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Keep on food truckin’

Monthly mobile cuisine gathering brings SCV residents out to chow down

Posted: November 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Parking lot patrons look over the menu at The Grilled Cheese Truck - one of several food trucks serving meals during Second Sundays, A Food Truck Invasion in Valencia on Sunday. Photo by Jim Holt.

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A convoy of more than half a dozen food trucks served up lot of comfort food — and a lot of comforting — Sunday in what is becoming a budding monthly venue for repeat business and faithful patrons.

Second Sundays, A Food Truck Invasion, is becoming a ritual for both food truck vendors and the “foodies” who stalk them.

On Sunday, food lovers like young mom Corbetta Gregory — who had already sampled the delicious wares offered up at last month’s SecondSundays event — returned to The Gateway Promenade parking lot on The Old Road for second helpings.

“We love it when the food trucks come out every month,” she said, standing with her two children in front of Baby’s Badass Burgers.

“The first time I ate their burgers, I went to my car, ate it, then came back and got another one,” she said.

And, on Sunday, she returned to the scene of “Baby’s Badass Burgers” with her 5-year-old daughter, Abi-Dawn, and son Levi, 9.

Abi-Dawn’s review of the burger was “good” and not too spicy. Her brother, who had the bacon burger, was asked if Sunday’s outing would be his last visit to the Second Sundays food truck event. Answer: No.

As the sun set on the parking lot, just south of where Highway 126 meets Interstate 5, scores of food folks strolled truck-to-truck from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Second Sundays, A Food Truck Invasion, is organized by the West Ranch Wildcat Football group and, according to the their Facebook page, it’s a chance to “hang out with friends and shop local. Five percent of the truck sales go to benefit West Ranch Wildcat Football, according to the group’s Facebook page.

The football group notes on its website that food trucks vary, adding: “You never know what’s on the menu.”

This Sunday, food trucks included: Rice Balls of Fire, The Cupcake Truck, Who’s Hungry, Baby’s Badass Burgers, The Chili Philosopher, The Trailer Park Truck and The Grilled Cheese Truck.

The Komen family turned away from The Grilled Cheese Truck with dad — Jason Komen — bringing trays of grilled cheese to his family.

“I went to the Grilled Cheese Truck so that I could share it with her,” said Amy Komen, pointing to her 19-month-old daughter, Madeline.

Through a narrow window at the Chili Philosopher, food truck server Alex Kavallierou barked out a call for “free samples” and immediately had takers reaching up for them.

Tiffany Ramos, owner of The Cupcake Truck, participated in last month’s event and business was so good, she decided to do it again.

“We’re new to the food truck scene,” she said through the truck server window.

“We did pretty well last time. It’s worth it to see people take that first bite — that’s what brings me joy.”
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