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.

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.

The Flying Stove now has magic pay

Me having a Flying Stove moment.

Me having a Flying Stove moment.

It’s cold out today, so my co-workers and I decided to have lunch in. I noticed on Facebook that the Flying Stove was parked over at First and Washington, which is right by the Eagle. I also noticed on Facebook that the Flying Stove has another payment option: Magic pay.

Actually, it’s called Square Wallet, and it’s an app some businesses are now using. I downloaded it on to my phone, per the instructions on the Flying Stove Facebook page. All I had to do was enter my credit card info, choose a password and upload a photo.

The current Flying Stove menu. We tried it all.

The current Flying Stove menu. We tried it all.

When I approached the truck, the Flying Stove’s iPad recognized that I was near, and cha-ching, the transaction went through. No cash. No credit card hassle. (I also should mention that I texted my order, and the Stove guys brought my food out to me in my car. I love 2014.)

I want to pay for my whole life like this.

As it turns out, I was the first customer to use this system at the Flying Stove, so they commemorated it by taking my photo and posting it on Twitter.

And for the record, our lunch was amazing. I highly recommend the borracho bolillo.

Forbes.com says Flying Stove is cool

stoversA forbes.com article posted on Monday puts Wichita’s own The Flying Stove on a list of “25 of the Coolest” Food Trucks in America.

Though the list is not definitive, says author Karsten Strauss in the intro, it’s a “collection of some of the finest and more successful food trucks in the land.”

Jeff Schauf, who owns the truck with his chef brother Rob Schauf, said he had absolutely no idea how the truck made the list. He heard about it like everyone else did — on Facebook.

“It’s pretty cool when you work hard and someone notices, even if you don’t known how they noticed,” he said.

In other Stove news, the boys and their food truck buddies plan to gather this Sunday from 11:30 to 2:30 at the  for their monthly Food Trucks at the Fountains event at Waterwalk. It’s set to be cold, so this month’s installment won’t have any outdoor extras, but several trucks will be there serving lots of hot food.

Monthly Wichita food truck gathering is on Sunday

This turkey burger slider will be among the items on the Flying Stove’s menu at Sunday’s Spooky Food Trucks at the Fountains event.

The local food truckers are continuing their tradition of gathering in one place on the final Sunday of the month.

The October gathering has a Halloween theme and is called Spooky Food Trucks at the Fountains. It’s scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the fountains at Waterwalk. The truckers have invited a live band to perform, and kids are invited to attend in costume and collect free candy at the trucks.

On the roster: The Flying StoveLet’m Eat Brats, B.S. Sandwich PressCake Face and the new pizza truck The Rolling Dough.

The Waterwalk is at 515 S. Main.

Food truck gathering is Sunday

Food Trucks at the Fountains, the monthly gathering of Wichita’s food trucks at the Waterwalk fountains, is scheduled for Sunday.

The event will feature the usual list of food truckers, including The Flying Stove, Let’m Eat BratsMMM Sandwiches and Cake Face all serving their menus from noon to 3 p.m.

The Waterwalk is at 515 S. Main.

Cake Face buys new truck, sells old one

Cake Face, the food truck owned by Summer and Dave Schoenhals, needs more space, so the couple recently purchased a larger truck to replace the trailer they’ve used since opening in last July.

Cake Facers Dave and Summer Schoenhals.

The new truck is 18 X 8 and is one piece with the truck cab, just like the Flying Stove’s. The Schoenhals sold their 6 x 14-foot trailer to The Rolling Dough, a pizza food truck that Joseph and Cherre Nestelroad plan to open in September. They’ll have a wood-fired oven in the truck at at first hope to be open for Friday dinners, Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch.

The Schoenhals will take three to four weeks to get their new rig fixed up then will turn the trailer over to the Nestelroads.

For now, the Cake Facers’ previous plans to open a stationary retail space are on hold. The deal they thought they had worked out fell through, and finding a different space has proven difficult, Summer said. The larger truck will give them the work and storage space they need to be out on the streets more.

Cake Face also has started selling some of its baked goods at businesses around town. Espresso to Go Go and Cero’s already carry some of their items, and Food For Thought will begin offering some soon.

Food truck gathering is back on for Sunday

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

Trouble with licensing last month prevented the local food truck fleet from putting on what had become a monthly gathering at the WaterWalk.

But those issues are now resolved, said organizer Jeff Schauf — an owner of the Flying Stove – and the July gathering is on for Sunday at WaterWalk Pavilion.

The event will feature many of Wichita’s food truck vendors, including new additions Let’m Eat Brats, Hopperoni Express and  The Hopping Pita. Old faithfuls  B.S. Sandwich PressCakefaceThe Flying Stove and MMM Sandwiches will be there too.

The day will start with 10 a.m. outdoor yoga, then from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m., the trucks will be serving and jazz will be playing.

Food truckers rallying again on Sunday

The Flying Stove food truck

Wichita’s food truckers, headed up by the guys at the Flying Stovehave decided to start putting on monthly food truck rallies, usually on the last Sunday of the month.

This month, to avoid Memorial Day weekend, the truckers are gathering a Sunday early. The usual suspects, including the Flying Stove plus B.S. Sandwich Press, Cakeface, Espresso To Go Go, and R&J Concessions will gather from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at WaterWalk Pavilion. The rally is starting to attract festival-type concessionaires, too. This month, Bakerman Concessions, which specializes in cinnamon rolls, will join the crowd.

The gathering will also have live music, and representatives from the Kansas Humane Society will be there ready to perform on-site adoptions.

Expect the rally to grow in June. Two new trucks, The Hopping Pita and Let’m Eat Brats, have said they’d like to join in, too.

Food truck of the week: BJ’s Smokeshack

A look at some of BJ’s sizzling, smoky goodness

It’s raining food trucks.

Today, I heard from another set of truckers preparing to hit the road. Jennifer and Brad Vieux hope to get their BJ’s Smokeshack on the streets by the end of the year. (They already have a Facebook pageup and running.)

Brad is a longtime barbecue hobbyist whose meats are so good, he often sells them to friends and acquaintances. He’s employed as a business development director for a local aviation company and will keep his job. Jennifer will staff the truck with help from her 15-year-old daughter and mother-in-law, who’s about to retire.

The truck will serve items such as pulled pork, brisket, ham, ribs, chicken, and specialty sandwiches plus homemade sides. They’re currently searching for the perfect truck and plan to park it at various places around town. They’ll also set up at area festivals.

The couple recently attended a meeting of the local food truck community, where they were welcomed and encouraged by the owners of The Flying Stove, Cake Face and others, Jennifer said.

“We’ve talked about this forever,” Jennifer said. “And we thought, ‘You know what? This is a perfect time because food trucks are getting so popular.”

I’ll let you know when BJ’s Smokeshack is ready to roll.