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venice food truck fire

VENICE, CA – A food truck’s deep-fat fryer caught fire  caught on fire while it was parked in Venice during a monthly art event on Friday, Los Angeles firefighters said.

The Miami Nights truck ignited in flames at about 7:12 p.m. at the intersection of Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Andalusia Avenue during the First Friday event, which brings artists, food and music together every month. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Later Friday night, the food truck tweeted: “Thank you for all your support, everyone is ok God is Great. Be back In a few days! Have a great night everyone.”

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drewskis menu

SACRAMENTO, CA - “As the food-truck industry continues to motor its way into the mainstream, the California State Board of Equalization is serving up an amended regulation that’ll make it that much easier for Californians to enjoy the culinary creations being borne out of this ever-growing industry,” according to BOE officials in a news release.

The new rule really is meant to streamline things for vendors, but customers might find things easier, an official said.

“We want to help California businesses be successful,” said Board of Equalization member George Runner. “Our new regulation will make life a bit simpler for California’s fast-growing mobile food industry and more convenient for their customers, too.”

Starting next month, all pricing posted on food truck windows is now presumed by tax officials to include sales tax.

“So there’s no more digging around for that extra nickel or quarter to cover the tax portion of your bill,” officials said in a news release. “It also allows food truck owners an easier way to conduct their pricing.”

The BOE is making an announcement about the move in an effort to raise awareness about the regulation, and the BOE itself, the officials said, noting the food truck industry is fast-growing and owners aren’t always aware of the necessary regulations.

Runner is the BOE representative for the district including the Santa Clarita Valley, and will be at the announcement Friday in Sacramento.

Find the entire article at hometownstation.com <here>

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covina ca

COVINA, CA - Covina may soon allow food trucks after a review of the city’s restrictive ordinance.

Currently, the city allows trucks to stop for a maximum of 10 minutes in one location and prohibits stopping on public streets.

“There have been a few folks out in the community to that have been asking us,” said City Manager Darryl Parrish. “The current rules are pretty strict, essentially they’re not permitted unless its a special event.”

The city had food trucks at its annual Thunderfest & Musical Festival this year.

“From our perspective, we’re open to what works in the community,” Parrish said. “Some people would think its a good idea, because it might help with their business. Others might be opposed to it because they could see it as competition.”

The council will discuss the topic at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Covina’s staff reviewed ordinances from other cities around the San Gabriel Valley. Many allowed special event permits for food trucks, while some, like West Covina, only restricted sale times. Duarte, Baldwin Park and Azusa all limit trucks to 10 minutes.

South Pasadena established an ad-hoc committee of truck operators and brick and mortar owners to establish its ordinances, which allows trucks on private and public property. The regulations require bathrooms within 200 feet and bar the trucks from stopping at schools.

Covina’s review came after the owners of Alosta Brewing Company, 692 Arrow Grand Circle, asked to have trucks at their brewery.

“Food trucks have almost become an industry standard as far as a lot of other micro breweries are concerned,” said Alosta co-founder Jamie Caldwell.

Alosta is located in an industrial area and no restaurants exist in the vicinity. The brewery does not offer food, only the beers it manufactures on-site. The trucks have their own followings and many draw new customers to their locations, he said.

“The food trucks have been calling us trying to schedule times, but we aren’t able to do it,” said co-owner Byron Fisher.

Find the entire article at sgvtribune.com <here>

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Kenneth Danko Devilicious
STEPHANIE SCHULTE, PE.COM

For this week’s 5 on Friday we spoke with the owner of the Southern California based food trucks, Devilicious. We wanted to learn more about him, his food and why he decided to join the mobile food industry – and share it with our readers.

Name: Kenneth Danko

Age: 31

Food Truck Name: Devilicious Food Trucks

Twitter: DeviliciousFood

Website: DeviliciousFoodTruck.com

Location: San Diego, Riverside, Orange Counties

Year started in the mobile food industry: 2012

Mobile Cuisine: Why did you become a food truck owner/chef?

Kenneth Danko: I have always enjoyed cooking and have worked in the food manufacturing industry.  I wanted to change from working for someone to being my own boss and having people enjoy my food and creations.

MC: What was the inspiration for your menu and how did you settle on your food offerings?

KD: Our gourmet sandwiches are a take on twisted comfort food where we want our guests to enjoy the exciting flavors we have to offer.

MC: Do you have a favorite moment since opening your food truck?

KC: Being on the local news for events and achievements are great moments since beginning on the truck.

MC: What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself and your food truck in 2 and 5 years?

KD: We have plans of expanding the current operations with multiple trucks and a brick and mortar.

MC: What one tip or piece of advice do you wish you had been given before opening your food truck?

KD: You have to love what you are doing so the long days wont seem like work.

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Devilicious Food Truck…Food so Good, It’s Bad

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Benicia downtown

BENICIA, CA – The City Council on Tuesday is set to consider a proposed mobile food truck ordinance for the industrial park.

The proposal would allow mobile food trucks in the Limited Industrial, General Industrial, Industrial Park and Water-related Industrial zoning districts.

The Planning Commission backed the draft ordinance in April, with minor changes, and recommended that the council look into expanding the proposed regulations to other areas of the city.

The commission further recommended the council direct the city attorney to determine if currently existing food trucks in other parts of the city could be grandfathered in at their current locations.

City officials, meanwhile, have expressed concern about a lack of staff resources to develop a citywide ordinance.

In January, the council decided to pursue the current draft ordinance as part of a deal to develop a park-and-ride bus facility.

Find the entire article at timesheraldonline.com <here>

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food truck robbery knife

STOCKTON, CA – According to the Stockton Record, a food truck vendor was held up at knife point in the vicinity of March Lane and Kentfield Road around 9:50 p.m. Monday.

The unnamed 28-year-old victim had just closed down his food truck at the corner of Kentfield and Gateway Court when three male juveniles showed up brandishing large knives and demanded his money. They fled the scene with cash and some of his property, according to a report.

The victim told police the robbers were all between 16 and 17 years old and of different races.

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los angeles lonchero

LOS ANGELES, CA - Of the roughly 3,200 licensed food trucks and carts wheeling meals around Los Angeles County, about 40 percent have never been inspected by the Department of Public Health. The rest are checked less frequently than guidelines require, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Those troubling figures come from Angelo Bellomo, the Department’s director of environmental health, who oversees restaurant and food truck inspections, who told the L.A. Times that, “this is an area that needs improvement.”

The Vehicle Inspection Program, which mandates letter grades for food trucks, was first introduced in 2011, and county health guidelines require two annual field inspections. However this hasn’t happened for a significant number of mobile eateries on the road and consumers still cannot review health inspection information for many of these trucks.

The 40 percent report does not include any unlicensed vendors that are currently doing business in the city.

“[The Health Department] estimates around 11,000 illegal vendors operate every day here in Los Angeles County,” said Matt Geller, Co-Founder & CEO, Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association on AirTalk. “So they have a huge task ahead of them. I’m sure that there are lapses at times, but 40 percent seems like a very high number to me.”

The term illegal vendors refers to any person selling food or beverages without a license, from the person selling sodas out of a cooler to a food truck roaming the streets without a license.

Find the entire article at scpr.org <here>

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indio callifornia

INDIO, CA – Now that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has given food trucks the green light, the city of Indio is following suit with an ordinance of its own.

The Indio City Council is poised to approve Wednesday an ordinance that modifies regulations for pushcart and mobile food vendors operating within city limits.

Joe Lim, director of development services, said the proposed ordinance would allow vendors to be in one spot for a longer period of time. It would also update regulations addressing environmental and safety concerns, such as littering and trash pick-up.

Some of the details include:

  • Food truck or pushcart vendors cannot operate on public streets within 300 feet of any school between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m on school days. The school principal can override this with his/her written permission.
  • Vendors can only stay in a designated area for one hour and can’t return to that same spot within a four-hour period. To change this, the vendor must receive a permit from the city.
  • Food trucks or pushcarts can’t operate on public streets within 100 feet of an intersection, crosswalk, traffic light or stop sign.

“These changes will compliment and be consistent with the recent changes to the way in which Riverside County inspects and licenses vending vehicles, be consistent with recent court rulings and expand the places in which the mobile food vendors are allowed to conduct business in the city of Indio,” a staff report read.

Find the entire article at desertsun.com <here>

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Kogi Taco Bell Truck

IRVINE, CA - The last several years haven’t been good for Taco Bell. There was the E. Coli outbreak in 2006, the salmonella illnesses in 2012 and the accusation that the fast-food chain’s beef is barely beef. (Taco Bell strongly denies this.) So, understandably, the restaurant is gearing up for a total makeover.

Brian Niccol, the president of Irvine-based Taco Bell, announced late last night that he and Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ have agreed on terms of an agreement that would license the use of the Kogi name as well as the recipes from the founder of the gourmet food truck industry.

Starting April 17th, Taco Bell will begin a national rollout of a much-hyped new menu item: the Kogi Short Rib Taco. It’s aptly named, because instead of just your everyday taco, the Kogi Taco has a filling that none of their other products have; Korean style beef short rib.

The Original Kogi BBQ beef short rib taco is housed in warm corn tortillas and carry a perfect mix of Korean BBQ, dressed with a wonderfully fresh cabbage-based slaw. With Choi’s help, Taco Bell has perfected the combination and is ready to unleash it on the country.

The partnership is two years in the making, and many people in the industry are expecting it to be an enormous hit.  Along with the new taco, Taco Bell is attempting something it’s tried and failed in the past: food trucks.

“Roy has shown us how to do it right. He has shown the systems we need to have in place to bring Taco Bell food trucks to every region of the county.” Niccol stated.

The Taco Bell food trucks will be hitting the streets with the Kogi BBQ Taco on April 17th in the following cities:

  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland
  • San Francisco

Considering the sweeping changes the 5,600-unit chain is undertaking, it will also soon roll out a new slogan. Say goodbye to “Think outside the bun” and welcome in “Live Mas.” Mas is Spanish for “more,” and it evokes the rather popular “Yo quiero Taco Bell” that the fast-food chain successfully used along with their recognizable talking Chihuahua. It’s a move to make customers think of Taco Bell as a lifestyle choice rather than just a place to pick up a cheap taco. Taco Bell is hoping that the new slogan, as well as its series of bold moves, will translate into customers visiting and spending mas as well.

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Ugly Food Truck

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A group of outraged San Francisco businesses are putting their time to use by demanding the removal of “ugly and garish” food trucks from their otherwise pristine streets.

Members of the San Francisco Locally Merchants Organization are even criticizing these roaming street vendors as “almost exclusively terrible citizens” and have presented their case before the local Community Zoning Board to help with their crusade.

The co-founder of the organization harshly explained, “They are unsightly, and not particularly good citizens. They litter. They violate the rules frequently. The fact that these are vendors doesn’t give them the license to be slobs.”

To pass the group’s gold standard, food trucks would not be able to have “ugly or garish” vehicle wraps. The organization has pointed to FedEx and UPS as truck branding that could be used as prototypes for what all food trucks should aspire to look like.

Folks behind the popular food truck event Off the Grid, perhaps the people’s voice behind the hungry crowds who actually frequent the cities food trucks, are telling the group to lay off. “…this would make it much less pleasant for us who value these trucks for their delicious, affordable food as an alternative to the generic and overpriced chain restaurants in the area” and credit current vendors as legitimate businesses that employ hundreds of workers across the city.

Attorney Jessie Navarro who advocates for vendors cited the city’s hefty permit fees as very reason why people are unable to spruce up their trucks, “They can’t afford to invest in their mobile businesses and make them look better because they have to pay outrageous fees just to operate” and spurned the group’s proposed cleansing.

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