POSTED Wed. Oct 1, 2014


Food Truck Park to open on St Claude
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

Food trucks have increasingly become a staple of the New Orleans food scene. Their evolution in the city has followed a standard American trajectory; the area’s first food trucks were aimed at migrant laborers who arrived to fill construction jobs post Katrina. These trucks sold Central American fare for a largely Central American clientele.

Since the mid-noughties, the local food truck movement became increasingly embraced by the young and middle class, and the mobile cuisine on offer has concurrently expanded and diversified. We’re now at a stage where there’s a New Orleans Food Truck Coalition, representing an enormous crop of food trucks whose culinary offerings range from falafel to empanadas to barbeque to the unholy King Cake Burger. Brick-and-mortar stars of the local gastronomic scene like Boucherie began life as food trucks, while restaurants like Theo’s have taken that route in reverse, and now operate their own food trucks.

Clearly, the appeal of a food truck is its mobility, but there’s also something to be said for reliably knowing where your meal on four wheels is going to appear. And that sort of predictability is now coming to 3039 St Claude Ave in the form of the St Claude Food Truck Park, which comes to the city courtesy of the good folks at My House NOLA and St Claude Main Street

The event, which begins on Oct 2, will round up food trucks from across the city every Thursday through Saturday evening until Nov 8. At each food truck night, three different mobile kitchens will sling hash to the masses from 6-9pm. This being New Orleans, a town where we like a little music to accompany our eats, there will, of course, be tunes. The entire shebang is structured as a means of marrying family friendly food festival atmosphere with a beat you can dance to, all in the shadow of downriver neighborhoods.

Here’s the St Claude food Truck Park Lineup as of today:

Oct 2-4
Thursday: Theos Pizza Truck, Dirty Dishes, Burgers Ya Heard
Music By: Murf Reeves from WWOZ

Friday: Grilling Shilling, Cocoa & Cream, Meltdown

Saturday: Burgers Ya Heard, Cocoa & Cream, Diva Dawg
Music By: DJ Ruby

Oct 9-11
Thursday: St. Clair Pizza Truck, Crepes a la Cart, Meltdown
Music By: Jereme Altenberg

Friday: Grilling Shilling, Cocoa & Cream, Crepes a la Cart
Music By: Murf Reeves from OZ

Saturday: Theos Pizza Truck, NOLA Cluck Truck, Dirty Dishes
Music by: Chris Sheard & the Transplanted Roots

Oct 16-18
Thursday: Theos Pizza Truck, Crepes a Crêpes à la Cart, New Orleans,Diva Dawg Food Truck
Music By:DJ Ruby

Friday: Burgers Ya Heard, Grilling Shilling
Music By: Chris Sheard & the Transplanted Roots

Saturday: The Cluck Truck
Music By: BouSol

Oct 23-25
Thursday: Theos Pizza Truck, Diva Dawg
Music by: Shotgun Double

Friday: Dirty Dishes, Grilling Shilling, Meltdown

Saturday: Grilling Shilling, NOLA Cluck Truck
Music by: BouSol

Oct 30-Nov 1
Thursday: Burgers Ya Heard, Diva Dawg, St. Clair
Music by: DJ Ruby

Friday: La Cocinita, Grilling Shilling, Cocoa & Cream
Music by: DJ Ruby

Saturday: La Cocinita, Burgers Ya Heard

Nov 6-8
Thursday: Theos Pizza Truck, Meltdown, Diva Dawg

Friday: Crepes a la Cart, Dirty Dishes, The Cluck Truck
Music by: Katy and Shanece

Saturday: Theos Pizza Truck, Crepes a la Cart, La Cocinita
Music by: BouSol

Image of the Diva Dawg Food Truck (in its very earliest days) courtesy of Facebook.

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