League Trucked on after Health Code Violations
Sep 29, 2015 12:00AM
● By Rhett Wilkinson
Customers line up at "Saturday’s Waffle" at Sugarmont Plaza on Mon., May 11 in Sugar House for the inaugural Food Truck League gathering. The league ran each Monday throughout the summer after addressing multiple health code violations. Photo courtesy Rick Egan
The Food Truck League was there.
Or were you scared for your health?
The league’s presence in Sugar House wasn’t limited to its May 11 appearance. The mobile vendor network actually showed up to Sugarmont Plaza each Monday until the end of September.
It did so even though attendance significantly dropped after the first visit. That’s when nine food trucks (out of nine) violated health code; one truck was temporarily closed, according to the Salt Lake County health department.
After that, the Sugar House Journal asked Taylor Harris, the general manager, about the League’s greatest challenge. His response: publicizing the Monday event in Sugar House (there were others) and helping residents get “correct information.” And he said this: “The first night, we got comments about it being too crowded. But then (people) thought it was one-time.”
The league had other Salt Lake area locations in West Valley City, Murray, Riverton and downtown. It was in Sugar House for the first time. Now, the league is looking forward to the spring.
“We are working and excited to launch our events again, including at many new spots,” Harris said.
The league will run all winter in West Valley and are still doing weekly events at Petersen Family Farm in Riverton. The league offers unique dining options that are creations of local chefs. Live performances have figured into past functions, Harris said.
“It’s more than just the food,” he said. “It’s the event, the atmosphere, the community in a positive space.”