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Mobile food-truck court launches in downtown Phoenix

[Source: Kellie Hwang, azcentral.com]

New Times/Brad Moore

It’s been confirmed: The Mobile Food Truck Court will launch on Nov. 5 at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market.

The court, organized by the newly formed Phoenix Street Food Coalition, has been green-lighted by the city. Food trucks will set up every Friday during lunchtime in the parking lot of the market.

Brad Moore, owner of Short Leash Hotdogs, is spearheading the effort. He hopes to draw downtown employees.

“We are ecstatic about this opportunity and so thankful to the Phoenix Public Market for allowing us to use their facilities,” Moore said. “This is going to grow into a great cultural event within downtown Phoenix, something that hopefully in the next few years will rival the street-food scenes in cities like Portland (Ore.) and LA.”

The trucks will be set up in the parking lot, with tables and chairs underneath the carports for shade. If all goes well, Phoenix Public Market owner Cindy Gentry said the hope is to renovate the parking lot with misters to make it more diner-friendly. She is looking forward to food court and thinks it will add to the foot traffic in the market.

“I love the energy of the trucks and the people,” she said. “The food is fabulous, and this will really create a good synergy with the public market. Nothing but positivity can come from this.”

Here are the confirmed food trucks for the opening:

Moore hopes to add more trucks and rotate them.

Details:

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, starting Nov. 5.

Downtown Phoenix Public Market, 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix.

Prices vary.

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Street food coming to downtown Phoenix

[Source: Michelle Laudig, Phoenix New Times Chow Bella[/caption]

Phoenix isn’t exactly on a roll — yet. But a mobile street food revolution is slowly taking shape here.

Photo courtesy of Torched Goodness via Phoenix New Times

Stringent laws in Valley cities have made it hard for food cart culture to flourish locally, but a new group that calls itself the Phoenix Street Food Coalition is working to change that. Yesterday, the group announced its involvement with a new weekly event coming to the Phoenix Public Market, aMobile Food Court that will open for lunch every Friday starting October 1.

Elsewhere, there’s plenty of inspiration. There’s a huge cluster of food carts in downtown Portland, offering everything from meatball subs to sopapillas to Thai noodles. And in Los Angeles, locals follow their favorite vendors on Twitter to see which neighborhood they’re parked in at the moment. The phenomenon even has its own Food Network series, The Great Food Truck Race.

Once the Mobile Food Court starts up, you’ll be able to sample an excellent crepe from Truckin’ Good Food, bite into a gourmet hot dog from Short Leash Dogs, indulge in some creme brulee from Torched Goodness, and snack on homemade treats from other coalition members, including La Vida Locavore, Puro Sabor, FruFru Pops, Udder Delights, What’s Your Grind, and MF Tasty.

Details:

The Mobile Food Court will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday at 14 E. Pierce St., beginning Friday, October 1st.

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