I’ve got something a little different this weekend to share. Recently I was invited to check out the first Food Truck Cinema event over at Woodcreek Golf Club. It took place on Friday evening from 5-9:30 and involved four local trucks (Cousin’s Main Lobster, Dojo Burger, Happy Cow Ice Cream and Chando’s Tacos), Roseville-based band CoverTh!s and a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on a pop-up 35′ screen set on the driving range.
For full disclosure, I was given free admittance with a dedicated table/seating and some goodies including popcorn and candy, a couple of FTCinema koozies, a Woodcreek photo frame and a certificate for a round of golf with lunch for 2. I did pay for all my food (not exactly a small amount as you’ll see based on what I decided to try out below 😉 )
Tickets are typically (based on these inaugural showings) $5-8 for kids and $10-12 for adults. This, and a showing of Top Gun on 10/22/16 will be the only ones this year as they get started. Next “season” will have considerably more showings, a dozen or so.
I arrived just as the gates opened up at about 5 and took a stroll around. The only time I had been here before was for my visit to Legend’s Sports Bar & Grill two and a half years ago. Everything is set up a short walk from the main clubhouse down to the driving range. Chando’s was a little late to the party but aside from that the tucks were just about set up. Nearby was a beer/wine tent from Woodcreek themselves. The beautiful and expansive course served as a nice backdrop. You can kind of forget you’re in suburbia while you’re out here.
A big inflatable structure supported the 35′ screen and there was tons of room for viewing on the grass in front of it. Over the course of the next couple hours people trickled in and claimed spots with blankets. Areas to the side and back were designated for folding chairs (which most people brought but it sounded like you could rent as well) so everyone would have a good and unobstructed view. Lots of staff were situated all around to direct and assist everyone.
While CoverTh!s entertained everyone from 5:30-7:30 I headed to to trucks to get food. Since I’ve had Chando’s already (both in truck form as well as at their Roseville location on Pleasant Grove near 65) I started at Dojo Burger. I went with their signature Dojo Burger (6oz beef patty, ginger, reddish, fried onion strings, Dojo sauce and mayo on a bacon-loaded brioche roll)[$13]. Soda and waters were very reasonably priced at $1 each.
This burger was fantastic! I was surprised at how well it was cooked with a little pink throughout. The bacon was incredible. It was thick and had a rich maple flavor to it. There was something very familiar about the taste of the dojo sauce that I’ve been trying to put a finger on since last night, and I think it might have been something like a peanut sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite.
I let that settle for a bit, took some more photos and listened to the band, then headed back up to try another truck that I’ve never been to before, Cousin’s Main Lobster. Here I ordered the Connecticut Lobster Roll (Main lobster, served warmed with butter and lemon on a New England style roll)[$15]. While I waited for that I turned around to the beer/wine tent and got a Sam Adam’s Octoberfest[$8] (must have been about a 20oz serving).
The lobster roll was much simpler. The roll was very lightly toasted and the lobster was warm and evenly coated with butter. Hard to go wrong here, it was great! This get’s me very exited for Old Port Lobster Shack, due to open any day now over by Century 14.
Once the band finished up and the sun set there was Ferris Bueller trivia and we were treated to a gorgeous orange harvest moon rising to the right of the screen. Soon it was dark enough, the range flood lights were killed and the movie got started. By this time the field was pretty much full with a great turnout of people of all ages. There must have been several hundred, if not over a thousand attendees, yet it did not feel cramped at all. The screening went well. It was nice and bright, the volume was good and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.
All in all it was a pretty fun night. Good entertainment, good food and very friendly staff, from the event organizers to security to food truck people. I’ve never been to movies in the park that Roseville puts on, but this was a great setup, especially for families with kids since they could run around in a very safe, family-friendly environment. I think it’ll be a hit going forward.
Food Truck Cinema: http://www.foodtruckcinemas.com