Bites on Broadway kicks off weekly summer mobile food fest
on June 13, 2011
Like one giant neighborhood picnic, “Bites on Broadway” officially launched its weekly food extravaganza last Friday. People laid down blankets on the grassy lawn of Oakland Tech High School in Temescal and sampled food from a handful of different food trucks and tents, including El Taco Bike, Fist of Flour Pizza Company, Sue’s Sassy Pies, Go Streatery and Tina Tamale.
While Go Streatery served slow-roasted pork shoulder sandwiches topped with a cherry relish and slaw, Sue’s Sassy Pies baked up hand-held pies filled with sautéed apples, brie, toasted walnuts and covered in a mango chutney. There were also all sorts of other goodies, including meatball torta sandwiches from El Taco Bike topped with mozzarella cheese and a cilantro herb sauce and hot wood-fired gourmet pizzas from Fist of Flour Pizza Company.
Bites on Broadway’s organizer Karen Hester said the goal is to “throw a summer food event that I would like to go to and that my neighbors would like to go to.” In addition to eating fresh hand-made food, on Friday people from the neighborhood also stopped by while walking their dogs and brought their kids to run around and play games with each other. “It is as much about community as it is about the food,” said Hester.
The Broadway corridor of Temescal gets far less foot traffic and has fewer dining choices than Telegraph Avenue side of the neighborhood, said Hester, so another focus of the event is to bring more healthy and affordable food to Broadway. “It really dove-tailed nicely with what’s been happening in the mobile food scene in Oakland and also what’s happening in Temescal,” said Hester. “I’m trying to have more choices in terms of healthy food.”
Around 500 people passed though on Friday and Hester said she hopes the momentum stays throughout the summer. The vendors will rotate from week to week between El Taco Bike, Guerrilla Grub, 51st State, Sue’s Sassy Pies, Go Streatery, Fist of Flour Pizza Company, Vesta Flatbread, Tina Tamale, Boffo and the Grilled Cheese Guy.
“I hope that different people will come and experience and go away with some pride in Oakland,” said Hester.
Bites on Broadway will happen every Friday at 45th Street and Broadway from 5:30 to 8:30 throughout the summer until October 21. For more information go to www.bitesonbroadway.com.
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