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”.

May 23, 2015 What The Truck?! Final Details

The first What the Truck?! of 2015 is happening in 3 days, and we have a few more details to share with everyone!

What: What the Truck?! at Churchill Square 
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 4-8pm
RSVP on Facebook!

With 25 trucks in Saturday’s event, there are over 100 menu items to choose from! To make it easier for you to navigate through the crowds and plan your attack, we have created a downloadable menu and sitemap. For more details on the menu items, visit our menus post here.

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To make the most of your time at What the Truck?!, we recommend checking out our Tips and Tricks and FAQ. Don’t see a question you have in there? Comment below and one of our team members will be happy to answer you.

Our What the Truck?! team members will also be on site wearing royal blue T-shirts with our logos on it. Feel free to stop us to ask any questions you may have. Our DJ will be providing music to entertain your families while you munch on some tasty food.

Need some cash? We will have an ATM on site located near the DJ (see sitemap). First Aid is also available.

Finally, tag us in your photos on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #whatthetruck! We’d love to see what you’re eating.

Hope to see you all on Saturday!

*Edit: Menu has been updated (May 22).

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.

May 23, 2015 What the Truck?! Menus

The wait is over! We know everyone has been anticipating the menus to be released, and here they are. (Warning: Do not read while hungry!)

What: What the Truck?! at Churchill Square 
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 4-8pm
RSVP on Facebook!

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  • Attila the HUNgry
    • DuckTots – Thai braised duck leg, shredded over tater tots, topped with hoisen aioli, lime sriracha, herbs, and peanuts.
    • Peacemaker Burger – Our signature HUNburger patty smothered in Thai peanut butter, strawberry sriracha jam, and crushed peanuts, on brioche.
    • Limping Dragon Wrap – Japanese BBQ chicken, vegetable slaw, snap peas, fruit salsa, garlic herb aioli
  • Bully Food Truck
    • Alberta Twisted Bacon Style Sushi: Everyone has Seen it on the internet? This is how it is done LIKE A BOSS! House Ground AAA Alberta Beef, Lightly Seasoned, Sharp Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Spinach, Wild Rice Wrapped in Peppered Bacon, Served with house Made Tomato Jam and a Little dressed Greens – $8
    • Colossal Shrimp BULLY MAC: Hallelujah! 1 Butter Poached 6 cnt Shrimp, Cheesy BULLY MAC Loaded with Garlic Bistro Shrimp topped with Garlic Panko and a Lemon wedge – $10
    • Pork Wellington: Brined and Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder, House Made Alberta Whiskey Pork Pate, Duxcell, Shallots wrapped in Golden Puff Pastry topped with Pork Demi-glaze served with Roasted Cauliflower puree, Pomme William Potato – $12
    • Perogy Like No Other: Calzone Size 4 Cheese Potato and Roasted Garlic Stuffed Perogy served with creamy Beer Mustard Slaw, and our House Made Double Smoked Shoulder Ham. Classic!!!! – $10
    • Baileys Rice Crispy Squares – $3
    • Blondie Cookie Cup Cakes with Jameson Caramel  and Sea Salt Crusted Milk Chocolate – $3
  • Carnival Cravings
    • Traditional mini donuts, gourmet mini donuts
    • Fresh squeezed lemonade
    • Hot pretzels (butter & salt, grilled cheese, cheddar jalapeno, perogy, and garlic cheese)
    • Cotton candy, fudge, nut brittle, ice cream novelties
  • Casa12Doce 
    • Tacos – chorizo and suadero (brisket)
    • Flautas
    • Quesadillas
    • Carlotta – dessert
  • Chedda Heads*
    • Easy Tiger: Smoked Brisket, Bacon Fat sauteed Brussels Sprouts, Monterrey Jack, Mozzarella – $10
    • Hellbent (Vegetarian): Cheddar, Mozzarella, Swiss, Avocado, Sweet Chilli Heat Doritos – $9
    • Rearview Mirror: Cheddar, Granny Smith Apples, Bacon, Maple Syrup – $9

      All Sandwiches served with Chips and Kosher style Dill Pickle
  • Chipman Fish & Chips*
    • French cut Deep fried Potatoes
    • Deep Fried Fish in a homemade batter

      We are gluten free and vegetarian friendly no meat or meat products. Only fish and potatoes.
  • Drift
    • Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sliders – housepickles & slaw
    • Pork Belly Sliders – pickled carrot & daikon, cilantro & chili mayo

      *Both come with a choice of hand cut fries or potato crisps
  • Explore India*
    • Butter Chicken – Tender chicken cooked in a rich and fragrant tomato based sauce complimented with onion, butter, cream and Indian spices. A classic staple of North Indian Cuisine. Finished with cream and cilantro and served with jasmine rice and naan. Optional gluten free*
    • Chicken Keema – Ground chicken marinated in ginger and garlic then sauteed in onions, tomatoes and flavoured with aromatic Indian spices and green peas. Finished with cilantro and served with naan. Optional gluten free*
    • Chana Masala – Chickpeas cooked in a fragrant onion and tomato based sauce, complimented with garlic, ginger, and authentic Indian spices. Served with your choice of rice or naan. Vegan and gluten free*
  • Fab Food on Four*
    • Bobalouie Pulled Chicken Sandwich
    • German Spaetzle with roasted Pork and purple cabbage
    • Kubbie Burger with homemade Honey Mustard Jalapeno sauce
    • Fresh Cut Fries
    • Assorted sodas in a bottle
  • Jeepney Jaytee*
    • Sisig Taco – A Filipino classic chopped grilled pork served in a soft taco shells drizzled with garlic aioli
    • Sisig Fries – Classic chopped grilled pork served on top of crispy fries
    • Pork Isaw – Filipino’s most favorite skewer
    • Pork Barbeque – Sweet Filipino blend charred to perfection
    • Kwek Kwek – Hard boild quail eggs coated with orange batter and deep fired. Served With Jeepney Jaytee’s original vinegar
    • Taho – Sweet soft tofu with pearls (sago) and caramelized pandan sugar (arnibal)
    • Caramelized Halo Halo – a popular Filipino dessert with mixture of shaved Ice, sweetened fruits, jelly, red/white beans, leche flan, signature caramel, pinipig and milk.
  • Jimmy Poblano
    • Chile Verde chimichanga – tender pork shoulder simmered in green chiles, and Alley Kat ale, cheese, and Mexican rice rolled into a flour tortilla, lightly fried and topped with New Mexican green and red chile sauces (Christmas style)
    • Machaca Beef Mini Chimichanga – slow roasted machaca beef, cheese, and Mexican rice rolled into a flour tortilla, lightly fried and topped with New Mexican green and red chile sauces (Christmas style)
    • Tortilla soup – scratch made chicken broth simmered with a blend of tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and a blend of Mexican herbs and seasonings; chicken, avocados, cheese, crisp tortilla strips, and sour cream.
    • Chocolate almond cheesecake – a light almond cheesecake topped with a homemade chocolate ganache
    • Mango cheesecake – a light cheesecake topped with a sweet and tart mango sauce.
  • Keilan’s Creamery
    • All Canadian Moose: Vanilla Ice Cream with chocolate fudge marble and peanut butter cups.
    • Belgian Hazelnut: Creamy rich chocolate and hazelnut flavored ice cream laced with chocolate.
    • Bubble Gum: Good old fashion blue bubble gum, that you know and love!
    • Butter Pecan: Butter Pecan base laced with fresh pecan nuts.
    • Burgundy Cherry: Bordeaux Cherry flavored ice cream with cherry pieces.
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter: Chocolate base marbled with oh so good peanut butter!
    • Coconut: Coconut flavored ice cream lace with toasted coconut.
    • Cookies and Cream: Vanilla ice cream laced with chocolate cream filled cookies.
    • French Vanilla
    • Mint Chocolate Chip: Green mint ice cream laced with chocolate chips.
    • Strawberry
    • Passionfruit Sorbet: Gluten and Dairy Free!
    • Pistachio: Pistachio flavored ice cream with diced toasted almonds.
    • Rootbeer Float: Rootbeer and Vanilla combined to create a ohh so good summer treat!
    • Tiger: Orange flavored ice cream marbled with black licorice.

      All of our ice cream is Gluten-free, and in addition we have a dairy free option.
  • Knosh
    • Chicken Tikka Pastie – Chicken tikka and potato wrapped in a traditional crust served with yogurt mint dip and chickpea salad   $6.00
    • Jacket Potato – Baked potato topped with Irish whiskey braised pork, stout and cheddar sauce and crispy onions   $6.00  (Gluten Free)
    • Sticky toffee bread pudding with caramel sauce       $3.00
    • Ginger Rum Ball      $2.00
  • La Poutine
    • Traditional Poutine: hand-cut fries topped with Quebec cheese curds and gravy *vegetarian + GF.
    • Vegan Poutine: hand-cut fries topped with Daiya vegan cheese and gravy *vegan + GF
    • Wild Mushroom Poutine: traditional poutine topped with 3 varieties of sauteed mushrooms. * vegetarian + GF
    • Supreme Poutine: traditional poutine topped with smokey bacon, sour cream and green onions
    • Chili Poutine: hand-cut fries topped with Quebec cheese curds and homemade chili
  • Molly’s Eats
    It’s our 5th year anniversary as a concession vendor. We’re bringing back dishes we served in 2010/11. At our first WTT in 2011 we served Trinidad Doubles. We’re bringing it back for the first 2015 WTT. Trinidad Menu:

    • Trini Doubles (Chickpea Sandwich) – Curry chickpea with cucumber chutney & mango chutney in curry flavoured Bara bread, made in house.
    • Mango Chow (Spicy Mango Salad) #gf #vegan – Mango, garlic, cilantro & Thai pepper sauce.
    • Coconut Sweet Bread Loaves #vegetarian – Coconut, dried sour cherry & craisin mini loaves.
  • Moose on the Run
    • Montreal Smoked Meat Mac and Cheese. $9.00
      Cheesy Mac & Cheese with mouth watering Montreal Smoked Meat.
    • Peanut Butter and Bacon Beef Sliders $10.00
      Need I say more?
    • Cuban Sliders $10.00. Two outside buttered Slider buns filled with Ham, Pork Roast, pickles, Swiss cheese and bold mustard pressed to crispy perfection!
    • Pop. $2.00
  • One Cool Cookie
    • TCC:  Triple chocolate cookie with black cherry ice cream
    • Sweet & Salty: Skor-bacon cookie with salted caramel ice cream
    • PB & J:  peanut butter cookie with peanut butter-chocolate ice cream and a splash of strawberry jelly
    • Sweet Classic:  chocolate chunk cookie with marshmallow ice cream

      We will also bring flavours of dairy free sorbet (raspberry, mango)!
  • Sailin On
    • BLT Wrap – Coconut Bacon, Garlic Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Carrot, in a warm flour tortilla
    • Jerk Tofu Burger – Jerk Tofu, Cabbage Slaw, Fried Plantains, Lettuce, Jerk Mayo, on a toasted burger bun
    • Hand-Cut Fries
    • Curry Fries
    • The Irish – Hand-cut fries, vegan cheddar, curry sauce, garlic mayo, cabbage, carrot, green onion.
    • Roasted beet and brown rice salad 
    • Cookies by Bloom Cookie Co.

      Everything is vegan. Roasted beet salad is Gluten-Free, BLT Gluten Free upon request.
  • Smokehouse BBQ
    • Deep Fried Pickles w/ Chipotle mayo – $5.00
    • Cajun Calamari w/ Chipotle mayo, lightly breaded, spiced and deep fried calamari topped with fresh onion and lemon and mayo on the side $8.00
    • Brisket Corn Dogs w/ creole mustard, deep fried smoked brisket in a cornmeal batter  $8.00
    • Bacon Bomb Sandwich – house made mild Italian sausage mix stuffed with jalapeno peppers, cheese, sauce, rub, wrapped in bacon and smoked, sliced and topped with Carolina coleslaw and served as a sandwich  $8.00
    • Burnt Ends Sandwich, slow smoked beef brisket served in a fresh Brioche bun with Terry’s Original BBQ sauce and smoked onions $8.00
    • Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, 14 hour smoked pulled pork served on fresh Brioche bun and topped with Carolina coleslaw and Carolina Mustard BBQ sauce $8.00
    • Dessert Special – Peanut Butter Chocolate Mississippi Mud Pie topped with candied bacon & whipped cream $5.00
  • SoCal Smoothies
    • Root beer bbq pulled pork wrap
    • Veggie quinoa wrap
      Smoothies:
    • Pipeline (strawberry banana)
    • Hang ten (mango)
    • Rip tide (blueberry)
    • Pineapple Express (pineapple, coconut milk)
  • Spice Rickshaw*
    • Cape Malay Chicken Bunny Chow Curry Bowl with salad
    • Chaat Papdi (Indian nachos): Vegetarian, Vegan option available
    • Pav Bhaji: Fusion Indo-Portuguese buttery potato dish with a side of Portuguese bun.
    • Pop
  • The Crooked Fork
    • Roasted Beet Tostada (Vegetarian dish): Crispy tostada topped with roasted beet, white bean and sundried tomato mashed, sauteed mushrooms and garnished with a fresh cilantro pesto.
    • Chicken Lollipops: Frenched chicken drumettes with a Thai green curry sauce over a coconut infused Basmati rice, homemade pineapple chutney garnished with sweet drop Peruvian peppers.
    • Mexican Pulled Pork Sandwich: Slowly cooked pork (marinated with fresh pineapple and banana leaves) with a homemade BBQ sauce topped with a Floribbean Slaw.
  • The Mini Donut King*
    • Mini Donuts – Pop Corn – Snow cones – Cotton Candy – Lemonade – Pop – Water – Coffee & Tea
  • Yellowbird
    • Wasabi Lox Sandwich
    • Miso Pulled Pork Sandwich
    • Spicy Miso Tacos, Miso marinated ground pork with Gouchu-jang sauce
    • Sesame Fish Tacos, Pan seared fish and Japanese crunchy slaw, Gluten Free
    • Mahi Mahi Wrap, Chili-Lime flavored mahi-mahi with Japanese crunchy slaw
    • Gyu-Don Beef, Thinly sliced beef rice bowl
    • Teriyaki Chicken Bento, served with rice and side dish

We will be creating printable PDFs with the site map and menus. Feel free to use these as a guide during the event!

Menus may be subject to change.
*New to What the Truck?!

May 23, 2015 What the Truck?! Line Up

Are you as excited for the first What the Truck?! of 2015 as we are? We know everyone has been sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for us the release the list of trucks.

What: What the Truck?! at Churchill Square 
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 4-8pm
RSVP on Facebook!

List of participating trucks:

*New to What the Truck?!

Stay tuned for our next post with the Menus!

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 🙂

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, jalapeño, 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