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Blog: Food Truck Craze Arrives!

Today's event in Saratoga will benefit charity.

Food is at the heart of most cultures and community.

Here, in Silicon Valley, it’s no different; we really like to eat.

The food truck craze is everywhere and this summer you can enjoy a variety of foods all within a few steps of each other.

For Los Gatos and Saratoga, we will be spoiled this summer with two food truck events locally. No dining dress code at these events, in fact, organizers encourage you to bring your own table and chairs!

On the fourth Saturday of every month, Moveable Feast will make its appearance in Saratoga doing what it does best—bringing together an array of great food.

The kick-off event, “Foodie Fun On The Run” takes place 4-8 p.m., today, Saturday, May 26 at the corner of Saratoga Sunnyvale Road and Sea Gull Way, in Saratoga. You'll eat lobster rolls, chow down on some sanguchones and even have a little dessert. The public can park at 12341 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd.

There will dancing to live bands every month and you'll also be eating for a good cause! Movable Feast will donate part of its proceeds to Relay For Life of Saratoga, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. 

The bands playing include: 

In Los Gatos, we have the , 18840 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., on Friday nights. Organizers have had people piling in and celebrating their Fridays with dancing, beer and food during the past few events.

Some of the same food trucks participating in the Los Gatos Food Truck Fest will be in Saratoga today.

With hundreds of food trucks in the Bay Area, your choices and locations to eat on the low down are limitless.

Sam’s Chowder Mobile, House of Siam, Treatbot (the owner of Moveable Feast owns this one), Chairman Bao Truck, Soulnese, Sanguchon, Lobster Shack and Bigg Shrimp'n and MoGo BBQ, are just some of the food trucks in the area.

Chairman Bao Truck is a great example of the success these restaurants on wheels are having. The business has more than 11,000 people following its Twitter account!

Other close-by locations for food truck events are Friday nights in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood, 2310 Canoas Garden Ave., and South San Jose, 525 Blossom Hill Rd.

Villa Montalvo had nine food trucks at its recent "Arts Splash" event, which was part of its centennial year-long celebration.

More food truck events this summer will be coming up everywhere and according to Saratoga Mayor Chuck Page, "We will be working with the community as part of our economic community planning fund to help with permits."

Zoe Alameda, from Alameda Family Funeral and Cremation, is one of the businesses in the Gateway area of Saratoga, which helped push for the Saratoga food truck event.

Also helping her were Zoe Brenda Kashuba, from 4EverFit Personal Training Studio, and Deni Green, from Azule Salon

Zoe said this about the plans for the event, “Food is the essence of life and community. We wanted to have an event that would bring the community together and the proceeds would benefit our community. Each one of our food events will benefit a local charity."

Super Starts and Silpada Jewelry will participate in the Saratoga event today and plan to donate part of their sales to the ACS's Relay for Life event in Saratoga.

For me, I think date night this summer will be all about tasting each food truck that I can all summer long!

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Mayor McCheese May 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
i'd rather eat at mcdonald's than eat from a high brow roach coach..
Ethan Harmer May 27, 2012 at 06:23 AM
I took my family there today and enjoyed the food and the music. The group Sound Eclipse was very entertaining and some daring couples danced for a while. There were 4 food trucks so the variety was limited but the choices were decent. The Peruvian food truck Sanguchon seems to be very popular. If there is a downside is that usually condiments are limited or not existent and if you have to pee, better take an extra couple minutes before you leave the house next time.
Zoe Alameda May 29, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Restrooms were available in the funeral home; the side door was left open with a "restroom" sign: and restrooms were available at 4EverFit personal training studio in the building behind the food trucks. Thank you for your comment we will make sure to have better signage.
expensive dates May 30, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Dates at food trucks? Things must be going downhill for some folks here in the valley. Nah ... I'll skip the lobster marinaded in roach paste and head to some sophisticated restaurants at Santana Row. I admit it does take a little mula to hang out at expensive joints. So Sorry that some have to settle for the cheap stuff.
Matt May 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I'd rather pay a little more while be served in an air-conditioned restaurant. I wish them the best though.
Zoe Alameda May 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Food truck events are an "Al Fresco" community dining experience. The one in Saratoga benefits a different community charity. A portion of Saturday nights "Al Fresco" dining went to American Cancer Society Relay for Life Saratoga. The band, Sound Elipse, donated their time. Also a way for the local residences to walk to dinner. This area of Saratoga is limited as to any dining experience. Hope you will try it out next month, June 23rd.
Zoe Alameda May 30, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I think we all enjoy dining in a brick and mortar establishment but from time to time it is fun to dine "al fresco" and know the money you spent on dinner goes towards a local charity. Our next event on Saturday June 23rd will benefit West Valley Community Services-a charity with a local food bank for people who can't afford to dine out or shop for food. Come out and give it a try....we have an awesome band for your listening pleasure.
Jeffrey Bachman June 01, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Food trucks are like camping; every once in a while it is Ok. This event was a lot of fun and they provided tables and chairs for those of us whose derriere cannot handle sitting on a bucket for more that 10 minutes. The band was awesome!! These guys are a fun bunch and now that I learn they donated their time, kudos to them!!
Brian Guillot September 19, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Zoe, who can I talk to too arrange a charitable event for our local school?

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