Los Alamitos, CA: Food Truck Fare Thursday Benefits St. Isidore Plaza

By ROXANA KOPETMAN | OCRegister.com

LOS ALAMITOS – What do you get when you mix a former Catholic church, a community drive to save the city’s oldest building and a bunch of food trucks?

Hopefully, some yummy fare and a good chunk of change to preserve the St. Isidore Historical Plaza.

Eight trucks will roll into the parking lot of U.S. Bank, 10942 Pine St. from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The event, which started only a month ago, is beginning to get a following and city officials hope to tap into that popularity by linking the weekly vendors with raising money for the adjacent St. Isidore plaza, which has tables and benches outdoors.

The food trucks stopping near the busy intersection of Katella Avenue and Los Alamitos Boulevard have agreed to donate 10 percent of their beverage sales toward fundraising efforts for the plaza, said Councilwoman Marilynn Poe.

A committee of volunteers raising money to buy the plaza and preserve the city’s oldest building also will look into getting a liquor license to open “a beer garden” that will raise additional income on Thursdays, Poe said. Eventually, the site also may be home to a farmer’s market, she said.

A separate food truck event has been parking in town from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays outside My Gear store at 11081 Winners Circle. The website www.dindinagogo.com lists that weekly line-up. Information on the Thursday food truck line-up is available at www.gotfoodtrucks.com.

What sets apart the new Thursday event is that is linked to the preserving the adjacent St. Isidore Plaza, once home to a Catholic church and a site still used for many community services and events.

The idea was brought to community leaders by Chris Pili, the manager of the Starbucks near St. Isidore’s, said Angie Avery, the city’s recreation and community services department director. City officials dubbed the Thursday food truck event “Picnic@theplaza.” And so far, the community input has been positive, she said.

“Food for all of these trucks is really, really good,” Avery said Wednesday,” and we’ve had nothing but good reviews.”

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