Food Truck Friday comes to Concord

Chef Greg Helmandollar, a Concord area resident and the former chef/owner at Union Street Bistro, recently started Food Truck Fridays in Concord.

Not long ago, Helmandollar began experimenting with his favorite food – bacon – bought a truck and brought his food truck concept, Master Bacon, to life.

The truck was originally intended as a sidebar to his career at the bistro; it was just a matter of time before it became his job.

Master Bacon stays true to its name, serving up bacon-wrapped hot dogs, fried pickles wrapped in bacon and a “piggy panini” stuffed with bacon, roasted red peppers and spinach.

Once Master Bacon took off, it was easy for Helmandollar to scout and recruit other food truck owners to the area and coordinate a Friday evening get-together.

Maryland Crab and All Star Café are just two of up to 13 trucks that now show up on Food Truck Fridays, which take place 5-9 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. The trucks pay an entry fee to “Chef Greg,” which is then donated to Disabled Veterans of America.

“The fundraising aspect of the event is appealing to many of the truck owners and keeps them returning time and again,” Helmandollar said. “Disabled Veterans of America is a great cause, and it’s a win-win situation for all of us.”

The event has grown so large so quickly that Fifth Third Bank, along with Concord Downtown Development Corp., recently announced full sponsorship. Fifth Third will host the trucks and live entertainment Sept. 19 in its parking lot at Cabarrus Avenue and Church Street in downtown Concord.

The permanent venue for Food Truck Fridays has yet to be decided as Helmandollar shops for a home. Check its Facebook page for truck location and lineup, both of which change regularly: