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Food Trucks Work Their Mojo At StreetFood Artistry

By Melissa Wiley in Food on Aug 8, 2013 8:20PM


Done right, street food is art unto itself, transforming a tobacco-stained slab of cement into a jingle jangle fiesta, a treeless side street into a spicy bacchanal. Some Debbie Downers have called curbside comestibles a languishing art form in Chicago. But this Sunday Debbie can just keep her trap shut, because StreetFood Artistry is invading Bridgeport for the third year in a row, convening old-school food carts, pop-up shops, and veteran food trucks side by side a sprawling indie street market, live music, and an exhibit by local fine artist Mika Horibuchi. Where there’s smoke, there’s finger food, all for no more than $5.

Surrounding the Zhou B Art Center, the food truck pavilion will serve up palm-sized eats from mobile kitchens the likes of Puffs of Doom, Tamale Spaceship, Jerk 312, Gelato D’Oro, Getta Polpetta, Curried, Babycakes, and the Fat Shallot. DJ Violin and M.A.D.D. Rhythms will be supplying the soundtrack.

A portion of the event's proceeds will support the creation of the Stand Out Creative Program, awarding a grant and pro bono legal services for an emergent business established by StreetFood Artistry co-founder Patrice Perkins. A nonprofit, StreetFood Artistry creates consumer engagement opportunities for budding and established artistic entrepreneurs.

General admission to the festival, running from 1 to 7 pm, is $10, and each vendor will offer one vegan option. Purchase tickets here.

The Zhou B. Art Center is located at 1029 W. 35th Street.