The Main Street Food Truck Festival will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11:00am - 5:00pm
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THE SCOOP ON Brandy Thomason McNair, Artists Coordinator

We have some awesome artists and handcrafters at the 2017 Main Street Food Truck Festival, so GET THE SCOOP on Brandy Thomason McNair who is helping wrangle them all!

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Brandy Thomason McNair, Governor’s Mansion/SoMa

Q: How long have you lived there?
A: 3 years

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Harrison, AR

Q: Where do you work and what is your job there?
A: I am the owner and designer of my jewelry line, Bella Vita Jewelry and our brick and mortar shop with the same name in downtown Little Rock. As the owner of a small business, I do everything!

Q: What is your favorite thing about your job duties?
A: Flexibility to do what I want, when I want. Working with the public and meeting new customers everyday and making them happy with my jewelry or curated items from my shop.

Q: What or where do you usually eat for lunch?
A: Since I like to cook, I usually bring my lunch to work with me; salads or leftovers from dinner. But, I let myself eat out for lunch one day a week. Most of the time that means I order lunch delivery from the Dandy Line Kitchen or Crave Fuel becausec they are super affordable, healthy, and DELIVER! But other regulars are Katmandu Momo on FTF, Three Fold, Cotijas, Arbella in the Tower Building, & Boulevard.

Q: What was the last thing you did for fun on downtown Main Street?
A: 2nd Friday Art Night is by far one of my favorite downtown activities! Well that and Food Truck Festival… I had so much fun walking down Main Street and visiting the businesses that were open late and the Pop Up Artists!

Q: Do you have a favorite spot on Main Street?
A: Hmm… that is hard question. I walk Main Street a lot for exercise and for fun… I’ve really been digging the 300 block where Soulfish, Bruno’s and Samanthas are. I love all three of those restaurants for happy hour and for dinner. But, I’m also a big fan of the 500 block where the Boyle Building is, I’d love to see someone revive that building.

Q: What role do you have in the Main Street Food Truck Festival?
A: I am helping organize and coordinate the Handmade Artists that set up in the 500 block of Main Street.

Q: How many years have you attended the festival?
A: This will be my 3rd.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the festival?
A: The amount of people that it brings to downtown Little Rock!

Q: If you had a food truck, what kind of food do you think you would sell?
A: Tacos! All day!

Q: Do you like to cook for yourself?
A: Yes! I love to cook and garden.

Q: What is the best dish you cook?
A: Tacos. But, I’ve started experimenting and learning about Indian food.

Q: What’s your favorite dish to cook for friends?
A: We do a lot of dinner parties with friends, and they are usually potluck style. I love making fresh salads and vegetable dishes from our garden.

Q: For just you?
A: Roasted vegetables with a fried egg on top. Tacos. Salads.

Q: On a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, how do you rate your own cooking?
A: 9

Q: The last time you went out to eat, did you go with a tried and true dish from the menu or something different and exciting?
A: Tried and true, my last dining out experience was U.S. Pizza last Sunday. We had cheeseburger pizza and salad — they have the best cheeseburger pizza.

Q: What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A: I’m not a picky eater, but I’m not very adventurous either. My husband made me a squirrel breakfast once and I only tried the gravy… then went to brunch with my friends.

Q: What is your favorite food in the whooooole world?
A: Well I come from an Italian family and my Grandfather started a restaurant that I practically grew up in… so, pretty much anything from their menu brings lots of comfort to me. I love anything with their marinara sauce, and of course the cream sauces, desserts, and all that stuff that is really bad for me.

Q: If you could have anything in the world made by anyone in the world for your last meal, what would that meal include and who would prepare each thing?
A: Definitely my grandpas biscuits and gravy, my mom’s venison or wild turkey dinner, my grandma’s apple pie, my mother in laws fried okra & jalapenos and coconut cream pie, and my husbands smoked ribs.

Q: If you could steal the credit for being the creator of any dish ever created in the history of ever, what would it be?
A: That is a really hard question. Maybe guacamole? I make really good guacamole.

Q: If you could redesign the food pyramid (without any dire health consequences) how would it look?
A: It would be topped with more vegetables & fruits than ever! And daily glasses of wine.

Q: We finish this interview and you step outside and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
A: OMG, I’d go on vacation. I work too much and need a vacation. I’d come back home, reorganize my business and expand it. Then open a not for profit, casual, farm to table restaurant that grew as much produce as it could on site. All of its profits would be given back to homeless neighbors in Little Rock.  And I would start a food truck specializing in breakfast tacos.

Hang out with Brandy and all of our amazing artists at this year’s Main Street Food Truck Festival on October 7 and keep an eye out here and on Facebook for more updates!

 

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THE SCOOP ON Becky Barnes Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becky Barnes Campbell is serving as this year’s Main Street Food Truck Festival Volunteer Coordinator, and she could use your help!

Q: What is your name and where do you live?
A: Becky Barnes Campbell, Park Hill       
 

Q: How long have you lived there?
A: 4 years, prior to that- 3 years in SOMA
 

Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Well, I went to school in Bryant and lived in Bauxite where my family still lives today.
 

Q: Where do you work and what is your job there?
A: Campbell Ward, Partner
 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your job duties?
A: We get to advocate for Arkansas farmers and Arkansas companies.  I never miss an opportunity to brag on my state!
 

Q: What or where do you usually eat for lunch?
A: South on Main, Raduno, The Root, The Fold, Samantha’s, Three Fold, Capital Bar- I like ALL THE THINGS!
 

Q: What was the last thing you did for fun on downtown Main Street?
A: Went to church. Our church, Epoch Church, is located at 924 Main Street.  I have never experienced a more committed community of believers who show the love of Christ to others.  I am so proud to be associated with this group of people. 
 

Q: Do you have a favorite spot on Main Street?
A: I love what Matt and Amy have done at South on Main.  You can enjoy delicious food, amazing cocktails, and listen to incredibly talented musicians- all from the same seat!
 

Q: What role do you have in the Main Street Food Truck Festival?
A: As the Volunteer Coordinator, I have been tasked with recruiting 600 people to hang out with me on October 7, 2017.  So, go sign up at www.mainstreetfoodtrucks.com/Volunteer right this minute!
 

Q: How many years have you attended the festival?
A: I have attended for several years, but this is my second year serving on the committee.
 

Q: What is your favorite thing about the festival?
A: It is such a fun event.  I love that so many people are drawn to Main Street and can experience what downtown Little Rock has to offer. It really brings a diverse population together to experience a food trucks, entertainment and so many local artisans. 

Q: If you had a food truck, what kind of food do you think you would sell?
A: Desserts and cocktails.
 

Q: Do you like to cook for yourself?
A: I like to make breakfast on Saturdays and I’ll cook something fancy for Thanksgiving every year.

 
Q: What is the best dish you cook?
A: Eggs over-medium and thick cut bacon.
 

Q: What’s your favorite dish to cook for friends? For just you?
A: I really excel at take-out orders and being a bartender.  I love to entertain.  So, slinging drinks and opening to-go containers really highlight my true talents. 
 

Q: On a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best, how do you rate your own cooking?
A: Solid 4.5.
 

Q: The last time you went out to eat, did you go with a tried and true dish from the menu or something different and exciting?
A: I’m a very adventurous eater.  So, I typically try something new with every visit.
 

Q: What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A: I once ate Zebra in Namibia, Africa. It was delish!
 

Q: What is your favorite food in the whooooole world?
A: I’ve never met a French Fry that I didn’t like. Or a Dorito.
 

Q: If you could have anything in the world made by anyone in the world for your last meal, what would that meal include and who would prepare each thing?
A: That is SUCH a good question.  I would want my mom to make my grandma’s chicken and dumplings and deviled eggs, my mother in law to make a strawberry cake with cream cheese icing, and Gilbert Alaquinez (Café 42/ The Clinton Center) make French fries with béarnaise sauce. 
 

Q: If you could steal the credit for being the creator of any dish ever created in the history of ever, what would it be?
A: Pizza. Judging by the amount of Papa John’s I have consumed, I should be getting paid for it.
 

Q: If you could redesign the food pyramid (without any dire health consequences) how would it look?
A: Dark chocolate and bourbon would each have much higher recommendations. 
 

Q: We finish this interview and you step outside and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
A: Make a substantial donation to Epoch Church and some of the other non-profits that my husband and I support.  Then I would book a really, really great trip- so many places to go!

 

Again, you can volunteer with Becky and help make this year’s festival the best Main Street Food Truck Festival yet. Visit http://www.mainstreetfoodtrucks.com/Volunteer and sign up today!

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The Main Street Food Truck Festival is Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Stay tuned! Be sure to visit us here and on Facebook for up to date information for attendees and volunteers. We look forward to seeing everyone on the streets of downtown Little Rock for some of the best food around!