One of the Miami Valley’s newest food trucks will offer breaded and fried combinations of meats, cheeses and veggies that will give you hunger pains at tonight’s First Friday Food Truck Rally 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Synergy Incubators’ Food Park, the corners of Jefferson and Fifth streets in downtown Dayton.
See list below of additional First Friday events, including the grand opening of two new businesses.
The monthly rally will be the first outing for Andy and Amie Payne’s Hunger Paynes food truck specializing in croquettes. The dish has a storied pass linked to Louis the XIV, a king of France in the 1600s.
“They are whatever ingredients you want balled up, breaded and deep fried,” said Andy Payne, also a chef at the Dayton Convention Center. “Almost every country has their variation of the croquette.”
Hunger Paynes croquettes will be four for $5 and included a homemade serving of fresh kettle chips.
The truck will sell its Reuben, loaded potato, mac and cheese and chicken Parmesan croquettes tonight.
Payne, a Fairborn High School graduate with a culinary degree from Hocking College, also will sell pretzel bites as well as pretzel bun sliders.
The beef that makes the sliders comes from a Greenville farm. They will sell for two for $6 and include kettle chips.
“We try to use as many local products as we can,” Payne said. His wife, a West Carrollton High School grad, is an accountant.
More than 10 other food trucks will participate in the rally, according to Tonia Fish, the co-founder of Synergy Incubators, a non-profit aimed at offering certified commercial kitchen support services and programs.
They include Ringo’s North Star Mobile Eatery, Bella Sorella Brick Oven Pizza, C’est Cheese, Missouri Avenue BBQ, The Monchon, Cheeky Meat Pies, El Meson’s Meson XPress, Tik’s Thai Mobil, Mohawk FreeStyle Grill, Go Cupcake, Good Time On Wheels and Cold Stone Creamer.
El Meson will make its paella, an area favorite.
Festivities also include costumed representatives from the Dia de los Muertos (Dayton Day of the Dead) parade set for the Oregon District 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 1, kids’ games and activities, a market place and samples from the Scratch Bakers Association.
“There are going to be some really cool things to see and do,” Fish said.
The rally is just one of several First Friday events to be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. downtown and in the Oregon District. The monthly celebration is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership with support from the Oregon District Business Association and Rev. Cool’s “Around the Fringe” show that airs on WYSO-FM 91.3.
Below is a sample of other activities tonight from the Downtown Dayton Partnership:
- Paint boxing at CADC, 45 S. St. Clair St. Participants put on boxing gloves, dip them in bright paint and jab and punch canvas and T-shirts. Paint Boxing costs $20. Call (937) 313-9883 for more information.
- Street performances by steel drummer Joseph Glenn, guitar player Todd the Fox and fire dancers Soul Fire Tribe around downtown streets.
- The grand opening of Spice Paradise, 16 Brown St. The shop specializes in spices and food from around the world. Its opening is partly the result of the Pop-Up Project, an initiative to fill downtown storefronts called Activated Spaces. The grand opening of Hicks’ Barber Shop, also at 16 Brown St., will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.
- Beginner’s cheese making class at Garden Station, 509 E. Fourth St. The class starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by live music at 8 p.m. by Stillwater Riverband. Garden Station’s Urban Farmer’s Market starts at 5:30 p.m. Call (937) 610-3845 for more information.
- Artists Erica Blackstock, Craig Galentine, Josh Hydler, Liz Dearth and Robert Walker will be featured at Clash Consignment, 521 E. Fifth St. The store will offer 20 percent off all costumes. Call (937) 241-9434 for more information.