No longer do fans of local food trucks have to fret over not being in the right place at the right time to sample some terrific fare on the run.
In a new effort to spread the word about what they do, a group of food trucks operators are gathering every Tuesday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sioux Park for Family Food Truck Night.
Kaylie Sterud and her husband Aaron, owners of Smokin’ Hot Catering LLC, and Jesse and Ashley Lee, owner of The Good Stuffed, attended prior food truck assemblies in the area and liked what they saw. Continuing the idea, they gathered the food truck community to meet at Sioux Park on Tuesday nights and serve up gourmet menus to patrons of all ages who can sample from several trucks all on one night.
“Often food trucks aren’t set up in places where families would typically come,” said Sterud. “We wanted more of a family-oriented purpose in our venue, so people would feel comfortable bringing the kids, too.”
Beyond Smokin’ Hot Catering LLC and The Good Stuffed, trucks also serving up tasty treats and eats have included NOSH Mobile Eatery and Catering, Beau’s Kickstand, Burgers in Paradise, Bohunk Enterprise, Gramma’s Delicacies, Silver Lining Creamery, and Gilligan’s Shave Ice Paradise. Sioux Park is located south of Canyon Lake Drive west of Sheridan Lake Road.
“We like to keep our selection to just one line of trucks right now, but we do rotate who’s available,” said Sterud. “That way, if one person in the family is in the mood for burgers, they can get that, but if somebody else wants barbecue, they can find that as well.”
The Steruds and Lees hope to organize the Black Hills Mobile Food Vendors Association to connect food trucks in the area with one other. “We can share resources as local businesses, and encourage those positive relationships,” Sterud said.
Group coordination would directly affect the community as well. Most local operators have a mobile point-of-sale system, so it could be possible to allow customers to donate funds through a program called Square at the time of purchase that would be used for meals for the local homeless.
"We as food trucks would love to have something to reach out to those in need, and connect the community and fill that gap,” Sterud said.
Sterud said the group will continue the Family Night tradition for the Tuesdays during the summer, and potentially continue through the fall. “We’d like to continue through the fall, but some food trucks aren’t able to keep their equipment working in freezing weather, so we’ll just have to wait and see how fast the weather gets cold,” she said.
They hope to also add live music soon, making the night a bigger event, and are open to adding more food truck operators who are interested in participating, Sterud said.
“It’s definitely a great time to have a family picnic or that special organization gathering,” she said.
Updated and contact information about the event, with links to individual vendors, can be found at the Family Food Truck Night Facebook page at facebook.com/rcfoodtruck.