Head Out to Food Truck Friday at Epworth United Methodist Church
It’s a blast! Actually, it should be called Food Truck Every Other Friday, as that’s when it takes place in June, and you should definitely mark your calendars. In July and August, the day changes to Thursdays (July 7 and 21, and August 11 and 25). Checkout eumcrb.org for the whole schedule, or call the church at 302-227-7743.
They have eight to ten trucks on site, picnic tables, a band, and throngs of people—party time! People come pouring in, many with their own folding chairs and small tables. The crowd includes family picnics, date night revelers, pretty much a microcosm of the whole gang from Rehoboth—Room for All.
From 4-7 p.m., the trendy trucks gather ‘round, providing amazing menu items and a casual gourmet experience. The toughest part is deciding what to have. Last Friday, to launch the summer season, there was a choice of Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen (SoDel concepts traveling kitchen); Mojo Loco with spicy Mexican food; Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli from Ocean City; The Polish Connection with old world sausage; Po’ Boys for a taste of New Orleans; Vittles, with a whole bunch of savory entrees; Hopkins Farm with ice cream; Taco Reho—the truck which started the food truck nuttiness in Rehoboth; Hot Dogs at the Beach; Snow Yo; and Fifer’s Orchard, and I hope I didn’t forget anybody.
Now, who wants to guess which truck I landed in front of for dinner? You got it. Rosenfeld’s for my corned beef sandwich. Their menu offered everything from stuffed sandwiches to pickles to knishes and their homemade cookies. They do, my friends, have their chopped liver available, along with many other delicacies—and just think. I didn’t have to drive to OC in Memorial Day traffic.
To complement the corned beef I had one of Matt’s Homemade Sodas (root beer) from Big Thunder. Deliciously decadent. I also had a taste of an incredibly authentic shrimp Po’ Boy from the truck of the same name and the short rib and cheese sub from Big Thunder.
Obviously, I was waddling around by that time and could taste no more. Next time I will get to Vittles, because the pulled barbecue chicken grilled cheese caught my eye. Same-same for Taco Reho (although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed their Pork Carnitas at their home base along Route One at Liquid), and I am anxious to try the hand-made pierogies from The Polish Connection.
It wasn’t until I went to a picnic table to enjoy my dinner that I saw the Sabretts Hot Dogs…the official hot dog cart hot dog of New York City. I know that if I’d tasted one I could have closed my eyes and beamed myself up to 54th Street in Manhattan.
We had our food truck feast on the lawn at Epworth, entertained by the local band East of the Mason Dixon Line. The Friday evening weather was perfect, sunny with a breeze, and it was a wonderful gastronomic and social experience. It was my first Food Truck Friday, and it won’t be the last.
And the best part of all (okay, well maybe tied with the corned beef), is the fact that the event benefits charity—it benefits the Food and Love Soup Kitchen at Epworth and their food pantry. Win-win.
See you next time at Food Truck Friday! However, I might have to hit one of the SoDel restaurants before then for a fix of Matt’s soda!