February 9, 2015 |
Before new-wave food trucks were hawking mac-and-cheese 10 different ways, burgers with pork belly, and cupcakes with Earl Grey buttercream, there was Magic Carpet Foods, one of Philly's original food trucks. Serving vegetarian eats with global influences and memorable monikers, Magic Carpet Foods quickly attracted a following when it opened on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 1984. Several trucks and Magic Meatballs later, Deborah Carson and her husband, Dean Varvoutis, have seen undergrads go on to finish doctorates, marry, and have children who enroll and come back.
November 8, 2014 |
When Paulette Myrick's husband died in 2010 of liver cancer after 32 years of marriage, she began looking for other ways to support herself, and came up with baking. She had grown up around her grandfather's bakery on 22d and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia and had developed an aptitude. On Wednesday night, she took one more step toward that goal: She finished a section of a Community College of Philadelphia course called "mobile food truck management. " "After all these years, I liked the fact that I could work for myself and not for anyone else," said Myrick, who earned a culinary arts degree from CCP in 2012 but still works as a housekeeper.
November 2, 2014 |
First we knew him as "Johnny Mac" McDonald, the rising star chef at Snackbar tricked-out with molecular gastro powders and gels. Then we knew him as Jonathan Adams, the more mature, back-to-basics fish-and-chips master at Pub & Kitchen. Then he became a coffee roaster with a food truck - and ultimately quit restaurants altogether. These days, you'll find the father of three boys grilling toast and serving pour-overs at Rival Bros., the sleek corner cafe he recently opened with partner Damien Pileggi at 25th and Lombard.
October 14, 2014 |
FIVE chef-on-wheels wannabes stood in a Community College of Philadelphia driveway on 18th Street near Spring Garden, listening to Josh Kim, owner of SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork, preach his food-cart gospel. "I'm taking money from you and you're going to put something that I make in your mouth," Kim told them. "This is the most intricate transaction you can do, other than . . . " he said, waiting for the laugh and getting it. Kim was a recent guest lecturer in chef John Olsen's "Introduction to Food Truck Entrepreneurship" course at CCP, the first college program of its kind in Pennsylvania.
October 3, 2014
So, uh, what's a Foowich? Imagine that the noble burrito was invented on some bustling Asian side street instead of in Mexico, and you pretty much have your answer. The guys at Foo take your choice of protein, lay it over a bed of aromatic jasmine rice, add some vinegary carrot-daikon slaw and cucumber slices and fold - not wrap - it all up in a flour tortilla. Land of the Foo: Head out to Drexel's food-truck mecca, at 35th and Market, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays for some Foo flavor, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, they set up shop in LOVE Park at the same time.
September 18, 2014 |
MOUNT AIRY IS eagerly expecting 11,000 of its closest friends to jam three blocks of Germantown Avenue tomorrow night for a street festival featuring 50 gourmet food trucks, drinks, live music on two stages and a kids' fun zone. "Folks get really packed in, which is part of the energy here," said Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, which is presenting "Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll" from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick Street and West Mount Airy Avenue.
August 25, 2014 |
A day in the life of a Philadelphia pop-up beer garden begins hours before the suds start to flow. At 11:30 on an overcast Sunday morning, Jason Blacketer was doing battle with mulberries, clearing the spiky orange-reddish fruits that had fallen from a giant tree in the once-fallow lot tended by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society at 15th and South streets. Blacketer wiped the remnants of the early morning rain, from the tables and chairs. More unwelcome weather was forecast.
August 8, 2014
The deal: Crepes, packed with sweet and savory ingredients that are sometimes surprising. Lime in a sweet crepe? Yes, please! The Kyra crepe with cinnamon, sugar and, yes, lime is fantastic. A best-seller is the Orlando (blend of three Mexican cheeses, guacamole, chipotle sour cream, spinach, roasted chicken). Another surprise: a saucy, cheesy pizza crepe. We had: (And loved) the Ronnie (grilled chicken, three cheeses, tomatoes, pesto) and the Olivia (dark chocolate, strawberries, whipped cream)
July 26, 2014 |
The mother and daughter who were seriously injured when the food truck they were working in exploded in Feltonville have died, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Thursday. Olga Galdamez, 42, died Sunday, and her daughter, Jaylin Landaverry-Galdamez, 17, died Tuesday from the burns they suffered in the July 1 explosion. Police said they believed the truck, parked at Third Street and Wyoming Avenue, exploded because of a leak in one of the propane tanks attached to the back.
July 25, 2014 |
JAYLIN LANDAVERRY'S classmates gathered last night on a busy Feltonville corner with tears in their eyes. They lit votive candles and said a "Hail Mary," their lilting voices lifting above the din of a nearby auto-body shop. At their feet was a memorial to Landaverry, 17, steps away from where a massive fireball had engulfed La Parrillada Chapina, the food truck she had helped her mother run. After weeks of treatment for severe burns, Landaverry died late Tuesday at Temple University Hospital.