May 31, 2012
Hot Lunch Concert Series kicks off, adds food trucks

Now in its fourth year, the Hot Lunch Concert Series aims to give midtown and downtown office workers - along with anybody who's got the day off - a break with food and live music. The series, which runs each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fremont Park (16th and Q streets, Sacramento), is a partnership between Hot Italian and longtime local concert promoter Jerry Perry. If you want to go the pizza or panini route, you can place your order at Hot Italian and then bring your grub across the street to Fremont Park to kick back and hear live music.

Now, the Hot Lunch Concert Series has added food trucks to its lineup, today featuring Mama Kim, Wicked Wich and Fuzion Eatz.

But wait a second, a brick and mortar restaurant actually partnering with food trucks? Aren't the two supposed to be enemies, especially as many local restaurateurs continue to push back against calls for city ordinances to become more food truck friendly?

"I think it creates more energy," said Andrea Lepore, founder and creative director of Hot Italian. "The original goal was to bring all of the workers in the neighborhood out of the office. This creates more options and energy, and just a larger festival type feel."

Today's music features tunes from Island of Black and White. For a full lineup of musical acts, which runs Thursdays though August, go to or

Chris Macias is the Bee's food and wine writer. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias

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