November 29, 2011
Heavenly Dogs makes its debut at Saturday's SactoMoFo event

The ambitious volunteers at SactoMoFo (Sacramento Mobile Food) tried their best to bring together a gathering of mobile food trucks and microbreweries on Dec. 3 at Power Balance Pavilion. Unfortunately for foodies - and our city in general - it didn't work out.

But there's good news, too: As has been reported on this blog site, a scaled-down version will happen from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, under the freeway at 8th and W streets. It will benefit Toys for Tots and the Sacramento Food Bank.

Among the 20 expected vendors will be Nicki Smith of Elk Grove, piloting the Heavenly Dog truck built by her husband, Chris Smith. HD is a family-involved dog-centric restaurant that opened in 2008 and features a lot of items from family recipes, such as the tri-tip chili. It's one of our go-to spots when the dog mood is on us. The house-made relishes are great.

The thing is, this mobile food-truck gathering will be Nicki's first.

"I'm not sure entering the event was smart, but it's big and that's good," she said by phone Monday. "I'm a little nervous, but my husband built the truck just like the kitchen at the restaurant. We'll be doing the same things we do every day, only on a truck."

Look for a variety of Heavenly Dog's red hots, including a bacon-wrapped version, along with chili cheese fries, garlic fries, sweet potato fries and onion rings.

What could possibly go wrong?
"We could sell out," she said, "(even though) we're planning on serving 1,000 dogs. We're bringing a small freezer-trailer for backup."

The brick-and-mortar Heavenly Dog is at 9160 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, in the Marketplace 99 South shopping center; (916) 714-7877,

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