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Celebrate Harlem’s Food Renaissance at the Harlem Food Truck Rally

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By Debra Liu

Come one, come all to Harlem Eats’ 2014 Harlem Food Truck Rally happening this Saturday, March 29th. The outdoor food festival celebrating Harlem’s food renaissance is free admission and will feature amazing NYC food trucks including some of FoodtoEat’s wonderful food truck partners, Wafels & Dinges, Luke’s Lobster, Toum, Palenque, and Nuchas.

Harlem Food Festival 2013
Harlem Food Festival 2013

According to Harlem Eats founder, Jessica Chornesky, who also produces NYC Kids Fest, a multi-cultural public arts festival for families and young children held in Morningside Park, the idea for the Harlem Food Truck Rally was borne out of last year’s successful Harlem Food Festival, which demonstrated how much New Yorkers love street food.

Jessica herself is a big fan of food trucks and food carts; back in the 1990s, she was the founder of Soup A La Carte, the first gourmet street soup cart in NYC. So she and the people at Harlem Eats thought, there’s all this food truck love, why not organize a food truck rally to bring families, kids, and foodies together over delicious food truck food?

This is a chance for New Yorkers everywhere to experience Harlem’s impressive and growing food scene. “We’re continuing to make Harlem a destination for people who are foodies to enjoy the neighborhood; there are great restaurants, mom and pop restaurants and great architecture,” says Jessica.

A larger food festival event, Harlem Eats, will begin May 3rd, and will last every Sunday until the end of October.Vendors and food trucks at the Harlem Food Truck Rally this Saturday will also be involved in the weekly Harlem Eats festival so if you can’t make it this weekend, you’ll have many opportunities in the spring, summer and fall to visit Harlem and get your hands on delicious foods.Harlem-Eats-Logo

The Harlem Food Truck Rally is open to people of all ages; there will be tables to sit and enjoy your food, as well as activities such as arts and crafts for the kids so bring friends and bring your family! It’ll be an awesome way to celebrate the coming of spring and get a taste of the best NYC food trucks.

For more information, check out Harlem Eats

Event Details:

Harlem Food Truck Rally

Saturday, March 29, 2014

11AM – 6PM

Frederick Douglas Blvd b/t 117th and 118th streets

Free Admission, food costs extra

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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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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Pulled Pork Waffle from Wafels & Dinges

The Wafels & Dinges Truck has been a favorite New York food truck of mine since I first noticed their iconic yellow trucks and carts. I’m not a huge fan of desserts, but something about the way the truck seems to care about its city got my attention. Wafels always sets up a garbage can outside its truck to keep the streets clean, they allow you to take whatever utensils and napkins you might need to not be so wasteful, and the guys on the truck generally have great attitudes and seem to thoroughly enjoy their jobs. Given my appreciation for the truck, I was shocked to find out they offered a pulled pork waffle and I didn’t know about it.

For $10 I got a pulled pork waffle and an iced coffee, a little more than I would’ve liked to spend on lunch but for some food trucks I can make an exception. The waffle itself wasn’t huge, and I was a little worried that I would be hungry afterwards. The idea of mixing sweet and savory also had me a little skeptical about this waffle, but once I took my first bite all my fears disappeared.

The waffle was a perfect mix of savory and sweet, kind of the way you always wished a McDonald’s McGriddle would taste. The waffle has a light syrupy flavor to it which complemented the barbecue sauce and natural sweetness of the pulled pork. Towards the back of the waffle was a mound of fresh cole slaw that was a perfect antidote to the richness of the waffle and pulled pork. I needed a fork and knife to eat this meal, and by the end I was perfectly content.

Wafels & Dinges never ceases to disappoint for a great meal. The even provided a small spekuloos wafer as a dessert, and anyone who has tried Wafels’ spekuloos spread knows how great this unique Belgian sauce is. The pulled pork waffle was just as rich as any dessert, but savory too which made it the perfect lunch. Some people might still be hungry after a lunch like this, but I found it to be a perfect medium between filling me up and keeping me awake enough to get some work done after lunch.

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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When All Else Fails, Partnership Calls Food Carts an ‘Eyesore’

Food trucks and carts have been given a wide variety of reasons for why they are no longer welcome in Midtown, Manhattan. Most of these reasons relate to an outdated court ruling, or complaints by rent-paying brick and mortar restaurants, but this is the first complaint we’ve heard that has ostracized food carts based upon their physical appearance.

A new campaign by neighborhood business owners and members of the 34th Street Partnership have called out food and street vendors for being rude, obnoxious eyesores that are cluttering the streets. Dan Biederman, who heads the Partnership as well as the Bryant Park Association said “The problem is really simple: the food vendors, with about five exceptions, are the ugliest collection of miserable-looking vehicles we’ve ever seen. The vendors are almost exclusively terrible citizens, they litter with impunity and are generally rude to anyone who asks them to clean up.”

The partnership has taken action by asking city officials to reduce the amount of street vendors in Midtown, and effectively take away licenses and relocate them to ‘better’ places. Biederman claims the street vendor problem has worsened since many vendors began putting flashing signs on their carts. This, in conjunction with excess smoke, odd smells, piles of trash on street corners and the general aesthetic appeal of carts have made the streets in midtown unpleasant for residents, tourists and office workers. The group mentioned that several carts do look physically attractive, such as Wafels & Dinges and the Fruit-n-Juice cart on West 35th and Broadway.

The Street Vendor Project, which helps street vendors identify their rights, has responded to this most recent charge by this campaign. “It’s a little bit crazy to call vendors ugly and take them away from their neighborhood,” said Street Vendor Project attorney, Matthew Shapiro.

Shapiro argues that vendors provide important jobs to immigrants, and offer more affordable food for people who cannot afford the high priced options in Manhattan. “They can’t afford to invest in their business and make them looks better because they’re always getting slammed with fines. When people think of New York, they think of street vendors, they think of the hot dog cart. It’s part of the city.”

Biederman sees city organizations as a means to regulate the food trucks, though they are already heavily regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. With litter, crime and graffiti disappearing from the city, Biederman now sees food trucks and carts as the single biggest complaint, which the city has a responsibility to address.

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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A Day with the Trucks Downtown

Yesterday we had the opportunity to go along for a walking tour in the financial district with our friends at Urban Oyster. This specific tour specializes in the food carts and trucks that frequent this area, and adds a good amount of history to put the entire street vendor scene in perspective. While today food from many different countries is available from trucks and carts in the area, hundreds of years ago the first street vendors sold clams caught fresh off the shore. Our group stopped at six different vendors, and got to sample some great food from each of them.

Our first stop was taste of New York’s most popular kind of street food, halal street meat at Adel’s Halal. A great way to gauge the quality of this particular cart was by taking a look at all the taxi drivers nearby enjoying a lunch from Adel’s. The line was reasonably long, but we managed to try some delicious falafel, with white sauce and hot sauce.

                Next we stopped at Veronica’s, a Jamaican cart serving a variety of meats, sides and even a unique frozen drink. The owner, Veronica, is an elderly woman with a great repertoire of cooking experience, having started when she was ten. A former Vendy Award nominated cart, the jerked chicken from Veronica’s was spicy and tender.

                The next stop on our tour took us to Souvlaki GR, a truck we know well at Foodtoeat and this year’s People’s Choice Vendy Award winner. This lunchtime staple let our group sample some of their chicken and pork sticks, as well as some of their delicious Greek fries topped with feta cheese. The tzatziki sauce for the meat was surprisingly thick, and tasted almost as if it was made from Greek yogurt, its coolness paired with grilled meat very well. The fries have won awards in the past, and proved that none of this praise was undeserved.

                By the time we left Souvlaki GR I was feeling pretty full, but we powered on to Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck, which was originally called Wall Street Pizza but has since added several trucks and become renowned for its Grandma Slice. The slice is cut Sicilian style, and baked with the cheese in the crust, with a garlic-flavored sauce of fresh tomatoes and parmesan cheese on top. The warm slice was perfect for the cold weather and the sauce tasted extremely fresh, even a little sweet.

                Our last meal stop was at the increasingly popular Korilla BBQ truck. The only options they had left when we went were pork and tofu, so we tried both. What I really like about Korilla is that they tried their best to match the meat the proper kimchi, so with the spicy pork we got a slaw-like kimchi, which complemented the flavors very well. We were fortunate enough to get to Korilla while their line was short as well.

                Finally it was time for the stop we were waiting for, dessert. We went to the Wafels & Dinges truck for a delicious hot mini waffle smothered in spekuloos sauce and powdered sugar. The sauce, like the truck hails from Belgium, and is a magical kind of gingerbread sauce that they also sell in jars for $7 each. Wafels & Dinges is always a great stop for the friendly customer service as well as authentic waffles. Afterall, the king of Belgium requested they make these waffles as traditionally as possible.

A special thanks to Urban Oyster for making our trip so informative and getting us some delicious samples from these great vendors.

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 Staten Island Foodie Truck-athon is On!

This Saturday, September 17th, The Great Staten Island Foodie Truck-athon will be held in honor of the borough’s 350th birthday. The event was originally meant to be held at the end of August, but was postponed due to the hurricane.

For the event several of the city’s finest food trucks will gather in Lot A of the St. George Esplanade just off the Staten Island Ferry. The total list of impressive food vendors for this event includes Wafels & Dinges, The Desi Food Truck, The Frying Dutchmen, The Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Cupcake Stop. In total there will be fourteen food trucks present, and the event offers free entry from 11-5PM. The event also will feature DJs from Manhattan City Music and limited edition prize giveaways. For a great time this weekend come celebrate Staten Island and explore the anniversary of this borough with some great food.

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