Happy 2017

We're glad it's here:  a brand new year full of promise and adventure.

2016 was the year of the permits:  our "golden ticket" affixed permanently to Oona the food truck, and our Seattle King County Department of Public Health permit for 2016.

The golden ticket shows the world that Washington State Labor & Industries deems the truck well built and safe to function for the public and staff. It's lovely to have propane, electrical and plumbing systems! The Health Dept. permit is all about keeping cold foods cold, hot foods hot, prepping and storing foods correctly in our commissary kitchen and the food truck, and staff's knowledge of food safety. It's our goal to pass every inspection with flying colors ... so far so good! We have our food handlers cards in our wallets and our phones, and we prep and serve with food safety, great flavor and hospitality in mind!

We rang in 2017 at the Open Space for Arts and Community's Black Light Ball. The DJ's were spinning great danceable music for a couple hundred islanders and friends of all ages. Orca Eats served deep fried mac and cheese, seafood chowder, caramel sundaes and cream filled chocolate cupcakes. Our truck-made ginger ale and hot spiced cider quenched the thirst of the dancers!

2017
Lunches in Vashon-town • New "commuter dinner service" • Saturday farmers market

Vashon Classic Sheepdog Trials • Strawberry Festival • Concerts in the Park
Catering your to-do's of all sizes! Call now to book your date:  206-304-1049
Did we mention we're farming? Yes! To bring you the freshest local produce.


One more date:  January 22nd, MarchFourth Concert at Open Space,
and then it's winter hibernation until April 1st.
Can hardly wait to see you and feed you then!
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what's cooking for the new season.

Top left:  deep fried mac & cheese with Orca ketchup. Lower left:  seafood chowder with puffed pastry. Right:  "mostess" cupcakes - chocolate with cream filling, ganache.

Top left:  deep fried mac & cheese with Orca ketchup. Lower left:  seafood chowder with puffed pastry. Right:  "mostess" cupcakes - chocolate with cream filling, ganache.

We were bundled up against the cold... and the fryer helped warm us, too!

We were bundled up against the cold... and the fryer helped warm us, too!

Vashon's WinterFest December 3, 5:00 pm

Join in the festivities as we welcome Santa and light Vashon Town's tree to kick off the Holidays!

Orca Eats will be on the Highway with hot food and beverage at 5:00. Whether you're in the parade or waiting to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus when they arrive at the tree, we'll see you there!

Santa's parade will head East on Bank Rd. from 100th, turning South on Vashon Highway to Saucy Sisters' Pizza.

Parade kicks off at 5:30. Treelighting to follow.

HOORAY -- On the Streets of Vashon!

We got the definitive answer from the County Sheriff's office, Seattle King County Department of Public Health:  we can park and vend to the public on any public street so long as we are parked legally, we can vend on the street!

So yes, we will be on the Vashon Highway between Bank Road and the Village Green this weekend Friday, Saturday (at the Farmers Market) and Monday. The Park District is happy, Sheriff's office and Health Department are all happy. 

Orca on the Streets of Vashon

We're doing it! Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays you can usually find us open for lunch from 11:30-2:00 in the Vashon IGA Market parking lot. Check the Where? page for the most up to date location and schedule info, and the Menu page for the current menu. 

It's fun driving the big truck on the Vashon Highway. Some people wave. Some look right through us. The push-button horn on the food truck makes a clown-car sound... wave and you may just hear it!

Adventures....
• Overloading the generator and not knowing how to flip the generator's breaker. It's easy now that the little tiny switch has been pointed out!

• Getting boxed into our parking place at night in a completely dark parking lot. Thank goodness for great headlights, reverse lights and a big flashlight!

• Forgetting to lock the refrigerator door in the food truck.... just kidding, it's never come open when going around a corner! But we do have to pack the fridge carefully for the daily drives, and lock it in case it did try to open on the road!

• When calling a staff member to coordinate driving and parking at a large catered wedding and she says "that's next week, right?" and it's that same day. It's ok! Someone else took her place, and it all worked out fine.

• When a staff member doesn't arrive, the boss lady sends a terse text "where are you? Not sure this is working between you and me." And then she shows up only to show the dumb boss lady that she really was scheduled to start later. Sometimes hard work and changing schedules makes for goofy details!

Home, sweet parking lot. At Vashon Market IGA's lot - right by the BofA atm, across from the post office, just a block off Vashon Highway, uptown.

Home, sweet parking lot. At Vashon Market IGA's lot - right by the BofA atm, across from the post office, just a block off Vashon Highway, uptown.

 

 

Update, Orca Log 08-20-2016

Mechanical & equipment issues -- seem to be fixed, solved, re-vamped for the long haul. Please cross your fingers for us. The Health Department has been great, it's our equipment that's been temperamental and keeping us off the streets.

Tasting Party... we announced it overnight to our loyal email list and it's full, save for the few spots we're holding for the public, who will see the event announcement today. We wish we could accommodate 100 people, but we can't.

Opening... we'll shout about it right here asap. Public community events and street service at the IGA parking lot!

We have been doing some very fun catering. A wedding for 100 in June. A dinner for 32 Vashon visitors in early August. A book club picnic dinner last week. A wedding rehearsal dinner for 100 this weekend. Boxed dinners for a rehearsal dinner in September. Boxed lunches for a business retreat in September. We're grateful for the business, and eager to serve you. Thank you!

Sun's up!

Sun's up!

Strawberry Festival: Fun, Busy, and We Thank You!

Dear Orca Pod,

Strawberry Festival was big and wild and fun! Thank you for stopping by the truck a time (or three) and enjoying enough salmon to feed an orca,  mac'n'cheese all day long, and gallons of ginger ale and chocolate pudding! We sold out of mac'n'cheese each day, but scurried in the kitchen and made more to fill you up. We're so glad you enjoyed our food, including our crazy popsicles and fresh fruit! It was fabulous because of the warm welcome from Islanders and visitors, great weather and a really good Festival produced by the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, with so much live music, thanks to Vashon Events.

Now the truck is visiting the mechanics at Burton Auto, and then will have the quiet generator reinstalled asap. We'll be hitting the Vashon IGA parking lot in a couple of weeks. In the meantime we have some fun catering gigs and will keep on cooking and preparing to serve Vashon as soon as possible. 

See you soon,
Oona the Orca & Staff

 

 

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