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Towson Hosting Food Truck Gathering For Superstorm Sandy Relief

Donations for those impacted in New Jersey will be collected during the event.

A popular Baltimore event is coming to Towson—and for a good cause.

On Saturday, The Gathering, a congregation of Baltimore area food trucks, is coming to the 400 block of Washington Avenue in an effort to collect donations for New Jersey residents suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m.

Damian Bohager, a representative of the Maryland Mobile Food Vendors Association who is organizing the event alongside the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said 12 or 13 food trucks will be participating. The donations will be loaded into a truck, located on site, that will travel to two firehouses near the New Jersey seaside.

"All of The Gathering events raise money for charity," Bohager said. "What's great about what we're doing in Towson is that the donations are going straight to the people who need it."

The event will also include live music, and a beer and wine truck.

According to a post on the Baltimore Food Trucks Facebook page, participating trucks include Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon and Woody's Taco Island, Cruisin' Cafe, The Jolly Pig, Noodlerolla Food Truck, GrrChe - Gourmet Grilled Cheese Truck, icedgemsbaking, and Kommie Pig.

"[The Gathering] events really attract a lot of people," Bohager said.

Additionally, downtown Towson restaurants are collecting donations to send off in the truck.

"It's really nice to see [the restaurants and food trucks] working together," said Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber.

The following donation items are requested:

  • First Aid Supplies
  • Canned Goods
  • Diapers
  • Clothing
  • General Toiletries
  • Wipes
  • Charcoal
  • Grills
Melody McSweeney November 09, 2012 at 03:52 AM
HELLO TOWSON PATCH - funny thing happened while reading this AM - great news about Food Trucks rallying for NJ. . . got in touch with TWO of Towson's anchored restaurants and they didn't know a thing about this. . .AGAIN seems like ms. hafford thinks she is the voice of Towson Business. . .why not give a Troia a call - either Daniela at Zia's or Carol at Cafe Troia? The Troia family has sustained Allegheny Avenue for many years and yet, both The Patch AND Nancy Haford fail to mention or include them in any reference to Towson - WHAT'S up with this??? I'd like to see this addressed. . .
Melody McSweeney November 09, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Ummm. . . believe I did?
K Blue November 09, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Who applied for and received the special permit? Bohager or the Towson Chamber of Commerce?
K Blue November 09, 2012 at 04:47 AM
and/or license.
Cory G November 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM
This event was to aid those in need. Most food trucks already have permits to serve in Towson. Additionally, I know that I wouldn't have been in Towson if it wasn't for the event (and I shopped elsewhere that day because I was in town) -- I'd like to see numbers behind how 'hurt' businesses were Saturday afternoon. Melody - Troia has been mentioned numerous times on Patch, as has Zia's: http://towson.patch.com/search?keywords=cafe+troia http://towson.patch.com/search?_utf8=%E2%98%83&keywords=zia%27s Simple searches will yield the results you need. Stop trying to bad-mouth Patch - they were simply reporting on a great event that provided a lot of supplies to those in need.
K Blue November 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Thanks Cory G. I did not realize that these trucks already had permits or licenses permitting them to sell food and liquor in Baltimore County. I asked my initial question because I was curious who, if anyone, would be responsible for providing security for the event since it was widely advertised on social media and in the papers, and one of the organizers indicated that he was expecting large crowds. While the event was for one of the noblest of causes, you cannot be too prepared when large numbers are expected and encouraged (even though people likely to attend such an event are not likely to create security issues.) I am glad that the event went well. Towson is a fabulous place to host such an event.
frank boyle November 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
was this past saturday or 11/17/12? it came in my email today

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