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May 5, 2014 09:41 AM

Food Trucks on TV and need "customers"

This came across my email soIthought I wouldshare

The Food Network is filming a new food truck competitive reality TV series and needs People to be food truck customers! The competition and filming will be held at the following locations:

Wednesday, May 7th:
South Congress (gravel lot next to Vespaio's) @ 1pm

Thursday, May 8th:
Midway Food Park (1905 South Capital of TX Hwy) @ 1pm

Wednesday, May 14th:
Republic Square (422 Guadalupe St.) @ 1pm

Thursday, May 15th:
South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery (1311 South 1st St.) @ 8pm

If you are interested in attending one of our film dates, please email Lisa at FaceOffATX.2014@gmail.com with your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS and PREFERRED DATE.

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  1. I'm in. I'm going tomorrow. I'll be the one in the sunhat and Bazooka-kitty t-shirt, if anyone else goes.

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    1. re: amysuehere

      Any idea if there are spaces left? I can't remember what food trucks are there. I need to be on TV while I'm still beautiful!

      1. re: rudeboy

        I don't think any of the trucks are there anymore. It's my memory they cleared it for construction.

        From what I was told, the same food trucks will be at all the locations and be moving from location to location. I offered either Wednesday (as I'm off Wednesdays) and she assigned me tomorrow. Asked if there would be different trucks next week and she said, "No."

        I've been there for two Food Network filmings - once for the Bobby Flay Throwdown at Flip Happy Crepes and trying to have lunch when Guy F. was doing a DD&D at Green Mesquite.

        1. re: amysuehere

          I signed up for tomorrow. Did you get on TV before? It's really not that important to me, but right now, it would be cool for my ego!

          1. re: rudeboy

            Not at Green Mesquite, but yes for Throwdown (crowd shots - it was a very small crowd, as I remember 30 or so people).

            It seems very easy to get on camera if you're a "character". I'm happy to try the food.

            email me and we'll hook up there. amysueherexo at yahoo

            Or, like I said, I will be wearing my sun hat and my oh-so-silly kitty with a bazooka t-shirt.

            1. re: rudeboy

              Somebody else pick another day so we can compare notes!

                1. re: girloftheworld

                  No. That's good. Now we can compare experiences.

              1. re: rudeboy

                I think it's pretty safe to assume it's this show:

                Food Truck Face Off
                Series Premiere: September 2014
                Food Truck Face Off, hosted by Jesse Palmer, pits two teams against one another to win the ultimate prize – a customized food truck for one year. After presenting their unique concept to an expert panel of judges, two teams are chosen to face off in a truck-on-truck showdown. In the end, the team that earns the most profit emerges victorious. Produced by Peace Point Productions for Food Network

          2. re: amysuehere

            Check that. Anyone else coming. Changed my mind to a teal greeny-blue gauze sundress. Too damn humid out there.

            See y'all there.

          3. Do you eat for free or do you have to pay?

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            1. re: Rptrane

              Donno. She said a reminder that I don't get paid, but didn't say anything about me paying.

            2. So, amysue and I met here today. She's as beautiful as ever. Anyhow, we arrived, waited around for way too long, but were fortunately the first group that was selected. We had to choose between two carts: a vegetarian Indian-type truck managed by Tamil Sri Lankans, and another cart that offered items in edible bowls. Can't remember the names. There was a big boom camera, several handheld (large) video cameras, and very nice and approachable production people milling about.

              The edible bowl truck did not interest either of us, so we chose the other. I made the rookie mistake of just seeing tikka masala on that menu, but I did not recognize that it said "paneer tikka masala." They ran out of ASH's selected item after about five people because the woman said, loudly, "I've never operated a deep fryer before." So ASH had to order the tikka masala too.

              Neither of us liked it, and wished that we'd gone for the bulgogi bowl at the other truck. There was no resemblance to actual tikka masala flavor anyhow. Plus, I don't like paneer, which is weird, because I usually like everything.

              We should have stuck to our original plan for one of us to order from each truck. However, the portion size was so small, and for eight dollars, I'm not sure that we could have effectively shared.

              Anyhow, it was fun, amysuehere got interviewed on camera because of her cleavage, and I had to stand in the shadows like a dork. We had a nice refreshing drink at S Congress Cafe after (thanks for picking up the tab ASH).

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              1. re: rudeboy

                They offered sunscreen and I laughed it off because I'm a dude and it is still supposed to be spring. Took my shirt off and looked in the mirror, and there's a marked red line demarcating my neck and face from the rest of me. I look like a clown. Ready for the circus,

                1. re: rudeboy

                  Thanks for getting the report up for us, RB. And thank you for the sweet compliments.

                  It had been such a long time since we'd seen each other, I'd wondered if we'd recognize. I had my head buried in a book, so RB found me.

                  Before I get to my thoughts on the event, I need to tell y'all a funny aside. I get there about 30 minutes early and I'd had a quick lunch (as I know how these things go and you get fed late, little or nothing). I walked around to Enotesa to sit inside, have a tea and read. Told the guy @ hostess stand I was waiting for the filming and he directed me to a back room and started to try to serve me lasagna, pasta, bread and salad. I looked around and realized I was actually in the staff lunchroom. Quietly asked for a tea and tried to sink into the woodwork.

                  Okay. On to the nuts and bolts:

                  1. Do be prepared to go WAY overtime and eat a light snack before you arrive. Everyone else there was starving and I think that effected their opinions.

                  2. DO wear sunscreen AND bring a big hat or umbrella. By the time either of these were offered, I was beyond cooked (and I work in the sun on a tarmac all day). They do have free water.

                  3. Do play close attention to their wording on the menu boards. Some items are misleading. If I had it to do over again and I had the time, I'd have waited to see the offerings when served and then made my decision.

                  RB summed it up pretty well.

                  I'll add one note I thought was very important: We were given $10 to spend, each truck had three mains with either sides or a drink. Most entrees were $8-10 with the sides being $3 - 4.

                  You base your decision on what looks good on the menu - each dollar is a vote (if you're the first group, nothing comes out until about half the crowd has ordered). That means, it may not be the truck with the best food wins, but the one that can entice the most customers. Donno. I know I regretted not getting the bulgogi...

                  The Indian truck was a VERY dysfunctional father/daughter team (fought the whole time - however, most was just repeated for the camera). They red-lined the Paneer dish five people in, as RB explained, because the daughter was clearly having major trouble with the deep fry machine. You'd think if this was one third of your menu, you'd make sure it's something you were both well-versed using. Papa was taking orders - why didn't they switch? Odd. As RB stated, the flavor was hardly there and the texture of the cheese was almost foamy. I didn't finish mine. In fact I had to take three more bites for the camera. You could have had that honor ANY time you wanted, RB. Blech. I think they didn't ask you because you'd already finished yours by the time they asked.

                  I did like the mango lassi - thick, creamy, COLD and not too sweet. Glad they had it. With both our "tacos" and a shared drink, we came to our full $20.

                  Interview was awkward, but fun. Still wish they'd picked RB instead of me - I am not a camera flattering person. RB, you'll be glad to know my "cleavage" is a glowing PAINFUL bright red now.

                  Highlight of the day was doing something different, catching up with RB and our air-conditioned, icy-cold drinks at CC.

                  Dying to hear how y'all's experience goes. Please give a report.

                  1. re: amysuehere

                    Well, that's why I didn't wear a low-cut top. I'm approaching b-cup status, and I didn't want to singe them.

                    "Highlight of the day was doing something different, catching up with RB and our air-conditioned, icy-cold drinks at CC."

                    Definitely so. i enjoyed our visit..

                    FYI - I didn't' finish all of mine, but maybe 4 fifths. I did not want to put that in my mouth any longer. That paneer had the consistency of a tasteless marshmallow.

                    1. re: rudeboy

                      Just call me Dixie Wetsworth....."Nhyaaaaa!"

                      1. re: rudeboy

                        fun stuff . . . .

                        who doesn't appreciate a nice pair of manboobs RB? My low carb living robbed me of most of mine, it's gotten the breast of me, unfortunately. had to...sorry.

                        So when do we catch you, Amysuehere, on TV?

                        1. re: slowcoooked

                          ha! Amysue said late September. With all the groups and different days, who knows if she'll make it past editing. I vulture-hovered in the background while she was being interviewed.....I'm admitting it here. Had to suck it in.

                          1. re: rudeboy

                            True. Like I said, I'm not very "camera friendly" and the interview was at best awkward.

                            My thoughts are that our interaction with the other bulgogi trailer guy when he "caught" us (we asked for a trashcan for my unfinished taco, as there were none in sight except for under his prep table). That was much more interesting and makes for a better story (drama - dom-dohm-dooohhhm!) than a stupid interview.

                            1. re: amysuehere

                              Well, my friend Ryan was manning the camera while we were telling the other trailer that we made a mistake - trashcan and all. I told him "get me on TV MF." Not sure how much pull we have, but maybe that scene will make it past editing. Hopefully they can photoshop my beet-redness.

                            2. re: rudeboy

                              Go Amysue! I uncharacteristically answered a random phone call in my office at UT a few years ago and I ended up on about 10 seconds of a nissan pickup commercial with royalties.

                            3. re: slowcoooked

                              Well, you can see us on the boob-tube....oh, nevermind.

                              (groans heard loudly over the internet)

                              1. re: amysuehere

                                any ch ance youll come back for mine?all my friends thought it sounded lame..and Ithink my parents are lame

                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                  When I replied, I told her I'd do both Wednesdays and she said it was one per. That and 8pm is past my bedtime.

                                  Any takers to accompany GOTW?

                                  PS - Parents are supposed to be lame. It's in their contract and their job. They're also required by law to embarrass the sh*t out of you at least once a week. Didn't you get the manual?

                                  1. re: amysuehere

                                    Mom said Satan would be disapointed if she didnt frustrate me at least once a week

                      2. well it is11:53 - Iknowit is a school night and past mybed time..but I just got home. It was a really fun experince.Though to be honest I would have rather bought a lobster roll with my money... There were some20 somethings ahead of us that becameimpatient and balied before we made it into the "set"..but turned their money back( think my mother shamed them into it) Mom and I did SOul food and Sis and dad Meat Hut( Horrid name) the food was just OK.. BUT I did get interviewed on camera... whoknows if it will make the final cut

                        1. Watched the Congress episode last night. RB and I are second in line in the crowd shot (he's got a bright blue shirt on and I'm wearing a blue/green sundress), but that's all there is of any Chowhounders.

                          Show was really cheesy...

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                          1. re: amysuehere

                            and the food wasn't even good! sheesh. glad you two didn't get more sunburned and got some screen time :-)

                            1. re: dinaofdoom

                              Ooohhhh. Not so. I work outside all day on a tarmac and didn't think I needed "extra protection". I was more cooked than I had been in many years.

                              Still, a good time catching up with RB.

                              1. re: amysuehere

                                Still trying to figure out the "commissary" for that episode...

                                I dont know when my episode is airing or if it will :(

                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                  Your interview did make it on the show after all, right?!? If so, thanks for the kind words :)