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Kalamazoo’s food trucks bring flavor and fun on wheels

Posted on October 12th, 2012
Kayla Kiley

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By: Kayla Kiley
Digital & Communications Manager, Discover Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Take a stroll around Bronson Park at lunchtime Fridays, and you might feel like you’re in New York or Chicago.

That’s because three food/beverage trucks are parking on downtown streets and serving up excellent eats.

Local food truck veteran Gorilla Gourmet (formerly Kalamazoo’s only food truck) and newbies The Organic Gypsy and Coffee Rescue can be found on Park Street between South and Academy streets. While the menu items change, a sampling of previous offerings include butternut squash lasagna with broccoli and bechamel sauce; Thai beef taco; French press coffee and lots more!

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The food trucks are located at Bronson Park (on Park Street in between South and Academy streets) in downtown Kalamazoo. The three trucks said they will be at Bronson Park Fridays at lunchtime.

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The Organic Gypsy food truck has many vegetarian and vegan-friendly items.

The food trucks plan to be at Bronson Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Coffee Rescue said they will be at Bronson Park 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most food items are priced between $5 to $8 and drinks are $1 to $3.

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The owners got the idea for Coffee Rescue after a stint working in Washington, D.C. The beans are roasted locally, ground fresh daily and the truck comes equipped with a reverse osmosis system to filter the water.

Where and when you can find the trucks:
Beyond seeing the trucks Friday at Bronson Park, you can find these mobile food stations at various locations throughout the week.

• The Organic Gypsy closes for the season Nov. 1. It will be at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo Wednesdays during lunchtime from 11:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Afterwards, they will head to the People’s Food Co-op’s parking lot for the 100-mile market from 30 to 7 p.m. Catch it Oct. 20 at Kalamazoo College Gym on Academy Street 8 to 11 a.m. and Kalamazoo College Football Game at Burrows Street from 1 to 4 p.m.

• Gorilla Gourmet‘s food truck is open at owner’s home’s parking lot at 305 Oakland Drive near downtown Kalamazoo 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Remember: Gorilla Gourmet will be at Bronson Park during lunch Fridays.)

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Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell gives the food trucks a thumbs up and loved interacting with the public in the lines and at the park.

• Coffee Rescue said they are trying to stick together with the food trucks. So, chances are if you see a food truck serving up its delicious eats, the local coffee-mobile will be a step away.

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