An Atlanta-based organization is bringing a caravan of award-winning food trucks to Chattanooga.
Food-O-Rama Coolidge Park will include 15 foo/> m/">Food-O-Rama Grant Park, which includes more than 30 food truck vendors throughout the Southeast. And although the Chattanooga event will be smaller because of the capacity of Coolidge Park, plenty of interesting food trucks are scheduled to attend.
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Jim Shumake is the owner of Food-O-Rama. Chattanooga's event will mark the fifth food truck festival he's managed.
He said guests can expect food trucks from Charlotte, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Athens, Georgia; and Columbus, Georgia.
"I'm only pulling in trucks that are A-list quality," Shumake said. "They are each local and national award winners. And it's not food you can get just anywhere; these people are professionals and operate 12 months of the year."
Food-O-Rama started as a way to support local businesses and highlight the diversity Atlanta's food culture has to offer, apparent in the wide range of food truck specialties.
"These trucks are unique, and each one does something special," he said. "If you're doing barbecue, I want you to have won at least two or three awards. With only 15 available spaces, I had to be picky."
Shumake said a good food truck operation should focus on several factors.
"One of my biggest pet peeves is long lines," he said. "If you have a long line, I want it to be moving constantly. We have to get professionals who are accustomed on how to work a festival."
The following food trucks are scheduled to appear at the festival:
- Tasting Maine
- Catty-Wampus Grill
- Nana G's Chicken & Waffles
- Holy Crepe
- One Love Jerk Grill
- Tex's Tacos
- Mac the Cheese
- Mix'd Up Burgers
- The Filipino
- Angel Fire 7
- The Pup Truck
- The Deep South Biscuit Co.
Updated @ 4:40 p.m. on 5/24/16 to remove Grilled Cheese Emergency from the list because its owner decided not to participate in the festival.