No sign of stolen equipment, but Bici-Cocina has raised funds to replace it

The owners of the Bici-Cocina bicycle food cart reached out to the community this week in hopes that $800 worth of stolen equipment would be returned. Meantime, a GoFundMe page has raised enough money to replace it.

Bici-Cocina serving at Press Bay Alley in Downtown Ithaca.

Bici-Cocina serving fresh Colombian food at Press Bay Alley in Downtown Ithaca. Photo via GoFundMe.

At about 11am on Saturday morning, “most of Bici-Cocina’s catering equipment was stolen,” while it was sitting next to their car on South Cayuga Street waiting to be loaded for catering at Good Life Farm’s Asparaganza event.

It’s very common in some neighborhoods for stuff to be set out on the curb (usually with a “Free!” sign) for anyone to take, but this equipment, which included chafing dishes, hotel pans, and a large brown cambro, or cooler, wasn’t being given away.

One of the owners, Carolina Osorio Gil, says they filed a police report and have watched Craigslist to see if someone was trying to sell it. Bici-Cocina is a mobile food cart that gets around town towed by bicycle, rather than by a car or truck, and they serve freshly made Colombian food at events around the Ithaca area.

The owners are tickled by the community support that quickly assembled enough money for them to replace the stolen gear. “You can also support us by coming to the cart and buying our food,” Carolina says. The cart is usually open on Fridays at Press Bay Alley, downtown on West Green Street. This week, hours will be shortened to 3-5pm, serving just yuca cakes and tamales, before they pack up to participate in the Ithaca Festival Parade. They’ll also be serving at GIAC from 12-8pm this Saturday.

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