Food Trucks Keep It Kosher

Gourmet food trucks have generated a big following by producing gourmet meals and special snacks. Now, kosher fare is becoming an available food truck offering.

Nationwide, Jewish and kosher food trucks are taking their place in food truck courts, next to the Tex-Mex trucks and soft-serve ice cream vehicles. They offer a wide range of dishes, such as egg rolls filled with tasty corned beef, appetizing fried falafel and perfect pastrami. Some create sandwiches that generate memories of the traditional Jewish deli.

While gourmet food trucks are relatively new, Jewish street food has been around for more than 100 years. In the early 1900s, Jewish vendors pushed food-filled carts around the Lower East Side of Manhattan serving herring, pastries and pickles. These traditional foods made a convenient lunch for busy Jewish workers.

Today, food trucks in metropolitan areas have mingled Jewish and American recipes to create tempting menus that feature everything from whitefish and corned beef to fresh challah rolls.

In Los Angeles, the El Nosh Latin Delicatessen food truck has married Latin cuisine to Jewish classics, producing yucca latkes with a mango crema and lishka mofongo nuggets with corned beef and green mole.

Foodservice insiders expect to see more food truck menus inspired by traditional Jewish recipes, as well as trucks featuring Jewish foods blended with ingredients from other cultures.  Major metropolitan areas, such as New York, LA and Miami, have large Jewish populations, as well as other distinct cultures. That market provides an ideal customer base for food trucks that combine distinct traditions and tastes.

One gourmet food truck combining foods from several cultures is The Hungry Nomad. A popular food truck among Orange County foodies, The Hungry Nomad mixes American, Mediterranean and European cuisines and is often called on to cater fund-raising galas, corporate parties and wedding receptions. Naturally, the talented staff can customize a special menu for any celebration if the customer so desires. Call The Hungry Nomad at 877-NOMAD-10 for details. The Hungry Nomad has two food truck partners:

Hang 10 Tacos is a big blue taco truck crafting the best tacos in LA. But you also can specify the menu you prefer for your catered celebration. To reach these talented catering professionals, call Hang 10 Tacos at 855-5-Hang-10.

Greenz on Wheelz serves delicious sandwiches, wraps and salads. The Greenz catering crew is able to prepare most anything your corporate dinner or rehearsal dinner requires. Call Greenz on Wheelz at 855-6Greenz.