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Flo Progessive 2015 Contest

It’s that time of year again! Progressive Commercial Auto just launched its third annual “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest” yesterday. Geared towards people hoping to start a food truck business or new food truck business owners, entrants can submit to win up to $10,000 to help spruce up their vehicle.

Here’s how it works: Share a photo of your food truck or catering vehicle and submit a short essay on how you’d spend the prize money to take your truck from drab to fab. Encourage your family, friends, and followers to vote for your entry and you could be the big winner. You can vote once per day, per email address.

This year’s contest is a little different and Progressive has opened up it’s wallet to do it. This year there will be three cash prizes awarded.

  • Grand Prize
    $10,000 in cold, hard cash
  • Second Prize
    $5,000 in cash to soup up your food truck
  • Third Prize
    $2,500 in cash to help you fix up your food truck, grow your business, and more!

The entry period is from today until June 30th,  and the voting period is from July 1-31st. The winner will be announced in August!

Visit www.ProgressiveCommercial.com/foodtruck for additional information and to enter.

2015 Food Truck Burger Contest

The votes from the initial part of our polling for the 2015 food truck burger are in. Let your friends and family know that the final voting has begun.

We had great turnout for so many trucks across the country, it was difficult to narrow the field down to just ten…luckily we had a long weekend to tally the votes.

Here are the top 10 trucks for the 2015 Food Truck Burger Of The Year contest:

Bernie’s Burger Bus – Houston, TX

Bone Daddy’s – Boston, MA

Chef Toddzilla’s Mobile Cuisine – Roswell, NM

Culinerdy Cruzer – Sacramento, CA

Eat Me, Drink Me – Long Island, NY

Gilbo’s Grill – San Antonio, TX

Horseless Buggy Eatery – Dayton, OH

Lonestar Cheeseburger  Company – San Angelo, TX

Master Bacon – Charlotte, NC

Roaming Buffalo – Buffalo, NY

POLL CLOSED

This poll will close on Friday, February 6th , 2015 at 11:59 PM. The truck with the most votes from this poll will be declared our winner.

If you have any issues with submitting your vote (only 1 per IP address) please feel free to submit your vote to contest [at] mobile-cuisine [dot] com.

So spread the word, and help your favorite lay claim to the title of the 2015 Food Truck Burger of the Year.

Please note: From time to time our polling software gets the hiccups. If you run into a problem, please feel free to leave us a note in the comment section below, Tweet us or share it on our Facebook page.

the cinnamon snail

Mobile Cuisine is always proud to provide our readers articles designed to share a multifaceted culinary lifestyle program that is spreading throughout the country and world. As many of you already know, we have designated many of our Monday features to help promote the Meatless Monday’s program which not only do we support on the website, but our staff actually has adopted in our Monday dietary lifestyle.

Today we want to follow up a recent article in which we asked our readers to submit their choice for America’s favorite vegetarian or vegan food truck or cart. The submissions have been counted and many of the trucks were too close to eliminate some, so instead of a top 10. we have a top 15.

Bombay Food Junkies – St. Louis, MO

The Cilantro Truck – Golden, CO

Cinnamon Snail – NYC/NJ

Custom Confections – Houston, TX

The Farm Concessions – Keene, NH

Good Karma Kitchen – DFW, TX

The Green Radish – New York, NY

Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ – Portland, OR

Karma Chamealeon – Toronto, Canada

Like No Udder – Providence, RI

Mama Juice – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

PAC Pastries – Jupiter, FL

The Randy Radish – Sterling, VA

The Squeeze – New York, NY

Unity Vegan Kitchen – Austin, TX

If you are a food truck that feels you should have been included, we apologize. The trucks selected for this poll were determined by our readers, and by the number of votes they received in the first phase of the contest.

THE POLL IS CLOSED

This poll will stay open for 2 weeks to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote for in the poll and the truck operators will have a chance to let their fans know to come help them collect votes. The poll will close on August 8th at 12AM CT. The results will be announced on the following Monday.

If you run into issues with submitting a vote in the poll, you can submit via email (contest@mobile-cuisine.com), however we will be making sure that only 1 vote is counted per person.

The winner of this contest will be featured on Mobile Cuisine in a feature article, to help share information about the vendor, their menu, and how they came up with the idea for serving meatless fare.

Tell your friends and family to help spread the word.

Please do your part today and join the Meatless Monday movement? Signing up is fast and easy! Follow them on Twitter.

Mobile Cuisine looks forward to continued coverage of Meatless Monday for our readers!

Food Truck BBQ

In 2008 Roy Choi introduce the mobile food industry to something it had never seen before…Korean food truck BBQ. Since then the industry has exploded with nothing but growth projected through the year 2017. Barbecue truck cuisine varies by region, with the four main US styles named after their place of origin: Memphis, North Carolina, Kansas City and Texas.

Just like Choi’s Kogi Truck, other food truck owners model their barbecue on cuisines of other countries such as Korean, Argentinian asado, or even Mongolian barbecue.

To honor this industry staple, we are starting a contest to find out which food truck or cart is serving our reader’s favorite food truck BBQ.

Like all of our other contests, this contest will open today and will be run in two stages. For the next two weeks (we will accept emails submitted by 12 PM Central Time on Friday June 20, 2014)  we will give our readers the opportunity to submit their choices via contact form below or by email at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com. Once the data has been collected and counted, we will open a poll (Monday June 23, 2014) that allows for voting for the top 10 email submissions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the final poll, the vendor needs to have opened before June 2014 and must regularly serve bbq from their truck, cart or trailer. The vendors need to sell to their local community on a regular basis which means competition BBQ teams who own a trailer will not be considered. Vendors can be located in any country so feel free to submit choices from outside of North America.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. BBQ vendors are free to submit their own carts or trucks for consideration and voters may vote as often as you wish. The only request we have is that you submit one entry at a time and include the name of the vendor, as well as the city  or area the they operate in.

So let the voting begin. And remember, vote early and vote often.

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Congratulations to Marty’s Waffles of Alexandria, Kentucky for winning our 2014 Best Food Truck Graphic Design contest!

Marty Meersman perfected his waffle recipe while, his wife, Julie Mader-Meersman created their signature look.  Later this week, we’ll learn the story of the bright red and orange truck and how Julie developed the Marty’s Waffles branding.

Stay tuned for more about their vision and inspiration.  Now go celebrate with Marty and Julie and enjoy their delicious waffles!

Rounding out our top 5 Best Food Truck Graphics for 2014 are:

2. Baron von Schwein – Lancaster, PA

3. Urban Grill – Cincinnati, OH

4. Sunflower Truck Stop – Pottstown, PA

5. Doner Men – Chicago, IL

Thank you to all of our readers who voted.

white food truck

Over the years we have asked our readers who they feel has the best custom designed food truck or food cart design. This year has been no different. For the last couple of weeks we have asked readers to submit their choices to help us determine a Top 10, we’ll they did it. We received nearly 2,500 submissions so we are thankful we had an extra day this weekend to sort through all of the candidates.

We have found that this year’s field is a little different than other years, as it seems many of the favorites are coming from the East Coast. Pennsylvania and Massachusetts specifically where 5 of the top 10 hail.

So we are happy to announce that starting today, we are asking for your vote for your favorite food truck graphic design for 2014.

Check out your choices below and vote for your favorite:

Baron von Schwein – Lancaster, PA

Chaos Bistro – Alamogordo, NM

Doner Men – Chicago, IL

Evan’s New York Style Deli – Boston, MA

Heart Food Truck – Philadelphia, PA

Marty’s Waffles – Alexandria, KY

Mess Haul – Andover, MA

Quiero Arepas – Denver, CO

Sunflower Truck Stop – Pottstown, PA

Urban Grill – Cincinnati, OH

THIS POLL IS CLOSED!!!

PLEASE NOTE: If you have issues with submitting votes in the poll, we have found the problem can be corrected if you register as a subscriber to the site. You can also submit a vote via email to contest@mobile-cuisine.com. We have the ability to track ip addresses and will only allow one vote per IP (votes via email from IPs that have already submitted votes from the poll will be disqualified)

The winning truck of the contest will have a profile interview posted on Mobile Cuisine, and the design group that installed the artwork will be given one month of free advertising on Mobile Cuisine.

Flo's Food Truck Contest

Progressive Insurance has launched its second annual “Flo’s Fabulous Food Truck Contest” today, May 16th. The contest is geared towards people hoping to start a food truck business or new food truck business owners, entrants can submit to win $5,000 to help spruce up their vehicle.

Last year’s winner, Kim Baxter, owner of Orlando-based goodfood, used her prize money to make all the necessary updates to her truck, including a fire suppression system and fryer – allowing her to get her business “rolling.” These updates allowed her to almost double her profit margin.

Here’s how it works:

  • Share a photo of your food truck or catering vehicle
  • Tell us how you would spend the $5,000 to spruce up your vehicle
  • Invite your friends, family and customers to vote for your entry.

Not a food truck owner? Vote daily for your favorite food truck to help determine who gets to drive away with the $5,000 prize.

Contest Timeline:

Submission round May 16, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (EDT) June 30, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
Voting round July 1, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (EDT) July 31, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)
Judging round August 1, 2014 @ 12:00 AM (EDT) August 15, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)

The winner will be announced on September 15, 2014.

Visit www.ProgressiveCommercial.com/foodtruck for additional information and to enter.

Renny's Oki Doki

The movie “Chef” launched last week (in LA and NYC) which is bound to attract even more food trucks to the consistently growing mobile food industry in the next couple of years. This means jobs will be created across the country, ranging from line cooks to service staff, but one of the area of job creation often missed in the discussion is the graphic designer.

Designers provide the creative flair that helps to differentiate their clients from the other trucks on the road. Over the years this has resulted in some really cool art on wheels.

We at Mobile Cuisine would like to know who our readers feel has the best custom designed food truck or food cart design. Because of this, we are starting a competition to find out who it is.

Starting today, we are asking for you to submit your favorite food truck design for 2014. In last year’s contest we had a fantastic turnout and our final winner was Renny’s Oki Doki from Tampa, FL. The designer that came up with the winning graphic design was Ruben A. Aquino.

You may submit as many times as you would like, but each submission must be submitted individually. We will accept entries until Friday, May 23rd. At that point we will narrow the field down to your top 10 selections. On Monday, May the 26th, we will open up a poll for you to determine this year’s winner. The final poll will wrap up on Friday, June the 6th. The truck with the most votes from the poll will be declared our winner.

The winning truck will have a profile interview posted on Mobile Cuisine, and the design group that installed the artwork will be given one month of free advertising on Mobile Cuisine.

  • Designs must be of a food truck or cart that has been operating since the end of April 2014 (anywhere in the world). Previous winners are able to be submitted.
  • Designs can be painted or wrapped onto any mobile food platform.
  • Feel free to submit one or more trucks or vote for a single truck more than once, however each entry must be submitted individually.

You can submit your vote on the form at the bottom of this page or email us at contest@mobile-cuisine.com

Please include the name of the truck and the city it operates in. We will contact each vehicle owner that makes it to the polling stage to submit images of their graphics, so don’t worry about attaching images of vehicles in your submission.

hot dog contest

Grilled, gourmet, dirty and even chili dogs being served from a food truck were the bulk of the nearly 1,500 votes cast in part 1 of our 2014 best hot dog vendor contest started 2 weeks ago. And today we are proud to announce our Top 15 and the opening up of part two.

We received votes from all over North America, but for this poll we could only select the mobile food vendors with the 15 most votes submitted. We will be running this poll for the next two weeks and will close it out on Friday, May 2nd at 12 PM (midnight) Central Time. The winning truck or cart will be profiled here at Mobile Cuisine and will hold the title of Top Mobile Hot Dog Vendor for 2014.

This years contestants are:

American Wiener – Tampa, FL
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs – Denver, CO
Dang Good Dogs – Durham, NC
Detroit Coney Island – Kansas City, MO
Dogzilla Hot Dogs – Orange County, CA
Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs – Buffalo, NY
Good Dog Hot Dogs – Houston, TX
The Greasy Wiener – Los Angeles, CA
Haute Sausage – Chicago, IL
Japadog – Vancouver, BC
Let’s Be Frank – San Francisco, CA
Nana’s Heavenly Hot Dogs – San Diego, CA
Sassy Hot Dogs – Dallas, TX
Short Leash Hot Dogs – Phoenix, AZ
Willy Dog – Hamilton, Ontario

THE POLL IS CLOSED.

Please note, if you have issues voting with the polling software, you can submit your vote to contest@mobile-cuisine.com or in the form below. The software we use only allows one vote per individual and from time to time, the software can block users from voting based on their ip address.

hot dog contest

The mobile food industry is chugging along and gourmet food trucks have been a big part of the recent uptick in its growth. With that said, prior to the launch of the Kogi BBQ truck in 2008, there have been plenty of street vendors making a living by selling on of the most beloved street foods in the US…HOT DOGS!!!

Encased meats have been part of Americana since their invention. There is a long history of hot dogs and a lot of disputed “facts” about their origin. Never disputed has been the love Americans have for them. No matter what region of the country or what style you prefer your doggies…hot dogs are one of the most eaten foods in America.

The hot dog has many connotations: an American classic with a squiggle of yellow mustard, a “dirty water dog” at an NYC street stand and the savior and bane of parents with picky eaters. Nowadays, it also rivals the hamburger as a canvas for chef-driven experiments in comfort food. And the results are delicious.

Because of this, we are starting a contest to find out which food truck or cart is serving our readers favorite hot dog.

Like all of our other contests, this contest will open today and will be run in two stages. For the next two weeks (we will accept emails submitted by 12 PM Central Time on Friday April 18, 2014)  we will give our readers to submit their choices via email at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com, and once the data is collected, we will open a poll (Monday April 21, 2014) to allow voting from the top 10 email submissions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the final poll, the vendor needs to have opened before January 2014 and must regularly serve hot dogs from their truck, cart or trailer (sorry hot dog stands are not eligible). The ingredients of the hot dog or the condiments served on them can be any combination of flavors, or cuisine and the hot dog can be served in or out of a bun. The vendors can be located in any country so feel free to submit choices from outside of North America.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Hot dog vendors are free to submit their own carts or trucks for consideration and voters may vote as often as you wish. The only request we have is that you submit one entry at a time and include the name of the vendor, as well as the city  or area the they operate in.

So let the voting begin. And remember, vote early and vote often.

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