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Boston vs. New York Food Truck Throwdown

This Saturday some of the best food trucks from New York will compete against some of Boston’s finest trucks in the first ever Food Truck Throwdown. The competition will last the entire on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, and will feature seven food trucks from each city that were preselected by online voting.

The Food Truck Throwdown was dreamed up by Sara Ross, the owner of Boston food truck Kickass Cupcakes. From there Boston Mayor Thomas Menino supported it as well as the Boston food truck community. The food trucks from each city will serve food at the event and vie for the title of Best Food Truck. Admission to the event is free though guests will have to purchase all the food they eat.

“Given the rivalry between New York and Boston with sports, I thought New York was a natural choice for the inaugural event,” says Sara Ross. “And they responded to my invitation immediately with lots of enthusiasm.”

Throughout the day the trucks will compete in a series of contests to win the overall title as well as smaller wins in several categories. There will be a public ballot as well as celebrity judges, including Jenny Johnson from NECN’s Emmy award winning TV Diner with Billy Costa.

From New York some of the most popular food trucks will attending, including Bian Dang, Big D’s Grub, Fishing Shrimp, Mike N Willie’s, The Munchie Mobile, Nuchas and Wafels & Dinges.

The food trucks representing Boston will be Bon Me, Kickass Cupcakes, Lobsta Love, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Staff Meal and Cookie Monstah.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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The Great Food Truck Race Week 6: Nothing’s too ‘Peachy’ in Atlanta

After last week’s controversial elimination of Korilla BBQ, the three remaining trucks (Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Hodge Podge and Lime Truck) headed to Atlanta, Georgia, where the pressure was greater than ever before. Host Tyler Florence immediately amped up the tension, introducing each remaining truck and then referring to Hodge Podge as “just plain lucky to be there” after making the least sales last week.

At the Truck Stop challenge the teams were tasked with creating a signature dish with peanuts and peaches, traditional favorite from Georgia. The dishes were judged by Atlanta restaurateur Kevin Rathbun and Roxy’s was chosen as the winner of the challenge, presented with a ‘golden peach’ worth $1,000 at the end of the challenge. As the elimination challenge kicked off, Hodge Podge immediately secured a great spot at Atlantic Station, experiencing their best day yet. Roxy’s first location was too quiet, so they relocated to midtown. Lime set up outside an office building facing two crowded intersections, but decided to find a new location are slow sales. They finally got in touch with Atlantic Station and were offered Hodge Podge’s spot for the next day. They eventually returned to their previous location, and Roxy’s experienced a surge in sales later in the day.

The next day’s Speed Bump called for the head chefs to be sent off the trucks for a full day of pampering and relaxation. Lime Truck considered this a huge advantage, being the only team with two chefs, and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese felt confident. The two ladies of Hodge Podge however were shaken up by the change but decided to keep their menu simple with fried chicken, pulled pork and fish tacos. Roxy’s had solid sales all day, and Hodge Podge decided to do what Lime Truck does best, and poached some customer’s off them, though their sales weren’t great anyway. Finally the head chefs returned to their trucks to finish out their day.

At the end of the day Hodge Podge won their first ever challenge, pulling in nearly $9,000. Even with Roxy’s $1,000 head start they still could not beat Lime Truck’s sales, and were sent back to Boston. Next week the two final trucks face off in the finale, and from what we’ve seen in the preview, it looks to be epic.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

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The Great Food Truck Race Week 5: It All Goes South in Memphis

This week on The Great Food Truck Race the four remaining teams headed to Memphis, where a series of twists and turns led to a shocking elimination. After Seabird’s exit last week, Lime Truck was somewhat shaken by nearly being sent home, but came back with a renewed energy and killer menu. Once the teams arrived they were given ingredients to create their own barbecue sauce, as well as butcher a 100 pound hog, smoke it and serve it with their newly-made barbecue sauce. Memphis BBQ veteran Jim Neely judged teams’ work and proclaimed Roxy’s the winner of the challenge. For winning, Roxy got $500 additional seed money and a head start in the elimination challenge while the other three teams had to clean up the rest of the hog to donate to a local food bank.

Each team was given $500 to start, more than in previous weeks, and Roxy’s immediately parked downtown to set up their truck. Hodge Podge parked by a restaurant they had a connection with, Lime parked outside Bluefin Restaurant where they purchased seafood for their menu, and Korilla headed to Beale Street, where for the first time in the competition they found they weren’t in a great location, with only a small line. Hodge Podge managed to open first; even beating Roxy’s which had a significant head start.

In the Speed Bump, Tyler Florence told the teams they would have to switch to an entirely vegetarian menu. Roxy’s and Lime transitioned immediately, even though Lime Truck spent a good amount of their seed money on seafood. Hodge Podge closed to visit a grocery store and rethink their menu, while Korilla got tofu delivered to them for tofu tacos. The next day a local blogger called the Chubby Vegetarian was sent to try food from each truck and lend them some publicity, and the truck he declared the winner would be safe from elimination. As the day winded down, Roxy’s had the longest consistent line so the other three trucks went to a park where a concert was being held for more business, but the crowd was not as large as expected. Hodge Podge lost electricity, and all three trucks felt they had under-performed this week.

As the elimination finally approached, Tyler Florence warned the trucks that today would not be a good day for them. First he announced that the Chubby Vegetarian announced the Lime Truck as the winner, saving them from elimination. The blogger remarked that the Lime Truck’s food was some of the best food he’d ever had. Tyler ten announced that one of the teams tried to cheat; New York’s own Korilla BBQ put some of their own money in the cash box to increase profits, violating the rules. Even though Hodge Podge had the lowest sales for the week, Korilla was eliminated for cheating.

Next week the three remaining teams head to Atlanta, Georgia. For full coverage of The Great Food Truck Race click here.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com