Food truck pod could be preview to future mobile food hub
It’s been a dream for Sacramento food truck lovers for years: a permanent location for food trucks. A place where a variety of mobile food fare can be available. Somewhere that allows live music, art and other family-friendly events.
On Saturday, Sacramentans will get a glimpse of that as a food truck pod sets up at 1425 C St.
Property owner Skip Rosenbloom said the industrial buildings currently in the space house artists’ studios, a music recording studio and a glass blower’s workshop.
“I think the food trucks are synergistic with lots of complementary uses,” Rosenbloom said.
From 5 – 9 p.m. Saturday, more than 10 trucks will take up station in what is being called the “Truk Farm,” along with live music and entertainment. The Truk Farm is in a central courtyard that used to be a truck docking terminal.
One of the trucks at the event will be OM Karmabile, an Indian fusion food truck that is a relative newcomer to the Sacramento scene.
“I think it’s groundbreaking, and if it’s done according to what we’ve been planning, we can be the envy of other cities where people can go as a hub,” said owner Voltair Ignacio.
Rosenbloom said he hopes to see the event become a permanent fixture for the foreseeable future.
“I think ultimately we’ll attract other food and arts and entertainment businesses,” he said. “It’s not a heavily trafficked area, and it has to become a place where people want to go to do something such as eat or listen to music or watch a film or have other events.”
Food truck advocate Catherine Enfield said she has long been a proponent of the idea of central locations where food trucks operate – food truck pods – and that a post about food truck pods on her blog remains her most-viewed piece.
She said the SOMA area in San Francisco has a food truck pod where trucks pay rent for slots depending on shifts and days of the week.
“They haven’t decided how they’ll do it in Sacramento yet,” she said.
But what makes the Sacramento food truck pod unique?
“This is the only one that I am aware of that incorporates an existing building,” Enfield said. “It’s hard to picture because it’s bare-bones and rough, but if you really have vision, you can see this being an awesome space with so much potential.”
One of the strengths of a food truck is its mobility – it can provide food to different locations on different days of the week, set up at events and appeal to a larger group of people than a stationary restaurant, so a stationary food location might seem counterintuitive.
According to Enfield, it’s not.
“They supply a permanent spot where people will always know they can find trucks and find a schedule of them,” she said in an email. “Also, for the trucks, it’s a secured spot, especially during the winter when it’s hard to go out, find spots where people can get out of the weather and help sustain them during the rougher months.”
Saturday’s event is being run by the nonprofit Foodmob organization, and proceeds will benefit the Francis House, one of the Sacramento area’s leading providers of services to the homeless.
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