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DETROIT, MI - After seven years in the food-truck business, Dan Gearig says the popular wheeled eateries are anything but a fad.
“We figure the industry isn’t going away,” Gearig says. “It’s just getting bigger. We see it being a sustainable business.”

Gearig and his wife Lindsey own StrEAT Detroit, which operates the Mac Shack and El Guapo food trucks. The Gearigs have recently expanded StrEAT’s scope with a new business called Red Beard Customs, which fabricates new trucks from scratch for clients looking to capitalize on the street-eats market. Gearig says that, given the limited availability of food trucks nationwide, it’s time Detroit got in on the unique niche of building them.

“Right now the only places to get food trucks are Los Angeles, and some in Miami, Texas, and New York,” he says. “It didn’t make sense to us to be spending more money out of Detroit when we have the best manufacturers and the best machinery.”

Gearig says it can be tempting for new food cart owners to rush into things, installing their own kitchen equipment on an old truck or van, when they’d be better off making an investment in their future with a higher-quality vehicle built for their needs. And his aim is to offer that kind of product, at a lower price than many out-of-state fabricators.

“Just because you put a futon in a van, that doesn’t make it a limo,” he says. “And a lot of the food trucks out there are like that. I’ve worked on some of the nicest trucks that are produced on the West Coast, and I’ve also worked on some really shitty ones. That’s why I want to build one that costs 25% less but has the same quality [as a West Coast truck].”

Red Beard’s first custom-designed truck, a mobile version of Eastern Market regular Corridor Sausage Co., will hit the streets this spring. Gearig began designing the truck to the charcuterie’s specifications in October, with the assistance of mechanical engineer Brian Struebing. Working from a computer-generated draft, the two outfitted a basic box truck with specialized plumbing, electrical fixtures and other modifications.

“I know these things inside and out, and I’m also a chef,” Gearig says. “I’m able to bridge the gap between engineers and chefs to make trucks that are not only functional, but the whole layout is built with the chef in mind.”

But even this veteran of Detroit’s youthful food-truck industry found some surprises in the innovative ideas his clients brought to the table. Corridor Sausage partner Gjon Camaj suggested the idea of lowering the truck’s serving platform so it would be more at customers’ eye levels, eliminating the craned neck necessary to interact with staff on most trucks.

Find the entire article by Patrick Dunn at metromodemedia.com <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.

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This week’s new entries are:

Austin, TX

Guac N Roll

Twitter: @Guac_N_Roll

We’re an all-natural, vegetarian/vegan mobile food truck in Austin TX, rocking the world of guacamole, salsa, tamales, horchata and more.

http://www.guacnrollaustin.com

Boston, MA

The Cookie Monstah

Twitter: @MonstahTruck

We are a Boston based food truck serving homemade cookies and ice cream sandwiches made with love and the best ingredients available. We bake cookies throughout

http://thecookiemonstah.com/

Boynton Beach, FL

Best French Fries

Twitter: @BestFrenchFries

Best French Fries is a food truck that serves homemade french fries in a cone, with a choice of 20+ dipping sauces.

http://www.bestfrenchfries.com

Detroit, MI

Green Zebra Truck

Twitter: @GreenZebraTruck

Mobile Food Truck on the Streets of Metro Detroit serving New American Street Food

Metro Detroit · http://www.eatgreenzebra.com

Denver, CO

Wafflegänger

Twitter: @Waffleganger

waffle sandwiches for the masses!

http://www.waffleganger.com

Lexington, KY

Cluckin’ Burger

Twitter: @CluckinBurger

http://www.cluckinburger.com

Little Rock, AR

Sugar Shack Sweets

Twitter: @SugarShackSwts

We are Little Rock’s newest and only dessert truck!! Look for us around town and at local festivals! Let us bake you happy~

http://sugarshacksweetsandtreats.com

Livermore, CA

Sweet and Mellow

Twitter: @sweetandmellow1

http://sweetandmellowtruck.com

Marquette, MI

Dia de los Tacos

Twitter: @tacosmqt

A Taco Truck. In Marquette, MI

facebook.com/DiaDeLosTacos

Montreal, Canada

Lucky’s Truck MTL

Twitter: @LuckysTruckMTL

Lucky’s truck cuisine de rue à Montréal / street food truck in Montreal.

http://www.luckystruck.com/

Northwich, England

VAN 29

Twitter: @van29mobileeats

A mobile food truck serving truly, madly, tasty treats any time or place in the UK! see website for more details

http://www.van29.com

Orlando, FL

Curbside Chef

Twitter: @curbsidechef

Goat Cheese Ravioli with Basil Oil, Adobo Chicken Taco, to Filipino Adobo, to Falafel, Chinese Pan Fry Dumplings and Steamed Buns, and Vanilla Flan and S’mores

The Pastrami Project

Twitter: @pastramiproject

What Central Florida needs is the perfect Pastrami sandwich! It is my personal goal to create authentic New York sandwiches and bring them to the streets.

http://www.pastramiproject.com

San Francisco, CA

The Slider Shack

Twitter: @slidershacksf

We are a mobile food truck that specializes in delicious sliders with an island flair.

http://www.slidershacksf.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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El Guapo – Fresh Mexican Grill carries the proud title of being the first licensed and accepted food truck in the City of Detroit’s history.  They’re taking “Fresh Mexican” to the streets and turning it upside down – fusing it with all varieties of international cuisine.

From pork belly confit to sweet potato burritos, El Guapo is bringing new tastes and a new attitude to the city of Detroit.

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In July of 2011, El Guapo Grill opened its service window to customers in downtown Detroit. Granted, this wasn’t an easy task as it took them 60 visits to City Hall to get the operations permit.

The truck began operations in one location (Randolph and Monroe) but since then has expanded across the city as well as attending events throughout the metro Detroit area.

Original owners Anthony Curis and Doug Runyon parted ways (Runyon now works with a family-owned restaurant), but to fill the void left by Runyon, Curis partnered up with veteran chef Dan Gearig and his wife, Lindsay in February of 2012. New ownership team has installed a new menu but has only improved on the original menu items.

Gearig reworked every one of the menu elements. From the beans and salsas to the meats and toppings, he tweaked the recipes to elevate the flavors and make the food more distinctive.

“We’re not trying to be authentic. We’re just making great food that’s fun,” says Gearig, who believes Detroit wants the type of culinary creativity found in the LA, Austin and Portland mobile food scenes.

The El Guapo Grill food truck provides a fresh spin on Mexican cuisine, made with ingredients from Michigan based businesses.

The locally sourced ingredients and products are highlighted.  Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Faygo, Pink Elephant Cupcakes, Hacienda tortillas, salsa made in Southwest Detroit, and local produce whenever possible.

El Guapo offers an assortment of tacos and burritos to try whether if you are an omnivore or a vegetarian. Whether you are at their truck in the morning, noon or late night, they have a menu item for you. The tacos and burittos they offer allow you the opportunity to take a culinary world tour from one truck. They offer chicken, chorizo, braised beef, Korean, tofu, pork belly, as well as specialty styles which rotate.

The menu brings a wealth of complex flavors. They contain fresh ingredients, moist and tender meat, well marinated, textured condiments, and their own distinct flavors. A note to anyone looking for authentic Mexican cuisine, beware, they use flour tortillas rather corn (traditional).

Once you’ve had the chance to try out their menu, you will realize they do know what they’re doing.

El Guapo’s locations (times vary) include the Wayne State campus, Greektown, Midtown, Eastern Market and the Stadium District.

Updates are posted at www.elguapogrill.com,  Twitter, and Facebook.

Our recommendation:

The ‘Aloha Mr. Hand’ taco (a play on the 80’s film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High). It’s a traditionally wrapped taco with a fantastic combination of flavors from pork belly confit topped with slaw and pineapple.

What their fans have said:

“Shortly after writing my first review I received an email from Lindsay G – one of the new owners of the El Guapo truck.  She apologized that our first experience was less than stellar, she explained a few things about the business and then she graciously invited my husband and I to come back and have lunch on her.  Wow…in my book that is great customer service.  It def was not expected, but was very much appreciated!” Deb M. – Canton, MI

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ROYAL OAK, MI - The sizzling popularity of food trucks has many metro communities giving them a green light, but they’re leaving a bad taste in the mouths of some restaurant owners.

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Dan Gearig, who owns the El Guapo food truck, said he hopes to be part of Ye Olde Saloon’s event in Royal Oak.

Novi had its first food truck rally last week, Mt. Clemens plans to debut them Wednesday and the Royal Oak Farmers Market plans its 10th monthly rally called Motor City Street Eats, also for Wednesday.

At the Royal Oak City Commission meeting at 7:30 tonight, the bar Ye Olde Saloon hopes to win approval for inviting a batch of food trucks on a Saturday night, either Oct. 13 or Oct. 20, manager Donna Giles said.

But those are times when the city’s restaurants count on doing big business. The prospect of food trucks has owners up in arms, Giles said Friday.

“They say they don’t want more competition. I’m having the fight of my life over this,” she said.

Food trucks are cafés on wheels. Some offer tacos or burgers, and others Asian cuisine or American fare. They are becoming popular because they can set up show almost anywhere there is a space to accommodate a vehicle roughly the size of a short school bus.

A strong opponent of having them in Royal Oak is Keith Wadle, owner of O’Tooles Irish American Bar & Grill.

“It’s unfair for somebody to bring a bunch of food trucks in here,” Wadle said Friday.

“We already have 18 or 19 restaurants in our downtown and we’re paying our property taxes” — unlike mobile eateries that drive off after closing up, Wadle said.

Find the entire article at the Detroit Free Press <here>

 

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Dearborn, MI — One night each month, the streets of downtown Dearborn come alive with the one-of-a-kind tastes and the flavors of gourmet street food.

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Photo by: Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News

The sizzle of hot dogs and smell of tacos pervade a stretch of West Village Road, where eight restaurants on wheels — and a live band — set up shop for a few hours to introduce their Mexican, Middle Eastern and American cuisine to a couple thousand customers. It’s a scene more common on a street corner of New York or Los Angeles than in suburban Detroit.

“When we come to town, people are curious about it and they come and check us out,” said William Anatra, as he served $2 hot dogs from a baby blue 1965 Volkswagen pickup dubbed Franks Anatra. “We’re like a circus.”

His mobile eatery is among a growing number of food trucks canvassing Metro Detroit. Food truck rallies similar to Dearborn’s have popped up in Royal Oak, Ferndale and Detroit’s Eastern Market and New Center.

Not too long ago, less than a handful of mobile restaurants were operating in the region; now more than a dozen food trucks are offering inexpensive gourmet grub and the number is expected to grow, observers say.

“At first I thought it was a fad but it seems to have staying power,” said Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant industry analyst with The NPD Group, a New York-based market research company. “It’s still pretty small in Michigan but it hasn’t gone away. You hear more and more about it growing.”
Find the entire article at the Detroit News <here>

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DETROIT, MI – In downtown Plymouth, three sisters are making and selling raw, organic fruit and vegetable juices. In Detroit’s Eastern Market area, three-year-old Corridor Sausage recently moved into its first production facility. And in Ferndale, 30-year-old Alla Dihes is trying to put together a food truck she calls Plantain Republic.

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These and many other Michiganders are part of a surge in food-based businesses, a trend that took root long ago, but has been gaining momentum in recent years. Detroit, in particular, has become a magnet for food entrepreneurs.

“We don’t see it slowing down,” said Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market, which early next year plans to open a commercial kitchen that local businesses can rent.

At Eastern Market and local farmers markets, food entrepreneurs are showing up in larger numbers. Last year, they formed their own networking and support group in Detroit. And this summer, the TechTown business incubator at Wayne State University has been hosting a nine-week program specifically geared toward food entrepreneurs that attracted 22 participants.

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First-time entrepreneur Dihes is discovering this the hard way. After losing her technical support job at Verizon Wireless at the end of June, Dihes is now working on plans to operate a food truck in Detroit that will sell fried plantains, a fruit similar to bananas, and pupusas, a type of stuffed corn tortilla that originated in El Salvador.

Dihes recently visited five different government offices in Detroit seeking licensing and other regulations that apply to food trucks. But she couldn’t find any substantive guidelines.

“The hardest thing is the complete lack of regulations that the City of Detroit can provide me with,” Dihes said. “I’m realizing the start-up cost is not as low as some information online tells you, but it’s still not discouraging me.”

Find the entire article from the Detroit Free Press <here>

 

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WATERFORD, MI - Fans of street food will have something to look forward to when a band of local food truck companies will join to feed mobile food fans and help raise funds for a worthy cause.

The Waterford/Pontiac Elks Lodge No. 810, in conjunction with the Michigan Mobile Food Vendor Association, will host a gathering of food trucks to help benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The event, which is scheduled from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, on the Elks lodge’s 18-acre property at 2100 Scott Lake Road in Waterford, hopes to draw many patrons.

With a portion of the proceeds from the event going to Relay For Life, James Mastrangel, owner of Jacques Tacos and vice president of the Michigan Mobile Food Vendor’s Association, is hoping for a large turnout all for a great cause.

“It’s always great to roll off the pavement and onto the grass and it’s going toward a worthy cause,” said Mastrangel.

Food trucks featured during Wednesday’s rally include:

  • Big R BBQ
  • Concrete Cuisine
  • Franks Anatra
  • Downtown Trailer of Flavor
  • Dago Joes
  • Jacques’ Tacos
  • Treat Dreams

In addition to the food truck rally a beer tent will also be available. Up In The Air Disc Golf will be providing disc golf demonstrations on a 9-hole course set up on the Elks Lodge grounds and live music will be provided by local band, The Vintage. The Waterford Elks Lodge is located at 2100 Scott Lake Road, Waterford Township.

For more information on the rally, including an up-to-date list of food trucks participating, visit the Michigan Mobile Food Vendor Association’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mmfva. For more information on the Pontiac Waterford Elks Club visit their website at www.elks810.com. For more information on Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org.

 

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DETROIT, MI - Detroit’s biggest food truck rally to date is scheduled Friday by the Fisher Building, featuring 12 trucks and carts serving everything from ice cream and pierogis and tacos and tapas.

Sponsored by the Farbman Group real estate company, which manages the Fisher and New Center One buildings, the “Drive and Dine in the D” rally will be on Third Street between Lothrop and West Grand from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission to the family-friendly event is free. Each truck handles its own sales; tips will be donated to local charities.

Participants are Treat Dreams ice cream, Jacques’ Tacos, El Guapo Fresh Mexican Grill, Taco Mama, Franks Anatra, Concrete Cuisine, Ned’s TravelBurger, Taco Mama, The People’s Pierogi Collective, Cheese Dream, Debajo del Sol and Cheese Wizard, which will make its metro debut.

The rally is hosted in partnership with the non-profit Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association.

Farbman Group CEO Andrew Farbman announced the event. “Mobile food trucks are an exciting local trend that we think adds an additional level of vibrancy to our great city,” he said. “We know that hosting the largest and longest food truck rally to date will be a great way to gather the community and celebrate these businesses growing in Detroit.”

Find the original article by Sylvia Rector of the Detroit Free Press <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 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.

Dago Joes

This week’s new entries are:

Boston, MA

Mei Mei Street Kitchen

Twitter: @meimeifoodtruck

We are a sibling-run food truck serving up creative, locally sourced, Chinese-American, farm-fresh fare. Dumplings and deliciousness, YUM. Coming April 2012!

http://www.meimeistreetkitchen.com

Chattanooga,TN

A Taste of Argentina

Twitter: @TasteofArg_TN

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Taco Sherpa

Twitter: @TacoSherpa

See Rock City, then eat a Korean BBQ Taco.

Chicago,IL

The Roost

@TheRoostTruck

Officially introducing Chicago to the South.

http://www.theroostfoodtruck.com

Detroit,MI

Dago Joe’s

Twitter: @dagojoes

Best Gourmet Italian Mobile Food Truck on Streets of Detroit. Local Michigan based, our cuisine is great street eats, all natural, and flavorful. Catering

http://dagojoes.com

New York City,NY

Shortys NYC

Twitter: @shortysnyc

NYC’s Only Authentic Cheesesteak

http://www.shortysnyc.com

Philadelphia,PA

Max & Davids Food Truck

Twitter: @MDFoodTruck

Max and David’s, where divine meets delectable on wheels. Featuring gourmet kosher fare. Find us in Center City and available to rent SOON. 215-935-0990.

http://maxanddavidsfoodtruck.tumblr.com/

Raleigh,NC

American Meltdown

Twitter: @AmericanMLTDWN

We will sling delicious melt sandwiches to the Triangle, North Carolina crowd. Official launch date is March 11th.

http://americanmeltdown.org

Washington DC

José Andrés’ Pepe Food Truck

Twitter: @pepefoodtruck

http://pepefoodtruck.com

Kababji Food Truck

Twitter: @KababjiTruck

Mobile home to the best kababs, hummus & Middle Eastern treats in Washington, DC.

Washington, DC · http://kababji.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 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.

Find the entire article <here>

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.

Find the entire article <here>

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.

Find the entire article <here>

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.

Find the entire article <here>

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?”

Find the entire article <here>

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.

Find the entire article <here>

 

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