The garage doors are open and the food trucks are back downtown. There’s a pair of food truck gatherings you can attend tonight. Elite Street Eats, a new food truck consortium, will be at Art With A Mission — a benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City — in front of the Promise Wedding & Event Space (18th and Oak). Wilma’s Real Good Food, Indios Carbonsitos, the Blue Moose Truck, Prairie Fire Oven, Little Italy and Street Wings — making its debut and featuring stuffed wings (smoked brisket, potato and cheese inside a chicken wing) — will be there from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Truck Stop in the Crossroads (W 21st Street and Wyandotte) also returns from 6 to 10 p.m. First Friday also brings another food truck group to the Crossroads for the first time this weekend. Beauty of the Bistro, CoffeeCake KC, El Tenedor, Crave of KC, Eat Arepas and Organized Chaos will be among the trucks dishing up dinner for the First Friday crowd.
L’Ecole Culinaire (310 Ward Parkway) is holding a Wok & Roll Open House today. You can check out the school, while learning how to roll your own sushi and make stir-fry long beans or chicken yakatori. The open house is free and runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
Function Junction (2450 Grand) is holding a grand opening Friday at 11 a.m. in the new Crown Center location. The home goods store with plenty of kitchen gadgets is now on the second floor and back open for business.
Speed Rack arrives in Kansas City on Sunday. The competition, which will be held at 3 p.m. on the stage of the Madrid Theater (3810 Main Street) features female bartenders slinging drinks to raise money for breast cancer charities. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Just like Oktoberfest in September, you can start your Kentucky Derby party a little early this year. The Riot Room (4048 Broadway) is tapping a keg of Boulevard’s Tripel Julep at 6 p.m. Sunday. The beer — the brewery’s Long Strange Tripel aged in whiskey barrels and infused with fresh mint — was an extremely limited release in 2013. It was only available on tap in Kansas City. And now, it’s back for an extremely limited engagement. The mint hits you right away and doesn’t leave — this is a beer you may not like, but you won’t forget.[Image via Facebook: Crave of KC]