Kelley Connolly thinks partnering with food truck businesses will result in good business for her stomping grounds.
The Wendell Parks and Recreation athletics program supervisor borrowed the idea from neighboring Knightdale and added her own twist – holding monthly food truck luncheons. The parking lot at Wendell Park, located at 601 W. Third St., is in line to host at least three food trucks on the second Tuesday of each month from March to October from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Fliers promoting the food truck luncheons also plug the park’s surplus of open space, its nature trails, picnic shelters, ball fields, playgrounds, and future disk golf course and dog park.
“The No. 1 reason is to bring more interest to the park during the lunch hours for those that are in town,” Connolly said. “The frisbee golf course is about to open, the nature trail is absolutely awesome. It’s just to kind of show everyone what we’ve got out there.”
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The park is also a good fit for the food truck because of amenities, Connolly says. The community center is equipped with restrooms. The park features picnic shelters.
Wendell has had no shortage of food-friendly events over the years, like the International Food Festival and town’s annual Fourth of July celebration and Harvest Festival. But as far as Connolly is aware, this would be a first-time affair for food trucks in town.
“These are actually licensed food trucks with all the credentials needed to serve food,” she said. “I’m excited about partnering with these guys and I’m hoping it will be something we can utilize going forward, that will be a lasting relationship between the Town of Wendell and the trucks.
“It’ll be a fun fellowship time for folks to come out and enjoy Wendell Park as well as good food, and may be some good exercise, too. Hopefully it will be a win-win and an enjoyable lunch break.”
Six different food trucks are currently scheduled to participate at different times over the eight months.
They include Asiago, a taco truck; Barone Meatball Company, which mostly serves meatballs but with a variety of meats; and Baton Rouge Cuisine, which as its name implies is a Cajun joint on wheels.
Also scheduled to participate are Chick-N-Que, which specializes in home cooking involving a variety of birds (ostrich, chicken, turkey, etc.); D’Burritos Fresh Mex, which describes its offerings as upscale Mexican food; and Virgil’s Jamaica, Jamaican cuisine boasting flavors straight from the island.
Connolly also plans on incorporating food trucks at other upcoming events in Wendell – the ProTown BMX professional stunt team demo set for March 21, and again for the town’s Fourth of July celebration.
For more information on the food truck luncheons, call Wendell Parks and Recreation at 919-366-2266.