- Matthew Schniper
Chef Jamie Faulkner of Wild Goose Catering & BBQ pioneered the concept, also organizing a Colorado Springs Food Truck Alliance, which he says now counts more than 80 member businesses. (There’s no fee to belong currently and they’re still organizing a website and social media pages.)
“I felt there was a need for trucks here to come together as one organization,” he says, “and also a need for places for trucks to go.”
Faulkner says their inaugural week in early February fell on a 7-degree day, but still, around 150 people turned up to support 15 trucks. As of the last week in March, he says 1,300 people (as counted by truck sales) came through, selling out 25 member trucks.
Brayla Weddings & Events owner Brian Remmert initially responded to Faulkner’s call-out on his Facebook page, in search of a venue to host the rally — the two had worked together previously on event catering. Remmert too isn’t charging any fees as a host site, as there’s benefit for him through both business exposure and alcohol sales. He opens Brayla up weekly for customers to come in and dine, and order from his full bar, which includes local tap beer.
The event center also hosts a Tuesday Hip Hop Anonymous night weekly, and Remmert and Faulkner are considering adding Mondays as a second Food Truck Rally day. Faulkner’s also seeking a location on the Springs’ north side for an additional rally day, and he’s looking to add regular live music from local bands to Wednesday’s event.