June 21, 2013

Eric Shepperd

Scottsdale's Food Truck Caravan Chef Challenge

The Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale is holding a Chef Challenge on Saturday, June 22 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  The caravan, which is held every Saturday night on the northwest corner of 5th Ave. and Goldwater, is drawing hundreds of people weekly. June 22,  the competition will be the first of its kind, giving one lucky Food Truck Caravan winner the opportunity to shine.

“The Phoenix street food scene has been too long under the radar,” said Lori Baker, event coordinator.  “This weekend, we’re creating our own version of Top Chef amongst the food trucks. Our judges will rank based on presentation, taste, originality and x-factor.  The winner will receive a spot on Restaurant Live AZ in August. We encourage the local community to come Saturday night and taste for themselves.”

The line-up includes Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Riteway Catering, Sandra Dee’s, Sweet Magnolia’s, Smitty’s Kitchen, SuperFarm Food Truck, Udder Delights and Torched Goodness.  Each truck will create a special “Ate on 5th” dish, which will also be available for sale that evening.

The judges are Chef Becky Wendells of The Herb Box, Chef Jeff Caswell of EVO Scottsdale and Joanie Simon of Restaurant Live AZ.  Judges will sample dishes beginning at 8:30 p.m. and the winner will be announced at 9:30 p.m. Both restaurant judges are participating in the “Ate on 5th” program.

“Our Ate on 5th program allows guests to receive discounts to participating area merchants, restaurants and bars by purchasing food off one of the food trucks,” said Baker.  “We want people to linger and support the local merchants.  Together, we’re building a community and are passionate about supporting locally-owned businesses.”

In addition to the Chef Challenge, Rock it Productions has secured Michael Signorelli, solo acoustic classic guitar player to perform  June 22.

About the Food Truck Caravan
Food Truck Caravan is where street food and local music connect.  Our vision is to build local community and connect cultures without leaving Scottsdale. To learn more, visit: www.foodtruckcaravan.com or call Lori Baker at 480.251.1769.