As mentioned in a previous blog, the Southern Belle and I were contributors for the Kickstarter fund for Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. These food truck rodeos will be held over the summer. In return, contributors received various awards. One such reward was an event delightfully entitled, “Stuff Your Face Food Truck Dinner“.
The event was May 1st between 6 and 9 PM at the historic City Market/Cobblestone Hall. Just this particular setting alone set the tone for what promised to be an enchanted evening. We had decided since we were going to participate in something that would likely be very trendy, as well as an annual event, we would add one more element of excitement to the evening. We used Uber,a startup transportation service new to Raleigh that offers riders significant discounts. I am certain that this service will catch on. If you have an opportunity, try it out yourself.
Walking into this large historic venue, I noticed the room already swirled with anticipation. Beer on tap, wine, as well as sodas and bottled water were available. Beer had been provided by two local microbreweries, Lone Rider and White Street Brewery. I had decided to sample a Shotgun Betty, while I enjoyed the Mint Julep Jazz Band. This was my first exposure to jazz in the Raleigh area and it proved to be delightful. Perhaps I need to make a point to get out more often.
While we waited for the dinner hour, the Southern Belle and I took the opportunity to walk around and chat with other contributors, as well as do a little networking before going to our previously assigned table. When we arrived at our table we introduced ourselves to our tablemates, who were from Smith Mountain Lake Virginia, and Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Happy and Hale provided a Walters Harvest Salads, with arugula, roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, walnuts, goat cheese and fresh pressed orange honey vinaigrette that was waiting for us on the table.
Shortly after we had finished sampling the fine, fresh, delightful salad, the next course, from Chirba Chirba arrived at our table. It was at this time that I realized how unique it was to be at a sit-down dinner event, and being served what is usually eaten in an outdoor venue. The selection provided included:
- Juicy Buns: Succulent pork-filled steamed dumplings…yum!
- Bayside Chive: Pork dumplings with Chinese chives, carrots and cabbage
- Veggieling: Dumplings filled with three types of mushroom, carrots and scallions
My favorite from this selection was the Juicy Buns. They were sweet and tender.
The next course arrived. It had been prepared by Porchetta. It included Rosemary and Juniper Berry Brined Pork Loin, and a side of fluffy pimento cheese polenta cakes. I had previously sampled their pork a few months before. I found it to be tender, moist and delicious. I knew they wouldn’t disappoint.
It would be some time before the next course, prepared by American Meltdown, would arrive. As you have likely guest, their specialty is grilled cheese. However, their grilled cheese sandwiches are award winning. A Whitman Sampler of the following were provided to each table;
- Hangover Melt: Their signature sandwich featuring their own recipe pimento cheese, a runny egg and salsa verde with bread baked from Durham’s Guglhupg Bakery
- Honey Pot: a combination of tucks sheep’s milk ricotta cheese, with toasted pecans and peach balsamic compote, with grilled brioche from La Farm in Cary, NC.
- Grilled Cheese of Champions: Durham jack cheese from the Cultured Cow, between slices of Havarti bread.
I believe it was the Grilled Cheese of Champions I found to be most to my liking.
Of course, at the end, there were cupcakes! These cupcakes were prepared by Not Just Icing. The cupcakes had been taunting diners since the beginning of the event from the elegant display in the back of the room. Now it was time to bid them ado. From a selection that is too vast to list here, the Southern Belle and I took delight in their mocha love cupcakes.
When there was a delay between courses, we had great “food” conversations with our tablemates or sent out tweets about the food and music we were enjoying. I had noticed that other diners were doing the same and some of us were inadvertently following one another’s tweets and re-tweeting about the event. All seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Bellow you will find our patented rating system for the night’s events. Rest assured that it was one of the most memorable night outs I’ve had in a while. I only hope this becomes an annual fundraising event. Make no mistake; although our meal was prepare by food trucks the quality of the food was right at home for a sit-down banquet
Until Next Time…Stay Hungry My Friends Badboy