Milwaukee's late-night pizza food truck, Streetza, has quickly risen in the ranks as one of our favorite local street food vendors, but apparently, Milwaukeeans aren't the only ones who've come to recognize Scott Baitinger and Steve Mai's made slice skills.
If you're on Twitter, then you probably already know that Streetza has recently been nominated to be on The Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race Season 2."
Co-owner Baitinger is thrilled, but isn't underestimating the efforts of the other 271 food trucks who've also been nominated.
He realizes that yes, if Streetza's going to make it on TV, he's going to have to earn it. And if you love the Walker's Point slice as much as we do (special "salsa-like" pizza sauce, chorizo sausage, onions, peppers, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips from Botanas) then all you have to do is vote for them.
Here's how: Text FT66 to 66789 or vote online (scroll to Milwaukee, and click on Streetza.) Every time someone votes, they are also entered to win a trip to NYC for the Food & Wine Festival.
The winner receives $10,000 and Baitinger says he would donate half to charities, including Independent 1st, Autism Speaks and The Wisconsin Humane Society.
"The money would be nice, but we really just want a shot to show all of the big food trucks in L.A. and NYC that a little 20-year-old FedEx truck that was converted in my garage can make food that is as good as, if not better than anything on the road."
OnMilwaukee.com staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.
As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When OnMilwaukee.com offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”