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Food_Carts_Athens_OHATHENS, OH - According to some accounts, the idea of mobile food started with cattle drives and the creation of the chuckwagon. From those days of beans and cornmeal, we now have street food that’s sometimes gourmet and certainly trendy.

Practically every Ohio University student (and many locals) have chowed down at the Burrito Buggy near the College Gate or one of its curbside restaurant neighbors

These days the tradition is evolving and the locations are proliferating as the restaurant-on- wheels movement makes eating out easier and more appealing.

The mobile food scene is “definitely growing,” confirmed local restaurant expert Leslie Schaller. And there’s “more focus on healthy and local options.”

One example, said Schaller, is Chelsea’s Real Food, which is one of the latest entries in the market. Chelsea Hindenach, 30, opened for business over the summer.

Hindenach invested $50,000 into what she calls a “mobile kitchen.” The kitchen is a trailer that’s pulled from location to location by a pickup truck.

(Mobile kitchen, food truck, food trailer, food cart, food buggy and less charitably, roach coach are names used in the industry to identify movable venues that sell food.)

Hindenach’s cooking background includes five years at the Village Bakery in Athens. “That’s where I learned the intricacies of the local food scene,” she said.

Her resume also includes more than two years as a personal chef. Alas, the family she worked for moved away from Athens, leaving her unemployed. That’s when she took the plunge into the street-food business with the help of family and friends.

Find the entire article by Fred Kight at The Athens News <here>

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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 Nevada County, Peoria, Athens, Jacksonville, Minneapolis and Sydney Australia.

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Mar 30

Food Truck Fest to raise money for nonprofits – NEVADA COUNTY, CA - A food truck festival is being planned for the end of June to capitalize on the gourmet food truck craze and raise money for local causes, including the Food Bank, at the same time.

The Enough to Spare & Share Food Truck Food Festival is set from noon until 6 p.m. June 30, at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. This is a first-of-its kind event in Nevada County that will include 24 gourmet trucks representing every type of cuisine, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

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Food Truck Vendors Could Soon Set Up Shop in Peoria – PEORIA, IL - A new city ordinance could soon bring a new style of food vendor to the streets of Peoria.

Next month, the Peoria city council will vote on a new city ordinance that would allow food truck vendors to sell on city streets with a permit.

Wendy Hauk-Glissan is a food cart vendor in downtown Peoria. Now that the weather is nice, she’s excited to start serving customers.

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Mar 31

Food carts show potential beyond hot dogs – ATHENS, GA - Grabbing a hotdog from a downtown stand is a pretty speedy experience – add mustard, ketchup or relish and split.

But the organizers of the Food Cart Fest have a different type of food-on-the-go in mind: cuisine, sold quick and on the street.

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Food truck vendors hope to help revitalize Downtown Jacksonville – JACKSONVILLE, FL - Jacksonville city leaders want to revitalize Downtown and a group of local food vendors thinks they can help.

Metro Jacksonville hosted the ‘Food Truck Championships’ at the Bold City Brewery Saturday. The event doubled as a rally to get the city to allow more food trucks downtown. Organizers say food trucks are an easy, cost effective way to get small businesses going and draw more people to the city’s core.

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Apr 1

Food trucks finding their way to suburbs – MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Food trucks, already a staple in Minneapolis and St. Paul, are starting to turn up in the suburbs, including at least two south-metro vendors.

One of the newest in the mobile food marketplace is R.A. MacSammy’s, run by Kevin Huyck, a longtime chef from Apple Valley. He opened this year with a small customer base in St. Paul and recently made his first suburban foray into Burnsville.

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Taking it to the streets – Sydney, Australia - It’s certainly not a new concept. We all remember buying ice creams as a kid from Mr Whippy, Adelaideans have had the pie cart (famous for the pie floater) since 1840 and Sydneysiders have enjoyed late night pies from Harry’s Cafe de Wheels since the great depression. In the past, food trucks have only ever been seen as a late night drunken food option or a good excuse for an ice cream when My Whippy plays his tune – but not anymore. Food trucks are popping up all over the country, dishing up culinary delights for lunch, dinner and of course late night munchies.

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