BALTIMORE — Nearly a dozen gourmet food trucks will converge on Baltimore Friday for an event that promises to serve a variety of specialties — all for a good cause.
The Silver Platter is the latest addition to a growing venue of gourmet food trucks in Baltimore City. For the past three weeks, Chef Chris Cherry has made more than a dozen dishes, all fresh and presented with style.
“What we have are things like sweet chili baby-back ribs, we have lobster mac and cheese with truffle essence, we have some creamed white corn and prosciutto bacon, we do things like firecracker shrimp and New England lobster roll, which is one of our biggest sellers,” said Chef Chris Cherry, of Silver Platter. “We wanted to give the customer something different than just food in a brown bag, so we went to high-end plastics and different types of presentation.
“On Friday, the Silver Platter and other Baltimore food trucks, like Chowhound Gourmet Burgers from Kooper’s Tavern, will gather at a parking lot at Central at Eastern avenues in Harbor East for a first-time event called “The Gathering.”
“We’re all very excited to do it because we want the segment to grow,” Cherry said.
“Chowhound is our restaurant on the streets. We’re able to take restaurant-quality food out into the streets where people may not have been to Fells Point. We take it out into the counties, we go all the way down to Annapolis Junction,” said Bill Irwin, director of operations for Chowhound Gourmet Burgers. “You’re getting restaurant-quality food on the road.
“WBAL-TV 11 News reporter Jennifer Franciotti said it will provide foodies a chance to sample a variety of restaurant-quality food in one location.”We’ll have all kinds of food. This is a giant food court is what we’re bringing to you along with the music,” Irwin said.
“We’re having a rally. We’re going to get together with rock and roll music, ice-cold beer, delicious wine, the mayor will be there. It brings us all together.”
“Our customer gets an experience like a fine-dining restaurant experience, but they get it out of a truck,” Cherry said.
Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit There Goes My Hero, a nonprofit organization working to match leukemia patients with donors.
“We try to increase people that are registered on the bone marrow registry, provide meals to patients and their families and fund leukemia research,” said Michele Bresnick Walsh, a leukemia survivor and secretary of the board of directors for There Goes My Hero.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she will be going. Cherry said he gives the mayor credit for saving the growing business in the city.
“Recently, the mayor has opened up areas and really allowed this business segment to boom,” Cherry said. “For a while, it was difficult. There are about 125 trucks in D.C., and in Baltimore there are seven. I think now we’re up to about 12. It’s a rapidly growing segment and we’re very excited about it.”
“We’re thanking Baltimore City for really embracing entrepreneurship,” Irwin said.
The Gathering begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Friday night.