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If you’re driv­ing along Black­foot Trail some weekend in De­cem­ber, you may see a huge city tran­sit bus be­ing trans­ported on a large flatbed truck. It’ll be Rocky’s Burger Bus, head­ing to its new home at the Cross­roads Mar­ket, 1235 26th Ave. S.E.

Jim and Cathy Rock­well have been sling­ing burg­ers at 4645 12th St. S.E. in the gravel lot next to DJ’s Mar­ket since 1995. Their venue of choice for those 18 years has been a 1964 city tran­sit bus that’s been gutted and fully fit­ted with a kitchen. It sits nes­tled into the prairie grasses, a few pic­nic ta­bles nearby and a herd of pudgy go­phers on the watch for an er­rant fry or two.

Drop by Rocky’s any day at lunchtime and you’ll see a unique col­lec­tion of trades’ trucks, SUVs and fancy cars hud­dled around the stand. There’ll be a lineup on the cov­ered porch, as the faith­ful wait for their cheese­burg­ers and fries. Rocky’s burg­ers are for the se­ri­ous afi­cionado, and the fries are so tasty they’re still too hot to eat by the time you fin­ish them.

But changes to the Rock­wells’ rental agree­ment with the city have led them to re­lo­cate, much to the dis­ap­point­ment of their High­field neigh­bours.

One of those neigh­bours is Al­berta Lift, a com­pany that spe­cial­izes in rent­ing high-level equip­ment such as scis­sor lifts and ex­tended-reach fork­lifts. They also own large flatbed trucks that move the equip­ment and are big fans of Rocky’s. So Al­berta Lift part­ners Justin Whar­ton and Chris Jarvis have ar­ranged to shift Rocky’s from High­field to the Cross­roads Mar­ket. And they’re do­ing it for free as a ges­ture to one of their em­ploy­ees — Carl Alexan­der — and Alexan­der’s brother. Alexan­der lost his younger brother Ken in a car ac­ci­dent a few weeks ago, and since Rocky’s had been one of his favourite places to eat, Alexan­der thought it would be a fit­ting trib­ute to his brother to give Rocky’s a lift.

All the equip­ment and all the staff time for the move is be­ing do­nated, and some weekend soon, Rocky’s will roll to its new home di­rectly out­side Cross­roads’ east en­trance. Rocky’s will serve the same menu as be­fore, the only change be­ing a fresh paint job and some con­fused go­phers in High­field come spring.

With win­ter weather upon us, many of Cal­gary’s food trucks are pack­ing it in for the sea­son. Al­ready garaged are Avatara Pizza, BBQ Ranch, Fresh Mo­bile, Fries & Dolls, Shogun and Steak Out.

Satur­day is the last day un­til spring for the Pur­ple Pas­try Bus and Red Wagon Diner; Bam­bino, Fi­asco Ge­lato and Naaco will shut down at the end of the year for a few months. Rolling through win­ter are Per­ogy Boyz, Sticky Ricky’s and Subs and Bub­bles, with par­tial open­ings from Mighty Skil­let, Vasilli’s and Waf­fles & Chix.

But come spring, all the trucks will be back in op­er­a­tion again. For full de­tails, check out www.yy­c­foodtrucks.com

There’s a lit­tle café in Fairview at 7204 Fair­mount Dr. S.E. that I pass by al­most ev­ery day. It’s been more places than I can

At the other end of the culi­nary spec­trum, truf­fle fans have been in­dulging in a huge white Alba truf­fle at Muse (107 10A St. N.W., 403-670-6873) for the past few weeks. Part­ners Heather Wighton and Stephen Deere bought a 1.2-pound truf­fle at auc­tion through Mikuni Wild Har­vest in Van­cou­ver re­cently. It’s re­puted to be the largest truf­fle to land in Canada for more than three years.

Wighton de­scribes the scent and flavour as “earthy, sub­tle and nat­u­ral,” and, due to its size, more in­tense than smaller truf­fles. That par­tic­u­lar truf­fle may be fin­ished by now, but more are on the way to sat­isfy Muse’s fun­gus fans.

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