Unseasonable cold welcomed my father to Green Bay this past Sunday, and despite the threat of rain we spent the day visiting Lambeau Field and getting brunch at Stadium View. Most important about the day was the food truck rally sponsored by the Green Bay Food Truck Coalition taking place at Willow Park in Bellevue, not too far from where my husband and I live. Our food truck scene has been growing over the last year, and many of those small businesses started during the pandemic to serve customers outside in a safer environment still exist today. Some of our favorites that we visited at the start of the pandemic were there that day.
We came primarily for Gourmet Corn. This time last year, we had their cochinita pibil torta at Zambaldi Beer and immediately fell in love. One of the best times of my life was had in the Yucatan on honeymoon, where we ate a lot of pibil. It was a comforting bite then, when Wisconsin’s lockdown ended. We’re happy to know that the owner has expanded into a brick and mortar location and launched his food trucks during the season for further business. My husband went off in that direction.
He brought us two different ears of corn, one a classic elote with mayonnaise, paprika, and queso fresco. The other ear was a garlic parm ear of corn. He also got us one of those lovely cochinita pibil tortas to share among ourselves when we got together
I went to Tacqueria Maldonado’s food truck and ordered us all a Mexican Taco Plate with exactly thee tacos to split among us, as well as a small serving of chips and salsa. Shredded beef with purple onion and cilantro on two corn tortillas makes the place a ‘Mexican style’, and I brought this offering to my family before we got together to go home.
My dad is a simple midwestern guy, so when he saw Rusty’s BBQ among the trucks, he went straight over there for a plate of ribs and beans. We also grabbed ourselves individual portions from the Dough Shoppe for desert. My husband and I both got birthday cake, and my dad got their peanut butter lovers flavor.
It was crowded and cold, so we climbed back in the car to take our spoils home and free up a parking space for the growing crowd. We were there within minutes of the 4 pm opening, and yet every available parking spot at the park other than the one we managed to get had already filled. The faster we were out, the sooner other locals could get in to enjoy their own fare.
The dining room table turned into a build your own plate made of the choices my family made at the park. Tacos, BBQ, amazing corn on the cob, and a single torta of cochinita pibil. We all took what we wanted. My husband and I split the torta. My dad didn’t want tacos, so he focused on his BBQ and the garlic parmesan corn that my husband brought to the party. It was a delicious, fun way to enjoy dinner with my visiting father, but also with my husband. Any future food truck rallies will probably have us doing much the same.
I’ve always enjoyed Gourmet Corn. The pibil remains one of the best I’ve had north of the border, if not ever, and my lower midwestern heritage in corn land makes me thrilled any time a corn on the cob lands on my table. I split the elote ear that my husband brought with him, and I ate it gladly. It was a lovely pairing to the two mexican style tacos from Maldonados that I wound up eating, which tasted exactly as I hoped. Cilantro always plays well with red onion, and the second corn tortilla helped to hold it all together. I’m also a slave to their salsa. I saved it to eat the next day with some tortilla chips we had hanging around, and I regret nothing.
The Green Bay Food Truck Association has many rallies like this one planned for the future during the summer, and I encourage you to watch their facebook page so you can find one nearest to you to support small businesses. You’re going to eat well no matter which one you go to. The vendors change between each, so if you have a favorite from previous seasons, look out for them too.