Meet the Trucks: Sculpt Foods

In this week’s Meet the Truck series, we are featuring Sculpt Foods – a new truck serving up German comfort food.


Darin – Sculpt Foods

Why did you start a food truck?
Food has always been one of my (our) passions. I jumped off the corporate ladder to pursue something that I’ve always wanted to do, cook good food. To open a food truck was the perfect opportunity for me personal because it is seasonal, work the summer and R&R fall and winter. I look forward to bringing new flavours to our city streets.

What kind of food do you serve?
Our street food will be primarily German. Our catering menu will be all over the board from Burgers and Dogs to fine dining.

Who can we see on the truck?
I’m glad to say that I will have my family by my side in 2015. I’m Darin and with me will be my wife Carmen and my three daughters Natasha, Naomi and Abigail.

Where will you be serving?
My vending location for now will be at the North East corner of 108st and 99ave.

What makes your truck unique?
I think the selection of German favorites will bring something new and exciting to our fine city.

What is your favourite item from a food truck that is not your own?
We spend a lot of time in Mexico, so I would have to say tacos from Casa12Doce

Country that inspires you the most (related to food)?
This is a tough one, so I will list two: Mexico and Japanese.

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
It would be a successful first season for Sculpt Foods if we were accepted in the food truck culture and to bring smiles of satisfaction to my customers.

Meet the Trucks: Dolce & Banana

This week we are featuring a truck that is familiar to some of you, and known for their delicious Italian treats. Meet Dolce & Banana!

Why did you start a food truck?
I remember attending my first WTT event a few years ago and thought to my self, “this is so cool. I can do this.” I have always worked in the restaurant industry and have been a vendor at farmers’ markets for over ten years now. I like to challenge myself and believe in surrounding myself with people who are more talented than me when it comes to food. This is why I work at Ernest’s dining room at NAIT during the off season. It is safe to say that I am always around food.

What kind of food do you serve?
I specialize in Italian food, such as grilled panini, fresh homemade pasta, pizza, traditional Italian pastries and dessert, homemade Italian sodas, specialty coffees.

Who can we see on the truck?
Myself, my sister Luisa (NAIT culinary instructor), my niece Isabella, my friends from Italy, Giulia and Federico, and sometimes my mom.

Where will you be serving?
Various farmers’ markets in and around Edmonton during the week and weekend, downtown, university area, private catering, festivals and events.

What makes your truck unique?
My logo is an old family portrait.

What is your favourite item from a food truck that is not your own?
I am a big fan of Theo’s food truck Little Village.

If you had to fuse to completely different cuisines together, what would they be?
Japan and Korea.

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
My goal is to take you on a culinary journey throughout Italy.

Meet the Trucks: Spice Rickshaw

Continuing with our Meet the Truck series, this week we are featuring a new Indian truck – Spice Rickshaw! You may have had the opportunity to try their delicious Indian food at our first even in May.

Why did you start a food truck?
We are a farmers’ market vendor selling frozen food. We are a permanent feature at most farmers’ markets around Edmonton area selling frozen Indian and Thai food. We have been inundated with requests from our lovely customers who want to enjoy our food warm and piping hot. After 3 years of doing farmers’ markets, we decided to take the plunge into serving hot food and filling the peoples’ appetite for tasty and delicious Indian street food.

What kind of food do you serve?
Indian street food: Not limited to Pao bhaji, Kabab parathas, chaat (also called Indian nachos by certain members of my family).

Who can we see on the truck?
Main person will be Renu, she is the big boss, food gourmand and the matriarch. She will most likely be accompanied by Connor, he recently named himself the Creator as he built Spice Rickshaw from ground up. We will also have our lovely support staff helping along the way.

Where will you be serving?
We are a brand new truck, we are hoping to stick to our roots and be found primarily at different farmers’ markets around Edmonton and different festivals as well.

What makes your truck unique?
Our whole team loves food, love to eat different foods, love to share food. In Indian culture, food is how people share love. We love to incorporate delicious Alberta ingredients with our creativity and tradition to bring memorable meals to peoples’ plates.

What is your favourite item from a food truck that is not your own?
Breakfast paninos from Dolce and Banana. We love to devour their Paninos every Saturday morning at the City Market. In our books, Ernesto’s paninos = perfect Saturday morning.

If you had to fuse to completely different cuisines together, what would they be?
Ukrainian and Indian: nothing tastes better than fluffy potatoes perishkes with butter chicken.

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
At the WTT events, our goal is to introduce the complex flavours of Indian street to the Edmonton food scene. Indian food that is currently available in Edmonton is very monotone and just from one province from Indian, we hope to familiarize Edmontonians to delicious flavours that exist outside the realm of “curries”.

Meet the Trucks: The Hop

We hope you’re excited for What the Truck?! this Saturday at Churchill Square! We continue our Meet the Trucks series with a truck that serves in the Leduc area – The Hop.

Why did you start a food truck?
Food trucks are fun and totally different from traditional restaurants. We started The Hop because we wanted to have fun at work as because we are different.

What kind of food do you serve?
Burgers, Fries, Shakes and some tasty frozen treats.

Who can we see on the truck?
Sean, Megan, some friends and family who help out when required.

Where will you be serving?
Mostly in Leduc but we are expanding our horizons.

What makes your truck unique?
We are the only truck, as far as I know, that has fused the fifties with a food truck. At The Hop you’ll hear oldies music, you’ll eat old style burgers and drink old style shakes. The fries are alright too.

Country that inspires you the most (related to food)?
English and French.

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
To have more fun than we did last year and to be different from other food establishments in Edmonton.

Meet the Trucks: Chedda Heads

We apologize for the hold-up! This week in our Meet the Truck series, we are featuring a truck originally from Central Alberta – Chedda Heads!

Why did you start a food truck?
I started my Food Truck because of a Trip to NY in 2009. I had never seen or heard of a Food Truck before then and had never really had any interest in the restaurant industry until then but somehow I knew I was going to open a food truck after experiencing and witnessing the Awesomeness. After a few years of planning and saving I came to the decision to leave a promotional marketing business and pursue the creation of Chedda Heads. Why Grilled Cheese? Well that’s easy its comfort food 101 and everyone has some memory of eating a gooey sandwich that mom made for you. Without any Restaurant experience I jumped into the culinary world and have finally found my calling. No, not every day is awesome but the majority of the days I am the happiest I’ve been.

What kind of food do you serve?
Gourmet Grilled Cheese!! We have a Menu of 6 different sandwiches along with a couple of side items and drinks. We also offer Feature Sandwiches and Sides every week.

Where will you be serving?
We typically serve in and around Red Deer Alberta.

What makes your truck unique?
We are the 1st Gourmet Grilled Cheese truck in Central Alberta. We have fun and work hard and over the past couple seasons have gotten more and more exposure through Alberta.

What is your favourite item on another food truck that is not your own?
I dream of this item…had it in Austin during ACL14 Tongue Buns (Roasted Beef Tongue in Steamed Buns with a peanut butter curry) Droool!! I miss those things!

Country that inspires you the most (related to food)?
North American Comfort Food.

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
My goal in 2015 with our 3rd Season approaching is to continue to grow, have fun and serve the best darn Grilled Cheese Sandwiches that we are able too. I’d also like to see a 20% net growth over last year ūüôā

Meet the Trucks: Fab Food on Four

In week 2 of Meet the Trucks, we’re featuring a new truck that also serves in the St. Alberta area. Meet the faces behind Fab Food on Four.

Why did you start a food truck?
People love food trucks, and we love preparing delicious food. We are passionate about food and want people to enjoy our home inspired favorites. We thought it would be fun to participate and share our food at the different events.

What kind of food do you serve?
Our Menu contains our fabulous favourites.
Bobba Louie’s Pulled Chicken, with our homemade family inspired BBQ sauce.
Taco Stuffed Baked Potate, with taco beef, jalape√Īo, and a fresh slice of avocado.
Fab Fiesta Torta, with shredded beef on a bun topped with an egg, onions, peppers and fresh avocado.
Gratzle’s German Spaetzle, with¬†homemade egg noodles topped with slow roasted port and sweet red cabbage.
Buffalo Jo, spicy ground chicked topped with our carrot-celery relish.
And our Fab Poutine: hand cut fries topped with our homemade gravy and cheese curds.

Who can we see on the truck?
Paula – President of Fabulous Food
Curtis – Director of Delisciousness
Madison – Mayor of Flavortown
Kiera – Red Hot Chili Prepper
Braden – Socia Media Guru

Where will you be serving?
We will be serving the Edmonton and St. Albert Area.

What makes your truck unique?
That we are a family run business, sharing our homemade traditional family recipes.

What is your favourite item on another food truck that is not your own?
Jimmy Poblano‘s Machaca beef.

If you had to fuse two completely different cuisines together, what would they be?
German and Indian Cuisine

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
Sharing our fabulous food with fabulous people

Meet the Trucks: Phat Tony’s

I hope everyone is just as excited as we are for the 2015 Food Truck season to kick off! While there are already a few trucks out and about, our first official What The Truck?! event is just weeks away! (More details to come)

In the meantime, we want to feature some new faces/trucks to What The Truck?! each week leading up to our first event. We’ve sent out some questions to get to know a little more about these trucks. First up, Phat Tony’s!

Why did you start a food truck?
I have a passion for cooking and making people happy through new tastes and new ideas. I have owned several restaurants over my life time and decided that I would like to take the food to the customer rather than having them come to you. There is also the social aspect of meeting customers from all over the city and province that may never come to my restaurant cause it isn’t in their neighborhood or city.

What kind of food do you serve?
Our food can only be described as comfort food. We serve everything from homemade pot pies to ooey gooey gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and scratch made Cream of Tomato Soup. This year we will be featuring daily and a weekly specials to give our customers a chance to try our new and exciting dishes.

Who can we see on the truck?
Well you will definitely see Anthony our chef and most times he will be accompanied by his family at the window or prepping behind the scenes. Having a large family allows for us all to work together to make this a true family adventure.

Where will you be serving?
We will be serving in all areas of Edmonton with our main spot being along Jasper Avenue. Hopefully you will be able to catch us at some of the great upcoming festivals that Edmonton offers each year and also our local Farmer’s Markets.

What makes your truck unique?
What makes us unique from some of the other trucks in Edmonton is we are a fully family run business. Everyone helps, from my young 8 year old boy to my partner’s 15 year old girl.¬†We also strive to use as many local ingredients and products as possible in the preparation of our food.

What is your favourite item on another food truck that is not your own?
My favorite item came last year from the Swich Truck at What the Truck. It was a Root Beer Braised Pork Sandwich. I have to give honourable mention to the Little Village Food Truck for their incredible Eat More Bar.

Country that inspires you the most (in terms of food)?
Italy!! Their use of simple fresh ingredients produces someof the best food in the world. Everything from fresh pasta to crispy pizza pies always tends to make my mouth water.

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
I hope to see lots of customers (LOL). Truthfully, being new to the Food Truck community I hope to get to know the other owners and learn from them what it takes to be successful in the Food Truck culture in Edmonton.

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Meet the Trucks: Smokehouse BBQ

Next up in our Meet the Trucks series: Smokehouse BBQ!

Truck Stop: Ginger Beef Throwdown1.Why are you rockin’ a food truck?

Our food truck is an extension of our restaurant and provides us an opportunity to take our food the street and explore other food / dishes that are a bit of a departure from our normal restaurant menu items. The truck also provides great exposure for the restaurant.

2. What kind of food to you serve? What sets it apart?

Our food is Southern BBQ based, slow smoked meats rubbed and finished with our BBQ sauces. We make everything in house, and we have dishes that are unique to Smokehouse BBQ such as our Bacon Bomb and our Pig Balls.

3. What do you love most about Edmonton’s food truck scene?

It is constantly growing, changing and evolving, with lots of new trucks coming and opportunities presenting themselves. And of course, the great people and personalities connected to it!

4. What can we expect from your truck in 2014?

We have new menu items coming and are very excited about them. Our expanded menu will have: catfish as a Po`Boy sandwich with red beans and rice; Barbacoa; a TexMex smoked Brisket in Adobo sauce with Salsa Fresco and fresh Guacamole in a soft taco; fresh made Andouille and Chorizo sausages served with smoked caramelized onions and sautéed sweet peppers, coleslaw and BBQ sauce in a toasted torpedo bun.

2014 will see the Smokehouse truck doing more street work then the last 2 years. We have a set location in the downtown core on 102 Street and MacDonald drive next to the veterans park. We plan to start up by mid-April on a regular basis when not booked for private, corporate or festival events, so we have a very busy season planned!

5. What is your favourite food truck item served by another truck?

Too many good things to pick just one!

Meet the Trucks: La Poutine

To gear up for the impending food truck season, we’re starting a new series today that will help you get to know the vendors that make up our great food truck community.¬†La Poutine is up first!

Truck Stop at Boyle Renaissance

1. Why are you rockin’ a food truck?

The La Poutine food truck is an extension of our restaurant, allowing
us to bring poutine to the streets of Edmonton. Interacting with our
customers while at festivals and events is a unique experience and
really creates a sense of community.

2. What kind of food to you serve? What sets it apart?

The name says it all! We serve authentic Quebec-style poutine made
with hand-cut fries and squeaky cheese curds. We offer creative
toppings made from fresh & homemade ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian
options are always available.

3. What do you love most about Edmonton’s food truck scene?

The Edmonton food truck scene is made up of passionate cooks/chefs
serving their own unique and tasty dishes. Food Trucks offer quality
(and sometimes gourmet) food in a casual atmosphere….and what could
be better than eating curb-side?

4. What can we expect from your truck in 2014?

More of the same delicious Canadian fair! We plan to have the truck
operating as much as possible and are already booking private events
and weddings.

5. What is your favourite food truck item served by another truck?

Everything I have tasted is delicious, but The Act’s Cajun Fish
Sandwich really stands out!