UPDATE: The organizers of the inaugural Food Truck Throwdown have, tragically, postponed the battle for another day. Che Ruddell-Tabisola, of the D.C. Food Truck Association, says that permitting and logistical issues -- like getting the New York trucks in line with D.C. health and safety regulations -- forced them to reschedule the event. The new venue and date haven't been chosen, but they'll likely be next year.
"It's a bummer that we had to cancel, but it'll be great when it happens," Ruddell-Tabisola said. "We're really excited about the throwdown, and the guys from New York are too."
Our original post on the event is below.
D.C.’s pizza apparently can’t compete with New York’s, and it seems its local markets, bartenders and bakeries don’t stand much of a chance, either. But on August 3, local food trucks will have one last chance to defend the District’s culinary honor: They’ll be facing off against several New York trucks in a “throwdown” at 2nd and K street SE, near Canal Park.
Organizers are still nailing down some of the details, but a previous throwdown in Boston worked like this: Food trucks gathered, Truckeroo-style, to serve a crowd of local customers and play up some healthy rivalry. A panel of judges tasted each truck’s food; one city was crowned the winner, with various smaller awards for best crew, best truck design and the like. (Locals, take heart: Boston has beaten New York twice.) Trucks typically serve their normal menus, said organizer and competitor Dennis Kum, but they’ll consider a theme if someone sponsors it: In Boston, for example, each truck concocted a dish with Maker’s Mark bourbon. Is it too much to hope a local brewery will step up here?
D.C. hasn’t finalized its line-up yet, and the judges are still TBD, Kum says. The New York trucks will include Kum’s Big D’s Grub Truck (Korean tacos), Chinese Mirch (dumplings and the like), Nuchas (empanadas), Phil’s Steaks (Philly cheesesteaks), Rhong-Tiam (Thai), Uncle Gussy’s (Greek) and -- perhaps most concerningly -- Wafels & Dinges, the Belgian waffle truck that once bested Bobby Flay in a Food Network contest.
Interested local trucks can get in on the action by contacting the D.C. Food Truck Association. We have one suggestion for them already: Brian Farrell, of D.C.’s Basil Thyme, posted a comment on the Yelp event listing asking why he wasn’t invited.
“Just let us know where to sign, and let’s make it happen!” he wrote, which might be just the fighting spirit D.C.’s food trucks need.