With all the great restaurants opening right and left lately, downtown Napa is definitely on fire for dining.
Come Friday, there’s a new convoy of edible opportunities rolling in – literally – as gourmet food trucks converge for an all-night fiesta of meals on wheels.
“Food Truck Friday” delivers a contingent of Bay area mobile eateries to First Street and Soscol Avenue. That’s in the parking lot southwest of Oxbow Public Market, where Dim Sum Charlie’s has been putting out all-natural dim sum since October, served from a shiny silver Airstream trailer.
Call it a case of “share the love” for the busy little Chinese emporium.
“My partner and I were sitting late night (at our trailer), looked around, and saw lots of folks having a really fun time,” said Charlie’s owner Andrew Siegal. “We thought, let’s invite other trucks and see how many people we can get down here, and voila!”
So he called a few of his truckie friends, and little by little, he’s been filling the lot in “underground” test meets. At this Friday’s first official event, ten participants will wheel out their goods.
Van fans can line up from 5 p.m. to midnight, for the likes of Mark’s the Spot Truck (sliders), Fork Catering, Karma Bistro (Indian), Phat Salad and Wraps, Cochon Volant Flying Pig BBQ, Kara’s Cupcakes, Chicago Style Hot Dogs of Santa Rosa, and some extra eats from Gott’s Roadside next door. Bring some wine, too – the party is BYOB.
If all goes as planned, the group will come together the first Friday of every month. For details, check twitter: @foodtruckfriday.
Other truckers, by the way, should apply. Asked if he wants more mobile vendors, Siegal is succinct.
Food Truck Friday: Jan. 7, from 5 p.m. to midnight, 728 First Street, Napa.