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Curbside Cookoff and Truckeroo Come Back for 2012

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Curbside Cookoff 2010
courtesy of Mr. T in DC

Ah, the start of warmer weather. Flip flops on casual Fridays, the breeze coursing through your hair (read: the smothering smack from the DC humidity) and al fresco dining options galore. What better way to dine outdoors than amongst the food trucks? Curbside Cookoff returns this Saturday, May 5, and Truckeroo gears up for its 2012 season with its first event on next Friday, May 11. Read more details about each food truck festival below.

Curbside Cookoff: Trucko de Mayo

Don your finest sombrero and elastic waistband pantalones–Curbside Cookoff returns after a year off with the theme of “Trucko de Mayo.” More than 40 trucks will come together for an all day feast at RFK Stadium. Besides all of the food options, you can take in some live music, including a performance by School of Rock, sip a cold beer and play a round or two of cornhole.

If you’re lucky, you could win a free lunch from each of the 45 DC Food Truck Association (DCFTA) trucks, a Kindle Fire, a cookbook autographed by José Andrés and more.

Admission and parking (in RFK lots 4 and 5) are free. Curbside Cookoff runs in RFK Stadium lot 3 from 11:30 AM until 9 PM.

Truckeroo

Kicking off on Friday, May 11, Truckeroo is back to fulfill your food truck needs until the end of September. One Friday per month more than 25 trucks set up at the corner of Half and M streets, SE for a day of live music, games (what is it with food trucks and games of cornhole?) and yes, food.

Admission is free and Truckeroo runs from 11 AM until 11 PM. This year’s dates for Truckeroo also include June 8, July 13, August 10 and September 28.

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FREE FOOD ALERT: Taylor Gourmet Hoagies and Gardein Food Truck

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’9th Street Italian @ Taylor Gourmet, DC’
courtesy of ‘Plantains & Kimchi’

Today, you’re in luck: there are TWO free food alerts.

If you’re down on H st. NE, DC United is giving out free Taylor Gourmet hoagies today from 12-1 PM. The 6-inch hoagies are in honor of the 4th of July and for DC United’s game against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at RFK Stadium. Go DC United! Now grab a hoagie and let’s go show Philadelphia what we’re made of on Saturday.

If for some reason meat isn’t your thing, there’s a food truck in town from July 1st through 4th bringing you some free and meatless grub. Gardein Party, a food truck from the frozen-food producer focused on providing protein in meatless meals, will be giving out free samples at the Humane Society on 21st and L NW in Gaithersburg, MD (700 Professional Drive) today from 11 AM til 1 PM. Some of the samples include seven grain crispy tenders, the mandarin orange crispy chick’n and the ultimate beefless burger.

Gardein is doing demonstrations throughout the city, and plans on donating meatless meals to a local nonprofit (no word on which one in DC) for the first 10,000 people that pledge to give up meat one day per week for the summer. If you miss them today, they’ll also be at Freedomfest on July 3rd and 4th. I’m guessing that their twitter account will be your best bet for tracking them down.

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New Food Truck Basil Thyme Hits the Streets

Basil Thyme Food Truck

Brace yourselves, foodies. A new food truck, called Basil Thyme, focused on from-scratch Italian food made from local ingredients hit the streets this week. Brian Farrell and chef Malik Umar are bringing the District fresh pasta, homemade sausage, ricotta and sauces, each and every day. And they’re also making their own tiramisu and cannolis, if you happen to have a sweet tooth craving.

Farrell, one of the owners, worked in IT for 12 years when he decided to switch gears and pursue his passion for food with the truck. He cites his desire to work and connect with people along with his desire to make authentic Italian food as reasons for why he started the food truck. He also credits his never-ending appetite and his mother’s job as a home economics teacher for his early love for food.

“One of my favorite experiences is going to restaurant and you can tell the chef puts absolute love and care into the food that comes out of the kitchen,” said Farrell. “My thought in creating Basil Thyme was, I’d love to do that too–to make someone else have that great feeling of enjoyment from a meal.”

Farrell is assisted by chef Mailik Umar, who has worked in a variety of restaurants, according to Farrell.

You can find out their daily location either on twitter or on our handy strEATs-powered food truck map.

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Red Hook Lobster Pound Gets a Second Truck

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‘it’s here!’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′

The lobsters have outgrown their shells and are getting a second truck. That’s right, hungry food truck stalkers–double your lobster, double your fun. Red Hook Lobster Pound’s second truck has actually been rolling around the streets unofficially for a while now, and is having its official launch this week.

I talked to Doug Povich and Leland Morris from the Lobster Truck and asked them a few questions about the second truck. Read what they had to say after the jump.
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First Look: PORCmobile

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‘PORC Mobile’
courtesy of ‘bonappetitfoodie’

I can’t yet claim to be a BBQ expert. But I do know good food, and I have tried many a food truck. For your next lunch stop at the food trucks, I suggest you briskly head out for some brisket and try the PORC Mobile.

Back in the summer, We Love DC reported on the Purveyors of Rolling Cuisine (aka PORC Mobile) and their gradual start to get rolling in an environmentally friendly manner. At long last, they’re out on the streets purveying what I would call one of the tastiest pulled pork sandwiches I’ve had.
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Fear Not People Of Rosslyn, District Taco Will Be Back

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‘Taco Truck Love.’
courtesy of ‘nikkiprice’

Yesterday, I received a distressed email from a friend of mine about the fate of the much loved Rosslyn, VA breakfast burrito truck, District Taco (DT). And yes, I’m well aware of the hypocrisy of a taco truck calling itself “District Taco” when it primarily operates in the NoVa corridor. But a good breakfast burrito is a good breakfast burrito, and worth saving.

According to a message on District Taco’s facebook page, the next door Baja Fresh filed a complaint to Monday Properties, the company that rents DT its morning operational space, that DT was stealing too much of their business.  Consequentially, Monday Properties raised the rent on DT forcing the truck’s owner, Osiris Hoil, out of his usual Rosslyn morning location.

Really, Baja Fresh?!! Really?!! District Taco is “stealing” your business? Isn’t this just some plain, good old American capitalism? Was DT’s superior product hurting your little feelings? Perhaps, you should stop whining about DT and focus your efforts on making a better breakfast burrito. Bam!

Fortunately, via District Taco’s twitter account, Mr. Hoil has not given up on Rosslyn and his loyal breakfast followers.  He is currently working with Arlington to find a new location just down the street. Hope to see you back in action real soon, District Taco.

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Street Food 2.0 – Meet Sâuçá

You may not be able to pronounce it, but you will soon be talking about the coolest street food truck this side of the Mississippi – or perhaps even the Nile (not “denial”, we are actually talking about the river in Egypt). Sâuçá is a new “mobile restaurant” that will be hitting the District’s streets by the end of the month. Let’s recap a few key words that describe this new concept: on wheels, food from around the world, flat screen TVs, wifi, international pay phone, super social media usage and FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Did I mention this is all on wheels? To this, Mr. Farhad Assari (the restaurateur), I have only two words: YES PLEASE.

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