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Gazebo Gardens food truck nights expands to Thursdays

foodtruck2Got plans tomorrow night? The food truck nights at Gazebo Gardens have expanded to Thursdays. It started with Saturdays last year, expanded to Fridays and the nursery tried out its first Thursday last week. It worked, so it’s now a regular thing. If you haven’t been to a food truck night there yet, here’s what to expect: Several food trucks, a walk through some blooming roses to get to them, lots of craft beer in the beer garden (get it? beer garden, at a nursery, heh), lovely local music and a general sense of friendliness and community. (And the occasional Amtrak train speeds by, which somehow adds a bit of unique charm.)

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. all three days. The only thing different about Thursdays is that instead of a live band, it will be open mic night. (As the Gazebo Gardens Facebook page says: “So far, no Grammy contenders- just people smiling and cheering each other on.”)

Food trucks vary each time, but it’s not unusual to see everyone from Dusty Buns to frozen yogurt truck Gorilla Gurt. Keep tabs on each truck’s Facebook or Twitter page to see if they’ll be there. Gazebo owner Scott Miller said that not only are lots of people turning out for the events, but food truck owners were asking for another night. He even hinted that Gazebo might be the site of a more permanent evolution of the food truck movement.

What’s up with the Dusty Buns love?

After the popularDusty Buns logo BLOB award Dusty Buns Bistro Bus blew an engine last week, I got invited to a fundraiser to help fix the bus. A bunch of people got together at the Fresno Brewing Company Monday night and raised about $1,500 selling tacos, beer and auctioning off donated items.

I mentioned it to a co-worker who said, “Huh, a fundraiser for a for-profit business? That’s unusual.”
Another local food blogger, The Cured Ham, asked where the fundraiser was for another food truck with mechanical problems.

It’s worth noting that the Dusty Buns folks didn’t plan this fundraiser. A group of their personal friends — including Fresno Brewing Company owner Ephiram Bosse and Taste Fresno blogger James Collier — did. Once they put it out there, the donations for silent auction items poured in. The Stewarts were very vocal with their thank yous on the internet.

It got me thinking, what exactly is it about Dusty Buns that inspires such love from the community? There’s no doubt these people have a following. Just look at the line at any of their events. So seriously, tell us, what is it about them? It has to be more than the food, right? Is it the trail blazing they’ve done in creating food truck events like Cart Hop? The emphasis on organic food? Or is it just that they’re a cute hippie couple with an adorable baby?

CartHop expands to north Fresno, Saturday nights on Fulton Mall

CartHop, the weekly downtown food truck and music event, is expanding. The north Fresno CartHop debuts today, Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Applebee’s parking lot at Friant Road and Fresno Street. Here’s a map of exactly where they are.

Food vendors include Dusty Buns serving its organic sandwiches, newcomer Benaddiction selling its breakfast and lunch food, Tako BBQ with its Korean barbecue, Summertime Pies serving individual-sized pies and empanadas, and Casa de Tamales with its traditional and fusion tamales.

They’ll be there every Tuesday from here on out. The original downtown CartHop on Fulton Mall — Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — continues. It got so many requests for a north Fresno version that its Creative Fresno organizers made it happen.

And if you can’t make it today, the CartHop folks will also be at the Fulton Mall ice rink from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Saturday night through Jan. 13. Here’s a map.

Photo courtesy of CartHop.

Benaddiction, Fresno’s newest food truck, now serving breakfast and lunch

Fresno’s newest food truck, Benaddiction, is rolling. Keep an eye out for the black truck serving breakfast food with a rock n’ roll twist.

It serves breakfast food redesigned to be portable,  including the French toast bites that are dipped in pulverized Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal before cooking. Benaddiction’s specialty is the eggs Benedict sandwich, and the truck has several takes on the dish, all with musical names like “The Clapton,” a fried egg, bacon and hollandaise sauce sandwich served on a fresh-made English muffin. See its breakfast menu here and its lunch menu here.

Founder James Caples, a former restaurant manager, and chef Jason Valencia, are behind Benaddiction. You can find out more about the truck at its website here, or its Facebook page here.

Benaddiction is still building its schedule, but keep reading to see its schedule and some photos from the Manchester Center farmers market stop on Fridays.

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