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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Nashville, Wilmington, Spotsylvania and Fresno.

April 11

Nashville food trucks will compete at Farmers Market – NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville food truck chefs will test their culinary — and social media — skills in the Nashville Farmers Market Takeover.

On April 26, 15 trucks will rush to create a special dish using an ingredient unveiled by the Grow Local Kitchen’s Laura Wilson. The chefs must post photos and videos documenting their use of the ingredient via social media, and a panel of judges will decide the winning dish.

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First State food trucks finding ways to fill up hungry customers – WILMINGTON, DE - Matt Walton waited patiently at the window of the orange, white and black truck outside his office building. The steady hum of its generator was barely audible over the upbeat music that spilled from the truck’s speakers.

The food truck’s name, I Don’t Give A Fork, hinted at its concept. The menu features items diners can eat with their fingers. Consider the “Mac & Cheesteak” – a Philly-style cheesesteak with onions and mac ‘n cheese – and the “Vermonter,” a sandwich with ham, honey mustard, apple coleslaw and sharp white cheddar.

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April 12

Food-truck trend sparks Spotsylvania business – SPOTSYLVANIA, VA- A new Spotsylvania County manufacturing company is capitalizing on the growing popularity of food trucks.

For the past nine months, Rolling Restaurants LLC has been helping customers turn their visions for food trucks into custom-designed realities. The business has a 4,000-square-foot indoor shop and outdoor storage yard at 218 Industrial Drive in the Four-Mile Fork area.

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April 13

Clovis man debuts mobile frozen yogurt shop – FRESNO, CA - Add frozen yogurt to the list of foods you can now get from a truck. Clovis resident Dennis Cantrell debuted his Gorilla Gurt mobile frozen yogurt shop at Big Hat Days this month.

The pink and white truck is just like a frozen yogurt shop — it can serve eight flavors from four self-serve dispensers and has a toppings bar — except that it’s on the side of a truck. Customers serve themselves and pay by the ounce.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Houston, Toronto, Fitchburg and Portland.

April 4

Detox Truck brings a healthy change to Houston’s food truck scene – HOUSTON, TX - The Detox Truck is helping put a fresh spin on the food truck scene in Houston.

Husband and wife team Aaron and Melanie Greeley created a menu of fresh-pressed juices, protein-packed salads, and nutritious smoothies that promise big nutrition without busting your calorie budget.

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Mayoral candidates come out to talk food trucks – TORONTO, CANADA - Council’s food truck regulation debate lured all three major mayoral candidates to Nathan Phillips Square Thursday, where four popular vendors staged a rally at lunchtime.

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April 5

Massachusetts couple gets deeper into farming - FITCHBURG, MA — Jim Lattanzi is no stranger to hard work. At 29, he has operated a highly successful food-truck business, started a farm in his Hollis Hills backyard with wife Allison and expanded the business to include maple sugaring.

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April 6

Food carts downtown hit by string of break-ins – PORTLAND, OR - Half a dozen food carts in downtown Portland were hit again Friday night after more than a month of break-ins.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Lexington, Waco, Louisville and Boca Raton.

March 28

Lexington Food Trucks Raise Money for Hit-and-Run Victim - LEXINGTON, KY - An owner of a Lexington food truck is getting help from some fellow vendors to help pay her medical expenses from a hit-and-run accident.

Police said Barbara Screeney had just gotten off the bus to walk to her home on Frankfort Pike late last year, when a driver passed the bus and hit her from behind without stopping.

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Food truck craze expands in downtown Waco – WACO, TX - More tasty bites are being served in downtown Waco as new food trucks capitalize on the increased development and activity in the area.

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March 29

Entrepreneurs learn how to start a food truck - LOUISVILLE, KY - Dozens of people are crammed into a classroom. Many of them are there for the same reason.

“I’ve always thought a restaurant was kind of a pipe dream because of the expense involved, so when food trucks started coming out on the scene, I thought I think this is something I can do,” food truck owner Laura Buchanan said.

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March 30

Food Trucks to Rally for LLS – BOCA RATON, FL - If you haven’t yet hopped on the food truck bandwagon, here’s a chance to do it for a good cause. (Not that filling your belly isn’t.)

It’s the first food truck rally to be held in West Palm Beach, and it will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Atmore, Rochester, Burlington and Philadelphia.

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Wind Creek Hospitality Develops a New Recipe for Promoting Alabama Food - ATMORE, AL - On March 21st, Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) will launch the first of a new wave of initiatives aimed at promoting great food in Alabama as its custom-built food truck leaves the Northeast and begins the trek to its new home in Wetumpka.

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March 22

Food Truck Rule Change – ROCHESTER, NY - Mobile eaters have welcomed the concept of tasty bites served out of trucks, but food truck owners say city regulations in Rochester have made it a bumpy ride. “The market itself is great,” said Arthur Rothfuss, owner of “Hello Arepa,” “working with the city has not always been very easy.”

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March 23

Burlington adopts food truck ordinance – BURLINGTON, NC - Burlington has adopted a food truck ordinance last week, which differs slightly from the proposal the Planning & Economic Development Department presented to the city council last month.

The operation of food trucks will be regulated by a “Food Trucks” section added to the code of ordinances’ chapter 26, “Peddlers.”

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Food Truck Events Help Grow Small Businesses, Support Local Economy – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Following the success of The Food Trust’s Night Market Philly food truck events, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) pushed for a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) that will assist in growing these businesses, facilitating job creation, and attracting patronage and tourism to emerging Philadelphia neighborhoods.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Atlanta, Springfield, Boise and Duluth.

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Finally! Food trucks might be allowed to vend on public property – ATLANTA, GA - It’s taken years, but Atlanta’s food trucks may soon be allowed to sell their pizza slices, smoked barbecue pork, decadent cupcakes on the city’s streets. And South Downtown would be the first to welcome the mobile food chariots in the not-so-distant future.

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Springfield City Councilor Thomas Ashe optimistic on rules for curbside food trucks – SPRINGFIELD, MA - City Councilor Thomas M. Ashe said he is optimistic that a new ordinance will be approved soon that improves guidelines for roadside food trucks after years of discussion and delay.

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March 15

Plans in the works for Boise food truck park - BOISE, ID - A couple is trying to create a permanent place for food trucks in Boise. Erin Sorensen and her husband want to take an eyesore lot at 25th and Fairview and turn it into a foodie heaven. They are working to create a food truck park on Boise’s West End.

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March 16

Duluth man designs mobile kitchen for travel to ‘food deserts’ to educate about nutrition – DULUTH, MN - Stainless-steel appliances, commercial grade convection oven, solar panels, a public address system and plenty of room.

Mike Poupore calls it the “Cadillac of food trucks.”

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Lafayette, Tonawanda and Portland.

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Food on wheels: Is it safe? – LAFAYETTE, LA - Hungry patrons flock to Lafayette’s food trucks like kids chasing down an ice cream truck on a steamy July afternoon.

The popularity of food trucks has led to more than 20 of them in Lafayette selling anything from waffles and Italian food to hot dogs and fries with unique toppings.

But can you trust that the food is safe when it’s served from a truck instead of a restaurant?

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March 8

Tensions flare in Tonawanda between food trucks, restaurants – TONAWANDA, NY - Visitors to Niawanda Park may soon be able to purchase a burrito, sandwich or hot dog from their favorite food truck if a resolution before the Tonawanda Common Council goes forward.

But, as in other municipalities that have considered allowing the popular rolling kitchens, tensions are flaring between the trucks and their bricks-and-mortar competitors, Mississippi Mudds and Old Man River.

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March 9

Food-cart scene tastes like a global scavenger hunt - PORTLAND, OR - The many accolades earned by chefs in this city are rooted in what the land offers. They succeed by adaptation to their environment.

That’s especially true with the city’s bustling food cart scene, which has become an incubator for great restaurants. Whether inspired by Norwegian comfort food, Peace Corps missions to the Republic of Georgia, or Thai “chaos in a bowl,” the menus reinvigorate and challenge both customer and chef to think harder and dream bigger.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Orange County, Columbus, North Andover and Rochester.

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O.C. food trucks driven to push past the trend – ORANGE COUNTY,CA - Four years ago, the Orange County food truck scene exploded. As the novelty wears off, the mobile eateries are fighting to remain profitable and relevant.

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March 1

Food Trucks May Soon Be Serving On Columbus Streets Again – COLUMBUS, OH - The Central Ohio Food Truck Association says there have been breakthroughs over the past 48 hours for the booming food truck industry.

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Food truck rules debated by Selectmen – NORTH ANDOVER, MA - New proposed bylaws for North Andover regulating the operations of mobile food vendors have become a point of contention among business owners, the Board of Selectmen and even the Mobile Food Regulation Committee itself.

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March 2

Food Truck Owners Await New City Legislation – ROCHESTER, NY - The cold has Le Petit Poutine on hiatus.

That’s the Canadian french fry comfort food truck in Rochester.

As the snow melts, food truck owners hope the city will cook up good changes for their businesses.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Vancouver, Eugene and New Orleans.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsFebruary 21

No-name food truck burger sizzles against the competition – VANCOUVER, CANADA - It doesn’t have a name. The owner is elusive. The menu is limited to a burger, a cheeseburger and a handful of canned drinks. Yet somehow, this new food truck in downtown Vancouver has become a local phenomenon.

It must be the price – only $2.85 (plus tax) for a hamburger; $3.50 with cheese.

Online fans have dubbed it Burger2.85. And the praise is effusive.

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February 22

Eugene’s growing food cart scene: ‘Get a cart, get a truck, get a license’- EUGENE, OR - The Eugene foodie scene has plenty of options when grabbing a bite while out on the town as dozens of new food cart start-ups seem to appear each year.

Naco Maya’s truck, El Buen Sabor, is one of the newcomers to Eugene’s food cart industry. He said the flexibility is one thing that led him to open a cart over a restaurant.

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February 23

King Cake burger bursts on New Orleans food scene – NEW ORLEANS, LA - For at least three days, pictures of the King Cake Burger circled around social media, all comments questioning and critiquing this very out-of-the-box, but very New Orleans-like, sandwich.

The unmistakable purple, green and gold sugar painted on a small but fluffy brown bun by virtue of a light white icing, it beckoned.

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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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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 Alexandria, Indianapolis, Tuscan and San Diego.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsFebruary 7

Food Truck Fever – ALEXANDRIA, VA - When an idea for a restaurant transforms from a dream you’ve yammered on about for years into a reality, the soon-to-be-restaurateur needs to make a real real-estate decision. Location is usually the first factor considered. We made ours 10 years ago, before food trucks roamed the earth.

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Food truck business struggles in cold weather - INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Old man winter has hit Hoosiers hard this year, and one segment of the business community is really taking it on the chin.

The snow and frigid temps are making it nearly impossible for mobile food businesses to keep on trucking.

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February 8

Don’t call ‘em “roach coaches”: Food trucks safe and clean – TUSCAN, AZ - Thinking about passing up that gourmet food truck in the parking lot for the cleaner restaurant down the street? Think again.

Commonly known on the streets of Tucson as “roach coaches,” food trucks are just as sanitary as restaurants, a Star analysis shows.

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February 9

City Council to Consider Food Truck Restrictions – SAN DIEGO, CA - You could be seeing fewer food trucks around San Diego if city council passes new regulations.

On Wednesday, council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee will consider the restrictions.

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