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Eat Red. Drink Red. Save Lives. June 1-10, 2014.

DFW Food Trucks are well represented in the Eat Red. Drink Red. Save Lives. Campaign sponsored by Red.org.  This non-profit foundation funds aids research and treatment for AIDS in Africa, where AIDS remains a major threat and treatment, that costs only 40 cents per day, is not commonly available.

This is the first year for a food industry specific campaign.  Restaurants, bars, diners and food trucks all across the country have signed up to participate.

Each truck has designed a Red Menu item and donates a portion of the purchase price.  You can help #86AIDS by visiting one of these participating truck:

@brunchtruckdfw  @eatjodawgs  @funkytownfoods  @getenticed
@guavatreetruck  @pompeiidfw and @sauzysfoodtruck

For more information, view the videos below and visit www.red.org.

Eat Red. Drink Red. Save Lives. with (RED)

What can 40 cents but?

I’ll be out this weekend.  I hope I see you at the trucks.

Short Leash Adds Saturday Brunch to the Schedule

Hot Dogs for Breakfast? Oh, Yeah!

One of the added benefits from visiting my daughter in Phoenix is that I get to check in on the Food Truck scene and see what’s happening. Food trucks are alive and well in Phoenix, with new trucks opening on a regular basis. And while I still have plenty of new trucks to try, Short Leash Hot Dogs keeps coming up with new reasons to come back again. And I do!

The latest ‘new thing’ from Short Leash is a Saturday morning Brunch at The Truck Stop on Roosevelt Row CDC between 3rd & 5th Street from 10am – 2pm. The inaugural outing was February 8th and through sheer dumb luck (and a little help from my daughter), I was there. It happens to be Saturday morning as I write this and I wish I had a private jet so I could be there again today.

One of the things I love about Short Leash is that they keep the menu short and change it up regularly. If you haven’t figured it out by now, the best way to enjoy a food truck is to go with friends and a short menu means you can try EVERYTHING! We showed a little restraint and only ordered 4 out of 5 items on today’s menu.

The Crispy Dog Breakfast is GENIUS! Crispy and crunchy breaks through to spicy, soft and satisfying sensations. This Southwestern inspired creation is like a Breakfast Chimichanga that tantalizes all of your different taste buds. If you want to start your day with a little spice, the Crispy Dog Breakfast is just what you need.

I have to admit that I’m a recent convert to Grits. In all honesty, they’re hard to do right and I find they are really good or really bad. Whether you already love grits or you need to be a convert, you need to try the Green Chile Cheese Grits. They’re smooth, creamy and cheesy (almost buttery). The Green Chiles are mild and the sausage blends perfectly to give a little texture and savory balance. Short Leash has transformed this Southern favorite into something that is faithful to the tradition while being uniquely southwestern.

The Breakfast Scramble is just what it sounds like with a twist. All of the usual ‘scramble’ ingredients are here but faithful to the concept that truck food is ‘hand food’; this scramble is served in toasted Naan bread and eaten like a sandwich. Let the kids have the chopped hot dog but adults may want to opt for the Chorizo. If you want to spice it up even more, there’s always salsa or hot sauce, but don’t go overboard. The flavors will evolve and dance across your taste buds offering a whole range of satisfaction that you shouldn’t drown out.

Chicken and Waffles are pretty common in the Southwest and they come in a variety of combinations. Short Leash mixes it up by using a Cheddar Waffle and Chicken Sausage that is both true to the ‘dog’ theme and an interesting change from fried chicken. This savory combo is complemented, if you choose and I recommend you do, by Maple Syrup.

I told you we showed just a little restraint and we did not order the Pancake Tacos & Eggs. Fortunately, our tablemates did order them and give it a two-thumbs up!

It was a little chilly, especially by Phoenix standards, but that didn’t keep folks away. Most brought coffee with them but Brad & Kat Moore promise that French Press Coffee from the Royal will soon join the menu.

The folks at Short Leash Hot Dogs, who first brought you Sit & Stay on Friday nights, plan to make Saturday Morning Brunch a regular part of the schedule. If you are looking for a scrumptious way to start your Saturday, look no further than The Truck Stop at Roosevelt CDC, and find out why hot dogs (or sausage dogs) are the perfect breakfast food!

If you want to experience other creative hot dog creations, you can find out where Short Leash Hot Dogs is setting up by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

The Sparkle in a Child’s Eye

 

DFW Food Trucks & Toys for Tots Goal: A Sparkle in Every Eye

The 90th Annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree is this week.  As dazzling as this spectacle will be, it pales in comparison to the sparkle in a child’s eye as they open a present on Christmas morning.  Every year, the U. S. Marine Corp Toys for Tots Program strives to assure that all children experience the wide-eyed wonderment that Christmas morning brings.  This year our Dallas-Forth Worth food trucks are partnering with local businesses and the Marines to support the Toys for Tots Program and help put a sparkle in the eye of every child in DFW.

Cash Donations will not be accepted (to the best of my knowledge) at the Toy Drives.  If you’d like to make a cash donation, you can do so by credit card at the Toys for Tots website.  Mail in donation forms are also available along with several ‘special’ donation types including In Memory or Tribute, Native American Program, by e-Bay sales, as a business gift or by donating your car.

December 6th

Blossoms On The Bricks is pairing with Sassy Hot Dogs for their Toy Drive 2012 on Thursday, December 6th, from 11 AM to 1 PM to benefit local children connected with Fort Worth Metro Ministries.  You’ll find them at 5023 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX.

The Gladney Center for Adoption and Gepetto’s Pizza Truck are sponsoring a Toy Drive the same day, Thursday, December 6th, from 11 AM to 1 PM.    The Gladney Center is located at 6300 John Ryan Drive,  Fort Worth, TX.

December 8th

If you can’t make the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, then you might want to plan to attend the Trucks for Tots Toy Drive on Saturday, December 8th.  This event is being held at 2505 Elm Street (corner of Elm and Gaston) in Deep Ellum from 11 AM – 7 PM.  There are confirmed commitments from more than 20 Dallas and Forth Worth Food Trucks to support this massive toy drive for the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Toys for Tots.  Students from Lincoln High School and W. E. Greiner Exploratory Academy are sponsoring a drive to collect toys and bring them to the event with their family.  The United States Marines on hand to accept your toy donation will be joined by the Lincoln High School Marching Band plus pictures with Santa, bounce houses and more than 50 local vendors for holiday shopping.  A huge crowd is expected for this event.  You can leave the car and ride Dart right to the event (get off at the Deep Ellum Dart Station right across the street) and avoid any parking hassles!

The list of participating food trucks includes:  Rock & Roll Tacos, Rockstar Bakeshop, Easy Slider Truck, Ssahm BBQ, Gepetto’s Pizza, Three Lions, The Gastro Bomber, Bento Box, Bombay Chopstix, Cajun Tailgators, Eat Jo Dawgs, Four Seasons, Guava Tree, Jacks Chowhound, Lab of the Streets, Lucky Ducky Dogs, Nammi Truck, Pompeii, Rock N’ Ricks, Taste of Home, The Butchers Son, Three Lions, Tuttas and Yellow Belly and maybe more!

New update:  Live Music Schedule

December 16th

Bring a smile to a child’s face and a treat to your belly on December 16th by ringing an unwrapped toy to Fort Worth Food Park from 11 AM to 9 PM on December 16th.  Santa will be at the park from 1PM to 3PM for photo opportunities (bring your own camera).

There is nothing like the thought of a child’s smile to get into the Christmas spirit.  We encourage everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy (or more!) so no child in Dallas – Fort Worth goes without on Christmas morning.  The sparkle in a child’s eye is priceless and precious.  Join us at one of these events or any of the other Toys for Tots Christmas Toy Drive events and help to make a child’s wish come true.

Food Truck Connection is proud to promote these worthy events.  If you are partnering with a DFW food truck to sponsor a Toys for Tots Toy Drive  and you’d like to be featured here, email a copy of your flyer and information to terry@foodtruckconnection.co (not .com) and I’ll be happy to add your information.

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Thanksgiving – Food Truck Style

This is about a dream I had. The entire Thanksgiving meal, all from food trucks. Is it crazy?  Sure, but when you have a dream, why not make it come true?  So this is our Thanksgiving Day Meal at the Food Truck Connection house. I did dress it up by putting it all on serving dishes. We ate with real plates and silverware.

I think the photos say it all….

 

 

Yellow Belly – Flying Swine

 

Easy Slider – Classic Slider

 

Good Karma – Pan Ramen Noodles

 

Gepetto’s – Meat Pizza
Nammi – Banh Mi
Ssahm – Beef Tacos

 

Yellow Belly – Yellow Tomato Salad

 

Pompeii – Arancini

 

Three Lions – Bacon Chicken Pie

 

Cool Haus – Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Cajun Tailgators – Beignets

 

The Bomb – Pumpkin Fried Pies
Cool Haus – Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

 

Rock Star Bakeshop – Whoopie Pies

 

A special thanks to all the trucks that packaged my food so it would not be wilted, melted, or just plain ugly before I could serve it up.

The Menu

Yellow Tomato Salad – Yellow Belly Truck

Beer Cheese Soup – Yellow Belly Truck

Arancini – Pompeii

Pan Ramen Noodles – Good Karma Kitchen

Chicken Bacon Pie – Three Lions

Flying Swine – Yellow Belly Truck

Banh Mi – NAMMI

Beef Korean Tacos – Ssahm BBQ

Classic Sliders – Easy Slider

Pizza – Gepetto’s

Dessert

Pumpkin Fried Pies – The Bomb

Beignets – Cajun Tailgators

Whoopie Pies – Rockstar Bakeshop

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake – Cool Haus

I wish I’d come up with the idea sooner; not just 3 days before Thanksgiving! There we so many more trucks that I wanted to include but due to timing, availability and my table not being large enough, I had to make some compromises.  Compromises?  Yes, but sacrifices, NO!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

FROM

Food Truck Connection

 

Contributed by Janice Eddington

For a Thanksgiving tribute to Food Trucks, read Seven Reasons I’m Thankful For Food Trucks.

 

Trucks for Tots 12-8-12

Why Trucks for Tots is Important

DFW Trucks Rally to Support Toys for Tots

Black Friday is the peak of holiday season commercialism.  Small business Saturday is a plug for the little guy.  But the annual Toys for Tots Program brings us back to the heart and soul of the season.  This year Dallas and Fort Worth Food trucks are rallying to support this wonderful cause with the first, and hopefully annual, Trucks for Tots Benefit Event to support Toys for Tots.  In a year of unprecedented natural catastrophes and economic hardship for a huge part of our society, gift giving in many families is going to be limited; far more limited than before and more families than ever will be forced to choose between necessities and gifts.  That’s why this year, more than ever, Toys for Tots is so important.

The Trucks for Tots Event to Benefit Toys for Tots is already getting widespread media promotion and just as much attention on social media like Twitter, Facebook and other internet postings.  It’s my great honor to put out my own notice in support of the efforts being made by our food trucks but more importantly, because there is no reward greater than bringing joy into a little person’s life at Christmas and the comfort it gives the parent who bask in the happiness that Christmas brings to the young and the innocent.

Please, mark your calendars now for December 8, 2012.

Make plans to be a part of this worthy cause.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DFW TRUCKS FOR TOTS EVENT TO BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS

25 Food Trucks Come Together in Deep Ellum on December 8th for Charity Event
DALLAS, TX- On Saturday December 8, 2012 from 11:00am-7:00pm, 25 Dallas and Fort Worth food trucks are gathering at the corner of Elm St. and Gaston Ave in Deep Ellum (2505 Elm Street, Dallas, TX) for a massive toy drive for the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Toys for Tots. Over 20 United States Marines will be on hand to take toy donations and guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child. Pictures with Santa will be available in addition to live music, bounce houses, and over 50 vendors for holiday shopping.
In partnership with local schools including W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy and Lincoln High School, students will be encouraged to collect toys and bring them to the event with their family. There will also be a performance by the Lincoln High School Tiger Marching Band. Over 25 confirmed food trucks will be on-site including Rock & Roll Tacos, Rockstar Bakeshop, Easy Slider Truck, Ssahm BBQ, Gepetto’s Pizza, Three Lions, The Gastro Bomber and more.
Guests are encouraged to ride the DART Green Line and get off at the Deep Ellum Station, which is across the street from the event. Guests coming from North Dallas can ride any line into downtown and transfer to the Green Line without worrying about the hassle of parking. This event is brought to you by DFW Food Truck Group, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and other local sponsors.
About Toys for Tots: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, is the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation provides the funding and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns. The Foundation staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center located just outside the main gate of Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, DC. Local campaigns are conducted annually in over 700 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Commander, Marine Forces Reserve has under his command 163 Reserve Units located in 47 states. To cover all 50 states and more communities in each state, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation selects Marine Corps League Detachments and Local Community Organizations (generally veteran Marines) located in communities without a Marine Reserve Center, to conduct Toys for Tots campaigns as part of the overall U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

For more information visit www.toysfortots.org.

About DFW Food Truck Group: DFW Food Truck Group is a community-based promotions group made up of local, independent food truck owners and operators working together to promote awareness of the local food truck scene and food truck events in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. For more information, please visit

www.dfwfoodtruckgroup.com.

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Eating my way through Cool Haus…1-27

 

Eating my way through Cool Haus Count Down

27 of 62+

 Check back often to check my progress.

Did you know that if I tried every combination of cookies and ice cream offered by Cool Haus,  I would have to eat more than 500 ice cream sandwiches! At one a day, it would take over 2 years to eat them all!!  Anyone want to take on that challenge?  Join me as I slowly eat my way through the more than 62 Cool Haus Ice Cream Flavors and as many Cookies as Cool Haus Dallas puts on the menu.
I’m sure the 62 flavor question will be:  “Which flavor is your favorite?”  I’ve got a long way to go but I’m pretty sure my answer will stay, “It depends!”  All I’m sure of is that it is probably a close race between the last one I tried and the next one I try!!  Eating my way through Cool Haus…here we go!

 

1.   First up, opening day at Frisco strEATs, was Chocolate Chipotle ice cream with chocolate chip Cookies. It is smooth rich chocolate with a hint of spice. Yes, sweet and spicy go together.  Not my boldest choice but a great way to start a long and satisfying quest.

2. Date Rum Pecan Ice Cream and Coconut Almond Cookie.  The cookie is chewy goodness and the ice cream is cool and refreshing.  Go ahead, tell yourself this one is good for you with a gluten free cookie, fresh fruit and dairy products!

3. Brown Butter with Carmelized Bacon…may I just say “Heaven”. Delicate brown butter with a crunch of caramelized bacon.  I was so taken with the ice cream, I completely forget which cookie.  Snickerdoodle, maybe?  I bet Linda can tell us.  And just look at how much fatter that scoop of ice cream is getting!!  Cool Haus recommends the Hotcake Cookie for this flavor, another simple choice with Maple flavors joining the mix.


4. Pineapple, Cillantro & Serrano Chili Sorbet with Hot Cake Cookie … refreshing! Pineapple with a twist of Cilantro and a hint of Serrano chili.  Cool and citrusy with a tiny kick from the chilis.