Kiawah Food Truck Rodeo Benefits Hunger Relief

Half a dozen food trucks will converge on Kiawah Island next month to support Back Pack Buddies.

Ten percent of sales from Freshfields Village’s  first-ever Food Truck Rodeo will benefit the hunger relief program at Angel Oak Elementary School on Johns Island. Back Pack Buddies weekly distributes 50-60 bags of nonperishable snacks to children at risk of going hungry over the weekend.

Hello, My Name is BBQ; AutoBahn Food Truck; Coastal Crust; Roadside Seafood; Refueler’s Mobile Café and The Cookie Chick are scheduled to appear at the Apr. 6 event. The rodeo runs from 12 noon-4 p.m.; admission and parking are free.

Freshfields Village is located at 149 Village Green Lane on Johns Island.

The Food Truck Court Arrives at The Pour House This Weekend

burkeA few years after a downtown property owner reclaimed his parking lot, displacing the city’s first regularly-scheduled food truck pod, the concept is resurfacing on James Island.

The Food Truck Court will debut at The Pour House this Saturday from 12 noon-5:30 p.m. Organizer Cory Burke of Roti Rolls says the weekly gathering will feature no fewer than two trucks. “There will be a maximum of 15 as it grows,” he adds. “We will try to keep it around 5-6 to start and see where it takes us.”

In addition to a rotating array of trucks parked in the same place, the Saturday afternoon Court will feature live music, drinks on the bar’s new deck and “family-fun activities” provided by Charleston Fun Factory, such as a jump castle and a mechanical bull. Continue reading

Ted’s Butcherblock Serving Breakfast

If questions submitted through the “Ask the Critic” field on the food section’s website are any indication, quick breakfasts are hard to find downtown – which could help explain why Ted’s Butcherblock is adding morning hours.

The meat and sandwich shop recently started serving bacon, sausages, fruits and Greek yogurt out of its truck from 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Tuesday-Saturday.  The truck is parked behind the store at 334 East Bay St.

Ted’s breakfast menu also includes egg sandwiches; corned beef hash; steak-and-eggs and an egg-and-vegetable bowl.

To learn more, visit, or call 577-0094.

Local Entrepreneur Introduces Mobile Dim Sum Concept

aramarktruckDim sum has been on a roll seemingly since the invention of the wheeled metal cart, but a Mt. Pleasant entrepreneur is taking the mobile concept a step further with a dim sum food truck.

Although Chad Moore hasn’t yet hit the road, he’s purchased an old Aramark truck and this week flew to Hong Kong for an intensive dumpling tutorial. The preliminary menu for Dim Sum Good Thoughts includes har gow (translucent shrimp dumplings); shumai (tightly-packed pork dumplings, although Moore’s plotting a vegetarian version) and fun guo (the typically thicker-skinned pork and shrimp dumplings), as well as a pair of barbecue buns. He’s also contemplating serving xiao long bao, the soup dumplings that are the subject of countless obsessions.

To fund the project, Moore’s posted a $15,000 ask on Kickstarter. Within a day of launching his campaign, he’d received $1125 from three backers. Continue reading