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Justice League of Street Food gears up for its second party, this time with a few changes

The first party thrown by the Justice League of Street Food amassed a crowd of over 2,000, drawn together in a dirt lot on 29th and Huron streets for food, alcohol and myriad forms of entertainment.

And on September 16, the league is doing it again. But it's also making a few changes.

This time, the party will start at 5 p.m. to give families with small children a larger window to enjoy the fete (and, hopefully, spread out the crowd). The trucks will also have more volunteers on hand to help with clearing trash and keeping the space clean.

And the trucks will be better equipped to handle the masses.

"We'd anticipated a crowd of about 500 last time," says Delores Tronco, spokeswoman for the Justice League. "All of the trucks are making arrangements to handle the lines faster." Great Divide Brewing Co is also preparing to better handle boozers by setting up two beer lines. And that alcohol provider will be joined, again, by the Infinite Monkey Theorem.

A handful of new vendors should also help party-goers get food faster. Tronco confirms that the Deluxe Little Orange Rocket, the Inventing Room and Sully's Slice Truck will join the Cupcake Truck, Biker Jim's, Steuben's, the Biscuit Bus, Pinche Tacos, Steamin' Demon and the Gastro Cart. And she notes that she's waiting to hear from one more unnamed vendor, too.

To accommodate the growing fleet, the party will expand into the adjacent lot. But Tronco emphasizes that the group is trying to maintain the community feel that made the first event so successful, keeping the community tables and encouraging people to socialize with each other.

As for entertainment, this party will feature DJ Bobby C, who mixes film and audio clips into his set.

The Justice League will continue to throw parties at this location for at least another month, but hasn't confirmed the dates of the next bashes. It's rumored, though, that those events might include live music and theme parties.

Check for updates on the group's Facebook page and here at Cafe Society.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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