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Frank. food truck, via website

Frank food truck delivers crooning culinary delights

By Kaley Kurowski, Special to AZ Big Media

When you think of hot dogs, the first thing that comes to mind might be a picnic or a baseball game.

For Frank. food truck owner Adam Allison, his first thought was of Frank Sinatra.

Frank. food truck hit the streets in October 2013 when Allison, who has worked in restaurants for many years, wanted to try something new and hip as his next business venture.

Food trucks are the culinary rage, so Allison decided to make a go of it. It’s also cheaper and has less overhead involved than a brick-and-mortar restaurant, which he says appealed to him as well.

The menu at Frank’s consists of specialty hot dogs, such as smoked Polish sausage, bratwurst, chicken apple sausage, vegetarian on brioche, pretzel, and gluten-free buns.

The gourmet dogs include options like “The Bandit,” which has smoked Spanish onions, bacon, bourbon BBQ, cheddar cheese and cilantro. The “Distinguished Gentleman” is a delectable delight that includes brie, arugula, apple, crumbled walnut and Queen Creek Olive Mill Olive Oil. All of the combinations are unique and adhere to the Frank Sinatra theme.

The truck also features a create-your-own hot dog option and sides that include chips, garlic knots and lobster mac and cheese. It also serves Grateful Spoon Gelato in one-shovel or two-shovel sizes. Hansen’s All Natural Sodas, Jones Sodas and Coke products are also on the menu.

“I think it’s really creative because Frank Sinatra’s face is a face that draws people in, and it seems to be working for them really well,” said Amanda Luberto, a student at Arizona State University.

The concept of Frank Sinatra being the impetus for this food truck came from Allison wanting to do something timeless paired with the “franks.” The truck’s logo simply says “Frank.” on a black bar covering up Frank Sinatra’s infamous mug shot.

“I wanted to go with something classic, in theme with a hot dog, as well as something memorable,” Allison said.

The Frank. food truck stops at countless locations around the Valley, but among locals it’s most widely known for appearing at music festivals. From the Summer Ends Music Festival in September to the Pot Of Gold Music Festival in March, Frank.’s food truck gets around.

Allison also sells branded T-shirts and stickers.

“When you think of ‘Frank,’ my mind immediately goes to Frank Sinatra, so having a hot dog truck named ‘Frank.’ with Sinatra as their logo is genius to me,” said Deanna Romani, attendee of the Pot Of Gold Music Festival.


What’s new At Salt River Fields in 2015?

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host Arizona State University for the first game in 2015 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 3 and fans will have much to look forward to at the D-backs’ award-winning Spring Training facility, including a 3-D printer and a food truck featured on the hit TV show “Shark Tank.”

The concessions at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick offer a diverse food selection and this year fans will be able to enjoy select fresh Maine lobster dishes from Cousins Maine Lobster food truck, as seen on “Shark Tank.” Another exciting addition this season includes Dunkin’ Donuts, which will feature freshly made donuts and hot and iced coffee. The Banana Boat Lawn will offer additional beer portables. Fans can also enjoy new food items at two grill cart portables, including beef, chicken or vegetable quesadillas, gluten-free options and fresh-made guacamole at Southwestern Fare (located along the 3rd base line main concourse) and three handcrafted gourmet sliders at Stolen Base Sliders (located along 1st base line main concourse). Also new in 2015, fans will be able to purchase a 32 oz. souvenir beer mug at all beer portables throughout the stadium in which fans will be able to bring back the mug for discounted refills through the duration of Spring Training.

Fans can also look forward to a 3-D printer along the main concourse. Salt River Fields will be the first and only Spring Training venue to offer the advanced technology which can create custom busts and statues of fans in D-backs team colors, jerseys and logos for a unique keepsake. In the Team Shop, fans can choose from a wide selection of fun and colorful tie-dye merchandise by Liquid Blue. The Team Shop will also feature exclusive Spring Training merchandise such as a commemorative Rawlings game baseball including new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s signature as well as the Salt River Fields logo. The Salt River Fields Team Shop is now open and will include popular MLB licensees such as Nike, New Era, Majestic and ’47 Brand.

D-backs players will sign autographs for free, courtesy of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, before each home game from 11:45 a.m.-Noon on day games and from 5:45-6:00 p.m. on night games. Also new in 2015 is an expanded souvenir program available for $2 which includes 12 commemorative baseball trading cards featuring D-backs and Rockies players.

Tickets for Spring Training games at Salt River Fields start at $9 and can be purchased at www.dbacks.com/spring or by calling 480.362.WINS. Fans can also enjoy games from one of three shaded party decks with the comfort of padded seats on the second and third levels and expansive views of the entire field with majestic mountain vistas in the background for as low as $20.


Jaburg Wilk Celebration Benefits 3 Valley Charities

In celebration of 30 years, Jaburg Wilk is holding a charity carnival and silent auction. All proceeds will go to local charities Ryan House, Devin’s Gift and St. Joseph the Worker.

The event takes place Wednesday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Great American Tower, 3200 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Aioli Burger food truck will be selling lunch and will be donating a portion of their profits to the charities. There will be a silent auction consisting of prizes donated by local businesses and St. Joseph the Worker’s revamped mobile unit will be onsite for touring. Popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones will be provided.

Ryan House provides respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. Devin’s Gift provides shower kits to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Cardon’s Children’s Hospital. St. Joseph the Worker helps individuals return to the workforce and become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

All three charities will be on site to talk about their cause.

Taking It To The Streets On Food Truck Friday

The Phoenix public market and Food Truck Friday stimulate the community and economy.

Each Friday on Central and Fillmore, students, seniors and dressed-down businessmen and women mingle and munch at an event that not only satiates the appetite, but stimulates the economy, too — the Friday Food Truck event at the Phoenix Public Market.

In 2010, the Phoenix Street Food Coalition joined forces with the Phoenix Public Market to create the first Food Truck Friday event, which launched that November with five trucks. Since then, the event has had to adapt to the growing number of patrons.

Brad Moore, owner of Short Leash Hotdogs and founder of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, says the number of food trucks has doubled, increasing from five to 11.

“(Food Truck Friday) has been instrumental in helping food truck owners grow their business, and I think its helped to contribute to the overall awareness and success of the Phoenix Public Market,” Moore says.

The Phoenix Public Market recently added a covered patio with family-style seating where customers are able to converse and catch some shade. Moore says, on average, about 750 customers attend each Friday; and it’s quite the diverse group, too.

“We’ve seen everything from stay-at-home moms and those in the workforce, to senior citizens taking field trips to the Market, ASU classes reserving tables and civic groups,” says Cindy Gentry, executive director of Community Food Connections. “We’ve seen quite the range of people.”

Gentry, Moore and Cindy Dach, director of Roosevelt Row, all agree that the weekly Food Truck Friday event helps strengthen the sense of community within downtown area.

“It has a significant impact,” Dach says. “The success of Phoenix relies on the experience. People want to walk and bike and see a familiar face. The Market is a catalyst for that community impact.”

Because of the growing success and popularity of the event, the Market has added Wheel Food Wednesday to its events calendar, which features about nine food trucks. They have also extended the time of Food Truck Friday an extra half hour. They’re even planning to expand the venue’s space — into the street.

“Because the event is growing and more people are attending,” Gentry says, “the next frontier is to close off the street.”

For more information about the Phoenix Public Market and its weekly events, including Food Truck Friday and Open Air Saturday, visit foodconnect.org.