Kansas Citys food truck vendors are a tight-knit community. So when one of their own hits hard times, they are quick to circle their wagons and do what they can to help out.
By JILL WENDHOLT SILVA
From 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, an impressive posse will set up shop at the Merriam Farmers Market, 5740 Merriam Dr., to raise funds for Michael Bradbury, owner of The Funnel Cake Truck. The Bradbury home was devastated by fire last week. All proceeds from the event will go to the family.
Brett Atkinson of Wilmas Real Good Food had been to Oklahoma recently to cook for tornado survivors. He got the organizing effort for the Bradburys started in a conversation on Facebook.
Hes a big, burly, scary guy, but he has a huge, huge heart, says Adrian Bermudez, president of the Kansas City Food Truck Association.
And as is typical with food-inspired charity efforts across KC (most recently an all-hands-on-deck for J.J.s), once the trucks got rolling the lovin from the oven just kept coming.
We actually had to turn people way. We had to cap it at 12. Its a good problem to have, says Bermudez.
In case youre wondering, the Funnel Cake Truck was not damaged in the fire because it was parked in a storage facility, but the keys to the truck are lost in the rubble of the Bradbury house.
The list of participating trucks includes Monks Roast Beef, KC BBQ Truck, Chef Baldees Pizza, Beauty of the Bistro, Smokin Fresh Streetside BBQ, Indios Carbonsitos, Wilmas Real Good Food, Prairie Fire Oven, Brock Hops, Coffeecake KC and Crave of KC. Coaches Kettle Corn and Cowtown Cheesecake will also participate.
There will also be music by DJ Brad Ireland.
Jill Wendholt Silva is The Stars James Beard award-winning editor and restaurant critic. She has won more than 25 national writing awards. She is the mastermind behind Food Truck Friday. Look for her regular contributions to Food, Preview and Chow Town.