More details at the Food Fort website.
The boys from That Food Truck are teaming up with some of their mobile food friends to do an all out event at their nightly spot at Gay Street and Grant Avenue (new the Grass Skirt and soon to open Hills Market Downtown). The All-Star line up includes: Blu Olive, OH! Burgers, Sophie’s Pierogi, Flat Top Pizza Co, That Food Truck and more to be announced.
That Food Pod will run from 5 to 10 pm. In a nod to all hallows eve there will be trick or treating (or trucking) from truck to truck throughout the night.
Looking at the above, it reads like a typical Food Truck event with a few twists but this one has a special mission. Fellow Food Forter and Mobile food pal Per Zoot has hit a patch of operational bad luck. The Per Zoot truck is out of service due to multiple mechanical issues. If a truck can not move, it can’t serve to earn money, so owner Matt Swint is pursuing other projects in the meantime. His friends wanted to help him out to help save the “the short bus” so that Matt can get Per Zoot back in shape for special events and some weekend work. Tips from each mobile vendor at the PerZootaThon will go to the Save The Short Bus Fund.
In case you missed the Food Truck and Cart Fest at Columbus Commons on the 27th, don’t despair, you live in Columbus, so chances of a conglomeration of local, mobile vendors coming to a parking lot near you is always good. In case you are concerned about “yet another food truck event” have no fear, Zauber Brewing is here offering six vendors taking a new twist on an American classic – the hamburger.
The trash talking among the competitors for the burger competition has been intense so keep at eye out on Twitter as the intensity of burger barbs increases. The best one to track for the trash talk is @Street_Thyme or the hashtag #Burgerwars.
And since man (or woman) can not live by burger alone, The Cake Chick with be there with Cake Pops and Tatoheads will be on site to add the extra carbohydrates via potatoes in many forms.
The celebrity panel of judges for the best burger competition includes: Monica Day – NBC 4, Shelley Mann – editor of Crave Magazine, Chef David Maclennan, Danielle Elias – WBNS 10TV and reformed food trucker, Rick Harrison Wolfe now from The Wolfe Group.
The crowd will be able to vote for the most creative burger at Burger Wars.
If you enjoyed the food truck festival at Columbus Commons in July, you’ve got another opportunity to try new trucks and find your favorites. Free Admission, access to over 30 of central Ohio’s best food trucks and carts, and over 20 Arts & Crafts vendors. A portion of the proceeds benefit Music Loves Ohio and live music will be provided by Sound Playground and Travelers by Dawn. You can also buy beer and enjoy games for kids and families.
Tuesday through Thursday, Columbus Food Adventures offers Local Foods Week tours that includes a stop at That Food Truck as well as Brothers Drake Meadery and several restaurants who focus on local sourcing.
Dinin’ Hall have declared it ‘Local Street Food Week’ and are encouraging their resident trucks to include menu items with locally sourced content. On Tuesday and Friday they will be hosting Local Matters educators who will be offering advice on gardening and cooking, and will also have activities for kids aged 5-15.
Here are a few of the Local Foods Week special menu items at Dinin’ Hall:
•Sweet Carrot: Fried green tomatoes on corn cakes (Sweet Carrot will be at Dinin’ Hall on August 20)
•Earth’s Crust: Plain cheese pizza with garden tomato sauce, cheeses from Kokoborrego cheese company, and Ohio Farm direct’s grass-fed cheeses. Also, pepperoni pizza with Bluescreek farm’s all-beef pepperoni. (Earth Crust will be at Dinin’ Hall on August 17)
•Freedom a la Cart: tomato and basil salad, gazpacho (Freedom will be at Dinin’ Hall on August 16)
On Friday evening, August 17th, The Food Fort at ECDI will be celebrating the Grand Opening of its new commercial kitchen with Food Fort Fest from 5-9pm. Food Fort will be showing off their new incubator kitchen spaces in the Eddie Grayson Culinary Lab with tours and samples from some of their kitchen clients. Guests of the Food Fort Fest will have the opportunity to enjoy signature dishes from several of the resident mobile vendors including Pitabilities, Ajumama, OH! Burgers, Per Zoot, and Kenny’s Meat Wagon. There will be kids activities and a DJ. The Food Fort at ECDI is located at 1655 Old Leonard Avenue in Columbus.
We’d also like to give a shout out to some of the trucks that try to source locally as much as they can all of the time. We’re sure this isn’t a comprehensive list, so we welcome other trucks to add comments about their local sourcing cred.
Food truck season has well and truly kicked off in Columbus, with new truck openings picking up pace and lots of food truck events scheduled. Street Thyme, Sweet Carrot and Per Zoot have already debuted recently, and we’re expecting a few more trucks to open yet in April (including Blu Olive, Soph’s gastrogi and Ajumama)
We will do our best to keep you updated of food truck news and events during the season via the website and on twitter and facebook. Feel free to add other food truck events in the comments. You can also check our twitter list for individual trucks updates.
Food truck and cart hop. Parsons Ave, last Sunday of the month from 12pm-6pm is the Food Truck and Cart Hop located at the Southwest Corner of Parsons and Gates in Merion Village.
Food Truck Friday Night at the Hudson St Market 6-10pm (starting April 13th)
Dinin’ Hall opens April 30th. Food truck pod in Franklinton offering lunch daily.
Surf and Trucks Tuesdays at The Hills Market (starting May 1st)
Columbus Food Adventures taco truck tours. Every Sunday 4pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Here are some other dates for your calendars:
OHS 35th Annual Spring Arts Festival will be held April 15, 2012, 12pm-4pm at Olentangy High School –
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. Food carts/trucks include, Batch, Mojo TaGo, Pitabilities, Short North Bagel, Street Thyme, The Cheesy Truck, and Yellow Boy’s Polish Boy’s.
Earth Day Celebration (Columbus Commons) April 21st 11am-10pm
Columbus Underground Meet up at Dinin’ Hall featuring Pitabilities, Street Thyme and Ajumama. May 5th 5.30-8.30pm
Spring Flea, the annual open-air benefit for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, is
Sunday May 6, 2012 in the Short North at 1024 N. High St. (at E. 2nd
Ave.). Vendors include: Jeni’s (all proceeds from scoops will go the
Foodbank) & Freedom A La Cart (incredible Latin-leaning street food).
Columbus Arts Festival June 1st-3rd
Food truck round up at Park Street Festival June 9th Noon-8pm
Columbus Commons Food Truck Festival July 13th
Columbus Food Truck and Cart Festival at Ohio Village August 25th and 26th
Spring has sprung. While this is normally the beginning of the Mobile Food season, our mild to non-existent winter meant the season never ended for some strong-willed wheeled chefs. A project to battles the meh’ of winter and add some fun on Monday’s was Mobile Monday at the St. James. Each week features a different mobile food vendor and a $1 per can mystery beer special. The series survived the winter and will continue through the spring. Each Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 you can expect a food truck or cart parked by the St. James Tavern to serve supper for your enjoyment.
The line up for the next three weeks is:
Late Night Slice
Short North Bagel Deli
Trucks and carts expected in April and beyond include: Per Zoot, Ajumama, Burrito Bus and more.
St. James continues to serve as a mobile hub with regular appearances by Tatoheads on the weekends and the return of Yellow Boy Polish Boys slated soon as well.
St. James Tavern
1057 N 4th Street
The Yerba Buena Food Truck had hoped to make it’s 2012 debut back in Clintonville on March 3rd. This community favorite from last summer will be joining Pitabilities and Tatoheads as the Food truck contingent to help Clintonville Celebrate the Bicentennial of Columbus. However a generator issue at the 11th hour took them out of the game. Carlos, the owner of the truck will be there to pass out flyers with information on their new Clintonville location.
The event will be from Noon to 3:00 PM at Maple Grove Church at the corner of North High Street and Henderson Road. Admission is free. There will also be free goodies from Mozart’s Bakery and plenty of activities related to the history of Columbus.
More details – here
In case you missed the drama of last year, Yerba Buena almost went down as the first food truck booted out of Clintonville by a very small but very loud minority of residents. The owners Carlos and Carolina used the incident as an opportunity to open up in another section of Clintonville in need of more food options, however, news of their move did not get communicated in the community so business flagged. This year, Yerba Buena is back and looking forward to being part of the community. Please come out to show the support Clintonville and the rest of Columbus shares for these small, independent businesses that are adding spice and variety to the day to day diets of us all.
Also come see what Clintonville has to offer. For those of your ready to support The Mid Ohio Food Bank’s Operation Feed, Pitabilities is doing a mobile food drive for March. They will be collecting jars of peanut butter at the Clintonville Celebrates Columbus Event.
A Mobile Food experiment has been conducted at the St. James Tavern since early January. The premise: pair a $1 Mystery Beer Can special with a different Mobile Food vendor each week to break up the MEH of Monday and offer a respite from downtown rush hour gridlock. These events serve as an introduction to St. James Tavern for some (voted best bar in Columbus by Columbus Underground). It also provides a business opportunity and a new circle of customers for food trucks that have difficulty serving our CBD (Central Business District) due to arcane city of Columbus codes and zoning laws. The series began with Pitabilities and was followed by Tatoheads, Late Night Slice, Freedom A La Cart and then an encore performance of Pitabilities.
Times are generally 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm or 7 pm to 10 pm. Saint James and the mobile vendors are still looking for the sweet spot for serving times that maximizes the number of people served and still allows the truck to break even or make a small profit for the night. If you live in Italian Village or want to grow mobile food in the lean times of winter, come out for a Mobile Monday to grow food choices for the core of the city.
Here is the line up for the rest of February.
February 13th – Tatoheads (see what Daniel has up his sleeve for potatoey goodness)
February 20th – Red Hot Food Truck (a trailer, this is their debut appearance for Mobile Monday).
February 27th – Kolache Republic (serving INSIDE the SJT).
The Hills Market has been a great supporter of Mobile Food in Columbus. Last year, they hosted a very well attended Mobile Foodie Fair. This year, they are starting out strong by offering not one, but two mobile food cooking classes. This serves two purposes. It breaks up the “meh” of winter with a new twist on cooking in the kitchen. The second purpose is to promote trucks in the off-season when they could use some (good not freezing) exposure and maybe a bit of catering revenue. Cure your curiousity about Mobile Cuisine and come to the Hills Market to meet, greet and eat with the guys behind the truck window or cart. Please sign up soon to help keep mobile food going in the wintertime.
Reservations required by January 15th. Call 614.846.3220
Hills Market, Tuesday January 17th.
Cooking Class: A Trio of Trucks | 6:30 p.m. | $25
The Hills Market kitchen will feature the talent behind three of our city’s best mobile food vendors: Hot Pita, Pitabilities and Kolache Republic.
Participants will start out in the kitchen for a one-hour demonstration class. Afterwards, Hills will serve a three course meal (complete with beer pairings from the folks at Elevator Brewing Company) in the Wine Department. The class is $25 per person and includes food and beer pairings.
• A Trio of Hummus: Hot Pita’s Truffle, Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
• Pitabilities presents a Buffalo Chicken Pita featuring their signature bèlla sauce
(perfect for Super Bowl entertaining!)
• Kolache Republic Kolaches with fillings to include nuts, cheese and fruit.
Cooking Class: Angie Theado of The Coop |February 28th | 6:30 p.m. | $35
Angie Theado of The Coop Food Truck presents three favorites from the Clintonville-based truck. Participants will start out in the kitchen for a one-hour demo. Afterwards, a three course meal (complete with wine pairings) in the Wine Department. The class is $45 and includes food and wine pairings.
• Duck Livers paired with a Winter Salad
• Seared Duck Breast with Shiitakes, Baby Bok Choy, Udon Noodles and Fried Duck Egg with a Mushroom Broth
• Ginger-Poached Pear with a Lemongrass-Orange Duck Egg Zabaglione with Caramelised Duck Skin.