Palate Party owner and chef Robyn Almodovar was airlifted to Broward General Hospital, then Jackson Memorial Hospital after an accident on her Palate Party truck left her with burns to her face.
We spoke with chef Almodovar, who was released from the hospital yesterday evening. "I have no eyebrows", Almodovar told Short Order. The chef/owner had a great sense of humor about the incident, as she cleared up some rumors involving that evening.
"No ... my truck wasn't on fire. The only thing on fire was me", she told us.
She said the incident occurred as she was setting up for a food truck roundup outside Cypress Bay High School in Weston on Wednesday, around 4:15 p.m. Almodovar had turned on the main propane valve on her truck (there are three valves). She then turned on the master switch after waiting 45 seconds and felt a surge of heat (Almodovar admits that the she forgot to turn off a burner the night before, causing a gas buildup). Her cook then told her that her hair was on fire.
Thinking quickly, the food truck chef/owner doused a towel with cold water, put it on her face and called for medical help. She said she was surprised to find herself being airlifted to the hospital by BSO Medics.
Since the truck suffered no damage, the Le Cordon Bleu graduate plans to resume dinner service tonight at Al Hendrickson Toyota, if she's feeling up to it. That determination will be made sometime today. Whether or not Palate Party is out tonight, the truck will resume a normal schedule by tomorrow. Check its Facebook page for schedule updates.
Friday, September 23
Food trucks at Tamiami Park from 6 t 11 p.m. Free parking, but bottles and pets aren't allowed. Trucks include Atelier Monnier, The Cheese Steak Gourmet, Churro Mania, Cold Stone Creamery, Daddy's Grill, The Fish Box, The Flying Saucer, gastroPod, Grill Master Cafe, Gypsy Kitchen, Kitchen Kabab, Kona Ice, Latin Burger, Latin House Grill, Los Chamos, The MexZican Gourmet, Miami Angels Roasted Corn, Mr. Chimi, Ms.Cheezious, Overload, Papa's Tapas, Pardo's Grill, Cafe Perros Express, The Pork Shop, The Red Ko,i El Rey de la Paella, El Rey De Las Fritas, Sakaya Kitchen, Shaoroma Romanian, Sir Mixx A Lot, Sir Pizza, Sugar Rush, and Yellow Submarine. Tamiami Park, 10901 S.W. 24th Street, Miami
Food Truck Invasion at Al Hendrickson Toyota in Coconut Creek. Trucks serve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. and include 90 Miles, BC Tacos, Chamos on Wheels, Che Grill, CheeseMe, Chef on 4 Wheels, Mac'n Food, Mr. Good Stuff , Nacho Mama's Mexican Gril,l Palate Party, Pit Stop, Real Chill, Slow Food Truck, and Taco Fresh. Al Hendrickson Toyota, 5201 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek
Saturday, September 24
Food Truck roundup at Potential Church in Cooper City from 4 to 9 p.m. The church suggests bringing "friends, chairs and cash". sounds about right. Trucks serving include Cold Stone Creamery, Churro Mania, Daddy's Grill, Divan Bakery & Coffee, Happy Greek's Chef on 4 Wheels, Latin Burger, Latin House Grill, Lemon Man, Mac 'n Food, Miami Angels Roasted Corn, The Red Truck, Sir Pizza, Papas Tapa's, Power 96 Ice Cream Truck, The Real Chill, Slow Food Truck, Snow Caps, Tango Grill, and Wrap it Up. Potential Church, 1204 Stirling Road, Cooper City
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790 The Ticket Food Truck Derby at Gulfstream Park from 5 to 11 p.m. offers DJ's a live cigar rolling demos, giveaways and a full liquor bar. Trucks include 90 Miles To Go, Chamo's on Wheels, CheeseMe, Christine Lee's, CubanCube, Dim Ssam a Gogo, The Fish Box, The Flying Saucer, gastroPod, Grill Master Cafe, Guiseppe's Italian Sausage, Gypsy Kitchen, Latin Burger, Latin House Grill, Mangia Mia, The MexZican Gourmet , Monster Burgers, Moty's Grill, Mr. Good Stuff, Ms.Cheezious, The Red Koi, The Rolling Stove, and Sugar Rush. Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale
Sunday, September 25
Food trucks back at Potential Church from 4 to 9 p.m. Trucks include 90 Miles, Big Kahuna, Chamos on Wheels, Chef on Wheels, Cold Stone Creamery, Crepes Outdoors, Grill Master Cafe, Guiseppe's Italian Sausage, Latin Burger, Latin House Grill, Lemon Man, The MexZican Gourmet, Miami Angels Roasted Corn, Monster Burgers, Mr. Good Stuff , The Red Truck, and El Rey De La Paella Potential Church, 1204 Stirling Road, Cooper City