1:55 p.m.

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - Allyson Reedy (areedy@den­ver­post.com) is a food writer for The Den­ver Post. On Twit­ter @AllysonBTC and In­sta­gram, AllysonEat­sDen.

wait­ing on food. Many take the food to go, headed back in­side to their air-con­di­tioned of­fices.

At least one truck has al­ready pulled away and many have closed up their win­dows. Crow­foot takes the money en­ve­lope to the ra­dio sta­tion that puts on the event. En­ter­com Com­mu­ni­ca­tions takes 10 per­cent of the day’s sales as the cost of park­ing and cook­ing for DTCers.

“To­day was a good day; to­day was busy,” Crow­foot said. “In win­ter we work twice as hard for half as much money. We’re lit­er­ally try­ing to make as much money as we can now.”

Ron­n­feldt and Hales finish clean­ing up and turn off the gen­er­a­tor. They put away the two fans that fought the los­ing bat­tle of keep­ing the tem­per­a­ture bear­able.

2:12 p.m.

We pull out. On the drive back we talk about our fa­vorite non­mo­bile restau­rants. Like all of us, Crow­foot finds it hard to keep up with all the new open­ings. I ask her if she thinks the food truck mar­ket is as crowded as the brick-and-mor­tar scene seems to be th­ese days.

“I think the mar­ket is overly saturated in Den­ver,” she said. “It used to be a nov­elty, but now you can go to any brew­ery on any day and find a food truck, so that nov­elty has worn off. All of us have to work harder to dif­fer­en­ti­ate our­selves from the crowd.”

2:45 p.m.

We’re back at the com­mis­sary. Some trucks let a crew mem­ber off at the gate to race in and claim the sink for dish­wash­ing. Ev­ery­one in this truck is too tired to race any­where.

Crow­foot pulls into J Street’s des­ig­nated park­ing spot, and Ron­n­feldt and Hales jump out to load up a cart with left­overs and dirty dishes.

3:30 p.m.

Ev­ery­thing is packed and cleaned — nine and a half hours of work for less than two hours of real sales time.

I get into my own fully-doored ve­hi­cle and drive back around the clown car of a com­mis­sary kitchen. Work­ing the food truck was sort of like that cir­cus-act il­lu­sion — there’s so much more to it than meets the eye.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.