Food truck event hits streets of Paris

In a sign that the food truck phenomenon is no passing fad in Paris – the unofficial gastronomic capital of the food world – an influential culinary group has invited food truck operators from Copenhagen to New York to turn the courtyard of a historic building into a makeshift dining parking lot.

The two-day event called La Pompe à Bulles et les Délicatrucks is organized by food guide and festival organizer Le Fooding, a group that could be described as the antithesis to the white-gloved, silver service world of fine dining.

Invitees are described as the best in their genre – that is, gourmet, mobile food dining – with chefs and cooks coming from Copenhagen rotisserie truck La Porchetta, Marseille’s L’Eau à la Bouche, New York’s Morris Grilled Cheese, and El Camion et la Buvette out of Brussels.

Just this year, the City of Light has experienced an underground, culinary revelation via American expats who have imported the idea of gourmet food truck dining to Paris.

Mobile restaurants like Le Camion Qui Fume and Cantine California have enjoyed cult-like followings and wild success among the city’s indie foodie community. Both are helmed by US expats and who draw snaking lines for their burgers and Mexican fare.

On November 9 and 10, Le Fooding will park a food truck in the courtyard of Paris’s fine arts school, l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts along the Seine, where chefs will serve portable, mobile dining fare like steam buns with oxtail and mushrooms, porchetta and marscapone, and apple honey sandwiches.

Tickets for the event are €30.

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