Wednesday October 3
Lubec, Maine – A town of 1600 people often has to rely on a still photograph to validate its public community pride.That changed last Sunday night when residents and fans of Lubec tuned in for the final episode of the Great Food Truck Race on location in “their” downtown and at the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.
In a coast to coast competition sponsored by the Food Network that began in Long Beach, California, the show offered eight rookie teams the chance to prepare and serve their menu items from professional food trucks loaned for the event. After each stop the team with the lowest cumulative sales was eliminated and remaining teams were directed to a new city.
The finale followed two finalist teams, Nonna’s Kitchenette, serving Italian favorites, and Seoul Sausage, serving Korean inspired barbecue, as they “battled it out” in the Northeast, first in Boston, then in Portland, and finally, Down East in Lubec.
The teams had not been told that only $5 separated them as they opened for business on Water Street. They also did not know Lubec would be their last stop. To the benefit of their small town customers, they had been restricted to selling their food items for $2 or less. Local patrons easily spotted were Jim Heyer, who surprised everyone by speaking Korean when he placed his Seoul Sausage order, Treg Lorence, Sara McConnell, Teresa Huntley, Dari McConnell, Gene Greenlaw and Lucy Burgess among others.
The outcome segment, filmed last June at West Quoddy Head State Park with its iconic “eastern most” lighthouse as back drop, was kept secret. Viewers watched Team “Nonna”, Jessica Stambach, Lisa Nativo, and Jaclyn Kolsby and team “Seoul”, brothers Yong and Ted Kim, and Chris Oh, wait nervously for host Tyler Florence to count the tills and reveal the winner. In the end the boys from Los Angeles ahead, by a narrow margin, won the grand prize of $50,000 in cash plus the keys to their own food truck worth an additional $50,000.
Fabulous prizes, to be sure, but judging from DVR playbacks and talk around town this week, the best prize was seeing the spotlight on Lubec and its lighthouse.