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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Food trucks to gather today on Franklin Square

By Tim Carman
redhooktruck_opt(2).jpg Maybe lines won't be so long for lobster rolls this time. (Xiaomei Chen for The Washington Post)

Curbside Cupcakes co-owner Kristi Whitfield and several of her fellow food truckers were mingling after one of their regular Monday meetings (you know, those gatherings where the mobile foodies fret and commiserate and devise strategies to counter those who would put them out of business). Well, they got to talking about how much fun they had during the inaugural Curbside Cookoff in October.

Suddenly, someone suggested that the trucks shouldn't wait another 10 months before gathering again in one spot and allowing street-food fans a chance to graze from multiple menus. Others agreed. Before they knew it, a half dozen operators decided to flock around Franklin Square today, Monday, Jan. 10, for their own mini-version of the Curbside Cookoff (minus the whole award competition and implied political statement).

"We're having a food-truck party is the short answer," says Whitfield. "It's fun for us, fun for our customers and it sort of breaks up the winter post-holidays blahs."

"One of the great things about being a food truck is being nimble," she adds.
So far, Whitfield says, at least six trucks have committed to the impromptu gathering, which some are calling Mega Monday. The vendors include the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck, Sweetbites, Eat Wonky, DC Empanadas, Sauca, and Whitfield's own Curbside Cupcakes. TaKorean was going to join the crew but recently fell victim to engine troubles.

"I'm not sure how many others will come," Whitfield says.

The trucks will start gathering at 11 a.m. around Franklin Square Park, at 14th and K Streets NW. So, isn't this just another opportunity to generate more public good will as the D.C. Council gets more pressure from brick-and-mortar lobbyists to curb food trucks?

"It's not that deep," Whitfield says with a laugh. "If it were political, it'd be on Pennsylvania Avenue, and we be rallying people on our Web site for a call to arms. This is a call to lunch."

By Tim Carman  | January 10, 2011; 6:00 AM ET
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