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Grilled Cheese Grill Jerry Seinfeld

PORTLAND, OR - Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen were seen together in Portland. Besides drinking coffee they visited some food carts.

Seinfeld’s visit with Armisen was part of an episode of Seinfeld’s show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The two spent some time at The Grilled Cheese Grill. After the cart posted a picture on Facebook, the ever genial Seinfeld gave them a huge shout out.

Grilled Cheese Grill Jerry Seinfeld

Have you had a celebrity run in at your food truck or cart? Please feel free to share them with us via email admin [at] mobile-cuisine [dot] com, Twitter or Facebook.

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Che Ruddell Tabisola Growth Quote

“Food trucks have provided a great stepping stone to brick-and-mortar, you have assets when you go to the bank. You have Twitter followers. You have Yelp reviews. You’re less of a risk for investors.” – Che Ruddell-Tabisola

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horry county city council

HORRY COUNTY, SC - The great debate over whether to allow food trucks in Horry County will now be left up to Horry County Council.

The Horry County Infrastructure and Regulation Committee met Monday and decided to recommend the one-year pilot program for approval.

“We have been working on this possible program for more than a year, and now it will head to Horry County Council for a first reading on Oct. 7,” said Lisa Bourcier, spokesperson for the county.

An ordinance for a year-long pilot program was first drafted by the Horry County Planning Commission early in September.

Fifty permits for food trucks, as well as ice cream trucks, would be issued for the pilot program.

After the first year, the program will be evaluated and any proposed changes to the ordinance would head to county council for its consideration.

The draft ordinance calls for the trucks to be inspected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and fire officials. The employees would also have to pass background checks, provide a ten-year driving record and the sites of operation for the food truck would need to be approved.

Find the original article at carolinalive.com <here>

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korean air food truck

HOUSTON, TX - Houstonians will get a taste of what awaits them on Korean Air when a special food truck offers free samples of the international carrier’s in-flight meals.

From today through Oct. 26, the Korean Air food Truck will travel to various venues around the Houston area. On board will be three examples of the in-flight meals offered to Korean Air passengers and the public can sample the airline’s bounty.

The tour kicked off with an appearance in northwest Houston on today at GE Oil & Gas, 11150 Equity Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. After that, the truck — fully wrapped with the Korean Air colors and images — will visit various locations throughout the energy corridor and core business locations on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.   On weekends it will set itself up at local events in the Houston area.

Sample meals are:

– Bibimbap, the airline’s award-winning signature dish with minced beef and seasonal vegetables accompanied by sesame oil and Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste).

– Bulgogi, thinly-sliced sirloin beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce and spices.

– Galbi-jjim, short rib eye braised in soy sauce with mixed vegetables and rice.

In May, Korean Air (KE) began daily nonstop service between Houston and Seoul Incheon.  The airline is one of the world’s top 20 and the largest Asian airline in America, flying from more gateways here to more destinations in Asia than any other carrier.

 

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gourmet grilled cheese sandwich

Today we are happy to to follow up a recent article in which we asked our readers to submit their choice for America’s favorite grilled cheese food truck or cart. We had nearly 3,000 individual submissions so it took us a little time to tabulate the results.

Now that the submissions have been counted we found that many of the truck totals were too close to eliminate some, so instead of a top 10, we have a top 15 grilled cheese food trucks to choose a winner from.

The nominees are:

American Meltdown – Raleigh, NC

C’est Cheese – Cincinnati, OH

Cheese Plate PDX – Portland, OR

Cheese Wizards – Seattle, WA

Fo’ Cheesy – Waterloo, Ontario

Gorilla Cheese – Hamilton, Ontario

GourMelt – Reno, NV

Meltdown – Tulsa, OK

Morris Truck – New York, NY

Ms. Cheezious – Miami, FL

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese – Boston, MA

The Grilled Cheese Truck – Los Angeles, CA

The Grilled Cheeserie – Nashville, TN

The Melting Point – San Antonio, TX

Toasty Cheese – Schaumburg, IL

If you are a food truck that feels you should have been included, we apologize. The trucks selected for this poll were determined by our readers, and by the number of votes they received in the first phase of the contest.

2014 Grilled Cheese Food Truck Of The Year

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This poll will stay open for 2 weeks to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote for in the poll and the truck operators will have a chance to let their fans know to come help them collect votes. The poll will close on October 17th at 12AM CT. The results will be announced on the following Monday.

If you run into issues with submitting a vote in the poll, you can submit via email us at contest(at)mobile-cuisine(dot)com), however we will be making sure that only 1 vote is counted per person.

The winner of this contest will be featured on Mobile Cuisine in a feature article, to help share information about the vendor, their menu, and how they came up with the idea for serving this American comfort food.

Tell your friends and family to help spread the word.

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Fayetteville food trucks

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The city’s Development Services Department will be taking applications during October from people who want to operate food trucks and food trailers on public property in 2015.

All interested parties will be entered into two lotteries: one for those who want to operate in marked parallel public parking spaces, primarily along Dickson Street; and one for those who want to operate in city parks or on streets outside the downtown area.

At least three permits will be awarded in each lottery. The lotteries are scheduled Nov. 3. If more than nine lottery applications are made, one-third will receive permits.

The city has a separate process for permitting food truck courts and mobile vendors that operate on private property.

For applications or to see a list of frequently asked questions about the section of city code that deals with mobile vendors, go to the Development Services page on the city’s website, accessfayetteville.org, and click on “Documents.” For additional questions, contact Serina Tustin, Development Services administrator, at 479-575-8242 or stustin@fayetteville-ar.gov.

To obtain a copy of the Outdoor Vendors ordinance, call 479-575-8323 or email the City Clerk’s office at cityclerk@fayetteville-ar.gov.

Find the original article at nwaonline.com <here>

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Gravel lot Jackson MI

JACKSON, MI – The barbecue food truck that’s been parked at the corner of N. West Avenue and Argyle Street will not be there anymore, at least not as long as the lot is in its current state.

All American Food Wagon owner Stacey Connell has been notified by the city of Jackson that he cannot park the food truck at the site anymore because the lot, the former site of a gas station, isn’t up to code.

The lot at the southwest corner of the intersection is part asphalt and part gravel.

“It has to be paved and a solid surface,” said Chris Atkin, the city’s planning director. “Until that lot has been upgraded and brought up to code, he has to find another location.”

Atkin said there are no regulations where food trucks can and cannot park, but where they do park has to be in compliance with regulations other food distributors must follow.

The registered owner of the lot is Speedway Super America, LLC. Connell said he has permission from Huff Auto Group, which leases the property, to park there.

Connell, who has been doing business at the lot since early August, is frustrated with the situation and worried about the future of his business.

“I can’t afford to be down,” he said.

Find the entire article at mlive.com <here>

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houston downtown

“With this change, Downtown and TMC are now under the same rules as the rest of the City,” said Mayor Parker. “We will still maintain a high level standard of health and safety for the public.”

The city is easing regulations to allow food trucks in Downtown Houston and the Medical Center. Mayor Annise Parker says the goal is to create a level playing field for food trucks.

“We want to remove barriers to doing business in Houston,” says Mayor Parker. “The ban on propane, which many of us have at home for our backyard grills, was outdated and prevented food trucks from having access to two key areas of Houston. This change will open up the market and allow for competition.”

According to the City, the new regulations will:

  • Limit the maximum size of a single LP-gas container to 60-pounds unless advance approval is obtained to utilize a larger tank
  • Require a barrier like a chain or rope to maintain at least three feet of separation between the public and the propane containers

Find the original article at abc13.com <here>

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Asheville Food Park
Image credit: Citizen-Times

ASHEVILLE, NC - The Asheville Food Truck Coalition released a statement earlier this week outlining gripes that had some pulling out of The Lot at 51 Coxe Ave. Now it looks like they may have a new home if a new food truck park, complete with a cafe and bar, comes together.

Dean Pistor, broker and co-owner of Realty World Marketplace in Asheville, is setting the stage for the Asheville Food Park. The park, which will provide spaces for four food trucks, several food carts, a produce vendor, bar and a small stage, is projected to open in the spring at 235 Amboy Road, across from Carrier Park.

Currently, there are two buildings on the property, constructed in the ’50s and ’70s by the Banks family, who were once in the moonshine business in the area.

Those buildings and the surrounding area will be renovated to include 3,000 square feet of cold and dry storage, 1,000 square feet of open-roof dining, and a dog-friendly, 1/2-acre park near the creek. Pistor will also provide four truck hook-ups, plus areas for cart and art vending.

The food truck park has been in the development phase for about three months, and Pistor is in the phase-one submittal stage of the project.

Pistor will hold a public meeting at the Grove Arcade conference room, Monday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., to gather feedback before finalizing plans. To attend the meeting, visit Realty World Marketplace at suite 109 in the Grove Arcade for directions to the basement conference room, or follow the signs at the elevators inside the Arcade.

If the project is approved as-is, it will provide amenities food trucks have been missing at The Lot, including a commissary kitchen and cold-storage area. Further, food truck customers will have access to bathrooms, table seating and shelter. The plan is to include several additional services for food truck owners, including utilities, security, trash removal, gray water disposal and marketing.

Find the entire article at citizen-times.com <here>

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