Appetizers
October 24, 2012
Food trucks and restaurant chefs to collaborate and compete

Who says restaurant chefs and food truck owners have to be bitter enemies? Sure, the politics surrounding the local mobile food truck scene can be a little thick, given the difficulties thus far in making current city ordinances more food truck friendly - and even some infighting within food truck owners themselves. An upcoming food competition and battle just may be the "We Are the World" moment that's much needed.

Truck and Mortar Throwdown on Dec. 1 will feature five teams in which food truck owners and restaurant chefs will collaborate. Ever wondered what kind of dishes Mike Thiemann, executive chef of Ella Dining Room and Bar, could make with Chando of Chando's Tacos? How about Billy Ngo of Kru teamed with Davin Vculek of KrushBurger? That's what we're talking about here. Other teams include: Andrew Blaskovich of Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen with Ettore's Pedro Depina; Oliver Ridgeway of Grange with Coast to Coast Sandwiches' Robert Ramos; and Adam Pechal of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en with Donell Hendrix of Simply Southern Foods.

Each team has to create two dishes - one sweet, one savory - and will use one full pig and one gallon of honey as mandatory ingredients. A panel of judges will select the winning team, while attendees will be able to sample two dishes from each time. The $45 ticket also includes a beer from Ruhstaller, coffee from Broadacre and more appetizers from Whole Foods. Proceeds will benefit the California Fire Foundation and Toys for Tots.

All of this munching and friendly competition will take place at 6th and X streets from noon to 3 p.m. For tickets, click here.

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