Southern food trucks served sweet and savory cuisine
At the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in 2011, the Street Cart Pavilion showcased food trucks from around the South. The street food experience was put together by Chef Eli Kirshtein, who appeared season six on "Top Chef," and Chef Dan Latham, known for his Moto Bene, an Atlanta-based mobile pizza oven.
The Street Cart Pavilion was located at the corner of Peachtree and 12th streets. Atlanta's own Yum Yum Cupcakes was on hand with a selection of mini-cupcakes, while the King of Pops gave out popsicles made with Patron. The three flavors were cucumber-jalapeno, raspberry-lime and pineapple-cilantro. STK, the steak restaurant set to open at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in fall 2011, served tender rib meat over creamy grits.
The Crooked Spoon of Orlando, Fla., served swordfish over grits topped with a pesto sauce. Dietrich's of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., offered Alabama tea cakes from the window of a restored 1969 Airstream trailer. The GastroPod, an Airstream trailer with an orange-dot logo, came from Miami and served sausage topped with goat cheese, and Klausie's Pizza from Raleigh, N.C. offered tastes of its pan pizza. Avocados from Mexico handed out samples of pineapple-guacamole and guacamole gazpacho.
Attendees could order cocktails in the mobile Patron bar or lounge in the Ciroc Vodka/Bulliet Bourbon tent that was set up like a living room. SweetWater Brewing Company poured its signature brews, including 420 and Sch'wheat.—Rachael Mason/Metromix