Serving up the American Dream one plate at a time. Join Tiffany Harelik as she navigates food truck recipes and entrepreneurial stories in her blog, cookbook, TV series, and Gypsy Picnic trailer food festival.
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This morning, I got up a little early to meet local realtor Mark Strub for a cup of coffee. Facebook friends with similar enterprising efforts, we sat to chat in the brisk morning under the vogue awnings at la Boite where Victoria herself was there brewing and brainstorming about cycling routes. He, with his small black coffee and me with my super-big-fancy-favorite chocolate-vanilla latte took some morning moments to discuss our mutual interests in philanthropic endeavors to see if we could brainstorm up something wonderful. (I'd order that coffee with sprinkles and glitter if possible.)
Mark asked me about involving some of the trailer vendors in the New Wave Ball fund raiser for the Austin Children's Shelter for next year. The Austin Children's Shelter, like me, was born here in a small house in the 80's.... and to remain congruent in eras, the 'ball' is an 80's theme party complete with dance and costume contests judged by local celebrity judges. "Mark" your calendars for Friday, February 25th at the Parish from 8p-midnight - $20 for the kiddies and a fun party is a no brainer.
We also talked about his first sawnky trailer that he wanted to convert into a mobile food vending business....I *think our conversation may have inspired him to find the old treasure and see what might be in store for his entrepreneurial spirit. I had some good news to report within Trailer Food Diaries (TM) as well. TFD is in the process of pricing out the cookbook (coming to you this Fall!), as well as finishing filming the trailer for our TV show (hopefully this Fall as well!). We are sponsoring a trailer food crawl for Lucky J's during SXSW, among other fund raising efforts scheduled throughout 2011 for good people doing good things here in Austin.
My cup of Joe with Mark was a great start to this weeks worth of eating and talking at the trailers. If you need some ideas on where to go for your next lunch meeting, check out some trailer parks. For example, Torchy's Tacos is now offering their event barn for meeting space or parties (what what). If you need some one-off ideas, please search my blog or make comments for suggestions. I love hearing from you and knowing that you're voting with your dollars by supporting local businesses while simultaneously supporting the slow food movement.