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Midtown Food Truck Park; Gratifi Episode Airs Tonight

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MEALS ON WHEELSMidtown Mobile Cuisine is an upcoming food truck park slated to open in Midtown. The soft opening is this Friday (April 5) when the park will combine both food and fashion trucks as a Friday feature. The opening weekend festivities will also include a live band on Saturday evening and a jazz brunch on Sunday. More info here. [Eaterwire]

FOOD TV— The Food Network's Restaurant Impossible is a show where host chef Robert Irvine visits struggling restaurants to help save them from them from the brink of closure, and Irvine was recently in town to help out local spot Gratifi in Montrose. Watch the episode tonight at 9 p.m. on the Food Network: "In addition to a kitchen so filthy that Robert shuts it down just minutes into his visit, Kevin's sarcasm and poor attitude are a constant cause of tension between both Robert and the employees. Robert can usually handle fixing a filthy kitchen and a bickering staff, but combine those with a super-snarky owner and this may be a recipe for disaster." [Eaterwire]

UPPER KIRBY— Here's a reminder that tickets for Go Pig! Or Go Home! officially went on sale yesterday. This event is a competition where the city's top chefs compete by each cooking a whole suckling pig. This year's pig-off will be held on May 4, and only 500 tickets will be made available, since the event is hosted at Kata Robata's parking lot and space is somewhat limited. Tickets are $95 per person and can be purchased here. The 16 chefs competing are Manabu Horiuchi (Chef Hori) (Kata Robata), Michael Potowski (Benjy's Washington), Michael Pellegrino (MAX's Wine Dive), Matt Marcus (Eatsie Boys), Gabriel Medina (Soma Sushi), Ryan Hildebrand (Triniti), John Sheely (Mockingbird Bistro/Osteria Mazzantini), Ronnie Killen (Killen's Steakhouse/Killen's Barbecue), Randy Evans and Jean Philippe Gaston (Haven/Cove), Richard Knight of Treadsack, Kevin Bryant (Eleven XI), Roberto Castro (Latin Bites), Lance Fegen (BRC/Liberty Kitchen), Ryan Pera (Revival Market/Coltivare) and Kaz Edwards (Uchi). Live music, cocktails and 8th Wonder Brewery beer are all included in the admission price. A portion of the proceeds will go to Last Organic Outpost, a charitable organization that supports urban farming to establish a sustainable food economy in under-served areas. [Eaterwire]