Published: Aug 07, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Aug 07, 2012 12:11 PM
The mercury has been showing off lately.
Now add 20 degrees and one begins to understand the heat issues that Chapel Hillian Chela Tu has to cope with as she prepares and sells food out of her Chirba Chirba dumpling truck (“Chirba” means “eat” in Mandarin Chinese).
But neither rain, hail, sleet, snow or extreme heat will deter her from cooking and feeding people. “Food is my first favorite thing in life,” Tu said.
Tu’s second favorite thing in life is clothes swaps. As a member of the board of the nonprofit Peoples Channel and Durham Community Media, Tu was brainstorming recently on how to raise money for the deserving media outlets.
“I thought, well, I am a food trucker, so I am going to host a food truck rodeo,” Tu said. “But I wanted to make it more interesting, so I decided to add a clothes swap.”
The combined food truck rodeo-clothes swap she put together is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 10, at The Station in Carrboro, 201 E. Main St., coinciding with the 2nd Friday Artwalk.
Five food trucks will be on site from 5 to 10 p.m., as well as Indian food brought in by Vimala Rajendran, who owns Vimala’s Curryblossom Café in Chapel Hill. Rajendran is board chair of both the People’s Channel and Durham Community Media Board Chair.
“We don’t have a truck that serves Indian food, so this offers even more variety,” Tu said.
Advance tickets are $10 and enable the buyer to sample food from each truck and also get a Peoples Channel T-shirt or tote bag. Tickets on-site are $12. The Station is offering indoor and outdoor seating to attendees and MGL, a one-man band, will perform.
To participate in the clothes swap, all you have to do is bring a bag of clothes and $3. Tu got fashionista River Takada-Capel, the owner of RiverBasin Outfitters, to handle the swap.
“River takes apart clothes and puts them back together in a super stylish way,” Tu said.
Volunteers will sort clothes into categories and participants can take what they like. If people don’t want to bring a bag but still participate, it costs $5.
“It also has a do-it-yourself component,” Tu said. “I am bringing screen printers, and people will be able to screen print on clothes that they find.”
Tu coordinated clothes swaps at the past two Earth Action Days. “It is fun, hands-on and you get to meet people, support reuse, and look good in an economical way,” she said.
For anyone not yet up to speed on what a food rodeo is, it is simply a gathering of food trucks. “Rodeos are really appealing to people because foodies get to have all this variety in one place,” Tu said.
For more information, see Thepeopleschannel.org/rodeoswap.htm
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