Food slingers, round two: Canalside Food Fight rolls on tonight
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 12, 2013 @ 8:57am
Although the weather didn’t fully cooperate with the first Canalside Food Fight, the culinary concoctions created by Buffalo’s participating food trucks were enough to garner some momentum for the series.
After a three-month hiatus, the Iron Chef-style food truck competition rages again from 5 to 8:30 tonight at Canalside—the same location as the Buffalo Place Thursday at Canalside shows. The event is rain or shine and free to attend, and 11 trucks will vend to the public.
Here’s the entire list of trucks competing tonight: Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs, the Knight Slider, Black Market Food Truck (Update, 11 a.m. Aug. 12: The Black Market Food Truck is in repair and will not be available to compete tonight), the Whole Hog, Roaming Buffalo, Cheesy Chick, House of Munch, Amy’s Truck and Greek on the Street. ThaiMeUp Truck and R&R BBQ will be on the scene to vend but not compete.
Newcomer Gelato Gypsy will also serve, and tonight’s festivities serve as a perfect opportunity to sample this fledgling cart.
In a bit of a surprise, the Whole Hog—now owned by Kathleen Haggerty’s nephew, Brenden Haggerty (pictured left in header), former chef at Tabree Restaurant—took the season’s first three points by securing first place, edging the Sweet Hearth (second) and the Black Market Food Truck (third).
Here’s Buffalo Eats’ Donnie Burtless’ explanation of the Whole Hog’s winning dish: “Brenden Haggerty from The Whole Hog presented the group with another McKinley inspired meal, this one based on a menu he found. He served turkey that was stuffed and served with their signature black beans with a drizzling of a mustard vinaigrette.”
Due to the diversity in fare between the trucks, there’s not a secret ingredient—but rather a “secret inspiration”—that dictates what kind of dish the food truck vendors will prepare for the judges. In the first fight, the overarching theme was the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.
This evening’s inspiration is again modeled after Buffalo’s history—the Queen City’s architecture, specifically. If you want to start brainstorming what type of food truck fare you’d create, here’s a handy resource.
Would a tower of Amy’s Truck’s Veggie wet shoes in the shape of the Buffalo Lighthouse be too much to ask? What about Termini’s Terrine to celebrate the renovation of the Hotel at the Lafayette? Someone has to be able to pull that one off.
For a full rundown of the inaugural event, look no further than Buffalo Eats’ recap with plenty of photos.
Here’s the time schedule for tonight and a few more details about the future via the Buffalo Soupfest website, as the same organizers plan the Canalside Food Truck Fight:
5:00 p.m. Competitors will be presented with the secret “inspiration” at the main stage. Public service also begins.
5:15 p.m. Competitors begin preparing their special dish from scratch (while simultaneously preparing the orders of the public).
7:30 p.m. Competitors will present their dish to the judges and explain its ingredients and how it relates to the inspiration. Relation to the inspiration can be as specific or abstract as the competitor chooses and the judges will determine a score from 1-5 in the categories of taste, presentation, originality, and relevance to the inspiration. Judges will deliberate.
8:00 p.m. An award presentation will take place on the main stage. Awards will be given for first, second and third place.
Each winner will accumulate points at each event in the series. The series will culminate on December 14th at Canalside. The competitor who, at the end of the December 14th competition, has accumulated the most points, will be crowned Grand Champion.
(Interior photo courtesy of Buffalo Eats, while header photo and lower interior photo courtesy of Erica Morano—see our full gallery of the first Canalside Food Fight here).