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Luciano’s food truck hits Wichita streets

Luciano Motolla poses in front of his new mobile food trailer, called Strada.

Luciano Mottola poses in front of his new mobile food trailer, called Strada.

Fans of Luciano’s, the well-regarded Italian restaurant in Mulvane, know that if they want to enjoy owner Luciano Mottola’s homey pasta dishes, they’re going to drive.

But not any more.

Luciano and his wife, Nancy, have just launched a Luciano’s mobile food business that they’re calling Strada, which is the Italian word for “street.” It’ll be in the Brittany Center parking lot at 21st and Woodlawn from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday).

The couple decided to start the food truck, Nancy said, after getting requests from Wichita fans.

“A lot of people wanted us to open a location in Wichita, but we felt that would take away from what we were doing here,” she said. “We felt like this would fill that need without taking anything away from Mulvane.”

The trailer will offer pasta dishes made popular in the Mulvane restaurant, and it will also serve salads using cone-shaped versions of its famous Parmesan salad bowl.

The dishes will be less expensive than they are in the restaurant and are intended to give people a “fast and friendly way” to have a taste of what they can get in Mulvane, Nancy said. Today’s menu includes a shrimp and mushroom penne with cream sauce.

The trailer will be out for lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Mottolas are interested in getting involved in Food Trucks at the Fountain and also are open to serving at special events on weekends.

On Friday, the’ll be parked at Bing Brothers Liquor in Winfield from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Schedules can be found on the Luciano’s Facebook page and on its Twitter account.

For more information, call 316-777-0045.

It’s time again for Food Trucks at the Fountain

The last Sunday comes so quickly each month, but that’s a good thing. It means that another mega-gathering of Wichita’s food trucks is about to happen.

This month’s Food Trucks at the Fountain happens from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 515 S. Main. It’ll include founders and organizers the Flying Stove plus B.S. Sandwich PressHopperoni ExpressLet’m Eat BratsBrickhouse BBQ and Park-n-Pork BBQ

Kona Ice will join the Food Trucks at the Fountain fun this time.

Kona Ice will join the Food Trucks at the Fountain fun this time.

Two new participants have signed up, too: the just opened Funky Monkey Munchies and Kona Ice, the snow cone truck that earns more Wichita fans by the day.

The event also will include a band performing live jazz.

Funky Monkey Munchies is Wichita’s newest food truck

10548187_643538385742877_397616558022668925_oLisa Palacios and her husband, Eddi, finally have their Funky Monkey Munchies food truck up and running.

The food truck, which will focus on fusion food made mostly from non-GMO, organic and locally sourced ingredients, had a trial run this weekend outside of Espresso to Go Go downtown. Everything went well, so the Palacioses will venture out again on Tuesday evening, July 22. They’ll be serving chicken salad wraps, Hawaiian tacos, local corn and more in the parking lot of Cherry Berry737 N. Maize Road.

The truck also will be out on Thursday and Friday, though Lisa Palacios said she’s still deciding where. She’ll update the location on the truck’s Facebook page as soon as she knows.

She’s also committed to joining the fleet at this month’s Food Trucks at the Fountain event, which is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at 515 S. Main.

Chino’s Parrilla taco truck forms stationary partnership

778932_460523714001337_2031127192_oChino’s Parrilla, the taco truck that’s mostly a catering business, now will offer its food on a regular basis.

The owners have partnered with Maggie’s Scotch & Soda at 3827 W 13th St. N. to begin offering Taco Thursdays. Every Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., they’re taking over the unused kitchen at the bar and preparing street tacos, tostadas, nachos, beans, rice, fiesta dogs and more for owner Maggie Ballard’s customers.

The partnership came about after the Chino’s Parrilla, owned by Chino Herrera, his wife, Kim, his daughter, Tasha Schrant, and his son-in-law, Bill Schrant, was hired by Ballard to serve at a Cinco de Mayo party at the bar.

“We talked to her about the fact that she had kitchen she was not using a lot,” Bill Schrant said. “We thought this would get some more people in there for her on Thursday nights and would be a way for us to get our food out there.”

Chino’s Parrilla opened in 2012 and since then has regular served at street fairs and private parties.

The owners dream of opening a restaurant someday and decided this would be good practice.

The Thursday night menus also will offer specialty tacos including an Asian inspired “Kung Pow” taco and a carne elote taco, filled with steak, cheese, cabbage, sour cream sauce and sprinkled with corn and Parmesan. Ballard will offer drink specials such as $2 Coronas and $3 margaritas.

For more information, call 316-990-3646.

Waffle Wagon serves caramelized Belgian waffles

A caramelized Belgian waffle from the Waffle Wagon, owned by Twin Sisters Concession.

A caramelized Belgian waffle from the Waffle Wagon, owned by Twin Sisters Concession.

When the Flying Stove’s Jeff Schauf told me a couple of months ago that a new vendor of caramelized Belgian waffles would be joining the Food Trucks at the Fountain rally, he got my attention.

Caramelized Belgian waffles? I had never heard of such an invention, but using my context clues, I deduced they would posses high levels of deliciousness.

It turns out the Waffle Wagon will be back at this month’s rally, scheduled for Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the WalterWalk fountains, 515 S. Main.

It’s operated out of a trailer owned by twin sisters Janice Craven and Janet Bruna, who about a year ago formed Twin Sisters Concession. Janet had seen caramelized waffles being prepared on television and was intrigued. She researched them and worked on a recipe, and the sisters decided to open a wagon to sell them. They’ve intentionally started out slow, Janice said, but in addition to the rally, they’ve also taken the truck to a couple of county fairs and an artisan fair in Kechi.

Caramelized Belgian waffles, also known as Liege waffles, are sweet and crispy and are more like a dessert than breakfast, Janice said. They’re so good on their own, they don’t even need any topping.

What’s the secret ingredient? Janice wouldn’t say, but most recipes call for Belgian Pearl Sugar, which are clumps of hard sugar that don’t dissolve during baking. They cause the outside to caramelize and crisp while the inside stays soft.

That is worth a rally, I’d say.

Extra large Food Trucks at the Fountain event happens Sunday

Let'm Eat Brats will join the group at this month's food truck rally.

Let’m Eat Brats will be among the food trucks at Sunday’s rally.

The last Sunday is upon us, which means the monthly meetup of local food trucks is, too.

This month’s Food Trucks at the Fountain will be a big one, said organizer Jeff Schauf of the Flying Stove. It’ll include perhaps the longest list of trucks ever at a meetup:  the Flying StoveB.S. Sandwich PressHopperoni ExpressLet’m Eat Brats, Brickhouse BBQ, Park-n-Pork BBQ and the Waffle Wagon all will be there.

As always, the trucks will serve at the WalterWalk fountains, 515 S. Main, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, when a live band also will be performing live jazz. Those who want to participate in an outdoor yoga session put on by Firefly Yoga before they eat should meet at 10:30 a.m.

Food trucks, films and fun at WAM

A whole mess of food trucks, including the newly re-wrapped Rip's Rib Shak, will be serving at Friday's Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace.

A whole mess of food trucks, including the newly re-wrapped Rip’s Rib Shak, will be serving at Friday’s Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace.

No need to wait for the official food truck meetup on the last Sunday of the month.

Many of Wichita’s favorite mobile food vendors will be at the Wichita Art Museum on Friday for an event called Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace, sponsored by the Tallgrass Film Association.

It starts at 6 p.m., when several food trucks will start serving, including B.S. Sandwich PressLet’m Eat Brats, The Flying Stove, Rips Rib Shak and Kona Ice.

The Muse, WAM’s Cafe, will provide a cash bar, too. All the vendors will be on Pine Street north of the museum.

Mel Hambelton Ford also will provide free Popsicles and ice cream sandwiches out of its own ice cream truck.

The event also will include a 7 p.m. performance by The Whiskey Misters from Tulsa and a 9 p.m. screening of the 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Attendees should bring blankets, camp chairs and cash for food and drink. Admission is free.

Jonbalaya food truck visiting Wichita this month

1511525_552060748215581_2106089247_o****UPDATE: The Jonbalaya folks said on Facebook that they weren’t going to make their Flight Safety gig on Tuesday but WILL be at Shelter Insurance on Wednesday.

Don’t get too excited if you spot the Jonbalaya food truck around town this month. It’s just visiting.

The truck is from Nashville, but the family that runs it has deep roots in Wichita. They decided to take a road trip to visit family here and decided they might as well serve their Cajun and Creole cuisine while they’re at it.

Jon Heidelberg, whose wife, Holly, grew up in Wichita, is the “Jon” of Jonbalaya. The family, which also includes 14-year-old Cedric and 12-year-old Kianna, has been operating the food truck in Nashville since 2010.

The Heidelbergs teamed up with the Flying Stove guys when they got to town and set up shop alongside them on Saturday at Auburn Hills.

The’ll be at Cessna Flight Safety, 1951 S. Airport Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and at Shelter Mutual Insurance at 2012 W. 13th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The truck will take a side trip to Kansas City and will be back serving with the Flying Stove from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 20, in Old Town.

Jonbalaya food truck serving with the Flying Stove this weekend

Jonbalaya food truck serving with the Flying Stove this weekend. Photo courtesy of Mariah Clair

They’ll also join the Flying Stove for a Saturday shift on June 21, but that location is yet to be determined. They’re serving at the Country Stampeded at Tuttle Creek Lake State Park the last week in June, then they’ll head back to Nashville.

While here, Jonbalaya is serving items such as jambalaya, shrimp and grits, catfish po boys and a tilapia bayou burrito.

The Heidelbergs are planning to update their location while in Kansas on their Twitter account.

For more information, call 675-852-0017.

‘Chef,’ a food truck movie, opens Friday

John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in a scene from "Chef."

John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in a scene from “Chef.”

I like movies about food, and I love Jon Favreau, so I think I’d better get to the movies this weekend.

“Chef” opens Friday in Wichita starring Jon Favreau as a chef who quits his dead-end job after being attacked by a food blogger, buys a food truck and goes on a cross-country journey with his crew and his young son, selling Cuban sandwiches along the way. The movie is getting decent reviews and sounds very entertaining.

The movie also stars John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale as Favreau’s food truck staff, Sofia Vergara as his ex-wife, Scarlett Johansson as his girlfriend and Dustin Hoffman as his restaurant boss.

It’s playing in just one theater: locally the east side Warren. Show times, starting on Friday, are 1:10 p.m, 4:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m.

Food truck news: Monthly gathering, master list

A scene from last month's Food Trucks at the Fountain gathering.

A scene from last month’s Food Trucks at the Fountain gathering.

The month flies by so quickly. It seems like the food truckers just wrapped up their end-of-the-month April gathering, and yet, it’s already time for May’s.

Several members of Wichita’s food truck fleet will get together again on Sunday and feed the people near the WalterWalk fountains, 515 S. Main. The trucks traditionally gather on the final Sunday of the month.

This month’s gathering will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this coming Sunday, May 25. The event will start a little early at 10:30 a.m. with an outdoor yoga session put on by Firefly Yoga.

So far, the trucks signed up for the event are B.S. Sandwich PressHopperoni ExpressLet’m Eat Bräts, & The Flying Stove.

And speaking of food trucks, the Perfect Summer section I keep referencing has my most up-to-date list of food trucks that are operating in Wichita, something people ask me about frequently. Bookmark!