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Miami Feeds Bonnaroo; GastroPod Returns for 2013 Food Truck Oasis

With the exception of Rachel R., an "Elite Squad" member on Yelp, epicures and live-music enthusiasts alike will appreciate that Bonnaroo's Food Truck Oasis is back for a third straight year.

Highlighting some of the South's finest meals-on-gastronomically-custom-wheels, the Oasis lineup is nearly as impressive as the festival bill itself. And Miami's award-winning GastroPod is among the Roo's seven trucks.

"Bonnaroo is the preeminent East Coast festival," says GastroPod owner and chef Jeremiah Bullfrog. "Plus, it's only an hour from Nashville, which has a cool scene."

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Miami Feeds Bonnaroo; GastroPod Returns for 2013 Food Truck Oasis
Photo by Jacob Katel

With Chef Bullfrog at the helm, the GastroPod team will spend two days hauling its roving gourmet kitchen some 850 miles from Miami to Manchester, Tennessee, before firing up the grill at a third consecutive Bonnaroo.

"It's five full-time staff, five volunteers, plus me," Bullfrog says. "We form like Voltron, and I'm the head."

Though the transformation from mortal human to super-robot has become increasingly less difficult for GastroPod after several years on the festival circuit, the unpredictability of Mother Earth continues to pose a great threat.

"Festivals are survival situations," says the bearded Bullfrog. "Be ready for extreme weather -- either hot and dusty or rainy and muddy."

Chef also advises experimental Bonnaroo virgins to steer clear of suspicious substances. "Don't do floor drugs!" he says.

And don't waste food!

 

Miami Feeds Bonnaroo; GastroPod Returns for 2013 Food Truck Oasis
Photo by Jacob Katel

"We catered backstage festivals for many years," Bullfrog says. "There really isn't much glamour in it, and you see the weirdest shit on riders. One year, we had to send a runner to Whole Foods to drop $400 on organic vegan stuff for Moby, and he didn't even touch it."

At least the "South Side" singer didn't shit on it like Rachel R.

Any mobile gourmet cuisine in middle-of-nowhere Tennessee usually merits praise. After all, it's middle-of-nowhere Tennessee.

However, "Elite Squad" scribe Rachel R. disagrees. She would rather punch herself in the face than have any more of GastroPod's critically acclaimed vegan curry and rice dish. And Chef Jeremiah's pissed.

"[Let me say] a big fuck you to Rachel R. on our Yelp review at last year's festival!" he tells Crossfade. "Some people don't get it. We bust our asses to feed over 3,000 people using quality ingredients and cook everything from scratch."

Maybe that's why Rick Ross hired Chef Jeremiah as his personal chef.

Neither Rachel R. nor Rozay could not be reached for comment.

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