Tonight's North Miami Food Meetup: Fresh Tomatoes Strawberries and Jalapenos

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Jack Garabedian, owner of Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers, spent Monday in the fields, picking tomatoes, jalapeños, and strawberries. Tonight at the Biscayne Triangle Truck Roundup, which he organizes, these edibles will be integrated into the menu and on sale for consumption. Twenty-five trucks will be there from 5:30 to 10 p.m. next to the Johnson & Wales University's North Miami Campus at NE 127th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. There will be picnicking as well as live music by HeartRoots & Mike Curtis and the Earle Eidenire Jazz Duo.

Garabedian, though, stresses the comida: "I'm taking full advantage of the local produce here, as are most of the trucks." According to the entrepreneur, buying from local farms is just one way that food trucks suppor the community.

Though lately Garabedian has met with some roadblocks to hosting food truck gatherings, he's not giving up. His Tuesday-night roundup is one of the few with a community willing to allow the mobile units to commune without permit hassles. "Johnson & Wales and North Miami have embraced these things."

"I would like to invite all the city officials," specifically those who don't love the idea of these meetups, "to come out and check these out," he adds. He wants them to see families enjoying their time with the trucks. He'd like everyone to benefit and asks that authorities "lighten up and give us some sort of guidance."

Garabedian believes the trucks provide not only joy but also employment. He notes that 30 trucks employ about 150 people.

Short Order recently spoke with Gerard Philippeaux at Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson's office. It seems the District 3 commish is willing to help these businesses break down some of the barriers.

The Jefe's owner notes that when you prepare food in a restaurant, you can't see people's faces as they enjoy your food. When you work on a food truck, you can watch their smiles and hear their praise. If you enjoy the food trucks' presence in Miami, Garabedian encourages you to make the trek to North Miami for a bite and to comment about these posts on Short Order.

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Twagner414
Twagner414

The whole concept is great. There is such a sense of community out there. It's a great, inexpensive way to spend time with friends and family. If you've never been then you have no idea what you're missing out on.

Miamitrailer
Miamitrailer

Way to go for being the driving force in Food Truck World we enjoy these events as well and encourage everyone to keep up the hard work and keep this industry thriving.

Susan Miami TrailerCustom Food Trucks 305-597-0043www.miamitrailer.com

Steve
Steve

Wish you guys would do something like this in Kendall...

Manny
Manny

Delicious and consistent great tacos. Tuesdays and Thursdays is food truck dinner in my household, it's become a family tradition!

Jefesoriginal
Jefesoriginal

We are Bringing Food Truck round-ups to different parts of the county so every one has a chance to experience the flavor of these trucks. Also it builds strong community bonds with family and friends Neighbors and business owners Take the time to enjoy you will be glad you did!!

EAT
EAT

There is one in Kendall every Friday night.

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