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Street Food Institute food truck

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — As the popularity of food trucks climbs, some colleges have begun offering classes for future vendors.

Future chefs at Central New Mexico Community College are mixing, sauteing and plating their created dishes as part of a pilot program.

Just like the hit television show “Top Chef,” the students get certain ingredients and can make whatever they want. In the end, someone has to win.

For the class, the students prepare the food and run the truck. CNM created the class because the food truck industry has exploded across the country. In Albuquerque alone, there are more than 200 mobile food vendors.

CNM partners with the Street Food Institute for the food truck.

Find the original article with video at koat.com <here>

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cnm logoALBUQUERQUE, NM - Central New Mexico’s Culinary Arts program wants to keep up with how the industry is evolving, and food trucks are the “next big thing.” As it turns out, the newest truck serving Albuquerque is actually a classroom for some students.

“The reality of a brick and mortar building, it’s a huge investment for students to overtake…the food truck industry is a great way for students to get their foot in the door, try it out and see,” CNM dean Donna Diller said.

It’s also a new way to serve students in a growing department. Earlier this year, CNM added extra kitchen space and courses to keep with the now 600 students enrolled, making it the biggest culinary school in the state and a national competitor.

Student Greg Fason took the class to learn the business side of things.

“The operation of the food truck itself, the licensures you have to get to get the truck up and going,” Fason said.

Instructors hope more people will show passion like his, and that the program will expand.

“This is our first truck, trying to add at least 2 more in the next year, and add a commissary and hopefully roll it out to more and more students,” instructor Scott Clapp said.

Find the original article with video at kob.com <here>

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - I appreciate the ease and accessibility the food truck renaissance has brought to Albuquerque. No reservations are required. You just walk right up to the window where you have meal options that rival any sit-down restaurant. Whether I’m grabbing lunch on a Wednesday in Talin Market’s parking lot or need some food to wash down an IPA at a brewery, food trucks are always there for me. It’s easy, convenient and free of hassle. The same cannot be said for the challenges facing today’s food truck owners and operators. They have to deal with the woes of winter and inclement weather, event planning, permit headaches and parking problems.

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I talked to some of Albuquerque’s food truck owners to discuss the difficulties that come with the job. Amy Black, the grits-slinging owner of the Supper Truck, puts one particular challenge on the top of her list: winter. For a number of truck owners, this last winter was their first time operating during Albuquerque’s coldest months. They learned the hard way just what kind of havoc freezing temps can wreak on pipes and faucets. Black remembers waking up each morning to unfreeze pipes with whatever tools she could find, usually her hair dryer, and working for hours so she could get her truck operational for the day.

“That was the hardest for me,” says Black. “It just felt like every day, something broke.”

It’s not just cold weather that’ll put a damper on trucking. “We’re pretty vulnerable to any elements,” says Matt Fuemmeler, owner of the Boiler Monkey. His converted 1977 crêpe-producing bus might be the only one of its kind in Albuquerque, but it has plenty in common with other food trucks. It gets breezy when the wind blows, it’s hot when the sun beats down and cold when the temperature drops. Extremes in weather can also lower customer turnout.

Surprisingly, though, rain is the one element that al fresco diners don’t seem to mind. Amy Black has found that a little drizzle has less of an impact on their customers than, say, cold or wind.

“I’ve got to give a shout-out to Burqueños because they don’t care about rain at all.”

But even the bravest Burqueños have their limits with rainy weather. On July 26, Soo Bak Foods (who specialize in Korean “Seoul food”) was posted up at Hyder Park for dinner. Owner John Katrinak was serving his signature Korean fusion cuisine when an unexpected storm quickly rolled in. The storm caused major damage to the park, toppling trees and sending people running for safety. Katrinak described the scene as “insane.”

Find the entire article by Eric Castillo at alibi.com <here>

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - First Food Truck BEEF Throwdown Held Downtown July 27

New Mexico Beef Council

What: New Mexico Beef Council sponsors the Food Truck BEEF Throwdown 5-8 pm, Sat., July 27, 2013

Where: Downtown at Mable Brewery, 1111 Marble Ave., NW

Who: Seven popular food trucks will feature innovative beef dishes; live music

  • Supper Truck
  • Soo Bak Korean Seoul Food
  • Rustic Truck
  • Conchita’s Creations
  • Roxy’s Bistro on Wheels
  • Gedunk Food Truck
  • Seasonal Palate

Contest: Celebrity judges will select first, second, and third place winners; attendees will select a “Fan Fave”

Media Partners: 94 Rock and 100.3 the Peak are radio partners.

Cost: $20 per wristband to sample all fare; microbrews sold separately at Marble Brewery

Age: Over 21 event

Information: Contact Elizabeth Reitzel, on behalf of the New Mexico Beef Council, Elizabeth@MarketingSolutionsNM.com; 505.269.9238

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from Washington DC, Portland, Miami, West Hartford, Sunrise and Albuquerque.

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November 16

Food Trucks Propose Buying Parking Permits to Avoid Racking Up Tickets WASHINGTON DC - Public comments on the District’s proposed food truck regulations were due Tuesday, and among the ideas submitted by the food truck lobby is one that would allow mobile food vendors to buy parking permits that would free them from the burden of having to constantly feed the meter.

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Gourmet meals on wheels – PORLAND, ME - One of the hottest trends in dining is on wheels.

Food trucks are becoming an increasingly popular family dining option.

Although the fast food prices are comparable to restaurants, the “good stuff,” the gourmet fare, is cheaper.

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November 17

Food Truck Regulation: What’s Going On Behind the Scenes – Miami, FL - Inspection reports from different food trucks in Miami-Dade County reveal inspectors often find multiple critical violations

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Man steals Chinese food delivery truck and continues making deliveries – West Hartford, CT - In one of the most bizarre stories of the year, a man in West Hartford, CT recently stole a Chinese food delivery truck with the engine still running and, much to the surprise of customers who had been informed by the restaurant owner that they wouldn’t receive their orders, had the courtesy of finishing off the deliveries!

Find the entire article <here>

November 18

Food-Truck Ban Proposed by Sunrise Commissioner – SUNRISE, FL - Sunrise Commissioner Joseph Scuotto says food truck vendors have no base in the city and should not be allowed to just roll in and out

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Curbside competition – ALBUQUERQUE  NM - Art Alexander’s rule is simple: Get there first, and the spot is yours.

Such is life running a food truck in Albuquerque, where vendors can, for the most part, set up anywhere but private property.

On a recent weeknight, Alexander had a great spot — just a few feet away from the entrance to Tractor Brewing in Nob Hill. And he wasn’t interested in hearing any complaints about it from other vendors.

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November is election season, but it’s also a time in which local municipalities give their voters the chance to pass changes to their laws which can affect the food service industry which includes mobile food vendors.

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According to The National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C., there are several measures around the country that could affect day-to-day operations for some operators. Those that they are watching concern minimum wage and the obesity issue.

San Jose, CA

  • Residents will choose whether or not to increase the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour. The San Jose initiative would be indexed to inflation, which would allow it to rise proportionately over time.

Albuquerque, NM

  • A vote on a minimum wage initiative, deciding whether to leave it at $7.50 per hour or raise it a dollar to $8.50. In addition, the measure seeks to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees from the current $2.13 an hour to 60 percent of the minimum wage level. Both wages would be tied to any increases in inflation and examined every year.

Richmond and El Monte, CA

  • Two proposed ballot initiatives would levy a one-cent-per-ounce tax and sugar-sweetened beverages in an effort to help combat the rising obesity problem.

Not that we suggest paying your food truck staff at minimum wage, but if you do and are in one of these areas, you may be a little more interested in getting out to the polls on November 6th to vote on these initiatives.

Does your area have a ballot initiative that will affect the mobile food industry not mentioned here? Please share it in the comment section below to help those in your area what they need to be concerned with.

 

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