Food Trucks Lure Foodies to Diamond Bar

Five of the six trucks scheduled to attend a fundraiser at Lorbeer Middle School brought out food truck fans to the city.

Locals had a chance to help Lorbeer Middle School’s PTSO and the Diamond Bar Community Foundation’s Sports Fields for Kids in a very tasty way.

On Saturday, the Slummin’ Gourmet, Rebel Bite, Jogasaki Sushi Burrito, Truck Norris and Paradise Cookies food trucks set up at the middle school’s parking lot to dish out some of their best.

Their appearance was part of a fundraiser organized by the organizations and the Rotary Club of Walnut Valley. The PTSO and the foundation are looking to fund more activities for youngsters.

The sports foundation is also hoping to raise money to somehow create more field space for the youngsters.

The trucks in attendance on Saturday were set to donate a portion of their sales, organizers said. While some were drawn to the event to contribute money, others were just pleased to have the chance to enjoy the popular food trucks.

“We came for the Slummin’ Gourmet,” said Stephanie Kido, of Chino Hills, who attended with her sister, Chris Kido. “We missed them last night. They were supposed to be at Best Buy, but they canceled. We saw the Tweet last night late that they were going to be here. We came for them and for Paradise (Cookies.)”

They have a walnut shrimp taco, that’s worth the trip, Chris Kido said.

“It’s a lettuce wrapped with the candied walnut with rice noodles,” she said.

They were among a stream of fans that kept the Slummin’ Gourmet line long.

The event started at 4 p.m. with a small crowd. But as dinner time approached, the crowd grew bigger.

“We’re doing this, but the Rotary is also doing a car raffle,” said Peter Pirritano, president of the Walnut Rotary. They will be raffle off two cars to benefit the organizations.

This is the first time they have held the food truck events. It seemed logical because of the trucks' popularity, Pirritano said.

“When someone suggested we thought it was a great idea,” he said.

Teen members of the Interact Club, part of the Rotary, attended along with teens from the local high schools. They offered face painting for the children, Pirritano said.


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