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Press Gourmet Food Truck + 20/20 night at the Wine Bar in Santa Monica

No deposit, no limit on the wait list. Come or don't come, no commitments.

This "Press" at the Wine Bar event looked good, and is near where I live so I thought I'd check it out. Feel free to join me for this culinary adventure.

Every Thursday this June, the Wine Expo has been having a gourmet food truck parked outside their front door in the parking lot. You order and pay (cash or credit card) for your food at the truck, they give you a number, and  then sit inside and order drinks/beer/wine at the bar. A server from the truck brings the food to your table so you don't have to go back out to get it.

(Note I went this past Thursday to check the food out, and it was good value, not cutting edge , but well executed and flavorful. You can order a la carte but I ordered the prix fixe menu instead. The prix fixe is $29 and include a nice amuse bouche. See a la carte prices below).

On Thursday nights, they also run a real neat wine special called 20/20. This is twenty one ounce pours for twenty dollars ($20). The wines change weekly. The night I went to check out the food, a mix of whites and reds  from Spain, Italy, France and California were available. So you can sample a wide array of wines if you're a wine drinker. If not, and you prefer beer, beer flights with five beers are available for fifteen dollars ($15). Any of these wines can also be reasonably purchased by the glass. Soda and water are also available.

We did a similar event when my chef friend Evan had his porchetta truck parked out front, and it was a very fun and affordable event. The wines per glass are also very reasonable.

Here are the clipped and pasted details from Wine Expo's website:

Food Trucks at our Bar

We often have Gourmet Food Trucks at the Wine Bar. You can grab some hearty, wine friendly food from the truck, bring it into the bar and enjoy it with our weekly selections of wine and beer ....

Thursdays in JuneFress Real Gourmet Food, Full Service, Affordable!

A new kind of Food Truck experience: Chef Michael Israel will prepare a new menu each week inspired by what he finds in the market, we’ll pair it with wines and their service staff will bring it right to your table in our Wine Bar. Service 5:30-9:30 pm. Delicious, creative and affordable!

More about the Chef & menu (note the menu changes weekly):

Fress Mission Statement

Much like a head to tail approach to cooking, Fress is made of the under-utilized bits and pieces of a restaurant operation. Rather than investing in prime cuts of real estate to create a restaurant, our mission is to utilize every ingredient at our disposal. Our kitchen is a food truck, our dining room is a wine tasting room. With these humble ingredients, we are creating an elevated dining experience with delicious food and exciting wines. Each week, Chef Michael Israel creates a multi course, seasonal menu, paired with wine from the Wine Expo, using local ingredients and highlighting classic preparations.

Michael Israel Bio

Michael is the chef and owner of the MOE Deli food truck and Fress, a new dining experience. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. With more than 10 years of restaurant experience, he has worked in Los Angeles’ and New York City’s vibrant restaurant scenes, highlighted by his time at Thomas Keller’s gastronomic mecca, Per Se.

Michael is dedicated to using authentic recipes (such as the Montreal style eggroll) for inspiration to bring new life to traditional foods. He believes food tastes better when it means something more. Michael’s latest endeavor, Fress, is a new style of restaurant. He uses his food truck kitchen, paired with an elegant dining space, to create a menu each week. The menu brings new life to classic preparations, utilizing local and seasonal ingredients and is paired with exciting wines.


This week’s menu (week of June 17th):


Summer Tomato Soup

Black Pepper-Mascarpone & Italian Parsley


Wild Keta Salmon Tartare

Red Onion, Lemon Zest & Garlic Crostini



Grilled Australian Lamb Chop

Celery Root Pureé, Grilled Red Cabbage with Rosemary Chimichurri & Melon Slaw


Grilled Ahi Tuna

Celery Root Pureé, Grilled Red Cabbage with Rosemary Chimichurri & Melon Slaw



Coconut Bread Pudding

5 Spice Whipped Cream



3-Course Prix Fixe Menu $29



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