>*** and the winner is Comment #14 – JenV or @JenAlber on Twitter ***
I’ve been a huge fan of the food truck movement ever since I first stumbled upon a huge snaking line of people waiting for warm cookies and brownies from the Treats Truck in Manhattan five or six years ago. Their excitement was irresistible. Walking past that line and missing a chance for a treat was simply not an option. The spontaneity and fun of sharing a foodie experience with all those strangers erased all the stress of the interview I had just finished. Standing in the warm spring sunshine, waiting for my turn to order my cookie, I happily dismissed all thoughts of the big job opportunity I was pretty sure I didn’t want.
Since that memorable encounter with the Treats Truck, the number of food trucks in cities across America has grown exponentially as chefs and amateurs alike have embraced this low-cost way to get their food to customers. In Columbus, I was blown away by the freshness and quality of the food served by the 30 Taco trucks around the city. And now that I’m in Chicago, I can’t wait to discover the local food truck offerings.
I am sure that the Food Network’s latest show, The Great Food Truck Race, will inspire countless other food-obsessed entrepreneurs across the country to hit the road with their own unique food trucks. If you haven’t checked out the show, it’s not too late to add it to your DVR and catch up with previous episodes on the web. The finale is just 3 weeks away on September 19 at 9PM ET/PT. The show features seven gourmet food trucks racing coast-to-coast on a culinary road trip to convince Americans to step outside their culinary comfort zones and try something new. The last truck standing will win $50,000.
To drive up interest in time for the finale, I have a Great Food Truck Race gift pack for giveaway today which includes a t-shirt, an apron and a bumper sticker. To enter to win, please leave me a comment about a food truck experience before Friday, September 17. I’ll select the winner at random that night.
For additional chances to win, you can:
- Follow @Chefdruck on Twitter
- Tweet about this contest.
- Post about this contest on your Facebook page.
- Post about this contest on your blog.
- Subscribe to Chefdruck Musings.
- Tweet about this contest on multiple days, and you’ll get multiple entries. Just don’t forget to leave me a comment each time you perform an entry action so that you get credit
In addition, you can vote for your favorite nominated food truck from now until September 10th for “America’s Favorite Food Truck Giveaway” and a chance to win a trip to the Food Network NYC Wine + Food Festival