Despite the rotten weather, Chicago’s first Food Truck Summit took place last night at Goose Island. Seven food trucks represented the scene officially — Gaztro-wagon, Hummingbird, 5411 Empanadas, Sweet Miss Givings, Tamale Spaceship, Flirty Cupcakes and The Southern’s Mac & Cheese Truck. Author Heather Shouse was also on hand to sign her book, Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels.
I got there before the 7pm start time, and watched as the trucks were swarmed with people by 7:05pm. Truffle macaroni & cheese was gone by 7:20pm, and long lines overlapped indistinguishably in the tented area between trucks. However, people stuck out the rain and the cramped conditions to divide and conquer the lines. Goose Island had their common room set up with tables, samples of the limited edition Curbside and Green Line brews, and the Blackhawks playoff game on the television.
It was great to see so much enthusiasm for Chicago’s food truck scene. With this much support, perhaps rules regarding food preparation on trucks will change sooner rather than later. As great as the offerings are, there’s a world of difference between pre-packaged and freshly prepared food and the city is ready to experience the difference.
Continue to support area food trucks by tracking them on Twitter. And be sure to check out the rest of the photos from the Food Truck Summit on the Chicago Bites Facebook page. While you’re there, give the page a like. Thanks!