The food truck culture has started to take shape in Orlando. Finally! Coming from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (a food truck city) there was a vendor on almost every corner. One of my favorite food trucks, The Creperie, was always posted on my college campus, Temple University. Choices from food trucks were endless, fresh smoothies or bagels for breakfast; warm Philly pretzels for lunch, and cheesesteaks or hoagies for dinner. In the past, many people ate from food trucks because there were not many choices if you did not bring a meal from home. Food trucks were not known for having good food-only a last resort. Today, chefs are ditching their own restaurants to head to the streets to create their next dish in food trucks!
I just recently learned about the food trucks in Orlando through Yelp!. Yelp! is a website that allows people to review local eating establishments and posts different social activities within the community. After reviewing the website I saw an advertisement for a Food Truck Bizarre. Catching my attention, I went to the event on Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando. There were about eight different food trucks and the lines were outrageous. Some of the trucks that were at the event: Yum Yum Cupcakes (who ran out of cupcakes to sell), Big Wheel Provisions Truck, The Crooked Spoon, and many more. Most trucks have set locations that they appear on a constant basis, but they make special appearances and some even offer catering. Each food truck has something that makes them unique to the food society. Yum Yum Cupcakes makes cupcakes like your grandmother used to. Big Wheel Provisions uses all local ingredients. The Crooked Spoon serves gourmet style food, but at a low cost from their food concession truck.
The food community in Orlando is growing, a wonderful start. I’m excited to see what the future of food vendors will bring for the city of Orlando. Hopefully the city will loosen restrictions to allow vendors to set up in more locations. Support your local chefs!