Counter Intelligence: Food trucks to watch, and more

  • Updated: April 17, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Food truck, Indian-style

When warm weather finally kicks in — and it will, right? — the change in season is bound to launch new food trucks.

One to watch for is Hot Indian Foods, which is taking advantage of a deficit in the food truck fabric. Namely, the notable lack of Indian flavors.

Owner Amol Dixit, new to the restaurant business after a 15-year career at General Mills, hopes to hit the streets in early May.

“We’re excited to be the first Indian truck in the Twin Cities,” he said.

Dixit recruited chef Janene Holig, a Wise Acre Eatery vet, to run the kitchen. On the menu: Indian wraps, made using two to three breads and prepared to order with a variety of Indian-inspired fillings and toppings. Dixit is marketing them under the name “Indurrito,” as in, Indian burritos.

“We’re working to get that trademarked,” he said.

As with many of his food-truck brethren, Dixit is viewing his mobile business as a testing laboratory and launching platform for a larger business.

“We want to take this brand into the grocery store,” he said.

Follow the truck’s progress on Twitter, @hotindianfoods.


You could be a winner

The deadline is looming for the 2013 People’s Flavor Contest at Izzy’s Ice Cream (2034 Marshall Av., St. Paul, 651-603-1458).

Here’s how it works: submit your idea (one submission per person) for the shop’s next great ice cream flavor. Izzy’s staffers sort through the submissions and select four finalists in six categories: kid-created (under age 13) flavors, chocolate, mix-ins, fruit, all-Minnesota ingredients and flavors with a variety of ingredients.

Izzy’s ice cream makers prepare the 24 finalists, and ice cream lovers are invited to a public taste-off on Father’s Day (June 16, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.). Votes are tallied, and winners are announced in each category, including best in show.

Previous top winners include Chubby Bunny (cinnamon-nutmeg ice cream with carrot cake and cream cheese swirls), Midnight Snack (graham cracker ice cream with peanut butter swirls and chocolate chunks) and Mango Django (mango ice cream with honey, balsamic vinegar, cayenne pepper and pink peppercorns).

The best in show winner receives a $100 Izzy’s gift certificate, and all finalists receive a contest T-shirt, a pint of their flavor and two free tickets to the tasting event.

Submissions are due by April 28 at 9 p.m. at www.izzysice

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