Food truck rodeo raises funds for Moments House
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PITTSFIELD -- Sunday's erratic weather didn't deter Eliza Ryan from waiting for her favorite dish from the How We Roll food truck.
The Pittsfield woman was among hundreds of men, women and children who braved the on-and-off rain showers for the city's first-ever downtown food truck rodeo.
"The Mac & Cheese Roll with hot sauce is worth waiting for," she said.
The mobile cuisine was in such demand -- evidenced by the continuously long line -- How We Roll owners Gabe and Kathy Lloyd said they ran out of food, nearly three hours into the five-hour event they organized to benefit cancer survivors. The net proceeds from sales of the five specialty food vendors and two local breweries camped out at Palace Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be donated to Moments House. The Pittsfield-based nonprofit provides programs, services and support to Berkshire County residents living with cancer and their families.
Moments House Director Alice Trumbull was pleased with the turnout, despite a heavy downpour an hour before the rodeo and the unseasonably cool temperatures.
"Everybody out here is having a good time," she said. "Our sweatshirts are selling good in this weather."
Underneath a pop-up canopy, Moments House volunteers used the opportunity to promote the organization, which three months ago relocated from Fenn Street to large quarters on Depot Street above Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza Co.
"It definitely helps being out in the community at events like this," Trumbull said. "We have only one day out of this whole month, [open]."
In addition to Sunday's fundraiser, Moment's House could benefit from the Big Elm Can Help campaign recently launched by Big Elm Brewing. From April through May, the Sheffield brewery is donating 1-percent of all its can beer sales to the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in Pittsfield. Big Elm co-owners Christine and Bill Heaton say Moments House is seriously being considered for the brewery's next three-month fundraising period.
"We talked to Moments House and asked them to put in an application which we'll vote on," said Christine Heaton. "It's amazing what they do for the community being a nonprofit."
The food truck rodeo also drew vendors from outside the county, including Chanterelle of Westfield that featured a meat or vegetarian Indian curry burrito. Co-owners Lauren Kendzierski and Max Reichert say they were well-received on their initial visit to Pittsfield.
"People came right at 11," said Kend zierski. "It's always fun to do these events, especially to raise money."
Jim Sebring of Sebring Stables in Hancock was scouting which food trucks to invite as vendors for the annual New England Morgan Horse Show this summer. He found all worth soliciting, especially Aurora's Gypsy Cafe, based in Brookfield, Conn.
"The spice-lamb wrap was very good," said Sebring, accompanied by Bronco, his Australian shepherd.
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