I drove along the white horse fence and turned into the driveway flanked by two stone pillars. The driveway stretched in front of me and at the end stood a 160 year-old estate home. The Greek Revival house, with its white Doric columns and red brick facade surrounded by 30 acres of green grass and rolling pasture, is more likely the scene of a civil war reenactment than a food truck roundup.
But last year, within three months of its grand opening, that’s exactly what the Woodneath Library Center did — hosted its first food truck roundup in front of the historic Woodneath home. And now, every third Thursday from June through October, the newest branch in the Mid Continent Public Library system hosts a few hundred people at its monthly food truck roundup.
A portion of each vendor’s proceeds benefits The Story Center, a humanities-based project dedicated to helping storytellers and writers of all mediums and experience levels reach their goals through programming and resources. The Story Center, soon to be housed in the historic Woodneath home, is a partnership with The Writers Place of Kansas City, The National Storytelling Network and The Digital Story Center of Kansas City.
This month’s roundup on September 18 will feature such vendors as H&C Ice Cream, Jazzy B’s, KC BBQ Truck, Mean Vegan and Savanna’s Lemonade. It all begins at 6:30 p.m. in the circle drive in front of the historic home that’s now a part of the library. And those 30 acres of surrounding antebellum farmland make for plenty of room for kids to play, and for family and friends to stretch out and enjoy a picnic.
For more information about The Story Center, visit www.mystorycenter.org.
Raised by generations of cooks, farmers and green thumbs, Andrea Shores is an enthusiastic eater and curious cook. She loves sharing her passion for local food by telling farmers’ and food purveyors’ stories.