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BALTIMORE, MD - The Baltimore City Council gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would allow the city’s growing food truck industry to operate in more places.

The rewritten bill is an about-face from an earlier version of the legislation, which sought to limit the vendors to specified “food truck zones.” The bill backed Monday still would create new zones for the trucks but continue to allow them at meters on streets throughout the city.

Damian Bohager, president of the Maryland Mobile Food Vendors Association, said the group fought hard to make sure opportunities weren’t limited.

“We were ready to go to war over that,” Bohager said of a proposal to ban the trucks from selling outside designated zones. “The mayor has been good to the food trucks. We didn’t want to threaten to sue an administration that is trying to help you.”

The legislation is intentionally vague, according to Babila Lima, the project manager overseeing the effort for the city. It leaves many decisions up to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake‘s administration, which would be charged with writing the regulations to implement the bill. For instance, the streets or city-owned lots that would constitute food truck zones have yet to be identified. Nor have details been released about a proposed lottery system to determine which trucks can go where.

Lima said city officials want to make sure current bricks-and-mortar restaurants are protected from competition.

“Our intent is not to harm any businesses in the city but to find a balance,” he said.

Under current rules, the trucks can operate throughout the city but are forbidden to sell within 300 feet of an existing eatery. As a pilot program, the city has already designated nine so-called “food truck zones” where a group of trucks can cluster, such as near the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus and at the corner of Baltimore and Charles streets.

Additional zones are expected to be named under the new legislation. When trucks have been chosen by lottery to operate in those zones, other vendors will be banned from selling within two blocks.

Council members James Kraft and Mary Pat Clarke had sought to amend the bill to prohibit trucks from parts of their districts, including near O’Donnell Square in Canton and parts of Charles Village and Hampden. Their colleagues declined to adopt the amendments.

Find the entire article at baltimoresun.com <here>

 

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-food-truck-vote-20140602,0,1936118.story#ixzz33ZZkid7N

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Baltimore, Fayetteville, Los Angeles and Saratoga Springs.

May 2

Compromise possibly forming over food truck bill – BALTIMORE, MD – The fight over where and when food trucks can operate in Baltimore City continues, but WBAL-TV 11 News has learned a compromise is forming.

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Six food truck owners win public permits in Fayetteville – FAYETTEVILLE, AR – A half dozen mobile venders will be allowed to sell food in public areas around Fayetteville in 2014.

City officials on Thursday conducted the first ever public permit lottery drawing to allow food truck owners to set up shop in public parking spaces or inside city parks.

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May 3

Hot New Restaurant: The Kogi Taco Guy Takes on Korean Hot Pots in a Hip Hotel – LOS ANGELES, CA - The Sydell Group, a boutique hospitality brand responsible for luring Eleven Madison Park’s acclaimed chef Daniel Humm to open an eponymous restaurant at its NoMad Hotel in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, turned to,Kogi taco mastermind Roy Choi for the food and beverage program at its energetic new modernist Line Hotel in Koreatown.

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May 4

Food Truck Showcase of Upstate New York rolls into town – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - It may have been a cloudy, but that didn’t stop the food fanatics who turned out for the Food Truck Showcase of Upstate New York.

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Maryland Mobile Food Vending AssociationBALTIMORE, MD - Baltimore food truck owners say they’re worried a bill regulating where they can do business in the city doesn’t have enough specifics.

Food truck operators made a strong showing at a Tuesday hearing of the Baltimore City Council’s Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee regarding a proposal to regulate where food trucks can park, how they would report their business practices and who would enforce those standards.

Although the food truck owners indicated their willingness to work with the city — and with local brick-and-mortar restaurants — the biggest issues that arose surrounded where food trucks would be allowed to park and exactly how the regulations would be implemented.

While the bill proposes regulating where food trucks can vend, it doesn’t explain the nitty-gritty details of how that regulation will actually take affect — who will receive licenses, which trucks could park where, how zones would be established and other considerations.

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towson mapTOWSON, MD - Towson restaurant owners and food truck advocates said during a Baltimore County Council work session Tuesday that they support a proposed bill that would establish a pilot program to regulate food trucks in downtown Towson.

“Food trucks would like to be a part of Towson as it grows and goes through its redevelopment,” Damian Bohager, president of the Maryland Mobile Food Vendors Association, told the council. “We think it’s a great idea as a pilot program and we look forward to revisiting it in a couple years.”

County law doesn’t currently regulate the food trucks, which park streetside and serve customers on the sidewalks. Several have set up in Towson in recent years, but without official regulation that establishes where they can set up and how they can operate. For that reason, many street food vendors simply avoid Baltimore County.

But the reform legislation, which is scheduled to go before a council vote on Tuesday, could change that in downtown Towson.

The legislation arose from a Planning Board study commissioned in 2011 and completed in summer 2013. Many aspects of the planning study, which includes creation of a food truck license, will remain as part of the pilot program. But the board’s recommendation of a county-wide 300-foot buffer from restaurants was later changed by the council.

During later negotiations between the food vendors association and county officials, the 300-foot buffer was agreed upon for downtown Towson, with a 100-foot buffer applied elsewhere in the county. When the legislation was changed to a pilot program, the 100-foot buffer was dropped elsewhere in the county.

In Towson, under the pilot program, food trucks would be prohibited from parking on York Road, as well as Chesapeake, Allegheny and Pennsylvania avenues between Washington Avenue and York Road.

“It’s so important, not to protect the brick-and-mortar businesses here but to protect their parking in front of their stores,” Nancy Hafford, a Planning Board member and executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said during the hearing.

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townson mdTOWNSON, MD - Legislation that clarifies Baltimore County’s food truck regulations was introduced to the Baltimore County Council Monday night, and if passed, would allow the popular mobile vendors to continue to cater to the downtown Towson business crowd.

“Food trucks are an important part of the diversity of choices in Downtown Towson,” Councilman David Marks, who introduced the bill, said Monday in a statement. “They offer quick food for people who want faster service. They can exist side by side with sit-down restaurants, but should not crowd out those restaurants.”

A lack of clear standards for the trucks has caused many operators to steer clear of setting up food trucks in the county seat. Established brick-and-mortar restaurant owners complained that the food trucks infringed on their businesses, but no applicable regulations protected them.

For that reason, the Maryland Mobile Food Vendors Association requested in 2011 that the county examine its food truck regulations. Over several months, planning staff met with Towson-area business groups and the vendors association to hear each side’s concerns. Issues included parking, health regulations and how close the food trucks could park from brick-and-mortar restaurants.

It became evident that officials needed to start by codifying what a food truck was under the county code. The legislation introduced Monday defines a food truck as a “self-contained mobile vehicle that sells food from the curb side of the vehicle to customers on the curb side of the street.”

But the main issue to work out was to determine how far a distance the food trucks would park from the brick-and-mortar restaurants.

The new legislation states that in downtown Towson, food trucks would be prohibited from parking within 300 feet of a restaurant with the buffer zone just 100 feet everywhere else. This means that food trucks would be prohibited from parking on York Road, as well as Chesapeake, Allegheny and Pennsylvania avenues between Washington Avenue and York Road.

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Off the Wire Food Truck NewsIn 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 past weekend from Baltimore, Ann Arbor, Houston and Raleigh.

October 11

Baltimore ahead of other cities for food truck regulations – BALTIMORE, MD – Although the food truck market is exploding across the country, a new study by the National League of Cities shows that many cities don’t have regulations in place to support the growing industry.

Baltimore’s food truck segment is young, but the city is ahead of the curve when it comes to regulating the industry.

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Mark’s Carts vendor developing plans to open outdoor food ‘cartyard’ on South University – ANN ARBOR, MI – The co-owner of two food carts at downtown Ann Arbor’s outdoor food courtyard Mark’s Carts is developing plans to bring a similar concept to South University Avenue.

Univeristy of Michigan alum Alex Perlman and U-M senior Noah Hoffman plan to openEat The Hub at 1215 S. University Ave., where food vendors would be stationed during the 2013-14 school year.

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October 12

Food truck owner shot in northwest Harris County; Suspects at large – HOUSTON, TX - The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the owner of a mobile taqueria was shot to death Saturday during a robbery in northwest Harris County.

It happened just before 3:30pm in a gas station parking lot in the 8100 block of Fairbanks North Houston Road.

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October 13

Food trucks, road races among ‘growing pains’ for downtown Raleigh – RALEIGH, NC — The first season of downtown Raleigh food truck rodeos wrapped up Sunday, but the debate over where the mobile vendors belong in downtown – among other growth-related issues – is just beginning.

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baltimore_county_logoBALTIMORE, MD - Specifics of Baltimore County’s proposed food truck legislation revisions were presented Thursday at a public hearing before the county Planning Board, and several dozen restaurateurs and food truck owners gave input on the legislation.

“Food trucks are a relatively new form of food vender service that need a new set of regulations to reflect they are both mobile and stationary, while also protecting established brick-and-mortar food establishments,” Donnell Zeigler, a member of the Department of Planning’s community planning division.

The need for revising food truck laws stemmed from inconsistencies in the existing code, said Ziegler.

Regulations now require a mobile food vendor in Baltimore County have a state permit, a Baltimore County Huckster License and several approvals from the Baltimore County Department of Health and Environmental Health Services, Zeigler said.

The Maryland Restaurant Association wrote to Baltimore County in 2011 to request clarifications to the laws.

Since then, the Department of Planning has held several meetings with the local business community, the Maryland Mobile Food Vending Association and the restaurant association

The stakeholders agreed to two of the work group’s three stated goals — defining food trucks in the county code and creating a new, exclusive permit for them. They did not reach an agreement on food truck-exclusive parking areas.

The proposed regulations now define a food truck as “a self-contained mobile vehicle that sells food from the curb side of its vehicle to customers on the curb side of a public street with the following restrictions,” according to Zeigler’s presentation.

Also included in the proposed regulations is a new exclusive food truck license with its own health standards and protocols; food trucks will be required to pass the same county health inspections as restaurants. They must also honor the parking time limits and be parked streetside 300 feet away from the front door of a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Find the entire article by Jon Meoli at the Baltimore Sun <here>

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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed five years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the world. Because of this, Mobile Cuisine assists our readers weekly by posting the names and information about these trucks, so if they happen to be in your area, you can begin to follow them, or at least keep any eye out for them on the roads and cart pods.

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This week’s new entries are:

BALTIMORE, MD

Busia’s Kitchen

Twitter: @busiaskitchen

Busia’s Kitchen Food Truck Serves a Wide Variety of Delicious Menu Items. Polish Cuisine is our Specialty 443-955-0867 (call or text us)

http://busiaskitchen.com

Wheyich Food Truck

Twitter: @wheyich

Wheyich (witch) is a food truck located in downtown Baltimore serving artisanal cheesy sandwiches. Our goal is to provide great tasting food with a smile.

wheyich.com

CHICAGO, IL

Jerk 312

Twitter: @Jerk312

We’re Jerk. – A Modern Jamaican Grill and a new mobile dining experience coming to Chicago. Follow us if you love a little Jerk!

http://www.jerk312.com

DENVER, CO

Maui Shave Ice

Twitter: @COshaveicetruck

Serving Denver the finest Shave Ice in the Rockies!

mauishaveice.info

FORT WORTH, TX

Sauzy’s Food Truck

Twitter: @sauzysfoodtruck

GRANTS PASS, OR

Your Wingman

Twitter: @Your_Wingman_

Food cart specializing in amazing chicken wings!

LOUISVILLE, KY

GET IT ON A BUN

Twitter: @BOOTYS2

PARIS, FRANCE

Le Camion Gourmand

Twitter: @CamionGourmand

C’est une histoire de copains très gourmands et passionnés par la cuisine urbaine. Le Camion Gourmand est un food truck proposant un menu de qualité.

lecamiongourmand.com

PORTLAND, OR

The Honey Pot

Twitter: @HoneyPotPies

A food cart specializing in sweet and savory pies.

http://thehoneypotbakery.com

RENO, NV

Lucky Dawg

Twitter: @LuckyDawgReno

New York style hot dog cart. We are located in downtown Reno. We also do hot dog catering for your next event. We only serve premium meats on our carts.

luckydawghotdogs.com

SEATTLE, WA

Now Make Me A Sandwich

Twitter: @me_sandwich

nowmakemeasandwich.com

SILVER SPRINGS, MD

Linda’s Luncheonette

Twitter: @LLuncheonette

Linda’s Luncheonette is gourmet comfort food made mobile. It’s nostalgia on a plate that warms the soul with each bite. Montgomery County’s newest food truck!

lindasluncheonette.com

If you are aware of any new rolling bistros, please let us know so that we can add them to our weekly listing of new food trucks as they hit the streets near you. Email us at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

 

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While it may not be summer, it certainly is National Gazpacho Day. In honor of the holiday, we are providing a recipe from Souper Freak, a food truck that patrols the streets of Baltimore, Maryland.

Summer Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp

Summer Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup olive oil mixed with garlic powder for shrimp plus 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil for gazpacho
  • 2 cloves garlic (optimally softened by grilling in an aluminum foil packet while you grill the shrimp, see below, then coarsely chopped)
  • 1 slice white bread, crust removed
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 15 tomatoes, pureed and strained through a China cap strainer, plus 6 tomatoes, seeded and diced, for gazpacho
  • 9 Kirby cucumbers, stripe-peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 4 scallions, white parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced3 jalapeño chiles, stemmed and seeds removed from half
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • Cilantro and lime wedges for garnish

Directions:

To make the shrimp and garlic, place the shrimp on a low-heat charcoal or gas grill. (Use a grill basket or skewer the shrimp.) Use a basting brush to coat the shrimp with the garlic olive oil. Grill until shrimp just turns pink.

Place the garlic cloves and a dab of olive oil in an aluminum foil pouch and grill until garlic is softened. Set aside for gazpacho. Store cooked shrimp in a container with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To make the gazpacho, place the white bread on a plate and soak it with the vinegar. Combine tomato purée, cucumbers, scallions, and peppers. Take one-quarter of the vegetable mix and blend it in a blender with the vinegar bread, grilled garlic, one-half cup olive oil, jalapeños, sugar, salt, lime juice, and Spanish paprika.

Pour the mixture back into the remaining vegetable mix. Add the chopped tomatoes. Stir to combine. Chill for at least two hours.

 

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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 Jacksonville, Baltimore, Napa Valley, Columbus, Birmingham and Auburn.

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September 14

Food trucks to appear at Jaguars games – Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville food trucks will be a part of the experience at Jacksonville Jaguars games this year.

Jax Truckies and the Jaguars partnered up to create the “Truck of the Week” program at each home game. The truck will park inside the Fan Entertainment Zone inside the stadium’s south end zone starting Sept. 16 when the Houston Texans come to Jacksonville, according to a news release.

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Not everyone in Little Italy loves the food trucks – Baltimore, MD - Not everybody loves those food-truck rallies. Residents in Little Italy received a sarcasm-laced flier in their mailboxes, from parties unknown, protesting the Friday night event in their neighborhood.

The letter is written as if from (fictional) greedy and thoughtless promoters of the event. “Please support us, instead of your local residents.” the letter concludes, “Sincerely, non-property owners/non-renters, non-residents.”

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September 15

City fervor to regulate food trucks cools – Napa Valley, CA - The long-awaited food truck ordinance that had been the talk of the city for more than a year is on the back burner and may not materialize anytime soon, according to city staff.

The issue bubbled up in early 2011 after a food-truck round-up event, Food Truck Fridays, drew the ire of city officials who said it did not comply with city rules and created fresh problems.

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Fat Chicks’ truck slows, Sunflower looks to roll – Columbus, OH - Uncertainty hit Columbia’s food trucking industry this week, with an announcement that the owner of Fat Chicks Chow Wagon was selling her truck and the owners of Sunflower Waffle are leaving Mojo’s to get their truck on the road.

Fat Chick’s Chow Wagon, which opened in March 2011, closed in early July because of mechanical problems with the truck, according to a July 9 tweet from proprietor Lisa Nichols. On Monday, her Facebook post was brief: “For sale. $13,000 :(

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September 16

Simmering food truck debate in Birmingham City Hall – Birmingham, AL - A small convoy of food wagons will pull into Railroad Park today at the first Trucks By the Tracks festival, billed as a celebration of Birmingham’s growing food truck scene.

On Tuesday, though, the Birmingham City Council is scheduled to consider an ordinance that would limit where those food trucks could park and the hours in which they could operate, as well as create an annual fee that some truck vendors say might cause them to move outside the city limits.

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Food Trucks Battling Auburn City Council’s Limitations – Auburn, CA - There’s a feud simmering in Auburn, food trucks versus standing businesses. Now, city council is stepping in. Maria Moreno has quite a following. “I love it. I love my cooking. I love to be with the people and I like it,” said Moreno.

Her food truck, Maria’s Mexican Tacos, attracts a lot of customers in Auburn and is serving as a great source of extra income. “With the economy right now, it’s quiet in the restaurant. I try and go out to pay the bills,” said Moreno. The only problem, there are restrictions on food trucks in downtown and old town Auburn.

“I’m not trying to take away business from everybody,” said Moreno.

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