasty and not heavy.  The tiramisu was good as well, and was serves as three mascarpone drenched cookies (instead of as a cake).  JDS loved the chocolate covered cannoli.  And dishes are around $8, which is very reasonable for the high quality food I sampled.

    I’m serious when I say I’d buy their pastas at a farmer’s market or supermarket.  The pasta is that good.

    Thrillist wrote about the soft opening as well, but referenced rednecks, and both male and female genitalia in the article.  I’m a fan of Thrillist, but am not sure why they used those references in an article about a pasta truck.

    Their lasagna is VERY good.What does Basil Thyme have to say about themselves?

    “Basil Thyme is excited to be DC’s first  from-Scratch Italian truck.  We
    wake up at the crack of dawn (and end up covered in flour) to bring our
    fresh pasta noodles every day – spaghetti, Fettuccine, Lasagna  – and
    make our own sausage and Ricotta cheese by hand too. We’re featuring
    marinara, meat and vodka sauces and have Chef’s special sauces or pasta
    each day.

    Lastly we serve it up with a nice Mediterranean-inspired side salad
    and have our own homemade Tirimisu and Cannolis for desert. We also
    feature some sandwiches with our house made Pesto.  We strive to source
    locally – through our purveyor and use fresh herbs and produce in our
    sauces.  Everything we serve is house made. ”

    -JAY

  • 31May
    Friday, June 3, 2011 – 11:00am – 9:00pm
    Truckerooo Site Submitted by Anita on May 14, 2011 – 10:20am
    Venue Address:
    Corner of Half and M Streets, SE (Across from Navy Yard metro)

    Washington, DC 20003

    United States
    See map: Google Maps

    www.truckeroodc.com

    Experience all your favorite food trucks in one place!

    20-25 food trucks!

    Live music!

    Truckeroo is a monthly festival held June thru October at the corner of Half St. and M St., SE showcasing food trucks from the Washington, DC area.

  • 31May

    In my inbox.

    -Jason
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    DoubleTree by Hilton SWEETENS SUMMER TRAVEL WITH 50-CiTY Cookie CAREAVAN TOUR
    Stopping in Washington, D.C. Thursday, June 2

    WHEN:
    Thursday, June 2
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    WHERE:

    Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Ave.

    WHAT:

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels is kicking off a nationwide tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its iconic chocolate chip cookie. From Atlanta to Austin, Miami to Minneapolis and St. Louis to Seattle, a specially designed food truck will embark on a 10-week, 10,000-mile, 50-city journey to deliver tens of thousands of smiles to people across the country through the pleasant surprise of a sweet chocolate chip cookie treat.

    On Thursday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Cookie CAREavan will arrive at Union Station in Washington, D.C., to hand out free cookies while supplies last. At every stop along the tour, people can enjoy a free chocolate chip cookie in the summer sun, share their stories about the beloved all-American treat, learn more about the caring connection between DoubleTree by Hilton and the chocolate chip cookie, and find out about the DoubleTree by Hilton Cookie CAREavan Sweepstakes to win great prizes all summer long.

    Some of the weekly prizes include tins of DoubleTree by Hilton cookies, Hilton HHonors bonus points and DoubleTree by Hilton weekend getaways, as well as the grand prize of a five-day/four-night vacation and airfare for two to any DoubleTree by Hilton property in the U.S.

    WHY:

    DoubleTree by Hilton is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its signature chocolate chip cookie this summer by doing something that many people have always dreamed of doing – taking the ultimate road

    trip across America.

    Since 1986, the DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookie has represented a warm, friendly welcome for travelers. Every guest who checks into one of the more than 250 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels and resorts in 17 countries across five continents receives this same signature, sweet treat at check-in. The hotel brand anticipates sharing more than 250,000 cookies beyond their hotel doors and out in 50 communities this summer season to celebrate the cookie’s silver anniversary. Some surprise stops to deserving community groups and charities are also planned along the route.

    LEARN MORE:
    Follow the Cookie CAREavan on Facebook to track the tour and check out photos, videos and live tweets from the road. DoubleTree by Hilton’s Cookie CAREavan tour is a proud sponsor of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, which premieres on August 14th at 10p/9c.

  • 06May

    Yes, the Jewish food truck (Sixth and Rye) is launching May 20th at Sixth and I. Here is the web page (with the menu) and press release. Great that Chef Spike Mendelsohn is involved. This project’s idea came from a suggestion campaign at Sixth and I; I remember putting a bunch of suggestions in but I probably should have been thinking corned beef.

    I have my eye on:

    Signature Smoked Corned Beef Sandwich Cured and Smoked Beef Brisket on Seedless Rye with Original House Hot Mustard ($9) and a Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry ($2).

    -JAY

  • 04May

    Deserted in the desert

     

    From the fine folks at Arlington Now – the ersatz food truck graveyard on Columbia Pike is described, and, in the comments, the ersatz food truck graveyard is explained:

    Thanks so much for all the interest in sauca and my other trucks. I am opening a sauca restaurant at 4707 Columbia Pike. It will be opened by the end of May. The Meathead and LGM trucks, while wonderful, were taking my eye off the sauca ball, so I decided to sell the trucks and focus on sauca; my original concept. So, as for the property; it is mine; and the trucks are parked there to be sold. So as you can see it is all rather simple and without intrigue. Just an entrepreneur simply making decisions that are in the best interest of the business. I hope this answers all of your concerns and questions but feel free to contact me any time for more info.
    All the best, Farhad

    I wish Farhad Assari the best of luck in starting up the restaurant, for as difficult as setting up a food truck can be, it only gets amplified with a brick-and-mortar establishment. Building codes, electrical systems, drainage, food storage – and, unlike a food truck, you can’t just drive to a new spot if you don’t like your neighbors. Fortunately, he’s got enough revenue-generating advertising built-in with his existing food trucks

    Still, I am surprised by the quick-trigger on Meathead and La Gloria Mexicana. If you thought Paul Reiser’s new show on NBC got yanked in a hurry – two episodes and GONE – then these two vehicles would be the food truck version of Emily’s Reasons Why Not – one and done.

    While the market for mobile flavors from South of the Border has become more crowded with Sabor’a Street and Sol, the carnivoire-based offerings from Meathead were different enough from, well, Carnivoire BBQ and PORC to draw customers.

    The “for sale” signs are a welcome invitation for any enterprising young chef looking to make a name in the world of DC/NoVA street food. The trucks are ready to go – now we just need a daring new concept that hasn’t been done before – I’m thinking CUPCAKES.

    -RAY

  • 30Mar

    I had a grilled cheese sandwich (the St. Pat) from the Big Cheese truck today for lunch. The sandwich was good (I’m a fan of artichokes), as was the chocolate cookie from Modern Domestic (who works the truck 2 days a week). They will be at “The Cherry Blast” this Saturday, as I assume will be The Wines Of Argentina, who is a sponsor.  The Cherry Blast info appeared in my inbox through Art Whino.

    -JAY


    Click on image to better read the info.

     

  • 07Mar

    I’ve been eating cheesesteaks  for months from the BadabingDC truck. The cheese steaks are very very good. Really!  Especially with Cheese Wiz!  They also specialize in various kinds of spiedies but I’m just not from that part of NY, so I’d never heard of spiedies (which are from Binghamton).

    I order the cheesesteak ($7) with with Cheese Wiz and onions, but you can choose a different cheese or not order onions.  BadabingDC tweets daily to let you know where in Arlington they are located for lunch.  They were in Ballston Thursday for lunch and will be there again this Thursday.

  • 07Sep

    Check out the official site.  They only have 3 DC Trucks listed…Pedro & Vinny’s, DC Slices, and Fojol Brothers

    I voted for the one I think is a best fit of the three for the show.  

    Vote away….and maybe we can get a DC Foodtruck in the next season of the show.

    -JAY

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