As temperatures drop during the fall, food trucks naturally have a harder time bringing in customers off the street, says Baltimore-based hospitality consultant Willy Dely. But thanks to a weeklong event he’s organized for next month, Baltimore’s mobile restaurateurs will have seven days devoted to serving up their delicious fare.
The Inaugural Baltimore Food Truck Week will run from Monday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 12, and will feature at least 25 food trucks, according to a newly added list on the event’s website. A few of the many recognizable names on the roster include Gypsy Queen, El Gringo Baltimore, Pasta La Vista, Baby! and Kooper’s Chowhound.
Dely, who runs his consulting firm Au Jus Solutions and previously helped launch food trucks for Kooper’s and others, said his inspiration for the effort was to “help food trucks get more recognition regarding everything they can do.”
“They’re not only serving lunch at the street corner everyday,” he said. “They do private functions, festivals, catering…there are so many options with food trucks. Those guys are hands-on everything, from the shopping the prep, the sale aspects of it – they do their best to market themselves.”
Generally speaking, Baltimore Food Truck Week will be everywhere at once, with food trucks posting up around the city and surrounding counties. Some will offer specials or host benefits for local organizations.
Out in Stevenson on Nov. 9, Chef’s Expressions will host a wine supper at Gramercy Mansion benefitting educational food organization Tastewise Kids. And Wolo, a self-described “functional gourmet kitchen on wheels,” will link up with Baltimore Whiskey Company to celebrate the distillery’s second birthday at its Remington headquarters on Nov. 12.
There is one central event, however: A free-entry celebration on Nov. 10 at Patterson Park, with more than 20 food trucks, music, vendors and a bar. The festivities will run from 5-9 p.m. near the Pulaski Monument.
Dely said it’s a pride point to be able to offer free entry to guests, who will only need to pay the vendors for food and drink. He also touted the locally sourced bar, which will serve drinks from Patapsco Distillery, Harford Winery and, as of today, Peabody Heights Brewery.
“We were able to work with local businesses to do it all for an event for the community, by the community,” he said.
Dely said he has a couple more events in the works leading up to the start of Food Truck Week. Click here to learn more and keep tabs on any new developments in the days ahead.
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