Mountain House Restaurant Night big success
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Central Park picnic
 Serving up her signature Caribbean Fusion food was Christine Louie accompanied by her cousins Breanna and Dina Araiza inside the Mamas and the Tapas truck during the first Mountain House Restaurant Night held in the Central Community Park on Thursday. The event was to provide residents with a dinner out on the town by bring in food trucks with different cuisines into Mountain House. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE – Containers filled with food were popping out of the window of the Mamas and the Tapas food truck fast and furious on Thursday, as residents lined up to take part in Mountain House Restaurant Night.

Since Mountain House is without its own restaurant, community officials decided to create an event to give its residents a night of restaurant dining by bringing the restaurants to them, said event coordinator Angel Lamb.

“I didn’t know how big it would be,” said Lamb, as she looked on at the long lines in front of the food trucks in Central Community Park. “I was hoping for 200 people and they had 200 in the first 15 minutes.”

Publicized on the internet, residents were told, “Don’t make dinner plans, we have you covered.”

The event featured the food trucks of Mamas and the Tapas, Rice Pot Movement and My Sweet Stuff Cupcakes & More. Trucks lined up to serve customers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the entrance to Central Community Park on Central Parkway.

“I wanted to provide food options because we have no restaurants in Mountain House,” Lamb said. “It’s a good family friendly night.”

Planning a mom’s night without cooking, a group of women and their families spread their blankets on the park grass and plopped down for a meal.

“I love the food trucks,” said Elissa Alon, accompanied by her 4-year-old daughter Rilee. “All the moms planned coming. I’ll come back.”

Given the option of Asian influence, Caribbean fusion and sweets, residents didn’t seem to mind the long lines and wait time of 30 to 40 minutes for their food.

“I think it’s a great idea considering we don’t have a lot of restaurant options in town,” joked Mountain House resident Roxana Koutchekinia, who was accompanied by her 2-year-old son.

“I came because I didn’t want to cook and I wanted to support activities like this in Mountain House,” she said. “It’s a long wait, but a popular idea.”

Tiffany Andrews, who came from Tracy to enjoy food from the Rice Pot Movement food truck, said she too enjoyed it.

“I like food trucks,” Andrews said. “I had these guys in Stockton before and I follow them on Instagram. It would be nice to have one in Tracy.”

Due to the overwhelming response, My Sweet Stuff Cupcakes & More ran out of inventory within the first 15 minutes, Lamb said, and other vendors found themselves limiting their menu as the event went on.

“It was a crazy turnout,” said Christine Louie, as she worked feverishly to meet the blitz of customers at the window of her food truck, Mamas and the Tapas.

Working with her cousins Breanna and Dina Araiza, Louie took orders and helped prepare food with a Caribbean flair.

“This is fabulous,” she said. “I’m happy and a little surprised. They need more trucks. I’m running out (of food).”

Louie was originally scheduled to be the only food truck, but she decided to recruit her friends from Rice Pot Movement and news of the event enticed My Sweet Stuff Cupcakes & More to come on board, Lamb said.

Lamb said she plans to hold the event every two weeks and the next Restaurant Night will feature four food trucks and two dessert trucks.

“My vision is to turn it into food trucks and a farmers market,” she said. Suggestions for food trucks can be sent to alamb@sjgov.org.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at drizzo@tracypress.com or 830-4225.

 
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