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Tag: food trucks Tacoma

July
28th

Live report: Moveable Feast 2013 at Cheney Stadium, a gathering of food trucks

The crowds are building right now at Moveable Feast, the Tacoma’s second annual gathering of mobile food businesses. There’s everything from lumpia to handmade ice cream to Cajun eats and fried Russian meat pies at the festival. I just popped in and took photos of almost every menu I could find. Take a look below. The event runs until 5 p.m. today at Cheney Stadium. Admission is free except for the cost of food. Parking is $5. Read more in this blog post. Read more »

July
25th

Food truck gathering: Moveable Feast is Sunday at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium

Cheney Stadium filled quickly at last year's Moveable Feast, as this photo details. This year, the footprint and number of food trucks participating has increased. The event is Sunday July 28, 2013, at Cheney.
Cheney Stadium filled quickly at last year’s Moveable Feast, as this photo details.

They’re restaurants with steering wheels, food emporiums atop four tires with menus of scratch-made eats. When nearly 40 mobile food trucks gather Sunday at Cheney Stadium, it will be a pop-up food court like no other in the South Sound.

The one-day festival Moveable Feast runs from noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s free except for the cost of food and five bucks for parking. A VIP $10 ticket buys early entry and parking (see below for details).

Credit tricky municipal regulations, a smaller inventory of food creators or shaky economics, but Tacoma’s mobile truck scene has remained far-flung and small.

The South Sound is home to at least a few-dozen trucks or carts — most of which serve Mexican food, but there’s also Filipino, barbecue, hot dogs, cake and even frozen yogurt — but unlike Seattle and Olympia, no pods or cart lots exist here for trucks to gather on a regular basis. Read more »

Jan.
23rd

Mobile dining in the rainy season? You bet. Two new trucks are open for business

Fix your dog any way you want it with free condiments at Jay Dogs, a new cart on Center Street in Tacoma.
Fix your dog any way you want it with free condiments at Jay Dogs, a new cart on Center Street in Tacoma.

With the freezing fog and return of the rain (any minute?), I wondered if new mobile restaurant owners Nate Daep and Jay Gallinatti had  second thoughts about starting their outdoor-based food businesses at a time of year when few diners are saying, “Hey, let’s eat outside!”

“We were really concerned about that,” laughed Nate Daep, who opened Big Boys Filipino food truck with fiance Melanie Querubin in a neighborhood in Pacific that straddles the Pierce County side of the Pierce-King County line. Ultimately, economics decided the couple would open their al fresco truck. They couldn’t afford to be idle waiting for warmer weather.

For Jay Gallinatti, a first-time restaurant owner, a primary concern for starting an outdoor business during the rainy season was figuring out shelter. That’s why he’s weatherproofed – as much as one can during our sideways-blowing rain season – his Center Street hot dog cart he opened in Tacoma Nov. 1.

On a recent and sort-of-dry day, I visited both new mobile restaurants. Today, I’ll tell you about Jay Dogs. Tomorrow, check back for a report on Big Boys Filipino Food Truck. Read more »

July
27th

Food cart meetup: Tacoma’s first mobile restaurant event this Sunday at Cheney Stadium

Tacoma has food trucks and carts aplenty, but there’s no central meetup spot for trucks to gather – until now. Tacoma’s first mobile food meetup will be Sunday at Cheney Stadium. The event is free except for the cost of food. Trucks will serve everything from Southern to Filipino, from Greek to Mexican, from fried meat pies to fry bread, from ice pops to cupcakes.