New series Eat St. coming to Food Network Canada

Food Network Canada viewers get a curbside view of North America’s tastiest, messiest and most irresistible street food in the new Paperny Films series Eat St. (13 x 30’).

Hosted by Canadian comedian James Cunningham, Eat St. tours the continent in search of the most inventive meals served from food truck windows – from sirloin burgers slathered in bacon jam to Tijuana-style tacos served out of an Airstream trailer.

To accompany the series, the ‘Eat St.’ App – that uses GPS to track street fare near you – is available for download starting April 4, 2011. Produced by Vancouver-based Paperny Films and directed by Peter Waal, Eat St. premieres Wed., April 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT on Food Network Canada.

“With the recent growth in popularity of mobile food trucks across North America, ‘Eat St.’ is a true testament to Food Network Canada’s commitment to staying ahead of the curve, bringing Canadians the most innovative and relevant food-related content,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media. “The ‘Eat St.’ App is the perfect complement to the series, allowing us to further engage with our audience and the food and entertainment community at large.”

“We pounded the pavement across North America to find only the best street food on offer,” says Cal Shumiatcher, executive producer, Paperny Films. “As a result, ‘Eat St.’ features the most lip-smacking carts around – and soon with the ‘Eat St.’ App, anyone can find the best street food in their neighbourhood.”

Each episode of Eat St. showcases different street food vendors that have popped up across North America – food mavericks with creative takes on mobile meals and inspiring stories to tell. Viewers get a peek inside each chef-run kitchen-on-wheels to see how their crowd-winning dishes are created and served. Eat St. also gets the scoop from local patrons to find out what keeps them coming back for more.

As a companion to the series, the new ‘Eat St.’ App is a downloadable tool for street food lovers available as an iPhone App or website at eatst.foodnetwork.ca. The ‘Eat St.’ App allows hungry users to find street food vendors with real-time location information. It also allows users to check out detailed street food listings and menus, read user reviews, take advantage of discounts and deals, share their own discoveries, and find out which carts friends in their social networks frequent. Launching April 4, the ‘Eat St.’ App is a collaboration between Paperny Films and Invoke Media. The App was funded in part by the Bell New Media Fund. 

EPISODE 1: Wed., April 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PTThe first stop is Los Angeles to visit the Grilled Cheese Truck, a popular truck that serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches like the Cheesy Mac’n’Rib. Next up is Austin, Texas to visit Izzoz Tacos, a 42-foot stationary trailer that prides itself on family tradition. Things heat up later at the G’Raj Mahal, an eclectic trailer in Austin, Texas that serves authentic Goan dishes including the spicy Rechard Masala Shrimp dish or naan from the trailer-built tandoori oven. The final stop is New York City for some schnitzel with an attitude at Schnitzel & Things, a mobile food truck operated by a former Wall Street investment banker.

EPISODE 2: Wed., April 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT

At the Brunch Box in Portland, Oregon outrageous items like the Redonkadonk – a massive burger dressed with a fried egg, spam, ham, turkey and bacon stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches – line the menu. Nothing screams innovative dessert like curry coconut flakes or crushed wasabi peas over soft-serve ice cream from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in New York City. Later it is off to Sâuçá, a truck in Washington, D.C. with world-fare cuisine served wrapped in flatbread with your choice of specialty house-made sauces. Lastly in Seattle, Washington, the Where Ya At mobile truck serves New Orleans style dishes like gumbo and Po’boys.

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