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Published August 14, 2014

City serves up food truck rally

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Doreen Kanakis, of Eskimo Jacks, serves a handmade ice cream sandwich Friday, Aug. 8, at a private party. The Eskimo Jacks food truck will be in attendance at the Southfield City Centre Aug. 27. 

SOUTHFIELD — Having to decide what to make for dinner can sometimes be the hardest decision of the day. It’s a simple choice, yet many people are quite indecisive about what to have for their evening meal.

To help the residents of Southfield with this decision, the city of Southfield is holding a Food Truck Rally Wednesday, Aug. 27, that can be one-stop shopping for the dinner crowd.

The event will be held from 4-9 p.m. at the Southfield City Centre, located at 20300 Civic Drive, in the parking lot of Arbor Lofts, at the corner of Central Park Boulevard and Civic Center Drive.

“This is actually the second annual Food Truck Rally the city will be hosting,” said Michael Manion, community relations manager for the city of Southfield. “The first was extremely popular and well-received.”

Options at the rally range from tacos to pitas to ice cream. Six food trucks will be in attendance at the rally: Jacques’ Tacos, Eskimo Jacks, The Pita Post, Frank’s Etc., Treat Dreams and Rollin’ Stone Wood Fired Pizza.

Josh Charlip, owner and founder of Eskimo Jacks, who makes homemade ice cream sandwiches, said patrons can expect freshness when they visit his truck.

“We bring our truck with fresh baked cookies and ice cream, and we make sandwiches for you right there on the spot,” Charlip said.

Charlip said six flavors of cookies and ice cream will be available at the rally, out of the 21 flavors of cookies and 16 flavors of ice cream they boast in-store at their 12 Mile location.

“Usually, the most popular are the double chocolate chip cookie with mint chocolate chip ice cream, or snickerdoodle and cinnamon ice cream,” Charlip said.

The rally will also have musical entertainment, provided by the George Brothers Band, which plays classic rock.

The city of Southfield is partnering with Motor City Street Eats, the City Centre Advisory Board, the Southfield Chamber of Commerce and Arbor Lofts to put on the event.

For more information, call Southfield Community Relations at (248) 796-5130 or visit

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