By Anna Lothson
There are not many places where you can indulge in Indian curry, Mexican tamales, Jamaican jerk chicken, Argentinean empanadas, Latin American tacos, gourmet grilled cheese, and meatloaf cupcakes all in one spot.
Yes, meatloaf cupcakes.
But these unique delicacies, along with the dozens of other offerings, are part of the inaugural Oak Park's Great Food Truck Rally hosted by the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Saturday, May 11, in the church's parking lot, 460 Lake St. The diverse and savory items with international flair even include some vegetarian and vegan options, offering a taste for any foodie (this writer included).
"Pilgrim Church is excited to bring these fabulous food trucks to Oak Park," Senior Pastor Sally Iberg wrote in a news release. "Of course, Pilgrim can't resist offering our famous donuts as one of the sweets for the day."
This sneak preview will give diners the chance to sample the first-of-the-season Pilgrim donuts one week before the Oak Park Farmers' Market kicks off its 2013 season in the same venue. The church will also offer tours of its historic church building.
This event is particularly unique for Oak Park since the village does not currently allow food trucks, besides a few already sanctioned ones, to operate in town. The food truck craze is a longstanding tradition in places like New York City and has recently caught on in Chicago. The church got a one-day permit to bring this fare to Oak Park.
The event will feature roughly a dozen vendors, including: Beyond Borders Farm to Food Truck, Chicago Cupcake, Cupcakes for Courage, 5411 Empanadas, Get Curried Away, Ice Cubed, JERK, Modern Jamaican Grill, Meatloaf-A-Go-Go, Mojo Express, Taquero Fusion, Tamales Spaceship and Toasty Cheese.
Live music for the Great Food Truck Rally will showcase a variety of local musical groups, including the Oak Park Farmers' Market Band, Rough Around the Edges Band, and the Harrison Street Ukulele Players.