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The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook

7 Apr


columbus food truck cookbook

We love getting free Columbus food-oriented stuff in the mail, and what’s this? – we just received an advance copy of The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook, by Renee Casteel Cook & Tiffany Harelik.

This clear labor of love features a cool cover, great photography, and recipes from many of our favorite trucks. It also features a sizable Q&A style interview on local food truck matters with yours truly, not to mention notable food truck observers such as Jim Ellison and Nick Dekker.

We look forward to trying out some of the recipes in the book – Bethia has her eyes on Ajumama’s “D’duk ‘n’ Cheese” – and expect to report back on how it went.

One last thought – if you’re thinking about opening a food truck, we implore you to absorb the back 10 pages of this book. It features indispensable hard earned wisdom from some of the most successful food truck operators out there. It’s good, smart stuff that’ll go a long way towards easing the learning curve.


Movie Ticket Giveaway

21 May

It will come as no surprise that we like movies that are about food, especially when they have a great cast and positive reviews. We are excited that Chef is opening in Columbus on Friday and will be showing at the Gateway Film Center for two weeks. We have two movie tickets to give away and you can choose which day and showtime you would like to go to. On opening night Friday May 23rd, there will be food trucks at South Campus Gateway including Ajumama, Red Snapper and Short North Bagel Deli to get you in the spirit. Friday showtimes are 5.40pm and 8.10pm and the food trucks will be in action from 5pm.

Written by, directed by, produced by and starring Jon Favreau – Chef features an all-star cast including Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey Jr. and young actor Emjay Anthony. When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love. You can watch the trailer here.



To enter to win two tickets to Chef at the Gateway please leave a comment with your name, email address and favorite food truck. We will pick a winner using a random number generator at noon on Friday May 23rd.

WOSU Article on Food Trucks

20 Jun

We’re going to post this without comment, but we’d love to know what you think about it (click below to read the article):

Commentary: Columbus Food Trucks — Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Do you agree?

Street Eats Columbus: Season 2

23 Apr

Not all Mobile Food kitchens roll away in the winter, but most do. This spring, most of the carts, trucks and trailers from last year are back. We have also heard of many new vendors soon to swim into the ever growing pond of mobile food. For readers that think this is a fad or passing fancy, think again and eat some more. Mobile food is here is stay in Columbus and the nation.

The National Restaurant Association show in the Chicago is the largest food vendor event in the world. This year, mobile food is there in a big way. Several books have just come off the presses including Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels. The Great Food Truck Race was a smash hit on TV. Locally mobile food vendors have just formed COMFVA: The Central Ohio Mobile Food Vendors Association. Street meat is a serious business and it is growing.

The Street Eats team is a serious collective of a cadre of culinary adventurers that take food and food writing seriously. We all have some connection to the culinary trades and one of us recently graduated from Hot Dog University (a course in all things hot dog cart). Columbus has long been a test bed and launching ground for new food concepts. In the case of the Midwest and most of the country, for the genre of mobile kitchens, our city is ahead of the curve. This should be a great year for mobile food so join us in our adventures in eating and help us support small business at it’s best.

The best place to start to try out a cart? Expect some Mobile Food festivals this summer. The Wexner Center will host a food cart weekly at their Market at 15th & High on Thursdays starting in a few weeks. In addition to new trucks and updated hours with locations for veteran street vendors we will let you know about events as they are scheduled. Don’t forget our Taco Truck Community, the largest in the Midwest, when you want dine al fresco.

If you care to be a savvy street eater, you can pick up a Small Business Beanstalk card for savings at some mobile vendors. (See the current examples here).

Recap – Food Cart Food Court at Wonderland

19 Oct

What a great event! The weather couldn’t have been better, and the turnout was phenomenal. We were going to write up a quick recap, but after seeing this excellent video by Mike Beaumont, we realized that it says everything we’d want to say about the event much better than we could with mere words.

If you’d like to see the video in high resolution (and I’d like to suggest that you really should), there’s a 720p versions here. Don’t forget to hit the ‘full screen’ button on the bottom right.


Street Eats Columbus

30 Jul

Welcome to the latest project from the team who brought you Taco Trucks Columbus and Alt Eats Columbus.

Columbus’ street food scene is growing, not just in numbers of vendors but also in variety. We now have mobile vendors offering cupcakes, Japanese crepes and pork belly quesadillas.

These vendors deserve their own website, and a guide to help people find great eats on our city streets.

We will be adding information to this site soon, but in the mean time here’s a previous post on Columbus’ mobile food mania and the Dispatch’s coverage on street food.