Everyone remembers the taste of a warm grilled cheese being dipped into a hot bowl of tomato soup. It’s a comforting nostalgic moment we recreate each cold winter. The owner of Toasty Cheese wanted to drive the nostalgia straight to you in Toasty Cheese Food Truck.
Toasty Cheese has been a participating food truck at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Foodie 5K through each of the event’s first two years and will again be part of the fun in 2016. Their support of the Food Bank stems from their love of providing food to the community as food is a common language in every society.
Gourmet food trucks like Toasty Cheese are always a highlight of the post-race festival that runners and walkers enjoy after completing the Foodie 5K. No fewer than six food trucks have committed to be on the scene at each of this year’s Foodie 5K races, which are taking place April 9 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, May 14 at Independence Grove in Libertyville and June 11 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.
Food trucks participating in all three races include Cupcakes for Courage, Golden Eagle, Loop Juice, Mario’s Cart and Robinson’s Ribs. Other participating food trucks include La Cocinita Food Truck, The Happy Lobster, Piko Street Kitchen, The Slide Ride and Yum Dum.
For Toasty Cheese, the idea of bringing a grilled cheese sandwich to the streets came from the owner, Greg Barnhart. He had been traveling for a previous job and really wanted to settle down in a place. Not knowing how the concept of a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant would be, he hopped on the food truck craze and has loved every moment of it.
While catering is a majority of the business, the food truck is typically out at least five days a week around the Schaumburg area and provided a service to 20 events each week. One location that remains the same is in the parking lot near Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg where lines are always long.
Something Foodie 5K participants should keep an eye out for is the Great Dane sandwich which consists of American and Cheddar cheese with Applewood Smoked bacon piled on, or as they say, it appeals because it’s a classic.
Another component of their business is Wildfire Honey which is honey with cold-infused chiles. Wildfire Honey has been a participant in the Food Bank’s annual A Taste That Matters event in years past.