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SouthWest Bound and Down’, A Food Truck Review of the Loaded Up and Truckin’ Food Truck Off
Southwest Bound and down, loaded up and truckin’! We gon’ do what they say can’t be done…
And by that, I mean eat and judge 19 food trucks in less than four hours. We don’t play around when it comes to eating. Stu’s training comes from years of eating out, judging festivals, and being extremely involved in the culinary scene here in our Asheville community. Mine comes from growing up in a southern family with a stay at home mom that made me a lot of food and mandatory cleaning of plates. I have always had a huge passion for food, and working the past two years with Dig Local has really introduced me to some amazing local restaurants. One thing I have discovered that I wasn’t very aware of before I started working here was the food truck scene.
What I love about food truck owners and chefs is their passion. Some of them are working towards a brick and mortar, but the majority of them are doing it for the versatility and the ability to reach a large amount of people in different areas and specialize in plates that would be hard to find in a typical restaurant. I am very thankful for our amazing mobile food scene in Asheville and hope that they continue to grow so that I can eat on every corner. That’s the dream, right?
Since Stu already posted his review and I reposted it here on my blog, I will keep it short and sweet, and this post will be mostly for the visual aspect. After the pictures, I will let you know who were my top three.
AND NOW THE MOMENT YOU’VE ALL BEEN SCROLLING FOR, STEPHAN’S WINNERS OF THE LOADED UP AND TRUCKIN’ EVENT:
Third Place: Farm to Fender
Stu and I both felt that it was a bold move to serve a fishy dish to a mass audience to be judged, and boldness that produces results should be awarded. Fantastic presentation, loads of taste, and very complex. Easily something I would enjoy from a nice restaurant. Just what they do every day at Farm to Fender. Go check them out at their commissary on Sweeten Creek Road, tell them Stephan sent you in and get the brisket burger. You with thank me forever and always.
Second Place: Smash Box Mobile Kitchen
Thank you Nestor and crew for that chicken and waffle bite. It took the longest preparation of any sample I got all day long, but it was so worth it. Smash Box ended up winning the competition as well, and they definitely deserved it. I’ve never had a bad meal from there, they have fantastic Nicaraguan style food that is loaded with taste that will get all corners of your mouth hopping.
First Place: Melt Your Heart
Slow clap. You did it. One of my favorite sayings from Woody Guthrie goes:
“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.”
I’m not going to sit here and say that I don’t bawk a little when I see the word “deconstructed” in cuisine. It feels snooty with a touch of hipster. Well, whatever they did with that deconstructed grilled cheese was right on point. In my opinion, Melt Your Heart won the showdown with a grilled cheese. Smoked gouda, bacon, toast, and tomato bisque. They all came together in the perfect size, taste, and presentation to melt my taste buds and spoil me early on in the competition. Even better, Melt Your Heart is getting a second food truck to keep up with our cheese needs. Congratulations! Y’all keep killing it, and I’ll keep eating it, and singing the praises. Here are links to all the food trucks in the showdown so you can keep up with their going ons:
That’s it for me. I’m off to bed to inevitably dream about food, cheese, and pork belly. Please go out and support our food trucks, they are doing amazing things for our local food scene. And if you ever get the chance to judge a food truck festival, please consult your local physician, then consult professionals like Stu and I on the importance of proper training before committing to eating for four hours straight.