food trucks heading to the lakefront

Food. Water. Cleveland. What could be better?

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is hosting a new lunchtime event that will give a unique look into the inner-workings of popular local food trucks. Beginning July 11, Lunch by the Lake will be held every Thursday through the end of September featuring roughly eight food trucks plus a Chef’s Kitchen event once per month.

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During Chef’s Kitchen, a food truck will be flipped “inside out” showing off the highlighted chef’s talents by cooking and serving in an outdoor kitchen. Chef’s Kitchen will be held during the inaugural event on July 11, featuring the chef from Zydeco. Attendees can also enjoy weekly live music.

Downtown Cleveland’s Lakefront, commonly known as North Coast Harbor, is home to many flagship Cleveland institutions, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, FirstEnergy Stadium, Great Lakes Science Center, Burke Lakefront Airport, the U.S.S. COD Museum, and the Goodtime III.

Outfitting a food truck for business is a lot like designing a commercial kitchen for a new restaurant. You need designated areas for cooking, chilling, storing and serving. Because a food truck is much smaller than most restaurant kitchens, you will need to utilize every inch of space. Much of your food truck design will depend on your menu– will you be preparing a bulk of food in a separate area (like sandwiches or wraps) or will it be prepared on site (such as pizza or fried food). No matter what type of food you plan to serve, you’ll need to make sure that your food truck meets all local and state health and safety codes.​ Check out these commercial truck auctions deals.

Food Truck Prep and Storage Areas

Enclosed cabinets or cupboards are ideal for storing paper goods, dry goods, and other non-perishables. Make sure cabinet doors are secured while driving. Built-in prep counters are ideal and are sure that they are made of a food-safe surface such as stainless steel (no wooden counters, please). Just as you would in a restaurant kitchen, keep all cleaning products and other hazardous materials away from food and serving utensils.

Food Truck Refrigeration, Stoves and Grills

Any coolers, refrigerators, or freezers should be bolted in place for safety. They should also have proper ventilation and electrical outlets. The same is true for commercial ovens, grills, and deep fat fryers. Additionally, grills and stove tops may need a hood with a fan and sprinkler system, all properly vented to the outdoors.

Food Truck Service Window

Your food truck will need at least one large window for serving customers. An outside counter can hold napkins, condiments, and plastic flatware. An awning over the window is a good investment for both rain and hot weather.

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