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Keep on Truckin’

The food truck frenzy continues to rev up, especially at Guthrie Green, where four walls have given way to four wheels for grabbing a bite on the go.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Valerie Grant
Posted
August 29, 2017

Ready to spice up your Wednesdays by getting away from the office grind or the usual home-based activities you do with your children? You might want to head over to Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa for their Food Truck Wednesdays. From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., you can connect with nature and enjoy some good food and local music midway through the week, when you need a little boost of energy and fun.

Food Truck Wednesdays started as a way to draw people to the Guthrie Green, a revitalized area of downtown Tulsa that serves as an urban park and outdoor recreation center. Throughout the spring, summer and autumn, Guthrie Green is alive with a wide choice of activities, from live concerts, movie nights and theatrical performances to yoga, Zumba, dancing and hula hooping, as well as events for Juneteenth and other special times of year.

But Food Truck Wednesdays is especially cool because it brings small businesses together with hungry people to enjoy the wide variety of foods you can get in Tulsa. It may be a lot of work to pull it all together seamlessly for Tulsans to enjoy, but as Eric Himan, who is in charge of programming at Guthrie Green says, it’s all worth it.

“Food Truck Wednesdays have been pretty successful,” Himan says. “We have regulars throughout the month who all offer something a little bit different. We try to make sure there’s not a lot of duplicates in terms of genre of food and style.”

There are 14 regular vendors who bring their trucks to the event, offering American food, Vietnamese, Italian, grilled cheese specials, hot dogs, crepes, gelato, smoothies, doughnuts and more. It’s a mix made in heaven for adults and children alike. It’s no easy feat to situate all the trucks in that space, but Himan works hard to make it happen. “We do want to utilize the space and give as many vendors a chance to be here,” he says.

The variety serves both the food truck owners, who benefit from not having to compete directly with other food trucks of the same style, as well as visitors who have the chance to choose from the greatest assortment of noshes possible in the space that Guthrie Green’s food trucks can inhabit. And vendors appreciate the opportunity to serve locals good food in a set location once a week.

There are 14 regular vendors that bring their trucks to Food Truck Wednesdays, offering American food, Vietnamese, Italian, grilled cheese specials, hot dogs, crepes, gelato, smoothies, doughnuts and more. (Photo: Marc Rains)
There are 14 regular vendors that bring their trucks to Food Truck Wednesdays, offering American food, Vietnamese, Italian, grilled cheese specials, hot dogs, crepes, gelato, smoothies, doughnuts and more. (Photo: Marc Rains)

Lance Hoopingarner, owner of Hoop’s, which serves Philly cheesesteaks and fair food like corn dogs, fried pickles and chocolate dipped cheesecake, became involved with Food Truck Wednesdays in July 2013, and he loves how it has helped his business. “I believe this event has done a lot for our business,” says Hoopingarner. “Because of Food Truck Wednesdays, we have made connections with local businesses and people, which has led us to multiple catering events. Food Truck Wednesdays has opened many doors for us. We are very thankful for this event.”

Tuck Curren, owner of The Local Table, which serves American food like a catfish BLT, chicken and waffles, tacos and burgers, agrees. “Food truck Wednesdays showed me people would come and support local food trucks,” he says. “If not for starting at Guthrie Green, I am not sure I would be doing the food truck today.”

Attendees of Food Truck Wednesdays love it too. “There is always a great turnout for Food Truck Wednesdays and all special events at Guthrie Green,” says Curren. Hoopingarner says, “We believe that people really enjoy coming out to this event. It’s a great opportunity for downtown employees to escape work for a little bit and grab some awesome food during their lunch break.”

And there are always opportunities for new trucks to be involved, says Himan. As the food truck industry in Tulsa has grown, many more of these businesses became interested in participating. Guthrie Green responded to the need with an inventive approach.

“We decided to create something new, which is called Wild Card Wednesdays,” he says. “And that’s something that I implemented to give an opportunity to new vendors. We do it the last Wednesday of every month. We’ll have our seasoned regulars for the rest of the month, and then for that last week, it’s almost like a brand-new food court of 14 people who aren’t on our regular roster.”

In addition to food trucks, Food Truck Wednesdays features entertainment like live music, story time, the splash pad, or yoga on the Green. And food trucks show up for other Guthrie Green events throughout the year so there’s almost always food available for those who visit the Green. You can keep up with the event schedule by following Guthrie Green on Facebook.

One up-and-coming event to keep an eye out for is Soul Fest, a tribute to Wayman Tisdale taking place Sept. 30. The funds raised will go to the Wayman Tisdale Foundation, which provides prosthetics for those in need.

“We’ll have live music,” says Himan. “We’ll have soul food. It’s going to be a really great event.”

LOCATOR
Guthrie Green
111 E. M.B. Brady St. | Tulsa
guthriegreen.com

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Street Eats

Belly up to the window and place an order at some of these rolling restaurants that have been around the block a time or two.

AMERICAN
Curbside Comfort
The Dogfather
The Doghouse
Harden’s Hamburgers
Haulin’ Buns
Hoop’s Philly Truck
Jubilee Concessions
The Local Table
Lola’s Street
My Baby Can Cook
Purple People Feeder
TNT Wangs

BARBEQUE
Alpha Grill BBQ
BackWatters BBQ
Bigfoot Smoke Shack
Cactus Jack’s BBQ
Celli’s SmokeHouse BBQ
Hot Mess BBQ
Klemm’s Smoke Haus
Kosmo’s BBQ
Louie’s Dawg House
MooChewSooey BBQ
Ribville
Rub
Smokin’ Howard’s BBQ
When Pigs Fly

COFFEE
Coolray Coffee Cafe
Cradle Bird Coffee Co.
CTX Coffee Labs
Danger Cats Coffee

ICE CREAM | DESSERTS | TREATS
Bon Cheri
Breenie’Z Soft Pretzels
Cake Smash
Frigid Whips & More
Harper’s Hut
Josh’s Sno Shack
Katiebug’s Shaved Ice and Hot Chocolate
Kettle Treats
Laurannae Cupcakes
Lick Your Lips Donuts
Mod’s Coffee and Crepes
Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes
Pie in the Sky
Taza Fresh Peel
Zen Ice

MEXICAN | SOUTHWEST
Antojitos Bety
Mr. Nice Guys
Oklahomies’ Munch Co.
Road Runner Chile Grill
Tacos Fiesta Mexicana
Taqueria El Jarocho
T-Town Gourmet

PIZZA
Andolini’s
Mazzio’s
Okie Goodness
The Saucee Sicilian

SANDWICHES
Dorothy’s Wiches
Jay’s Original Hoagies
Meltdown
Short Bus Sandwiches
TwistWich

SPECIALTY
Benjamin Bro’s 19th Hole (baked potatoes)
Blue Boys Soul Food (soul food)
Cajun Boil Catering (Cajun)
Comida, Sol, y Vida (Latin American)
F & J Catering and Concessions (German)
For the Love of Fries (french fries)
Gyros By Ali (Mediterranean)
Lone Wolf Banh Mi (Vietnamese, Asian Fusion)
Mangiamo (Italian)
MASA (South American Fusion)
Papos Latin/American Cafe (Latin Fusion, Cuban, Peruvian)
Pita Place (Mediterranean)
The Wurst (German)

NOTE: Not all trucks maintain regular spots at Guthrie Green. Check the whereabouts of your favorite truck through their social media posts and websites.

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