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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, Charlotte, Nashville, Kansas City, Detroit and San Antonio.

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March 16

DC food trucks gear up for the summer months, a review – WASHINGTON DC - Its no secret that the food truck revolution is upon us. Just a few years ago a food truck was something you would see along the National Mall supplying hot dogs and soft pretzels in a mindless fashion. Not anymore.

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How to track the food trucks – CHARLOTTE, NC - As the food truck scene in Charlotte continues to grow, we wanted a way to let readers know more about them and where they’ll be.

So Observer database reporter Gavin Off came up with a way to show you, on a daily basis.

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March 17

Final challenge begins in Biscuit Love food truck scavenger hunt – NASHVILLE, TN - Think of it as a golden ticket, Willy Wonka-style. But in this case, it’s a biscuit.

As the latest food truck called Biscuit Love prepares to hit the streets of Nashville next month, chef/owners Sarah and Karl Worley are hiding “golden biscuits” around town and posting clues to the scavenger hunt on the truck’s twitter feed.

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Revving up the market for Cajun – KANSAS CITY, MO - Transplanted New Orleanians are Mark Drouin’stoughest critics.

Drouin is owner of Cajun Cabin

(cajuncabin.org, and on Facebook and Twitter), and you can find his brick-red truck parked at Hospital Hill over the lunch hour, roughly 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., several days a week, depending on weather.

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March 18

Dago Joe’s food truck rolls away with business from nearby Checker Bar & Grill – DETROIT, MI - Joe Sciamanna is an engaging and energetic guy who’s brought bright colors and ravioli to a dull gray corner of downtown. His neighbor wants him to get lost.

Ask him why he opened where he did and he spreads his arms and twirls, like Julie Andrews dancing through the verdant hills at the start of “The Sound of Music.” The sightlines, the skyscrapers: “How could I be anywhere else?”

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Gas, food prices taking a bite out of food trucks’ bottom line – SAN ANTONIO, TX – As gas prices creep closer to $4 a gallon, the rising cost is taking a bite out of the bottom line for food truck vendors.

Rickshaw Stop is always on the go but gas is costing them about 20 percent more than it used to.

“When I’m out, I have to run the generator. So if we’re running it six, seven hours a day, that’s fuel. Not just driving there, but powering the truck,” owner Sameer Siddiqui said.

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The Germans proudly claim Oktoberfest, a raucous celebration of beer and brats, as theirs. But here in the Queen City, we’d like to ring in the fall with our own fun foodie festival: Trucktoberfest. Hop on board this Adventure for a ticket to our Olde Mecklenburg Beer & Foodtruck Festival, where we’ll sample Olde Meck’s finest beers, nosh on bites from a parade of food trucks, and dance away to the tunes of some of Carolina’s best local bands.

Head to the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery where our band of merrymakers will be on hand to help boost the festival mood. On arrival, we’ll grab a LivingSocial souvenir stadium cup, and fill it with a pint of Olde Meck draft beer of choice, then savor a flight of two-ounce pours to sample. With a second full pint in hand, we’ll mingle among the wide array of food trucks and enjoy one signature sample bite from each. Be sure to bring some extra cash to purchase additional delicious dishes, as well. We’ll eat up Pan Asian cuisine from Maki Taco; smoked barbecue bites fromOutdoor Feasts Catering; and hot, delicious sandwich bites provided by Clover Joe’s Sandwich Shoppe.

While we’re stuffing our bellies with enough eats to fill a, er, truck, we’ll bop our heads and boogie to the live music of Southern blues rockers the Jeff Gates Band, soulful rock from Burning Bright, and the fresh musical stylings ofs.o.stereo, all of whom will be playing throughout the day. The party continues with tailgating games and house beats spun by DJ Sean McClellan. It’s an event that’s as all-American as it gets—albeit with that added German sense of celebration.

Price: $44

Location: 215 Southside Drive, Charlotte, NC

Date: October 29, 2011

Times: 12-3 PM or 4-7 PM

Purchase includes: 

  • Admission to the Olde Mecklenburg Beer & Foodtruck Festival
  • Two Pints and a Flight of Beer
  • Sample Bites at Four Food Trucks
  • Live Music by Three Bands
  • Souvenir LivingSocial Stadium Cup
  • Adventures Staff to Guide You
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Anyone looking for a quick bite to eat in uptown Charlotte this week might notice something missing.  A bright orange mobile food truck near the Square is gone.

The Harvest Moon lunch truck usually sits between the Bank of America building and Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on S. Tryon Street.  When it’s not serving, it is parked at Friendship Trays, south of uptown.

But some time between Thursday night and Saturday morning, someone stole it.
“We think it probably got missing between 12 Friday night and early Saturday morning,” said the truck’s owner, Cassie Parsons.
Parsons is both a chef and a farmer, and her truck sells food prepared from locally-grown ingredients, including pork from the farm she shares with co-owner Natalie Veres in Lincoln County.
All of the ingredients are bought within 100 miles of Charlotte, and most of it comes from even closer — within 40 miles.
On Monday, the company released a statement saying they will continue to serve lunch this week starting Tuesday, August 2nd, inside the Harvest Moon Grille at the Dunhill Hotel on N. Tryon and 6th Streets.
“Just like the cart, we’ll serve your lunch in a to-go box, and we pledge to get you in and out quickly so you can get back to work,” the company said.  “Being farmers, we are stubborn and resilient, so be assured we are not giving up.  We intend to get a full-fledged cart back on the street asap.”
Parsons said the truck — and the newer restaurant it helped create — don’t just support her farm and restaurant businesses, but farmers all over the region.
“In nine months, I have literally bought $169,000 of local food within 100 miles,” said Parsons. Over the two years she’s owned the truck, she believes the investment has been much higher — nearly half a million dollars.
She estimates the new restaurant alone has had a $1.1 million impact on Charlotte’s economy.
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In Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s 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.

July 29

The food truck craze comes to Fort Lauderdale! – FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - For the last few years, food trucks have been taking the nation by storm! And with Miami Food Trucks having been on the scene since late 2009, it’s now Fort Lauderdale’s turn to embrace the idea of “truck food” with open arms!

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Progress Rolling for Food Trucks – SACROMENTO, CA - Sacramento join the ranks of food-truck capitals such as Portland and L.A.?

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Japa Dog comes to Richmond - RICHMOND, BC - A street meat phenomenon that’s proven a big hit with Vancouverites is now in Richmond.

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July 30

Popular uptown food truck stolen - CHARLOTTE, NC - If you’re planning to have lunch in uptown Monday, your options for fresh, locally-grown fare will be limited.

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July 31

Common Council to Food Trucks: Don’t Move! - BUFFALO, NY - It was one year ago that Lloyd the taco truck arrived on the Buffalo food scene. Lloyd has experienced a tremendous amount of success since then for a very simple reason – the food is great.

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Calgary serves up eats on the streets – CALGARY, CANADA - Mobile food trucks are hitting Calgary

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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 Magazine 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.

This week’s new entries are:

elGuapo

Detroit's el Guapo Grill Truck

Boise, ID

Rice Works LLC

Twitter: @RiceWorksLLC

Providing delicious Asian food at a great price. Check out our Facebook for our full menu!

 

Brown Shuga Soul Food

Twitter: @boisesoulfood

We are a mobile concession stand located on the corner of Maple Grove and Chinden in Garden City. Specializing in BBQ and Southern cuisine. 

http://www.facebook.com/brownshugasoulfood

 

Boston, MA

Staff Meal

Twitter: @staffmealtruck

We drive places in our truck. Food is served. It’s delicious.

http://staffmealboston.com

Charlotte, NC

Southern Cake Queens Mobile Cupcakery

Twitter: @southerncake
We are Charlotte’s 1st mobile cupcakery.And we are a home-based bakery that offers a variety of custom cakes, custom cookies, and other delicious treats!


Chicago, IL 

Homage Street Food

Twitter: @HomageSF

Global Street Food Truck Homage: To pay respect or to honor something Street Food: Inexpensive hand held foods obtainable from street side vendors

http://homagestreetfood.com

 

Mama Green Goodies

Twitter: @MamaGreenGoodie

We are a bakery on wheels, bringing heirloom family recipes to the streets of Chicago. We believe- Nothing say lovin’ like goodies from Mama Green’s oven.

http://www.MamaGreenGoodies.com

 

Detroit, MI

el Guapo Grill

Twitter: @elGuapoGrill

http://www.elguapogrill.com

 

Honolulu, HI

Flip’t Out Eatery

Twitter: @FliptOutEats

Flip’t Out Eats is the latest entry into the Fusion Lunch Truck Revolution! TRADITIONAL Filipino cuisine served up in not so traditional ways… MASARAP!!

http://www.fliptout.com

Hope, ME

Marko Loco

Twitter: @MarkoLocoTacos

Crazy Good Food from a truck! Mostly Mexican except for the random specials of the day that will make an appearance from time to time.

San Jose, CA

O Mi Ninja

Twitter: @omininjasj

O Mi Ninja is San Jose’s first and only gourmet catering truck serving Vietnamese Street Food using high quality and local ingredients! Launching JULY 2011.

http://www.omininjasj.com

 

Toronto, Canada

Caplansky Deli Truck

Twitter: @CaplanskyTruck

Nicknamed Thundering Thelma 1 after my beloved Nana, Thelma Goodman, Caplansky’s Deli Truck will transform street food in Toronto. With a pickle on the side.

http://caplanskysdeli.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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In Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s 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.

6/10/11

Can a food truck change a neighborhood? – CHARLOTTE, NC - Most of the time, ordering a burrito is just trying to get lunch. But ordering one from a food truck in Charlotte could be a political act.

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6/11/11

New hot dog biz gives downtown big city feel – ANDERSON, IN – In New York City there’s a food cart on nearly every corner — gyros, cupcakes, pizza and, of course, hot dogs.

While Anderson is no NYC, Matt Gunter is trying to bring a little bit of that city feel to Madison County with Ogre Dogs LLC. For about two weeks, Gunter has been operating his hot dog stand near the Madison County Government Center in downtown Anderson.

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6/12/11

Hearty, hot curries define new food truck’s success – AUSTIN, TX – East Cesar Chavez Street isn’t known for Indian food or even food trucks, but Curryosity opened for business two weeks ago and began offering curries and decadent desserts out of a trailer.

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CHARLOTTE -  What girl hasn’t worked up an appetite shopping? It can be exhausting trying to find that perfect shoe or top to match the skirt you bought forever ago and have yet to wear. No need to interrupt your shopping spree and miss that killer sale, Fresh Boutique on Providence has the remedy!

In celebration of Earth Day, the Harvest Moon Grille at the Dunhill Hotel food cart will be on location serving box lunches to customers and neighbors from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Saturday. Along with the amazing organic and local foods being served, there will be a 20 percent off apparel sale (an additional 10 percent if you buy lunch).

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