Boston, MA: Boston-NYC Food Truck Rivalry Returns to Greenway

REMATCH: New York food trucks are rolling into Boston to clash again with Hub mobile eateries, including Avi Shemtov’s Chubby Chickpea, above, in Saturday’s Food Truck Throwdown. Photo: Mark Garfinkel

By Sara Gaynes | Boston Herald

REMATCH: New York food trucks are rolling into Boston to clash again with Hub mobile eateries, including Avi Shemtov’s Chubby Chickpea, above, in Saturday’s Food Truck Throwdown. Photo: Mark Garfinkel
REMATCH: New York food trucks are rolling into Boston to clash again with Hub mobile eateries, including Avi Shemtov’s Chubby Chickpea, above, in Saturday’s Food Truck Throwdown.
Photo: Mark Garfinkel

The Boston-New York rivalry isn’t ending any time soon as the cities’ food trucks gear up for a culinary throwdown rematch.

Kickass Cupcakes owner and bostonherald.com Fork Lift blogger Sara Ross is bringing her wildly successful food truck competition back to the Greenway tomorrow, this time with two more blocks and four more trucks. Nearly 25,000 people turned out for the October inaugural event.

“We learned a bit about crowd control and crowd management, which is why we decided to have it in a bigger space, and there are a lot more places for people to enjoy their food,” Ross said of their new spot between State and India streets.

They also simplified the judging process: To find the overall champ, a “best of Boston” and a “best of New York” dish will go head-to-head after the judges determine each dish’s score using a uniform point system. There also will be a People’s Choice award and a special category in which chefs create dishes with Maker’s Mark bourbon. (Judges include Jamie Bissonnette, chef and owner of Coppa; Richard Chuddy, food blogger and co-owner of The Skinny Beet; Jon Albanese of WEEI; and Bostontweet creator Tom O’Keefe.)

Trucks that participated in October’s event — which Boston won, FYI — were eager to come back for more.

REMATCH: New York food trucks are rolling into Boston to clash again with Hub mobile eateries. Photo: Mark Garfinkel
REMATCH: New York food trucks are rolling into Boston to clash again with Hub mobile eateries.
Photo: Mark Garfinkel

“The last Food Truck Throwdown was such as success, and it helped elevate the general knowledge of trucks in Boston and popularize the scene,” said Mei Li, co-founder of Mei Mei’s Street Kitchen, which is participating for a second time. “(This time) we developed a streamlined menu, planning ahead to serve thousands of people. We’ve picked some favorites that we can serve quickly and in large numbers.”

And in New York, the positive word-of-mouth inspired mobile eateries to make the four-hour drive with their kitchens in tow.

“We know quite a few people who were here last year — we chatted with them to see how they liked it, and everyone had such a great time. We thought, ‘This is really something we have to be a part of,’ ” said Ann Yu, co-founder of Itizy’s Ice Cream truck in NYC.

New York’s Munchie Mobile is repeating its road trip to Boston, as co-founder Jon Gneezy hails from Lexington (and another of his co-creators is from Cambridge). “It’s a dream come true to bring the truck home.”

The Food Truck Throwdown, hosted by Jenny Johnson of NECN and “TV Diner,” is free to attend (plus cost of food) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. For more info, go to foodtruck throwdown.com.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/05/boston_nyc_food_truck_rivalry_returns_to_greenway