Food Smackdown Rallies Food Trucks to Help the Kids

Food Truck Night at AJ’s Kids Crane Brought to You by!


There was a schedule change for the Food Smackdown sponsored food truck event so we had to cancel. We’ll keep you posted when they get back to us with a reschedule date.

WAS: Monday, Nov 7, 2011 @ 5pm-8pm at IKEA in San Diego
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Food Smackdown Food Truck EventAJ's Kids Crane EventBite into a mouthwatering treat while supporting the AJ’s Kids Crane charity event thanks to Food Smackdown’s delectable organization skills. Every year Star 94.1 FM’s radio show host AJ Machado is lifted 60-feet above the ground by a crane, and stays airborne until more than 100,000 new and unwrapped toys are collected for kids at a children’s hospital in San Diego. Not only does the stunt bring out crowds of faithful listeners and media outlets, but it also brings out the hungry.

8th Annual AJ's Kids Crane Event 20118th Annual AJ's Kids Crane Event is excited to sponsor the 10th annual event on November 7, 2011 from 5pm-8pm at IKEA in San Diego (2149 Fenton Pkwy), by rallying the tastiest food trucks in the area to the cause. There are eight gourmet food trucks participating in the event, with each happily donating 25% of each item sold! The food trucks, arranged by Food Smackdown, will be out from 5pm to 8pm with some finger-lickin’ good eats for charity.

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And now for a little sneak peak of what’s to eat, thanks to Food Smackdown!

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Bitchin Burgers Food TruckBITCHIN’ BURGERS. The retro-esque truck of Bitchin’ Burgers offers a touch of old school with a trendy flair. The gourmet food truck wrapped in bright yellow tours throughout San Diego daily delivering 100% grass-fed beef and veggie burgers to hungry consumers. Their burger philosophy revolves around bringing the backyard burger to the streets through premium ingredients and local produce. They’ll be sporting their regular menu for the cause.

Mad Maui BBQ Food TruckMAD MAUI BBQ. The Mad Maui BBQ food truck is a taste of Hawaii here on the mainland. The truck’s bright red color and giant open barbecue draw hungry folks in and keep them happy in North County San Diego. For AJ’s Kids Crane they’ll be cooking up their Mad Maui Burger, a juicy beef patty with a sweet chili glaze and tropical Tiki Salsa, the Holy Chipotle rotisserie-smoked brisket topped with onion rings, the Maui Wowee Kalua pork sandwich, Gouda Tri-Tip Melt, and BBQ sauce smothered Pulled Pork & Brisket Sandwich.

Devilicious Food TruckDEVILICIOUS. Devilicious, from Season 2 of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, will be serving up food so good it’s bad! Their innovative flavor combinations are new spins on classics like the Poboy, BLT, and corned beef sandwiches. For a decadent and unforgettable grilled cheese, take a bite out of their Butter Poached Lobster Grilled Cheese. This sandwich is packed full of lobster, melted cheeses, and caramelized onions, that leave all imitators in the dust. Pair any of their items with their unique Tuffled Parmesan Fries.

Chop Soo-ey Food TruckCHOP SOO-EY. Chef Deborah Scott and the Cohn Restaurant Group’s touring restaurant and a catering favorite in San Diego, Chop Soo-ey, will be serving up a number of their mouthwatering pork-centric dishes. Their signature El Pignini Sandwich served on a grilled pretzel roll is loaded with country ham and pork belly, which is accented perfectly with apple mustard and smoked gouda. For some spice, dig into the Wildboar Chili with jalapeno cornbread and honey chipotle butter.

Food Junkies Food TruckFOOD JUNKIES. Like the Food Junkies‘ motto says, “Anyone can cook food and deliver it to you, we decide not to.” This food truck is a San Diego catering staple where customers get to completely customize the menu to meet the every need of their taste buds, and reap the benefits at their desired location. They’ll be serving a number of their top items including the grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner complete with buttermilk biscuit and peas, TJ Dogs Hebrew National hot dog and fixings, and their crisped to perfection seasoned Tater Tots.

Mangia Mangia Food TruckMANGIA MANGIA. Take a taste of San Diego’s first and only gourmet Italian Food Truck featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street: Mangia Mangia. Marko Pavlinovic has brought his love for fine cuisine and recipes of traditionally inspired Italian dishes to the streets of San Diego. Marko will be serving up some kid favorites like spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna, and also they’re crowd-pleasing chicken parmigiana, meatball, and Italian sausage paninis.

The Lime TruckTHE LIME TRUCK. Orange County’s Lime Truck will be snaring eyes and bringing taste buds over to their unique flavor combinations. The winners of the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race will be serving up a menu featuring their sweet and spicy hanger steak taco, ahi poke nachos with edamame hummus and pickled vegetables, and carnitas fries with pulled pork that’s been cooked to perfection for 12 hours, homemade guacamole, crema, cotija cheese, and topped with chipotle honey cabbage.

Corner Cupcakes Food TruckCORNER CUPCAKES. Finish the evening off with one of Corner Cupcakes‘ delicious delicacies. Said to be San Diego’s original mobile cupcakery, Corner Cupcakes has been selling their fresh, baked-from-scratch cupcakes for the past year and were the winners of Food Network’s Cup Cake Wars. Customers will have the chance to mix-and-match cake flavors with frostings for their dream cupcake combo. Trending now is the Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting, Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Pumpkin Cake with Honey Cinnamon Frosting.

Food SmackdownFood SmackdownABOUT FOOD SMACKDOWN. When the battle over where to eat lunch heats up, consult the website that has Southern California buzzing. is the only place to get honest, good-eats advice about the best places to dine on burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and wings.

Founded by foodie, food photographer, and consultant Steve Carlson, known as a “famous food critic” by San Diego locals, Food Smackdown revolves around his personal experiences in some of the most highly recommended joints to small, hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Food Smackdown puts a wealth of delectable knowledge right at the fingertips of SoCal’s populace, so there’s never another dining fiasco. The site features reviews that include mouth-watering photos, directions and pricing, atmosphere and service ratings, and of course how it all adds up on the taste buds.

STAR 94.1 FM - AJ in the Morning and Food SmackdownSTAR 94.1 FM - AJ in the Morning and Food SmackdownSteve Carlson from Food Smackdown will join “AJ in the Morning” (AJ, Delana, Hula and Dorthy) live in the studio on STAR 94.1 FM radio on Nov 7th, 2011 to discuss the event – “Food Truck Night at AJ’s Kids Crane Brought to You by!

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