Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dining for a cause with #GiveAndGrub

by Meghann on June 25, 2015

Last week I had the opportunity to have lunch at a very special food truck. Not only was the food delicious, but I was dining for a good cause!

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The brainchild of Laser Spine Institute and the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Give & Grub food truck is a new staple around the Tampa Bay community. Though you would not usually associate a food truck with a surgical center or a hockey team, the Give & Grub food truck was born out of a desire for both to give back to the local community with the mission of ‘sticking it to hunger.’  Each day more than 700,000 people in our area go hungry, a statistic the Laser Spine Institute and Tampa Bay Lightning found staggering. They’ve teamed up with Metropolitan Ministries and Feeding America Tampa Bay and pledged to give back 150,000 meals to the community.

So how does a food truck fit in? The formula is simple – for every meal purchased at the Give and Grub Food Truck, another meal is donated to a hungry child or family in the Tampa Bay area. You can also take a stand against hunger by using #GiveAndGrub on social media. Every use of the hashtag #GiveAndGrub equates to another meal in the community.

Give & Grub’s menu was created with the help of the Tampa Bay Lightning players. You’d be surprised to hear Tampa has a huge hockey community (umm… hello? Our boys were just in the finals for the Stanley Cup!). All of the dishes are inspired by the player’s favorite meals or even their family recipes. You might even recognize a few name on the board.

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I grabbed lunch with Mary and had the opportunity to sample three items from the gourmet menu.

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First up was the Hat Trick Chicken Sliders.

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Deliciously slow-smoked chicken, garnished with southern-style coleslaw and served on a fresh Bavarian roll. This tasty dish is served with house-made pickles on top and is sure to satiate your hunger.

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but I was immediately impressed with how large the portions were for each meal. So much food! Each meal also comes with your choice of sweet potato fries or house made chips and a pasta salad.

For the sliders, I thought the chicken was a little dry, but the coleslaw had great flavor and I enjoyed the extra saltiness from the pickles. Also, sweet potato fries. It’s really hard to go wrong there.

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Next, the Thundersteak Sandwich

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The Thundersteak Sandwich is an elevated version of a classic Philly Cheesesteak, with a hockey-themed twist. It features grilled steak with creamy, melted smoked Gouda cheese, topped with onions and mushrooms and served on a freshly baked roll.

I was impressed with how much flavor the steak had. I was nervous it would be too greasy, but it wasn’t greasy at all – it was perfect. The toppings were light on the cheese and onion, but I think it was hit that sweet spot were the flavor was there, but not too overpowering.

Finally, the Chicken Parmkos Sandwich

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Now, who doesn’t love a good chicken Parmesan sandwich? Our deliciously breaded chicken is cooked to perfection and served with our house-made marinara on a fresh Italian roll and topped with perfectly aged Parmesan cheese.

This was my favorite of all three. Again, I loved how the sandwich wasn’t too overwhelming with sauce and cheese. It was still messy, but not crazy messy. I also thought the chicken was well seasoned and the bread had a nice toast to it.

All-in-all I thought the Give and Grab food truck was tasty and delicious. You get a lot of food for your money and if you finish your whole meal, there’s a chance you’ll be looking for a place to nap under your desk when you get back to the office (don’t ask me how I know…). Yes, I did order the heavier items (I blame pregnancy cravings), but they also have some lighter options available (I hear Slap Shot Chicken Salad is delicious). Veggie friends be warned – the menu isn’t exactly vegetarian friendly (minus subbing out the shrimp for tofu in the Bishop Bowl). Also, everything is made fresh when ordered so you can easily customize items as needed.

Ready to Give and Grub?

If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, a big list of where you can find the truck around town is available HERE. You can also CLICK HERE to request the truck at your office park.

For anyone not in the Tampa Bay area, simply use the twitter hashtag #GiveandGrub and a meal will be donated to a hungry child in Tampa Bay in you honor. 🙂

My meal was complimentary courtesy of Laser Spine Institute. All opinions are my own. 

 

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