Posts Tagged ‘Food Trucks’

Downtown Neighborhood Welcomes DeSoto Central Market

Friday, January 23rd, 2015


The DeSoto Central Market may not be open yet, but the Evans Churchill Community Association and surrounding neighborhoods are celebrating its arrival Saturday, Jan. 24 with a Patio Party from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

patiopartyConstructed in 1928 as the C.P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motorcars dealership, the rebirth of this historic building has received a lot of attention.

Its location in the heart of the Roosevelt Row Arts District and contemporary design, modeled after big city marketplaces in L.A. and San Francisco, started generating buzz when the project began in spring 2014.

According to Celine Rille, marketing director for DeSoto Central Market, the owner and developers wanted to harness some of the excitement surrounding its opening, while embracing the vibrant local scene.

“We want to support the local community and asked them if they wanted to get involved,” Rille said. “We couldn’t wait to give the public a little taste of what the Desoto Central Market will be.”

On Saturday, residents and visitors will get an exclusive sneak peek at the new patio area, complete with food trucks, a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over, music, ping pong, corn hole and artisan vendors. Admission is free and open to the public.

Inside the revamped DeSoto, which is slated to open mid-February, developers plan to open four new restaurant concepts including Yard Bird and the Larder with Chef Stephen Jones, formerly of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails. The building will also house a bar, fresh food sales and a variety of fast-casual dining options.

“There will be coffee, fresh produce, bread, a butcher – it’ll be a one-stop shop,” Rille said.

Dog, bike and pedestrian friendly — with light rail access literally across the street — the DeSoto is likely the next hip local hangout and contemporary dining destination.

Come see for yourself Saturday, Jan. 24 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 915 N. Central Avenue, on the corner of Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street.

Pop Up Park

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

popuppark_logo_1Get away from those florescent lights, take a break from that office chair,  give your headphones a rest and get outside!

Let’s be honest here, eating lunch at your desk is a bummer. You know what isn’t? Finding a Pop Up Park Downtown and jumping in on a game of bags, or challenging your coworker to a match of giant Jenga.

We promise, the sunshine and boost of Vitamin D will return you to your desk a happier, more productive person.

Oh! And you can win prizes just for having fun with our Pop Up Passport program (ask an Ambassador for your pass at a Pop Up Park).

Ok, ok, before this turns in to an infomercial, here’s the details:

TUESDAYS from 11am – 1:30pm at the Arizona Center

WEDNESDAYS from 11am to 1:30pm at Civic Space Park (p.s. there’s food trucks at this one!)

THURSDAYS from 11am to 1:30pm at CityScape’s Patriot Square Park

HAPPY HOURS Pop Up sporadically, follow us on Twitter @PopUpParkPHX for details



Phoestivus 2012

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

phoestivusGather round for the airing of grievances, the feats of strength and the world’s largest Phoestivus pole (as far as you know).

It’s official, Phoestivus is on and it’s bigger than ever.

Started with that infamous Seinfeld episode, Festivus is a holiday for the rest of us.

Add in a Phoenix twist and you’ve got the third annual Phoestivus.

Head down to the Phoenix Public Market on Dec. 5 and 12 for over 70 local vendors, at least six food trucks and (drumroll please) a Phoestivus beer garden sponsored by Phoenix’s own Phoenix Ale Brewery featuring their special seasonal ale: the PHOESTIVUS ALE!

Let’s all come together and support Community Food Connections, the very folks who bring you the bi-weekly open air market in Downtown Phoenix. The market has become our town center and we want it to thrive.

10% of what you spend at Phoestivus on goods and 100% of the proceeds from the beer garden will go to support Community Food Connections – it’s a Phoestivus miracle!

And now, the original story of Festivus:

24 Local Bands, 2 Days

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

los dias de la crescent Los Dias de la Crescent. Sounds ominous, no?

Darling of the indie music world, Crescent Ballroom knows how to put on a show. And now, they’re putting on a music festival composed entirely of local acts.

Taking place August 17 and 18, Los Dias de la Crescent will feature 24 local bands over two days in what is hopefully the first of many music festivals.

The fun includes food trucks – on top of Cocina 10’s already stellar cuisine – two stages, beer from Four Peaks and, likely, a packed to rafters crowd. And their new fans – the cold air generating kind – to keep the crowd cool.

You’ll want to grab your tickets now – they’re just $10 purchased in advance for each day or $20 for both days – because given the precedence for sold out local shows, they’ll likely disappear long before August even rolls around.

The shows starts at 7 p.m. on both nights and it’s a 21+ gig.

Here’s the breakdown:

Friday, August 17

Black Carl

Dry River Yacht Club


What Laura Says



Source Victoria


Future Loves Past

DJ Seduce

Saturday, August 18

Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta


Snakes! Snakes! Snakes!

Bad Cactus Brass Band


Salvador Duran

Flamenco Por La Vida

Snow Songs



Sean Watson

Lunch on the Street Six Days a Week

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

“Fooood trucks! Fooood trucks! Fooood trucks!”

It may not be quite deafening, but you can just about hear the chant of food enthusiasts roving the streets of Phoenix in search of gourmet bites from the restaurants on wheels, can’t you?

food truckNearly 18 months ago, fancy food trucks started rolling down Phoenix streets, popping up in parking lots and appearing at all manner of culinary festivals. By all accounts, these un-restaurants have become as big a part of the culinary scene as, well, restaurants. There’s just something magical about ordering a high-end, specialty dish from a truck that roams the city, isn’t there?

Spurred by the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, the trucks have expanded from Food Truck Friday and Phoenix Public Market appearances to a full fledged, city-wide operation. And their success has encouraged other food truck posses – including The Streat Fleat Regime – to get in on the action.

And all this bubbling, and growing and food trucking has created a magical moment where food truck fare is available Downtown six days a week. Here’s where to go:

Monday: The newly launched Lunch at Luhrs runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Monday. It features Short Leash Hot Dogs, Hey Joe, Luncha Libre, Taste Rite, Mamma Toledo’s, Shinobu Diego and Mojo Bowl.

The fun takes place: In the alley behind the Luhrs Tower, 11 W. Jefferson St.

Tuesday: The Streat Fleat Regime hosts a food truck gathering on “the other side of the tracks” from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. It features Shinobu Diego, Q Up! Barbeque, Aji Mobile, Luncha Libre and Buzz N Beez.

The fun takes place: At the historic Phoenix Seed and Feed Building, 411 S. Second St.

Wednesday: A handful of food trucks show up every week at the outdoor market on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lineup varies, but it’s a great chance to grab some hot food while you stock up on fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies.

The fun takes place: At Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave.

Thursday: The Streat Fleat Regime at Phoenix Seed and Feed.

Friday: Food Truck Friday has become a Downtown staple since kicking off in November 2010 and is still the place to lunch in the misters and check out the widest variety of the trucks. It features Short Leash Hot Dogs, Jamburritos, Mr. Softee, Emerson Fry Bread, Hey Joe, Mojo Bowl, Taste Rite, Pizza People, Burgermania AZ, Luncha Libre, Torched Goodness and Mamma Toledo’s.

The fun takes place: At Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave.

Saturday: Like the Wednesday evening market, the bustling Saturday morning market hosts a crowd of food trucks from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (1 p.m. in the fall). The lineup is typically a smaller version of Food Truck Friday.

In the fall, food trucks will return to Civic Space Park during lunch.

To know where a specific truck will be, the safest bet is to check their twitter, Facebook page or website – all of which are linked above.

Lunch at Luhrs

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


You know when you just want some food truck fare on a Monday but it’s still four lunches until Food Truck Friday?

Problem solved.

Food truck favorites, including Short Leash Hot Dogs and Hey Joe will begin gathering every Monday in the alley behind the Luhrs Tower from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Luncha Libre (Luncharitas on a Monday? Oh, yes), Taste Rite, Mamma Toledo’s, Shinobu Diego and Mojo Bowl round out the rest of the Monday crew.

Stop buy, cobble together the perfect lunch and enjoy feasting with up-close-and-personal views of the historic tower.

If you go: Luhrs Tower, 11 W Jefferson St.

Mondays, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Food Truck Mania March 7

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The food truck phenomenon took hold in Phoenix back in November 2010 when Phoenix Public Market and Phoenix Street Food Coalition launched Food Truck Fridays.

jamburritoSixteen months later, in celebration our still-growing mobile food scene, the Market is hosting Food Truck Mania on Wednesday, March 7, from 4-8 p.m.

If you’re still unfamiliar with the amazing cuisine available at these food trucks, this is a great opportunity to sample a variety of offerings.

Tasting plates will be available for $2 and $3 and the list of trucks scheduled to showcase their vittles is formidable:

Hey Joe Truck


Emerson Fry Bread

Jamburritos Cajun Grille (pictured)

Short Leash Hot Dogs

Mojo Bowl

Mama Toledo’s Pie

Pizza People

Shinobu Diego

Torched Goodness

Luncha Libre

Shine Coffee


Click the links above to fan these trucks on Facebook. That way you’ll know where they’re parked at all times!

Mardi Gras Returns Saturday

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Phoenix has never had a reputation as a Mardi Gras destination but the Downtown Ambassadors are out to change that.

Last year, the helpful folks in orange recruited friends and residents to build floats and walk in a Mardi Gras parade.

Community response was overwhelming.

Not only did a Mardi Gras parade take shape, but Downtown businesses bought in and before the Ambassadors knew it, they’d launched a full-fledged festival. CityScape came on board as host and bars joined the Mardi Crawl nightlife tour.

When event night came, the Ambassadors were hoping to attract 300 people. Over 2,000 showed up, many dressed to impress in Mardi Gras masks and costumes.

Mardi GrasThis year the Ambassadors are working hard to make the Mardi Gras Parade, Festival, and Pub Crawl, which goes down Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., even better. CityScape has returned as host, bands like Bad Cactus Brass Band, Rhythm Is Life Steel Band, John Henry’s Revenge, DJ Shock, and The Hey Boyz are providing live entertainment, while food trucks like Mama Toledo’s and Jamburrito Cajun Grille have promised to keep the crowd fed. In addition, Copper Blues Live will be running a beer garden on the plaza, and a variety of vendors will be on hand selling their Mardi Gras goods.

The Festival starts at 4 p.m., with the parade weaving through Downtown starting at 5:30. Pub Crawl ($8 in advance, $10 day of) trolleys depart from Central and Jefferson at 9 p.m.

Interested in being a vendor or marching in the parade? Contact Sam Jackson at 602.744.6415.

All the information you’ll ever need about Downtown Mardi Gras is available here and here.

See you Saturday!

Mobile Food Court Debuts Friday

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The Mobile Food Truck Court will debut at Phoenix Public Market starting this Friday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Organized by the newly formed Phoenix Street Food Coalition, the Mobile Food Truck Court will be open for business every Friday in the Market parking lot and a makeshift dining area will be set up under the shade of the carports.

What can Downtown lunch hunters expect from the Mobile Food Court? Here’s what’s on the menu:

short_leashShort Leash Hot Dogs: You’ve probably seen the Short Leash truck operating during the Saturday market. Owner Brad Moore spearheaded the Mobile Food Court effort.

Riteway Catering: Smoked BBQ.

Sunshine and Spice: Asian fusion.

Paradise Melts: Grilled cheese sandwiches.

Sweet Republic: Tasty ice cream that Urban Grocery shoppers are no doubt familiar with.