The list of mobile restaurants at this Saturday’s third Moveable Feast is smaller than it has been the last two years, but the lineup has something unexpected: A bigger South Sound truck presence.
Sixteen of 20 restaurants expected at the Cheney Stadium food truck meetup this weekend are based in Pierce County.
This summer has seen steady growth for mobile food businesses in Pierce County. But the region’s newest trucks aren’t necessarily new to the food business. Four new Pierce County mobile restaurants are outposts of brick-and-mortar restaurants that have long operated here.
Here are the newcomer trucks that will serve at Moveable Feast. All have local connections to longtime restaurants:
The Original House of Donuts truck: This is the inaugural season for the House of Donuts truck from the Lakewood doughnut bakery that opened in 1959.
Mobile Food Command Center: This truck opened in May and is a mobile restaurant from the restaurant group that also owns Tacoma restaurants Asado, Masa, Engine House No. 9 and Choripan. The MFCC menu is portable Mexican-themed food that includes street tacos, a Tijuana dog and burger specials.
Finnwick’s Kitchen: This mobile outpost of Tacoma Greek eatery It’s Greek To Me opened in June. Owner Jim Wick offers a menu of portable Greek food, including gyro sandwiches. The truck also makes pizza.
R.J.’S Fresh and Fast: This truck merges burgers and Indian food — the cuisines of its brick-and-mortar restaurants R.J.’s Burgers and Little India Express, which are Freighthouse Square restaurants operated by brothers Raj and Roger Singh, with Raj’s wife Rajinder Kaur. The truck is a brand-new venture from the family.
These two trucks also will make first appearances at Moveable Feast Saturday. They're both brand-new restaurants:
Kerry's Caribbean: This truck from first-time restaurant owner Kerry Ramroop is Lakewood based and just began serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Lakewood Farmers Market. Find a promising sounding menu of jerk dishes, curries and something not often seen around here: paratha roti, the flaky flatbread with Indian origins.
Da Van That Know The Man: Owner Terry Hayes has connections to two longtime barbecue haunts. His barbecue mentor was Alton Porter, the owner of Porter’s Place, who died in 2012. Hayes also has cooked with Martin Dowd of Dowd’s in Parkland. This is Hayes’ first season operating his barbecue van.
Plenty of familiar South Sound-based trucks will serve at Saturday’s event, including Celebrity Cake Studio’s Cakemobile, the Gibson’s Frozen Yogurt truck , Lumpia World, Budha Bear Bagels and barbecue truck Barrel No. 51. South Sound-based mobile food vendors will appear, too, including Ice Cream Social (a farmers market staple that just opened a scoop shop on Sixth Avenue); Philly This and Pampeana Empanadas. Plum Burger, the Seattle-based sister food truck to the Tacoma restaurant Quickie Too, will serve vegan burgers.
Seattle-based trucks Street Treats, Off The Rez, Athena's and Jemil’s Big Easy also will serve Saturday.
This year’s event will have two sessions from 12-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. (see admission details below). Trucks are expected to serve through both events.
This is the third year for the food truck meetup, which was the first of its kind in the area when it started in 2012.
Up next: Metro Parks, which hosted the Tacoma Food Truck Festival in July, will have another food truck meetup from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 28. That meetup will be held in conjunction with the Downtown to Defiance event at Point Defiance Park.
Moveable Feast 2014
Details: Saturday, Sept. 13 at Cheney Stadium
First session: 12-4 p.m., open to all ages. Free admission, with $5 parking
Second session: 6-10 p.m., open to 21 and older, $15 admission, which includes parking.
Tickets for second session: Cheney Stadium box office, Ticketmaster
Entertainment: Eight bands at two sessions. Performers include Kitt Bender and The Tennants in session one and Stephanie Anne Johnson and The Rusty Cleavers in session two.