Dinner is served: Grand Valley Food Truck Fridays roll out for the season

Steven Preuss with Colorado Q will be at the first Grand Valley Food Truck Friday set for Friday, May 26, at the Lincoln Park Barn.



Kaylie Thompson with Surfin’ Salmon serves up some seafood tacos.



Surfin’ Salmon will be at the first Grand Valley Food Truck Friday set for Friday, May 26, at the Lincoln Park Barn.



Steven Preuss with Colorado Q.



Your kitchen is taking Friday evening off.

It caught scent of what was going to be available at Grand Valley Food Truck Fridays and that was it. And poor you. You’ll have to choose between salmon tacos and barbecue, Thai food and Cuban cuisine or other tasty edibles from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Lincoln Park.

The food trucks will be circled near the Lincoln Park Barn, where there will be a beer garden on the porch serving beer from Palisade Brewing Co. There also will be live music from Black Lab and the Banjo.

This is the first in a lineup of Food Truck Fridays that will feature a wider variety of food and local bands from now through the middle of October, said Steven Preuss, owner of Colorado Q: Barbeque of the Rockies and organizer of Food Truck Fridays.

The schedule will rotate through locations in Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita and feature a number of local bands. Nearly every week a different group of six food trucks will serve anyone looking to treat their taste buds.

“There will be all sorts of good food,” Preuss said.

Food Truck Fridays offer a “picnic-like environment ... with a food court,” he said. So those who come should bring a blanket or camp chairs so they can sit and eat while listening to the band.

“I think it’s going to be a good year for us,” said Michael Angelo Morelli, owner of Michael Angelo’s Wood Fired Pizza and who has a real wood-fired oven inside his food truck.

Morelli has long been an advocate of local food trucks taking their menus up a notch with more fusion foods.

While Morelli serves the ubiquitous pepperoni pizza, he loves making pizza with pecans, carrots or squash. His “Truffle Tomato Blue” pizza has more recently developed a following. “It is amazing,” he said.

Along with a variety of menus and entertainment, food safety is an important offering of Food Truck Fridays, Preuss and Morelli both pointed out.

Food trucks still seem to have a bad reputation with some people who think of them as dirty, Preuss said.

But food trucks are subject to the same strict guidelines and inspections by the Mesa County Health Department that standing restaurants must abide by, said Preuss, who started Colorado Q a year ago.

Preuss, Morelli and others are so keen on clean, safe food that they’ve taken it to another level by becoming part of the Partnership for Food Safety, which involves additional food safety steps and employee training.

Preuss is excited for this year and for more people to discover Food Truck Fridays. About a week prior to each event, Preuss will post on Grand Valley Food Truck Fridays’ Facebook page the names of the trucks and the band that will be at that week’s designated location.

At this first Food Truck Friday, you’ll find 99 Thai Food, Bravo Food Truck, Colorado Q, The Cuban Junction, The Little Pink Food Truck and Surfin’ Salmon.


GRAND VALLEY FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS
2017 schedule
■ Lincoln Park Barn in Grand Junction: May 26, June 23, July 14 and Aug. 11 (On July 14 and Aug. 11 a Movie in the Park also is scheduled at Lincoln Park.)
■ Red Fox Cellars in Palisade: June 9, July 28, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.
■ Fruita Civic Center in Fruita: June 16, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 and Oct. 13.
■ St. Kathryn Cellars in Palisade; June 30, July 21, Aug. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.


FIRST STOP

Grand Valley Food Truck Fridays will begin for the season with an event from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, at the Lincoln Park Barn.
The food trucks set to serve are 99 Thai Food, Bravo Food Truck, Colorado Q, The Cuban Junction, The Little Pink Food Truck and Surfin’ Salmon. There will be a beer garden with beer from Palisade Brewing Co. Live music will be performed by Black Lab and the Banjo.

Information: grandvalleyfoodtruckfridays.com, Grand Valley Food Truck Fridays on Facebook.


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