I have a food truck that I like to frequent, Roots Farm Food. Roots is run by Craig Barbour, a creative and likable young man. He’s also from Maryland, which is a plus in my book, but that’s another story.
I follow Roots on Twitter so I can get daily menus and find out what else Craig and the crew are up to. But then I saw this tweet:
Democratic National Convention has decided to ban food trucks in the downtown area during the convention
Food trucks, at their heart, aren’t just about serving food out of a truck. Food trucks, more than many sit down restaurants, are showcases of inspiration and creativity. I find more bold, daring cuisine out of local food trucks than out of many restaurants in this city. This was a shot of a chicken shawarma I got from the Herban Legend food truck:
If you want to know why food trucks are so popular, just take a look at these photos of what I had. I’m not the greatest photographer, but the fact is, food trucks are a place where you can find some really innovative and well-executed cuisine ideas. A city’s food trucks are a window into its soul; because creativity is, above all else, a soulful endeavor.
What better way to showcase a city – and at an event as important as the DNC, mind you – then exposing outsiders to the food trucks of that city? After the convention is over, the memories of the convention goers’ experiences in our city will be all that’s left. Ideally they should have many pleasant ones. Pleasant, unique and inspired experiences would be much better. But how can you have those experiences when all you do is expose people to Dunkin Donuts, Panera, and a bunch of national chains? You don’t want to be known as the city where individuality and creativity go to die.
But if the city of Charlotte doesn’t stop putting up hurdles and roadblocks for small businesses in this city, particularly creative enterprises like food trucks, that’s exactly what this city will be known as. So please, let the food trucks serve food at the DNC. It’s not only a creative and unique showcase for the city, it’s the right thing to do.