Eight food trucks will be parked at Daley Plaza from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday for the city’s first Food Truck Rally. The event is collaboration between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It’s also a really great excuse to forego that sad desk lunch you were planning on bringing to work.
Presented by City of Chicago, Goose Island Beer Company and Illinois Lottery, Friday’s food fest offers food, beer, and wine for purchase as well as two live DJ sets. Oh yeah, and then there’s the food trucks, many of which made Chicago’s food truck list back in May.
Here’s a list of the trucks that’ll be attending and a sample of their menus.
Beavers Coffee & Donuts: mini donuts with regular and gourmet toppings (strawberry sauce, nutella, PB&J, chocolate and peanut butter sauce).
Bridgeport Pasty: Cornish-style pasties (chicken pot pie, pork and apples, vegetable).
Chicago Cupcake: cookies and cream cupcake, s’mores cupcake, The Motherload cupcake (chocolate cake on a pretzel and brown sugar crust, filled with peanut butter and topped with Italian buttercream).
Chicago Lunchbox: fried pork spring rolls, bahn mis, rice boxes, Vietnamese iced coffee.
The Fat Shallot: truffle fries, grilled cheese, buffalo chicken sandwich, Fat Shallot fries (topped with caramelized shallots, cheese sauce and spicy giardiniera).
Jerk 312: Jerk chicken and wings, fries, Jamaican cornbread fritters.
The Salsa Truck: tacos, quesadillas, signature salsas, chips and guacamole.
PorkChop: barbecue, delicious barbecue.
So what’s the appeal of a food truck rally? Looking at the menu above, you could ideally have a lunch comprised of mini donuts, spring rolls, fries topped with giardiniera, guacamole, and a barbecue sandwich. Or you could just eat cupcakes for dinner. Go ahead, we won’t judge.