Mar 15, 2012

May 12: Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce event on Saturday has been postponed, due to the expected rain. The new event date is May 12th.

Join the Norwalk Chamber as we host our first ever Gourmet Food Truck Fiesta! Saturday March 17th, at the SEROP High School from 10am to 3pm. Come and try out a variety of gourmet food trucks!

Southeast ROP Academy Campus - 12940 Foster Road, Norwalk - Map

B Sweet Mobile - gourmet sweets
Cha5ing Paradi5e - LA fusion
Crepen Around - sweet/savory crepes
Da Burger Boss - gourmet burgers
Don Chow Tacos - Chino meets Latino
Frozen Crush - Italian ices
Grilled Cheese Truck - melts and more
Gypsy Toast - breakfast all day
Mambo Juice Truck - juices and smoothies
Nom Nom Truck - Vietnamese cuisine
Pnut Butter Truck - peanut butter themed food
Tortas 2 Die 4 - gourmet tortas
Truck Norris - Hawaiian Filipino
Vchos Truck - pupusas and Latin tapas

Recap of Tasting Spoon + Taco Maria's Prix Fixe Brunch

On Saturday, March 10, gourmet food trucks Taco Maria and (Chef Joe Youkhan’s) Tasting Spoon joined forces to create an amazing 4 course prix fixe brunch at the SoCo Farmer’s Market in Costa Mesa, CA.   My family attended this event, and my sister provided me with a recap on the event.

Chef Salgado and Chef Youkhan paid attention to every detail to make their first brunch a near flawless success. When you arrive, you see a private tent surrounded by tall, potted plants.

Upon check-in, you received an envelope with artfully designed tickets containing each course served, and a choice of either bottled water or a selection of juices.  Then, you are seated at a table covered in crisp, white table cloths, silverware and a vase of fresh cut flowers. Sure, the table cloths are disposable and the silverware is faux (though looked like the real thing), but hey, you are sitting in a parking lot at a food truck event.

The first introduction was the amuse bouche, an egg yolk topped with cotija cream, and you can’t help but wonder where you are. This did not look like something you’d think would come out of a food truck. The egg was artfully presented in a half shell, perched above a bed of salt in a (faux) glass bowl. It was delightful to eat as it was to admire.

From there, the tag team begins. Tasting Spoon started the first course with a ragu of wild mushrooms over polenta. The wild mushrooms had a nice meaty and earthy texture, contrasting with the smooth and silky polenta that nearly melted in your mouth. 

The dungeness crab served by Taco Maria held its own. A vibrant violent colored shellfish broth infused with wild flowers was poured tableside (see picture of broth being poured). Each bite was full of delicious crab, enhanced by the delicate broth.

Tasting Spoon came back just as strong with the next course, duck three ways. The duck egg yolk was a little redundant, having just had a chicken egg yolk as an amuse bouche, but cooked perfectly runny atop a crisp and airy brioche. The hollandaise sauce had a hint of foie gras to further add decadence to the dish.

Taco Maria ended the meal with fresh charred strawberries, vanilla goat yogurt and granola. These strawberries were charred just enough to be slightly warm, yet still retain the integrity of the fruit. The yogurt and granola added a nice balance of tanginess and crunchiness to complete the meal.

Despite both trucks appearing so different both in cuisine (Mexican vs Italian) and style (Taco Maria’s refined elegance vs Tasting Spoon’s casual comfort), each course was a seamless transition to the next. You would have thought the entire brunch was made by just one truck.
The brunch was certainly not a duel between Chef Youkhan and Chef Salgado, it was a collaborative effort. Who would have guessed such quality dishes could be enjoyed at a parking lot in the middle of Costa Mesa?
The only thing missing from this brunch to make it perfect would have been an ocean view and a flute of champagne.
Bravo! When is the next event?

Thursdays: Mustang Food Truck Roundup at YLHS

Mar 12, 2012

March 25: Vegas Food Truck Showdown!

April 21: IE Gourmet Food Trucks

April 26: Food trucks back at UCI

It's back!!!

Eater Stop at UCI
AV Lot 2, off Arroyo Drive (California & Arroyo)
The truck stop is starting again on Thursdays

April 19-22: Spring Citrus Fair in La Habra

Food Trucks Frenzy
The Lime Truck
The Tornado Potato
LA & OC Bakery Truck
Piaggio On Wheels
The Tailgate Truck
Taco Maria
Bite Me Foods
Dogzilla – Not Your Typical Weiner


April - Thursday 19, Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, 2012
The La Habra Spring Citrus Fair brings a family friendly event to downtown La Habra. With exciting rides, mouthwatering food and plenty of shopping there is something for everyone at the Fair.
General Information
Welcome to the La Habra Spring Citrus Fair’s family fun weekend –
April 19th Thursday - Preview Night at the Fair
5-10PM Rides, street entertainment and 3 food trucks.
Special unlimited ride wrist bands for Thursday night only.
20th Friday 5PM – 12 Midnight
21st Saturday 2PM-12 Midnight
22nd Sunday 2PM to 10PM

... This is La Habra Chamber event and not a City of La Habra event and is held at no public expense. Member of the Western Fairs Association

April 14 +15: Youth Expo at OC Fair with Food Trucks

DATE & TIME April 13 - 15, 2012

Friday Field Trip Day, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*FIELD TRIP DAY is Friday, April 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free parking for cars and buses. Enter at the Main Gate off Fair Drive.

Free admission for all ages.
General parking is $5. Saturday and Sunday enter at Gate 3 off Fairview or Gate 4 off Arlington. Click here for driving directions to the OC Fair & Event Center.

Bus Pass Program
OC Fair & Event Center is joining together with Orange County businesses and community partners to offer elementary schools an opportunity to receive free bus transportation to Youth Expo on Friday, April 13. Event hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Application forms are available in the Competition Guide and due by March 15. Buses enter at the Main Gate off Fair Drive.


Food Trucks:

Mar 17: Irvine Food Truck Fair