Get off the grid? Gladly.
Is it safe to say at this point that grid-centric snobbery is on the decline? Surely, we owe some thanks to the imminent invasion of chain restaurants around the new arena and correspondingly high rents that are going to force smaller upstarts to plant stakes elsewhere, but the folks behind Off the Grid should also get credit. Started in San Francisco in 2010, the organization aims to create ongoing events that connect people with others in and around their respective neighborhoods, mainly by rounding up food trucks. After launching in Sacramento last month, Off the Grid is presently up to four weekly events, which will run through the end of October:
Sundays are for River Walk, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 651 Second Street. Food trucks, beer and cocktails, and live music will abound. Rent a shelter tent or cabana to stay shady, or else bask in the Chill Zone (read: a bunch of misters). Shade contraptions can be reserved in advance on the website.
On Tuesdays, the setup moves to the Crocker Art Museum (216 O Street) for Taco Fusion Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Down some cocktails or craft beer, eat tacos from Chando’s Tacos, North Border Taco and Tacos Los Reyes, enjoy extended museum hours and maybe, after your third marg, groove to some salsa and mariachi music.
Work in the greater Rancho Cordova area? On Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., three food trucks roll out for Rancho Cordova Prospect Park in the parking lot adjacent to the Sacramento Children’s Museum (2729 Prospect Park Drive). On August 4, the lineup will be Cousins Maine Lobster, Dojo Burger and Luciano’s Scoop.
And finally, the pièce de résistance: Friday Nights @ The Barn will be making it’s debut on August 5 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to officially debut the rad-looking event space in the Bridge District. Capital Public Radio’s Nick Brunner will be on the turntables, plus there will be artisan cocktails by Rye on the Road and food trucks. This week’s lineup includes Casablanca Moroccan and Mediterranean Food, El Matador Mobile Mex, Gaga’s Rollin’ Diner and more. Visit http://offthegrid.com/sacramento for updated food-truck lineups each week and additional details.