Gourmet food truck owners in Toronto make great food for hungry crowds. And some of them go above and beyond the call of duty, organizing, cheerleading and making noise at city hall to help promote the growth of their industry. And it’s not just truck owners – there are a handful of other food truck lovers who are busy advocating and organizing to help ensure that Toronto’s emerging gourmet food truck scene continues to grow. I took a moment to outline who’s who in the Toronto (and area) food truck scene.Click to Continue …
Although the food truck season is winding down for the winter, not all trucks are ready to shut it down just yet. Here’s where you can go to find gourmet food trucks this week (Nov 18-24). More services are expected to be scheduled in days to come, so come back and check regularly for updates.
Roy Thomson Hall (Corner of Simcoe & Wellington) from 11AM-2:30PM:
Tuesday November 19: Crossroads Diner
Wednesday November 20: Fidel Gastros
Thursday November 21: Buster’s Sea Cove and Tiny Tom Donuts
Friday November 22: The Feisty Jack and I Love Churros
York University (Keele Campus) from 11AM-4PM:
Tuesday November 19: Gourmet Gringos
Friday Night Live at the ROM from 7PM-11PM:
Friday November 22: Gourmet Gringos & Curbside Bliss
23 Portland Parking Lot from 8PM-3:30AM:
Friday & Saturday: Curbalicious Inc
The Gentlemen’s Expo at MTCC:
Friday-Sunday: The Food Dudes & Gourmet Gringos
Toronto Premium Outlets (13850 Steeles Ave W) from 12PM-6PM:
Sunday November 24: Urban Smoke Truck
This Sunday, four gourmet trucks will be getting into the holiday spirit and will be setting up at the Sony Centre for the Santa Claus Parade. You’ll be able to gets your hands on some savoury street eats from Gourmet Gringos and Busters Sea Cove as well as some warm treats from the I Love Churros and Beaver Tails Truck. They will be set up under the Sony Centre canopy from 12PM-5PM.
What happens to food trucks in winter time? Good question! As the days grow shorter and colder, we wondered the same thing. We talked to a number of food trucks to find out whether they’ll be braving the winter. If so, we asked how they cope and what the challenges are. And if not, we find out what they’ll be doing on the meantime. Here’s what they had to say:
Gourmet Gringos has taken their award-winning mobile taqueria concept and given it a permanent home in their recently opened restaurant at Bathurst and St. Clair. While we first reported this way back in the Spring, it took the Gringos’ team a number of months to get everything ready for their first walk in customer. And the wait was worth it. Read more here about the new 24-seat eatery that offers up food truck favourites presented on traditional corn tortillas plus a selection of new menu items not available via the truck.
Food trucks are back for lunch again this week at Roy Thomson Hall. Here’s who you’ll be able to find this week:
Food trucks will be set up for lunch at the corner of Simcoe and Wellington beside Roy Thomson Hall from 11AM to 2:30PM
Dessert trucks are the sweetest thing to happen to Toronto’s gourmet food truck scene! Whether it’s an authentic Mexican churro, a freshly baked and frosted cupcake or a slab, slice or scoop of other treats, it seems street food is developing a sweet tooth. Check out some of the city’s best mobile treateries.
Curbside Bliss Cupcakes
This Oakville-based truck, “the Sugar Cube”, is really a bakery on wheels with a counter-top oven that can bake 60 cupcakes at a time. Enjoy over 30 yummy flavours of cupcakes, including a handful of unfussy “man cakes.” Think: Jack Daniels… and bacon.
This family-owned and operated truck serves up crunchy churros coated with sugar and cinnamon, and then, if you like, filled or topped with chocolate or (my fave) dulce de leche.
Warm yourselves up this week with some gourmet food truck lunches. Trucks are back at the corner of Simcoe and Wellington during lunch this week from 11AM-2:30PM. Here’s who you can find this week:
UPDATE: Hogtown Smoke will no longer be at Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday November 7th. Busters Sea Cove will now be there for lunch with Tiny Toms Donuts.
Me.n.u food truck is all about doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Most folks know the wildly popular riceball vendors from their pop-ups all over Toronto in the summer of 2013, from Toronto Underground Market, to TO Food Fest, to Night it Up in Markham. But that’s not really where the story starts – and certainly not where it will end!
The tale begins with two bright, young suburbanites Allen Tan and Bryan Siu-Chong who say they watch too much Food Network, dream very big and love food more than words can say – though Allen does say plenty about it on his amusing tumblr documenting the business launch.
Instead of taking their recently-minted university degrees to Bay Street, they decided they wanted to make riceballs a household name and start the most awesome Asian-inspired food truck ever. A dream was born – and a brand that is more like a vision: “Our vision of success is travel eat share,” says Allen. “To travel the world and eat the most delicious food and bring it back to Toronto. That’s actually a life goal. That’s what we what we want to be doing for the rest of our lives.”
Curbside Crepes has always been about farm fresh goodness. Local suppliers. Fresh food in season.
Now, the Hamilton food truck that sells hefty, filling crepes with wonderful local ingredients is getting back to nature in a huge way. By opening their own farmers market, and taking their food truck business off the streets and moving it down on the farm.
Turns out, truck owners Rogie Legault and Nicki Pollock own a farm in Carlisle, north east of Burlington. (The third Curbside business partner, Nell Spicer, has her own farm nearby in Copetown). They realized that the Carlisle farm’s location on a busy local road, a pastoral setting and terrific soil added up to a great place to grow veggies, park their truck in an idyllic country setting and invite customers out to soak it all up.