Chef Chris Coombs

Best Day of Work Ever – #AlwaysHoodCreamSweeps

Best Day of Work Ever – #AlwaysHoodCreamSweeps at The Framingham Food Truck Festival of New England

Seriously, if you know me you know I actually do brake for food trucks. Just ask my friend Sharon – although we had just had lunch an hour before, I made her pull over to sample a food truck I had been wanting to visit and when we saw it – it was time to eat again!

Love food trucks and love the Food Truck Festivals of New England, so when I was invited to judge (yes, judge!) the “Cream of the Crop” contest, there was no hesitating, I was on board!

My co-hosts include Chris Coombs who is as funny as he is talented as a chef (really), Ashley Patrician (lovely) from the Street Team at Hot 96.9 FM (a really fun radio station) and IMG_1503Kristen Perry, she’s super nice and a consummate foodie and Associate Marketing Manager for HP Hood.

What a fun day! I parked at the middle school and took the shuttle over to Bowditch Field – the shuttles were well-organized and ran continuously throughout the day – I chatted with my seatmate (I know, so unlike me) and found out she was the winner of a Hood contest and had won $50 in food truck dollars! Nice contest! I also had to jump the fence (you can see it behind us) to get to our booth – luckily I made it over without incident.

Then let the tasting begin! There were so many wonderful entries to choose from, it honestly wasn’t easy to choose. It was super easy to taste. Note – this was the best day of work ever. There were pasta dishes (yum, mac and cheese), a gorgeous scallop with caviar (I actually got to ask “Is there caviar in my teeth?” And that never happens), and quite a few desserts both beautiful and delicious.

The competition was fierce and Mei Mei Street Kitchen was the winner (they presented two gorgeous dishes) and the prize was one thousand dollars and a year’s supply of Hood cream. Nice!

Although I had tasted quite a bit of food (ahem), I could not leave the festival without checking everything out. I wandered through the festival and ended up at Mei Mei for a kale salad with a pretty poached then fried egg on top. Delicious. I almost ordered another biscuit but decided to call it a day. What self control!

Don’t despair – there are two more Food Truck Festivals (say that three times fast) of New England – one at the Red Hook Brewery in New Hampshire and one in Newport, Rhode Island. Such seriously great food and fun – do not miss!

Dining at the Framingham Food Truck Festival or What I am doing on Saturday

Framingham Food Truck Festival


Because I am fun like that and I like to eat and I love food trucks! So, I get to help judge the Hood ® Cream “Cream of the Crop” Cooking Competition! Not by myself, goodness, that would be silly. MAGIC 106.7 FM’s Candy O’Terry and Chef Chris Coombs, chef/owner of Boston-area award-winning restaurants Boston Chops, dbar and Deuxave are the celebs in the house – actually on the field – Bowditch Field (475 Union Ave, Framingham). Don’t even try to park at the field – there are shuttles running from some of the nearby schools. Check here for more info.

Here’s more info about tomorrow’s event:

HP Hood, the leading dairy brand in New England, recently announced the Hood® Cream “Cream of the Crop” cooking competition featuring spokesperson Chef Chris Coombs, chef/owner of Boston-area award-winning restaurants Boston Chops, dbar and Deuxave.

The competition takes place at the “Hood Cream Presents the Framingham Food Truck Festival” this Saturday, September 20, 2014, and at the “Hood Cream Presents the Newport Food Truck Festival” on October, 25, 2014. Participating food trucks will submit their best recipe featuring Hood Cream and a panel of esteemed judges, including Chef Chris Coombs, will choose one winner at each festival to receive a cash prize. The winning truck will be announced during each festival and will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a year’s worth of Hood Cream, along with the title as Hood Cream’s “Cream of the Crop” champion. In addition to the competition, Chef Coombs will be conducting meet and greets, answering questions, providing cooking tips and leading short cooking demonstrations alongside MAGIC 106.7 FM’s Candy O’Terry at the Framingham festival. Hood Cream will feature a fun and interactive booth including complimentary coffee with Hood Cream, photo booth, prize wheel and giveaways.


Fans are invited to join in on the fun by sharing their favorite recipes featuring Hood Cream on Twitter to @HPHood using the hashtags #AlwaysHoodCreamSweeps, #FTFNE, #FramFTF. Fans can also enter the Hood Cream Food Truck Festivals of New England Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Hood Cream VIP prize pack including two tickets to a 2014 festival, $100 gift card and more. For more information and to read official contest rules, visit Hood’s Facebook page.

More infoFrom the MetroWest Visitor Bureau’s website:

On Saturday September 20th, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau is hosting MetroFest 2014 presented by Middlesex Savings Bank, the first regional, collaborative festival to showcase the richness and diversity of the region’s music, arts and culinary offerings. The event offers a wide range of activities anticipated to attract more than 8,000 visitors of all ages. This first-ever cultural festival will feature 25 food trucks from Food Truck Festivals of New England, main stage music and entertainment, 100 artist and craft vendors, designated children’s activity areas, and a community stage highlighting the diversity offered throughout the 19 municipalities that compose MetroWest.

Priced affordably so all can attend, MetroFest introduces the region’s residents to the local culture abundant in their own backyards. Admission fees are only $5 for guests ages 13 and up, and only $2 for children ages 5-12. There is no charge for children ages 4 and under, and all will enjoy free access to bounce houses, face painters, magicians and entertainment. The event is rain or shine, and tickets can be purchased online at for updated information on parking and shuttle locations, participating exhibitors, food trucks and entertainment.

About the MetroWest Visitors Bureau: An independent nonprofit organization, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau works to stimulate the region’s economy by marketing MetroWest’s assets – cultural, historical, culinary and retail – to residents and visitors. Launched late in 2011, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau boasts 230 members and a vibrant yearlong calendar of marketing initiatives, printed ad campaigns and publications, and creative programs to brand the region and and engage the community. For more information, please visit;




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