This Saturday, April 14, get out of bed for a good cause with breakfast on the side at SPIN Inc.’s Possibilities in the Park 5K at the Industrial Park of Northeast Philadelphia. Participants can walk, run, or roll through the course, and also have an option to participate in a non-competitive one-mile walk to further support SPIN’s cause.
As a regionally-based, nationally-recognized nonprofit organization, SPIN provides vast services as a way of showing children and adult living with intellectual, developmental, and autism spectrum disabilities the way to a life full of possibilities. All proceeds from SPIN’s first annual 5K will go toward continuing these programs, which continues to guide over 3,500 lives every year.
The end of the 5K will feature a family-friendly festival, full of freebies from the walk’s sponsors, music, and four food trucks to provide energy to the masses. Each of these mobile Philadelphia favorites will donate a portion of their proceeds from the day back to SPIN, giving you a perfect excuse to snack on a cupcake or quinoa completely guilt-free. To give you an idea, here’s my personal taste of what you can expect this Saturday:
Say Cheese Proudly celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day on the 12th, the line outside of Say Cheese Philadelphia on Temple’s campus was long, but patrons were more than willing to wait for their “sammies.” With gourmet ingredients and cheese in abundance, this truck has a wide selection of choices all yours for the taking. The sammie I chose featured pesto on multigrain ciabatta bread with basil, grilled chicken, and provolone cheese. The pesto is made in-house (er, truck), and that punch of fresh flavor ground with love definitely made the grilled cheese unforgettable. Say Cheese, or just say “hi” to the truck on Twitter @SayCheesePhilly.
Lil Dan’s After perusing the menu at Lil Dan’s Gourmet Food, one line stood out to me: “Are you ready for the challenge?” The Godfather sandwich, a breaded chicken cutlet on a seeded French roll with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, aged provolone, and bacon, was indeed a challenge—and one that I failed! I could only finish half of the huge portion, and when trying to wrap up the second half at LOVE Park to enjoy later in the day, a small toddler ran up to me with open arms and began screaming as soon as the Godfather was tucked in my purse. Clearly it’s a child of discerning taste! Find out more about this truck by following them on Twitter @LilDansFood.
Foo Truck There is no place I would’ve rather waited out in the rain than underneath Foo Truck at its usual spot on 33rd and Arch. Owner George Pan is happily cooking up fresh “Foowiches” which he’s excited to bring from the kitchens of Asia to the streets of Philadelphia. Your traditional Asian filling of choice will be atop a bed of white or brown rice then folded and pressed into a tortilla for the ultimate portable consumption. I chose the lemongrass chicken with cucumber, peanut, and daikon-carrot slaw. The folded tortilla was an ideal lunch portion—and napkin-free! The flavors were subtle and clean, yet still distinctively Asian and definitely delicious. Vegetarians, fret not! The green curry quinoa with roasted veggies is packed with meat-free flavor. Get your Foo fix at footruck.com.
Sweet Box As someone who’s unabashed about her sweet tooth, I can assure you that these cupcakes are the real deal. I saw someone on Sweet Box Cupcake Truck’s Facebook fan page claim the red velvet was the best she had ever had, so I happily put the assertion to the test. Even more happily, I realized you, Random Facebook Fan, were correct. The red velvet cake literally melted in my mouth, and the cream cheese icing was perfectly balanced; not sickeningly sweet, no artificiality to the flavor. The strawberries & cream and lemon pound flavors I tried had the same kind of authenticity. My only disappointment about Sweet Box was not being able to try the chocolate ganache variety—yet! Indulge at iheartsweetphilly.com.
Check out spininc.org/5k to register before the event, or if you run more on short notice, stop by registration at 6:45 am Saturday morning. All registration fees are considered a donation to SPIN. The walking, running, and rolling begins at 8 am, and the food trucks will be there for your sampling from 9 am until noon.
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