Ludivine co-owners Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson were at the forefront of getting the trucks to gather in front of their restaurant at 805 N Hudson Ave.
“When we opened (Ludivine) three years ago and people asked where we were, nobody had a clue where 7th and Hudson was,” Stranger said.
“This event has dramatically increased public awareness of the area. It's also changing the food conversation and creating a food culture where people are stepping more outside their comfort zone and trying new things, new experiences and sampling what our city really has to offer.”
Initially, the event might've appeared to hurt the farm-to-fork concept with all the competing food vendors, but that would've been shortsighted.
“It's (H&8th) been great for us,” Johnson said. “It's brought people to the restaurant who wouldn't typically come in, we've adjusted what we do and it's turned into something really cool that has actually helped our business.”
Long after the trucks have packed up at 11 p.m., Ludivine will host an after-hours party until 2 a.m.
The restaurant ditches normal service during H&8th to offer open seating, a special menu of gourmet street food developed specifically for the event and regular full-bar service.
But the trucks are what draw folks from all over, and this month H&8th continues a recent trend of drawing vendors from outside Oklahoma City.
Andolini's Pizzeria, of Tulsa, enters the lineup, marking the first time a Tulsa vendor has opted into the event.
Other confirmed trucks include: Big Truck Tacos, Cafe Bella on Wheels, Cupcake Queen, El Reno Onion Burger, Frank's Wurst, Hall's Pizza Kitchen, Heo's Kitchen, Jerky.com, Kaiteki Ramen, La Gumbo Ya Ya, The Loaded Bowl, Lalo's I Love My Taco Chop & Grill, Off The Hook Seafood & More, Pizza 23, Roxy's Ice Cream Social, Smokin' Okies, Tacos El Patron and Taste of Soul Eggroll. Group Fly will join the lineup as the event's first nonfood truck food vendor.
Elemental Coffee will serve more coffee and tea than usual this month with cooler temperatures arriving, and COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer.
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. when families can pick up their free “Happy Halloween from H&8th Night Market” truck-or-treat bags in front of Elemental Coffee, 815 N. Hudson Ave., and visit participating trucks and neighborhood businesses to fill up on treats.
For more information, go online to h8thokc.com or call 633-1703.
The event will return in March.
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