Arepa Culture NC Food Truck
The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to get outside! This past Sunday I took advantage of the nice day and paid a visit to the Big Boss Run Club. While there I had the pleasure of trying the food from the Arepa Culture food truck for the first time after my run. The truck serves “Arepas”- a gluten free corn based flat bread formed into a patty that is grilled, split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients. I enjoyed the “La Tica” which is an Arepa stuffed with shredded chicken, sauteed peppers & onions and melted cheese. It went great with a pint of Big Boss Angry Angel Kolsch.
They have several other Arepa offerings including ones with pulled pork bbq, shredded beef, chicken salad and avocado, and a caprese with fresh mozzarella, tomato pesto and olive oil. It’s a great truck and I suggest checking them out if you are on the hunt for a great Arepa or the next time you are looking to try something new. Arepa Culture is very good about letting people know where they will be parked each day by posting their location on social media. You can follow them on twitter, facebook, and instagram to keep tabs on where they will be next.
This was the last Sunday run with the Big Boss Run Club as they transition back to Tuesday night runs at the brewery starting Tuesday March 17th at 7pm. I highly recommend you check it out if you are looking for a fun social run club. It’s free and open to runners of all abilities. Routes offered include 3 and 5 mile options. After each weekly run there is usually a beer special offered by Big Boss with a select beer for just $3 a pint. Food trucks are regular visitors to the club as well.
Cheers to warmer weather!
This week’s photo captures my three favorite things about hanging out at Big Boss Brewery in Raleigh. Great beer, good people, and food trucks! I like to run with the Big Boss Run Club each Tuesday at 7pm. After my three mile run it’s great to hangout with fellow runners at the brewery and enjoy a pint. My current favorite Big Boss selection is the High Roller IPA. On Tuesdays the Deli-icious Food truck is usually on hand with healthy sandwiches and sides including several vegetarian options. Whether you are training for an upcoming race or just looking to get some exercise and meet new people, Tuesday nights at Big Boss are a great way to get started.
Not Just Icing Cupcakes
Watch out Raleigh! This Tuesday, August 5th I’ll be working alongside local food truck blogger Art aka The Wandering Sheppard on the Not Just Icing cupcake food truck at Big Boss Brewing Company (249 Wicker Drive, Raleigh). The truck will be at the brewery from 5-8pm and we will be baking/selling several different flavors of cupcakes. That’s right, the cupcakes are made right on the truck! This will not only be a lot of fun since it will be my first time working on a food truck, but it will also help raise money for a great local cause. Not Just Icing will donate one dollar for every four pack of cupcakes sold and all tips Art & I earn that night will be donated to Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. So come on out and put us to work! Buy a cupcake or two and stick around for the Big Boss Run Club – the club meets at 7pm and runners of all levels are welcome.
The Not Just Icing Truck
About Not Just Icing
Not Just Icing is a mobile cupcakery (they bake everything on the truck) committed to providing made from scratch, baked fresh daily scrumptious treats throughout the Triangle area. Their cupcakes are made using all-natural ingredients like butter instead of oils and real fruit instead of fruit flavored extracts. You won’t find any preservatives in their cupcakes, so they are best eaten the day you buy them. You can find them at food truck events around the Triangle. They can also be booked for private events and make custom orders for any occasion. To find out where they will be next visit their online calendar here.
The Big Boss Run Club held its first group run back on May 10th, 2011. Organized by a group of friends with a shared passion for running and craft beer, Jon Odgers, Win Bassett, Greg Mulholland, and Ben Gaddy created what has become one of the most popular brewery supported run clubs in the Triangle. This Tuesday, May 13th at 6:30pm the club will celebrate it’s 3rd Anniversary with a special celebration including raffle prizes, food trucks, great beer, and of course plenty of running with friends.
As usual Jon Odgers, also know as @beerandracing, will be there Tuesday night to kickoff the group run at 7pm. The run offers a choice of 3,4,5 or 6 mile routes that can be easily adjusted to the distance of your choice. To mark the special occasion the evening will also include free raffle drawings for cool swag from Big Boss and a gift certificate for the Great Outdoor Provision Company. The race director for the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon will be on hand with a special one night special registration offer and The nOg Run Club will also be selling raffle tickets and taking donations for The Runners Remembered Fund. This special fund was set up to benefit the families of the runners who passed away racing the recent Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon.
In addition to the normal $3 Tuesday special and the full Big Boss lineup, the 3rd anniversary celebration will feature a special draft selection pulled from the Big Boss cellar for runners to enjoy! Three great local food trucks will be at the Brewery Tuesday night offering food for sale to hungry runners. Trucks scheduled are Deli-icious Truck with their menu featuring sandwiches, vegetarian dishes and other healthy options. They will be joined by Dump Pho King Truck serving pho and dumplings plus Iced Cupcakes with dessert.
I have been going to the Big Boss Rub Club for three years now and I credit the fun atmosphere of this group with helping me discover the friendly running culture of the Triangle. This is a great group of people that is welcoming to runners of all levels. Whether you are new to running or an experienced runner looking for a group of fun people to run with, I highly recommend you stop by Big Boss for a Tuesday evening run soon. See you on the Greenway!
Big Boss Run Club – 3rd Anniversary Party
Tuesday May 13, 2014 6:30pm
Group Run at 7pm
Cafe Prost Gourmet Pretzel Truck out of Wake Forest
I’ve been following this Cafe Prost for some time now and happy to see they are now out on the Streets of the Triangle on a regualr basis adding to the local foodie scene! Their truck is based out of Wake Forest and serves up the most incredible German pretzels I’ve ever had. They keep it simple by focusing on gourmet German pretzels but also offer some amazing oatmeal walnut raisin cookies and fresh brewed coffee as well.
Last week I caught up with the Cafe Prost truck while it was parked at the Star Mart Service Station at 818 South Main Street in Wake Forest across the street from the blue Aqaurium Outfitters building (Link to Map). You can typically find the truck parked in this spot Wednesday through Friday from 8am to noon throughout the month of February. On Saturdays they are usually set up across the street from the Durham Farmers’ Market and they are starting to make regular appearances at Fullsteam Brewery.
Pesto Romano Pretzel from Cafe Prost
When I stopped by their truck last week in Wake Forest they were offering three kinds of pretzels: traditional Swabian-German pretzels topped with sea salt, pesto romano pretzels, and jalapeno provolone pretzels. They were just pulling a tray of freshly bakes pesto roman and jalapeno provolone pretzels out of the oven when I arrived so I bought one of each and a coffee. The pretzels were amazing! The pretzels are soft and fluffy on the inside with warm toasted exterior that provides a synergistic texture on your tounge.
Jalapeno Provolone Pretzel from Cafe Prost
The pesto romano pretzel was my favorite with just the right balance of herb and cheese. I would have never thought of adding peppers as a topping to a pretzle, but I found the jalapeno provolone pretzel to be delicious as well. The jalapeno was not too hot and went incredibly well with the toasted cheese to compliment the pretzel. Both pretzels were so flavorful I found I didn’t even need mustard (which I love) and instead enjoyed them both “as is”. I would recommend trying both of these pretzels and look forward to having more of them and other pretzle offerings from Cafe Prost in the future.
Cafe Prost accepts both cash and credit cards as methods of payment. To keep posted on where they will be each week you can follow them on twitter @cafeprost. If you are interested in having Cafe Prost park their pretzel truck at your place of business or special event or buying their pretzels for resale you can contact them through their website for more information. I think they would make a great addition to the food truck rotation at both Fullsteam and Big Boss brewery as well as the soon to open White Street Brewery in Wake Forest. I mean who out there doesn’t like warm soft pretzels and beer?