Food Truck Takeover

By Chefadoo’s Jen Hankin

Move over restaurants, there’s a new favorite spot in town — and they may be parked right in front of you. I’m talking Food Trucks! These new street food vendors aren’t just fast food, they are high-end, gourmet fare at a reasonable price. Though most of these trucks charge more than typical hot dog or taco trucks, their meals generally cost less than comparable sit-down restaurant fare.

These gourmet trucks’ menus run the gamut of ethnic and fusion cuisine. Often focusing on limited but creative dishes. Many trucks specialized in outlandish burgers, which another my only serve lobster rolls.  durham-food-truck-rodeoFood Trucks are taking over the lunch scene. Not only are they gourmet but they are tech-savvy and politically correct. Many offering sustainably harvested, gluten-free options and almost always locally sourced. The trucks owners include highly trained chefs and well-know restaurateurs. As they move all around, they alert their customers to their locations using Twitter and Facebook. Proving how tech-savvy they really can be. Most command a huge social networking following.

Cities like Austin, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are known for their delicious food trucks. Smaller cities like Raleigh and Durham North Carolina also host Food Truck Rodeos, an all day event featuring 50+ trucks with a huge crowd gathering.

downtown food truck rodeoCapitalizing on Food Trucks’ social power, company are partnering with them for promotional efforts. For example, Peachy Keen in Cary NC just celebrated its first anniversary with a cupcake truck, Sweet Traditions by LeAne! They offered a free cupcake with any purchase. The truck, an adorable vintage 1976 Scotty Sportsman trailer helped draw a larger crowd to the small, family owned boutique.

sweet traditions

Measurements Cheat Sheet

By Chefadoo‘s Jen Hankin

I know many master chefs have that magic touch when it comes to measurements. You simply cook by smell and taste. I am not one of those cooks. And I’m sure many of the more novice chef’s out there can agree with me. We need to follow a recipe, down to the last pinch!

While cooking I often struggle on how to convert measurements from pints to ounces, from teaspoons to cups, etc. Especially since I do most of my cooking after a long stressful day, rushing as my stomach grumbles with hunger.

Trying to convert measurements in my head NEVER works! That’s why when I stumbled upon this measurement cheat sheet, I literally jumped for joy!

measurement cheat sheet

This is a great resource to keep in the kitchen, even for the experienced chefs! You never know when you might need to convert measurements or a valuable resource while doubling or cutting recipes in half. I love the fun graphics and easy to print nature of this cheat sheet! Huge thanks to One Good Thing By Jillee for sharing.