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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.

Find the entire article at bizjournals.com <here>

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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.

Find the entire article from the Baltimore Sun <here>

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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.

Find the entire article at baltimoresun.com <here>

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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.

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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.

Find the entire article <here>

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.

Find the entire article <here>

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.”

Find the entire article <here>

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.

Find the entire article <here>

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 :(

Find the entire article <here>

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.

Find the entire article <here>

 

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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed two years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the country. 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.

Kommie Pig

This week’s new entries are:

Baltimore, MD

Kommie Pig

Twitter: @kommiepigbbq

Mobile BBQ food truck in the greater Baltimore, MD area serving ribs, chicken, pulled pork and specialty dogs. Come dine on some swine.

http://kommiepig.com

Bryan-College Station, TX

Southern Comfort Road Trip

Twitter: @sbroadtrip

Chef made comfort food truck…

http://stoverbrosroadtrip.com

Greenville, SC

Tirado’s Foods

Twitter: @TiradoFoods

Serving Greenville SC the best snack foods from tropical Puerto Rico!

http://www.tiradofoods.com

Indianapolis, IN

Johnsons BBQ Shack

Twitter: @jbbqshack

We can cater any sized event and bring the best smoked meats, we operate the FOP kitchen on Shelby too

http://www.johnsonsbbqshack.com

Newark, DE

I Don’t Give a Fork

Twitter: @idontgiveaFORK

Food cart serving sandwiches on sandwiches on sandwiches!

http://www.idontgiveafork.com

Philadelphia, PA

Rival Bros Coffee

Twitter: @rivalbroscoffee

Jonathan Adams & Damien Pileggi. Small batch coffee roasters in Philly. Retrofitted delivery truck turned American coffee bar on wheels. 33rd/Arch

http://www.rivalbros.com

Sum Pig Food Truck

Twitter: @SumPigFoodTruck

Bringing you mouthwatering, globally inspired, gourmet comfort food; specializing in hormone/antibiotic-free, organically pastured, local proteins.

http://www.facebook.com/SumPigFoodTruck

Pompano Beach, FL

U-Turn Espresso

Twitter: @uturnespresso

We are a mobile espresso van or cafe on wheels. Let us deliver coffee to your workplace or at your next event! Turn your day around with U-Turn Espresso!

http://www.u-turnespresso.com

Sacramento, CA

OM Karmabile

Twitter: @OMKarmabile

San Antonio, TX

Pier67 Ocean Grill

Twitter: @Pier67OceanGrll

The only food truck in town that serves seafood. Ceviche, shrimp tacos and tostadas and our best selling FISH TACOS baja style homemade recipe

St. Louis, MO

Legghorns and Shakes

Twitter: @Legghorns

Local St. Louis Food Truck, doing Chicken, until we can’t Clucking take it anymore. Custard Pies, And Home made Ice Cream…

http://www.legghornsandshakes.com

Toronto, Canada

Taco?at

Twitter: @thetacocat

A bunch of friends hoping to make it big through serving delicious asian inspired tacos. Email us at tacocat.TO@gmail.com if you want us to be at your event!

https://www.facebook.com/thetacocat

Traverse City, MI

Roaming Harvest

Twitter: @RoamingHarvest

A food truck featuring local food you can feel good about buying and eating. We serve food from our truck that is grown, raised or made by local businesses.

http://roamingharvest.com

West Palm Beach, FL

Spring In Roll Out

Twitter: @SpringInRollOut

Authentic Vietnamese food! For a great price!

 

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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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed two years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the country. 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.

Gourmet Goombahs

This week’s new entries are:

Baltimore, MD

Ariana Kabob Grill

Twitter: @ArianaGrill

Baltimore food truck selling the freshest and tastiest Halal Kabobs, Kabuli Palau rice, Gyro, Chicken, Fish and much more to Catonsville, Md

Charlotte, NC

Gourmet Goombahs

Twitter: @GGoombahs

Italian American Mobile Gourmet Kitchen

http://www.gourmetgoombahs.net

Chicago, IL

ChiTown Bomber

Twitter: @ChiTown_Bomber

Urban food truck assault vehicle!

Cincinnati, OH

Purple Cheetah Cafe

Twitter: @PurpleCatTruck

PCC a new food truck hitting the streets of Cincinnati with an eclectic menu that will take your taste buds for a walk on the wild side, welcome to the jungle.

http://www.purplecheetahcafe.com

Columbus, OH

Empanada Joe’s

Twitter: @EmpanadaJoes

The Empanada Joe’s trailer is coming soon. We will bring you simple but delicious Colombian home cooking; made from scratch and with the freshest ingredients.

Denver, CO

Capt’n Crabby

Twitter: @captncrabby

NOW OPEN!!! We specialize in crab sandwiches. its all blue crab with a mix of jumbo lump, super lump and lump.

http://www.captncrabby.com

The Wandering Cow

Twitter: @Wandering_Cow

The Wandering Cow is a self-serve frozen yogurt & waffle truck, based out of the Boulder/Denver area.

http://www.thewanderingcow.com

Fredericton, Canada

Fired Pizza Co.

Twitter: @firedpizzacart

Grilled and Smoked Pizza vendor set to open early sept 2012. All fresh, Locally sourced ingredients.

http://www.facebook.com/firedpizzaco

Kansas City, KS

The Funnel Cake Truck KC

Twitter: @funnelcaketruck

Bringing the state fair treats to the streets. Funnel Cake, Fried snickers, Twinkies, Oreos, Corndogs. Everything is dipped in a Family secret batter.

Miami, FL

Soup’D Up

Twitter: @Soup_dup

http://soupdup.com

Springfield, MO

Aviary On The Fly

Twitter: @AviaryOnTheFly

http://aviaryonthefly.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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