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PHOTOS: Reno Food Trucks Provide Diverse Dishes

Oct 16, 2017
Alexis Harris

With events like Food Truck Fridays and Feed the Camel becoming popular summer staples in Reno, food trucks are in high demand. As the food truck scene grows in Reno, residents are getting access to more diverse options. 

"We've come a long way in the past few years alone. There is now Korean, Hawaiian--you can find almost everything now, whether it be in a truck or restaurant. The food scene has grown quite expansively here," said Theresa Luke from Aloha Shack, a food truck that serves Hawaiian-Asian fusion dishes.

Noah Glick

The food truck industry is growing nationally, with cities like Orlando, Florida and Austin, Texas leading the charge.

But a new crop of mobile food vendors is popping up in an unlikely rural area: Elko. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

Every week during the summer about 3,000 people, mostly college students and families, make their way to Idlewild Park for “Food Truck Friday."

Children laugh and do cartwheels on the grass and lawn chairs are clustered in the shade of the trees. Live music floats over to the food trucks, which are parked in two long rows. Their windows are open and cooks hurry to serve twisting lines of customers. 

One of these customers is Christine Novicio, who has just ordered what is called a “Truck Burger”.

Photo by Alexa Ard

Tesla and other big companies get most of the attention in Northern Nevada, but, actually, small business accounts for more than 40 percent of the state’s employment. Reno Chef Mark Estee, who owns Campo and the newly opened Provisions, is one of those job creators.  Reno Public Radio's Anh Gray sat down with Estee to learn more.