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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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