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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 past weekend from Paris, Arlington, Cleveland and Asheville.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsFebruary 14

Putting The French In Fast Food – PARIS, FRANCE — No matter how many hungry stomachs it has satisfied, that rotating vertical grill has caused so many cases of indigestion that it is now usually approached with caution. But outside the Grillé restaurant, on rue Saint Augustin, an upper-class artery of the French capital, people are lining up with different expectations in front of the meat cylinder for a different kind of döner kebab.

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Food cart practices in focus at Arlington Central Library – ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington Economic Development and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will take a look at the mobile food business Wednesday.

Osiris Hoil, owner of District Taco, will talk about food-cart best practices. Officials from Arlington County’s health, police and revenue departments will talk about regulations.

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February 15

Umami Moto Food Truck Passed on to New Concept Wok n Roll – CLEVELAND, OH – “We just sold Umami Moto food truck and we’ll be traveling the country running the Stouffer’s Mac ‘N’ Cheese truck,” explains Jae Stulock, who launched Umami with Sandy Madachik three years ago.

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February 16

Overwintering food trucks in Asheville – ASHEVILLE, NC – In 2010, hopeful food truck vendors were fighting for their right to a free market exchange. Aspiring entrepreneurs were busily lobbying the city to be allowed to vend falafel, barbecue sandwiches or hot cups of espresso in the central business district.

Nearly two years since Asheville’s first food truck lot opened downtown, mobile food vendors are still finding challenges to contend with. And one of the biggest hurdles to a steady cash flow, they say, is bad weather.

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hodge podge clevelandThe Next Food Network Star returns to the air this summer on Sunday, June 2 at 9 PM ET/PT (the series that made Guy Fieri a household name) and the cast list has just been announced. Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown will return as the three guiding mentors and as a new twist, focus groups of Food Network fans will weigh in on the aspiring TV stars’ performances.

This season’s cast includes a food truck owner you will be familiar with if you have followed The Great Food Truck Race. Chris Hodgson is the owner of two Cleveland food trucks and participated in season two of GFTR and came in a close 2nd place to the eventual winners from The Lime Truck.

Here are the other cast finalists:

Nikki Dinki (New York), Andres Guillama (Waynesville, NC), Rodney Henry (Baltimore), Connie “Lovely” Jackson (Los Angeles), Russell Jackson (San Francisco), Danushka Lysek (New York), Daniela Perez-Reyes (Haleiwa, Haw.), Viet Pham (Salt Lake City); Damaris Phillips (Louisville, Ky.), Stacey Poon-Kinney (San Diego) and Chad Rosenthal (Ambler, Penn.).

Check out the trailer for season nine below.

CLEVELAND, OH – Chris Hodgson is owner of 2 Cleveland food trucks Hodge Podge and Dim Den Sum. He has also opened Hodge’s Cleveland, a fashionable gastro diner. It’s here that Charles Ramsey, works for Hodgson as a “dish technician”.

Charles Ramsey Shirt

The Internet exploded with virtual cheers Tuesday for Ramsey who helped three young women flee a decade in captivity.

Videos of Charles Ramsey telling reporters how he helped Amanda Berry escape went viral on YouTube, as did a not-safe-for-work recording of his salty 911 call to police who subsequently found two other kidnap victims.

“Bro, I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms,” Ramsey told local ABC affiliate WEWS television outside the crime scene, a nondescript two-story house at 2207 Seymour Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

On the Hodge’s Cleveland Facebook page, the restaurant saluted Ramsey,

“We’re extremely proud of our employee Charles Ramsey for not turning his back on the young women. He’s a true Cleveland hero,”

They have even printed a T-Shirt to recognize Ramsey’s heroic deed. The money taken in from the purchases of the shirt will all be donated entirely to the 3 young women.

Donations can be made <here>

The shirt can still be purchased <here>

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.


This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Taco Buggy

Twitter: @TacoBuggy

Gourmet Taco Truck feeding the hungry streets of Atlanta

Bellevue, WA

Six Coins Mobile

Twitter: @sixcoinsmobile

We are an Eastside based Japanese food truck! Pop in whenever you get the chance. We are looking forward to seeing you ^_^


Cleveland, OH


Twitter: @pigaliscious1

A food truck feeding Cleveland one sandwich at a time. It’s All Good.

Dutchess County, NY


Twitter: @mealmobile

Fully cooked meals ready to go when you are.


London, England


Twitter: @ambrientolondon

1950’s Global-Mex Taco Truck


Los Angeles, CA

!Stop Guac n Roll!

Twitter: @stopguacnroll

LA’s 1st Mexican BBQ Fusion Food Truck!


Miami, FL

Don Chuzzo

Twitter: @DonChuzzo

Food Truck Incorporating a Fusion of Colombian And Other Flavors Creating Insatiable Appetites Everywhere!! Follow Us For Upcoming Events & Locations!!


El Jibarito

Twitter: @ElJibarito1

El Jibarito will be joining South Florida’s food truck craze with a taste of Chicago. We will be serving a variety of the best dishes from the Windy City!!

Orlando, FL

Mayan Grill

Twitter: @mayangrill2012

Authentic Central American Cuisine Food Truck specializing in PUPUSAS, stuffed tortillas Salvadoran style. Pork, chicken, Vegetarian and Vegan alternatives


Rochester, NY

Wraps on Wheels

Twitter: @WrapsonWheels

Experience the Lighter Choice with Healthy, Delicious Tastes from our Mobile Food Truck. All Our Wraps Feature Fresh, Locally Grown Produce


Troy, NY

Slidin’ Dirty

Twitter: @Slidin_Dirty

Slidin’ Dirty is a gourmet food truck serving sliders and tapas style cuisine beginning in 2012. We also provide full service catering. slidindirty@yahoo.com.


Vancouver, Canada

Drank Truck

Twitter: @DrankTruck

Drank Truck is going to be a mobile food and snack truck offering local, organic and healthy fruit juices and foods.



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



CLEVELAND, OH – Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? They must not have known about today’s Walnut Wednesday in downtown Cleveland.

The only cost is a tweet.

Walnut Wednesday is every Wednesday during the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Walnut Avenue and East 12th Street. The event features more than a dozen local food trucks and live music.

Today, the first 500 people to show the Progressive Insurance street team a special post on Twitter will receive a voucher for lunch at one of the food trucks. Just tweet or retweet:

@progressive ’s @themessenger is buying me lunch with his savings at #walnutwednesday! #saveitfwdCLE

Any Twitter user who posts the hashtag #saveitfwdCLE will also be entered to win an iPad.


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.

Mighty Meatballs

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Mighty Meatballs

Twitter: @Mighty_Meatball

Atlanta, Georgia’s premier meatball sandwich food truck!


Sandwich Buddha

Twitter: @SandwichBuddha

Awesome food truck serving up great Sandwiches, Soups and Honest Tea. Come get your Karma on the Go.


Cleveland, OH

Fired Up Taco Truck

Twitter: @fireduptacos

Brian Finks and Gaven Rupert turned a S.W.A.T TRUCK into a food truck, to bring exciting, bold flavors to the customer on the move.


Lincoln, NE

GUP Kitchen

Twitter: @eatgroundup

GUP is a mobile cuisine based in Lincoln, Nebraska combining scratch cooking and local ingredients to provide a unique experience for everyone.


Minneapolis, MN

Stanley’s On Wheels

Twitter: @stanleyswheels

Stanley’s on Wheel’s serves food from @stanleysbarroom in NE Minneapolis including Smoked BBQ Brisket, Brisket Nachos, Pretzel Sticks & more!


Phoenix, AZ

Buzz n bee

Twitter: @buzznbeezfood

Our food truck has awesome soul food and favorite dishes from around the world: Jamaican, Indian,Thai Facebook: buzznbeezfood or call 480-463-7893


Seattle, WA

Tokyo Dog

Twitter: @tokyodogtweets

Japanese Style Hot Dogs


Stamford, CT

Melt Mobile

Twitter: @Melt_Mobile

We are a gourmet grilled cheese truck specializing in creative, comforting sandwiches.


Washington DC

Bayou Bros

Twitter: @bayoubros

Bringing the authentic taste of Louisiana to D.C. and Virginia


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


CLEVELAND, OH – After a six month trial period, mobile food trucks are now free to operate in Cleveland, with a few restrictions.

Over the past six months, city leaders have been speaking with food truck operators, street vendors and restaurants to come up with the law, which goes into effect immediately.

motormouth food truck

The city council vote was unanimous.

“The great people of the City of Cleveland have had the opportunity to sample our food and see what we’re all about,” said Rusty Phillips of MotorMouth Food Truck.

“At the beginning, there were some headaches, but I see that we’re carving a way for the future here, that we’re ahead for once here in Cleveland,” another truck vendor told city council members.

The legislation more clearly defines how a vendor can operate.

  • They can be in most areas downtown as well as in Tremont and Ohio City with a permit.
  • The trucks cannot operate in front of a house or a vacant lot unless they get the owner’s permission.
  • They must stay 100 feet away from an existing restaurant and 50 feet away from a gas station.

“Some of the food trucks, they’re actually preparing the food, so they’ve got flame,” said Ward 13 councilman Joe Cimperman.

Cimperman, whose ward includes downtown, said food trucks have become popular in town.

“They don’t even send out emails, they just tweet where these food trucks are gonna be and people show up, and it’s just been hugely successful,” said Cimperman.

“To really show Clevelanders that there’s something new and fresh for us to offer them in the city,” said Izzy Schachner, of StrEat Mobile Bistro.

Now, with clear guidelines in place, it’s likely more mobile food trucks will start up.

“There’s always the fear of saturation, but I think what it’s doing, it’s driving the individual food truck operators to strive to do better food,” said Phillips.

“If you want to have a hotdog you still can, God bless you, and if you want to try something a little different you can do that too, and that’s really what this is about and that’s giving Clevelanders a choice,” said Cimperman.

Some of the areas where the trucks are permitted include much of East 9th Street downtown, North Coast Harbor, two quadrants of Public Square, Willard Park, Perk Plaza and areas around Cleveland State University.

To operate in other parts of town, a food truck operator would need permission from that ward’s councilperson.

Find the original article from fox8.com <here>

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.

Sept 30

Food trucks: Now more to choose from in San Diego – SAN DIEGO, CA – On any given day, hungry San Diegans craving a quick, appetizing lunch that doesn’t involve a trip to the cafeteria or the nearest fast-food outlet can sign on to their Twitter and Facebook accounts and within seconds find a nearby food truck peddling upscale comfort food, ethnic cuisine, barbecue and even dessert.

Find the article <here>

Cleveland food truck legislation expires in November – CLEVELAND, OH – City working on permanent rules

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Track That Truck! Suzy Singh’s Haute Collaboration – CHICAGO, IL – You may recognize Suzy Singh as one of the top 4 contestants of the television show Masterchef, but she’s making a new name for herself in the burgeoning Chicago food truck scene.

Find article <here>

Oct 1

The Food Truck Revolution Revs Up, With a Little Help – SAN FRANCISCO, IL – Like many San Franciscans over the past few years, Matt Cohen had a foodie dream: to run a food truck, serving the ramen noodle dishes he learned to prepare in Japan.

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Lost and found: The tale of the missing food truck – MIAMI, FL – The rolling stone food truck became a social media buzz topic when it was presumed stolen on Saturday, and the truth involves a sad tale of an employee on the run.

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Oct 2

Day in the Life of a Food Truck Operator – LANCASTER, PA – When Christine Hess decided open a new restaurant in Lancaster, she wanted to offer something a little different. Noticing a gap in the local market for good lunch fare on the go, she bought herself a truck, and Urban Olive was born.

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Food Truck Battle Raises Funds for Charity – NASHVILLE, TN – There was a battle Sunday at Nashville’s Greer Stadium, and it all centered around food trucks. For $25.00 tasters were allowed to sample the food from every truck and a drink.

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It’s a new view from inside StrEat Mobile Bistro

by Douglas Trattner

CLEVELAND, OH – Here’s the thing about food trucks: Regardless of the circumstances, folks will walk right up to the rig and demand food. It’s just 8 o’clock in the morning, and StrEat Mobile Bistro is tucked away in the back corner of a parking lot off East 55th Street, and still some fool tries to order breakfast. The truck’s occupants politely beg the guy off and get back to the business at hand.

That business, of course, is food — specifically prepping the menu for today’s Walnut Wednesday, the popular weekly food truck roundup that takes over Walnut Avenue in downtown Cleveland. Hard at work are Kelly McGlathery and Dan Talty, the two-person crew that runs this restaurant on wheels.

Until today, my only experience with food trucks has been from an eater’s perspective. This time, I decided to see what life is like on theother side of the glass. If nothing else, my six hours aboard StrEat Mobile Bistro proved it isn’t for sissies.

By the time I arrive, chef McGlathery is well into her day. In fact, she started her day the day before. Already she has shopped for ingredients, slow braised some pork butt, and marinated chicken thighs and portobello mushrooms. Presently, she’s searing off the chicken on the truck’s flat-top grill. After the thighs develop a nice crust, she slices them for later use in soft tacos.

“The hardest part of running a food truck is being mobile,” McGlathery explains. “If you don’t have everything you need with you, tough luck.”

If your entire kitchen is 128-square-feet small, you need to be hyper-organized — and creative. When the triple-compartment sink isn’t in use it is outfitted with custom cutting boards for additional workspace. Unneeded fridges double as pantry storage. Bags of fresh hamburger buns are stuffed in the cracks and crevices between.

This cramped, condensed space must function not only as the kitchen, but also the prep room, pantry, dish station, expo line, and office — everything but the bathroom. Potty breaks, like all things food truck related, must be planned well in advance.

Relocating the truck to Walnut is a little more complicated than taking the Honda to the corner. Ovens, burners, and steam tables need to be powered down. Heavy equipment already is bolted to the chassis, but doors need to be latched, pots and pans stowed. Hot food is deposited for safe keeping in the still-warm ovens.

“The truck drives just the way you think it would with a deep fryer full of oil, a six-foot stove, and tanks of water,” says McGlathery. “And you know how the roads are in Cleveland.” Talty is in charge of piloting the ship, steering it clear of potholes like a barge captain avoids underwater snags.

Once parked on Walnut, the shut-down procedure is reversed. Ovens are reignited; pots put back on the stove. McGlathery whips up the four-cheese sauce that will coat the mac and cheese while Talty pens the menu board and arranges condiments on the outdoor ledge. Once that truck window goes up, it’s game on.

A light rain is keeping the crowds modest, but business is steady and service fluid. While lines form at other trucks, StrEat never seems to develop one. It’s not because they aren’t getting many customers, it soon becomes clear: It’s because they’re so efficient.

“I work my butt off in the morning so that we can work fast at lunch,” says McGlathery, adding that her ticket times average just two minutes. That’s apparently not the case at other trucks, where chaos inside results in logjams out front.

McGlathery’s biggest fear, she says, is “getting caught with my pants down.” You can be as prepared as an anal-retentive Boy Scout and then — boom! — the propane cuts out, the genny dies, or worse: the health inspector shows up.

“It never fails,” the chef sighs. “They always show up at the worst freakin’ time, when there’s 100 people in line.”

Customers begin popping up at the window to say “hi” and place their orders. “You have my mac and cheese today?” one asks hopefully. Others are thrilled to see the roasted portobello burger with hummus, tomato, and cuke — one of the few vegan options available on the street.

“There’s an assumption that everything off a truck is deep-fried or slathered in butter,” McGlathery says. “Who wants to feel like crap after lunch?” The chef’s daily objective, she notes, is to prepare fresh, tasty, and portable food under $8.

During slow times, the owners of other trucks make visits to their neighbors’ rigs. Invariably, the conversations glide from weather to business to increased competition. Less than a year ago, there were just three or four food trucks roaming the mean streets of Cleve. Today, there’s well over a dozen.

“It’s like fishing,” says McGlathery. “Everybody knows where the money spots are. We fight over the best spots.”

The common assumption is that trucks are a cheap way to get into the food business. But “cheap” might not be an accurate word. StrEat Mobile’s owner, Izzy Schachner, paid close to $100,000 to purchase and upgrade his beefy 22-footer. And that’s just the start of it. Then there are food costs, payroll, insurance, gas, propane, truck repairs, and maintenance. Schachner says his monthly nut is somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000.

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In last night’s episode of the Food Network’s reality TV show The Great Food Truck Race, NYC food truck Korilla BBQ was kicked off the show for allegedly cooking their books.

At the end of the Memphis-set episode, host Tyler Florence announced that Korilla, who already made it to the top four contestants, would be asked to leave because they added over $2,500 of their own money into their cash drawer. Producers apparently noticed when the sales receipts didn’t match up to the final count.

The odd part of the episode is that had they not been eliminated for allegedly cheating, Korilla BBQ would have still remained on the show. Their numbers (before the additional funding) were slightly more that Cleveland’s Hodge Podge Truck.

Korilla’s recent tweets imply that there is more to the story: “1st Amendment Rights went on a hiatus and won’t be back till Spring. We <3 you guys and will never forget all the memories!”

One of the more funny situations to come from this episode made itself known this afternoon via Twitter. Apparently Hodge Podge chef Chris Hodgson has created a new T-Shirt taking a little swipe at the Korilla BBQ owners for this act which allowed him to move into the shows final three contestants. The t-shirt was advertised on both Twitter and Facebook, and from their initial responses, it appears this shirt will be a big seller.

We’re sure more will come from this episode in the future, but until the 6 month non-disclosure agreements expire we can only sit back and wait, or at least get the shirt.


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