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2015 Food Truck Burger Contest

The votes from the initial part of our polling for the 2015 food truck burger are in. Let your friends and family know that the final voting has begun.

We had great turnout for so many trucks across the country, it was difficult to narrow the field down to just ten…luckily we had a long weekend to tally the votes.

Here are the top 10 trucks for the 2015 Food Truck Burger Of The Year contest:

Bernie’s Burger Bus – Houston, TX

Bone Daddy’s – Boston, MA

Chef Toddzilla’s Mobile Cuisine – Roswell, NM

Culinerdy Cruzer – Sacramento, CA

Eat Me, Drink Me – Long Island, NY

Gilbo’s Grill – San Antonio, TX

Horseless Buggy Eatery – Dayton, OH

Lonestar Cheeseburger  Company – San Angelo, TX

Master Bacon – Charlotte, NC

Roaming Buffalo – Buffalo, NY

2015 Food Truck Burger Of The Year

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This poll will close on Friday, February 6th , 2015 at 11:59 PM. The truck with the most votes from this poll will be declared our winner.

If you have any issues with submitting your vote (only 1 per IP address) please feel free to submit your vote to contest [at] mobile-cuisine [dot] com.

So spread the word, and help your favorite lay claim to the title of the 2015 Food Truck Burger of the Year.

Please note: From time to time our polling software gets the hiccups. If you run into a problem, please feel free to leave us a note in the comment section below, Tweet us or share it on our Facebook page.

peanut brittle fun facts

The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Peanut Brittle fun facts.

The Facts: Brittle, is a type of confection, consisting of flat broken pieces of hard sugar candy embedded with peanuts.

  • Some believe that peanut brittle originated in the American South. The fact that Civil War soldiers survived on peanuts because of its protein content, coupled with the Southern peanut farming boom in the 1900’s.
  • Another version credits a Southern woman for inventing the candy purely by accident in 1890. While attempting to make taffy, she inadvertently added baking soda to the recipe instead of cream of tartar.
  • The term brittle first appears in print in 1892.
  • Traditionally, brittle is a mixture of sugar and water is heated to the hard crack stage corresponding to a temperature of approximately 300 °F.
  • In parts of the Middle East, brittle is made with pistachios, while many Asian countries use sesame seeds and peanuts.
  • January 26th is National Peanut Brittle Day.
  • A snake nut can or snake peanut brittle can is a practical joke device that closely resembles a can of nuts, but contains a long wire spring covered by a cloth or vinyl sheath, printed like snake skin, which leaps out of the can and startles the unsuspecting victim. The item was invented by Samuel Sorenson Adams of the S.S. Adams Co. circa 1915.
Peaut Brittle Fun Facts We Missed

Please feel free to let us know if we may have missed some peanut brittle fun facts in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Brittle.

Find all of the National Food Holidays to spice up your food truck menu specials throughout the year.

vehicle city taco tattoo
Image Credit: Vehicle City Tacos

FLINT, MI - There’s a new type of truck rolling down the bricks of The Vehicle City. The owner of Vehicle City Tacos is certainly grabbing the attention of late-night snackers but he’s also leaving a more permanent impression on some patrons.

A passion for cooking and The Vehicle City has led Dan Moilanen to a new venture, his taco truck.

“We’re really starting to see an economic revitalization and really starting to see a vibrant downtown so I thought it’d be something really cool to see,” says Moilanen.

Word of the food truck is spreading on social media but Moilanen wanted to get the word out in a different way.

“People have been thrilled about our food and really excited about what we’re doing,” says Moilenan.

So he made a wager.

“It actually came from a place in Chicago called Hot Doug’s,” says Moilenan. “They had the same deal, if you got a tattoo of their logo and their name, you could get free hot dogs for life.”

But who has the same passion for both tacos and Flint?

“I thought it was kind of fun and I’ve been a big proponent of the tattoo culture,” says Moilenan.

Kris Kimber is taking his love for tacos to a whole nother level.

“I think it shows dedication in a lot of ways,” says Moilenan.

Kimber’s tattoo featuring Flint’s famous arches over a taco.

Find the entire article at minbcnews.com <here>

muncie village

MUNCIE, IN - A recently passed ordinance to prohibit food trucks is causing some confusion for what is allowed and where trucks can sell.

Ricardo Licona, a senior telecommunications major and owner of Puerta al Paraiso’s food truck, said he wished the terms of the ordinance were outlined better. He said it isn’t clear where exactly he is allowed to park at which times. He doesn’t think the ordinance is going to affect his truck much and said there should be situational exceptions.

“If a business was to say they want us to go to [them] for lunch and there’s a restaurant within a 150 feet, we’re going to have to turn them down because of the ordinance,” he said.

Licona is also in the process of opening his own restaurant in the Village Promenade by mid-March. His plan to become a restaurant owner made him sympathize with proponents of the ordinance.

“Everything in business is about the location, so obviously for food trucks they got to be a little bit more respectful about the boundaries that they can cross,” Licona said. “Some people pay a premium price for their location. Like in the Village or downtown, they’re paying higher rents to stay there.”

With his business in the planning stages, he said he is neither for nor against the ordinance.

Find the entire article at ballstatedaily.com <here>

competitive advantage

As the years go on, and the growth of the food truck industry expands and morphs, mobile food vendors more than ever need to scrutinize their operations and customer service to maintain a competitive advantage.

To survive the increasingly competitive industry in what seems to be a continual uncertain economy we offer these suggestions to help food truck and food cart vendors stay relevant in their market, maximize their profits and keep (or build one) their competitive advantage.

5 Tips To Keep Your Food Truck’s Competitive Advantage

Train Staff Members

Food truck owners and managers need to get their staff to stop waiting on customers and start selling.

We’ve seen too many servers only take orders instead of taking the opportunity to sell. Customers rely on servers to make the right suggestions and provide them a great experience. Also, when your staff is trained to upsell, you make more money. A satisfied customer will become repeat customer as well as a brand advocate.

RELATED: Food Truck Upselling Tips That Won’t Turn Off Customers

Create Strategic Alliances

In today’s mobile food industry, food trucks should make it a priority to reach as many local businesses as possible.

Partner with complementary businesses such as micro-breweries, bars, retail shops, local events and festivals. This is a highly effective way to get your food truck brand in front of more of your community.

Analyze Your Market

Consumer preferences and food truck technology are always changing. Vendors must constantly review their own operation, menu, and pricing along with their competitors.

Compare the pricing of your food suppliers, credit card processors, commercial kitchens and payroll providers annually (or more).

Put Good Systems In Place

Consistent kitchen procedures, portion control and food presentation each directly impact a food truck’s bottom line.

If you don’t have systems in place to maintain low cost consistency, it time to implement some. If you already have good systems in place keep an eye on them to avoid any setbacks.

Control Costs

We often discuss the ways of losing money as a food truck vendor, but there are several things you can do to cut potential losses by changing how you do business.

  • Know and understand your prime operating costs, including food and labor. Never give up on improving the numbers.
  • Conduct monthly cost comparisons. Compare your top inventory items and then price shop them with at least 2 different suppliers in your area.
  • Ensure maximum use of all ingredients by using them throughout your menu

We hope these suggestions keep your food truck’s competitive advantage rolling along. If you think we may of missed a suggest way to stay competitive in the mobile food industry, share your thoughts in the comment section below, Tweet us or share them on our Facebook page.