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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, Wallingford, St Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale.

June 20


OITNB’s ‘Crazy Pyes’ Food Truck Draws Controversy – Orange County, CA – Not everyone is lining up to score free pie and ice cream from Orange is the New Black‘s promotional food truck Crazy Pyes: As the truck, named for the Netflix series’ popular character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, rolls through Los Angeles this week, some argue the truck’s name and overall premise is offensive, as it glazes over the issues of mental illness and interracial relationships often tackled on the show.

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New Wallingford regulations target food trucks – WALLINGFORD, CT — Adapting to new town regulations, Dan Lanigan, owner of The Pig Rig BBQ, recently sold the log cabin-style food truck often found in the parking lot at 920 S. Colony Road.

But Lanigan plans to remain in the community and will continue operating The Pig Rig BBQ using a food truck he owns that is easier to move. Behind the new truck, which should be in operation by early July, Lanigan said he will tow a large rotisserie smoker.

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June 21

Food truck owners pleased by St. Petersburg changes – ST PETERSBURG, FL – Laws kept food trucks from flourishing in St. Petersburg. The City Council changed that this week.

Maggie Loflin been on the move for almost a decade. She’s whipping up Greek food with a Maryland twist from inside a truck.

“Now it seems to be getting easier and easier. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a lot of hard work,” said Loflin, owner of the Maggie on the Move truck.

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June 22

FORMER NATO COMMANDER GETS BEHIND FOOD TRUCKS – FT LAUDERDALE – U.S. General Wesley Clark, a highly decorated retired four-star general and former supreme allied commander in Europe for NATO, is also the director and senior veterans advisor at The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. His mission: supervise the development and implementation of the recruitment and selection for prospective veteran franchisee candidates.

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Fort Lauderdale’s first Street Food Rumble will pit more than 40 of the area’s best food trucks against one another.

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Joshen Esser, who helped to organize the once-chaotic food truck industry into a somewhat organized scene with his Gourmet Truck Expos, is one of the founders behind the event.

Esser said the Rumble is something he has been planning for about a year, thanks to his addiction to competitive cooking shows.

“I’ve also been very involved with food trucks for close to two years now [since founding Gourmet Truck Expo in 2011],” Esser told Clean Plate Charlie. “So why not do the same thing with food trucks? The Rumble is designed to be an event where the best trucks come — not just to cook — but to compete, so we can really see what they’re made of.”

The competition is set to be fierce. A panel of five judges will be eating their way through samples from more than 40 food trucks, some coming from as far north as Orlando and Tampa. Five categories include best food, best dessert, best food truck concept, most innovative dish and dessert.

Judges include local food writer Jan Norris, Miami’s Bulldog Barbecue owner and formerTop Chef contestant Howie Kleinberg, and even the head chef for Florida’s favorite grocery chain, Publix.

The Street Food Rumble takes place Saturday, September 29, from noon to 6 p.m. in the west parking lot of the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek. For more information about the event call 954-977-6700, or visit streetfoodrumble.com and the Facebook page.

Street Food Rumble Food Trucks:

4Alarm Pizza
90 Miles To Go
Bamboo Noah’s
BC Tacos
Best French Fries
Big Kahuna
Cheeseburger Baby
Chef On 4 Wheels
Dimples Delights
Dog Eat Dog
Fireman Derek
Fire Food Miami
Flour Power
Fry Daddy
Gene’s Joint
Guiseppe’s Italian Sausage
International Classic Cuisine
JOJI Yogurt
Kona Ice
Lan on the GO
Latin Burger
Lobsta Rollin
Lucille’s On Wheels
Mojo On The Go
Monsta Lobsta
My Mad Scientist
Out Of Many Café
Palate Party
Pescados Unidos
Slow Food Truck
StrEats 407
Taco Fresh
Tango Grill
The Big Ragu
The Philly Grill On Wheels
The Real Chill
Top Fries
Zombie Ice

Find the original article by Nicole Danna at the browardpalmbeach.com <here>


Fort Lauderdale, FL – Issues with Fort Lauderdale code enforcement may have put a damper on one of the city’s longest-running food-truck rallies, but it didn’t stop it from happening.


Broward County based food-truck vendors have been gathering at the southwest corner of Cypress Creek and Powerline roads for a year without any trouble said Brett Chiavari, owner of the BC Tacos truck based in Fort Lauderdale.

But on Wednesday, city code enforcers and the Fire Marshall’s Office were on site to inspect trucks and issue warnings to those who were operating without the proper licenses, said Matt Little, spokesman for the city of Fort Lauderdale.

Chiavari has been selling gourmet tacos from his truck at the empty lot attached to the World of Marble property with what he thought was the proper vendor license for an entire year. But on Tuesday, after an article about the weekly food truck rally ran in the Sun Sentinel, he was approached by city code enforcement.

“I was issued a warning by code enforcement on Tuesday when I arrived for the lunch hour,” Chiavari said. “They told me they saw a story in the Sun Sentinel about the roundup and will be back to see if I’m here Wednesday.”

To celebrate the weekly truck event’s anniversary, 10 food trucks gathered at the usual spot and donated a portion of the money made to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity devoted to helping fight childhood cancer. Chiavari arrived expecting to have to pay a $150 citation for going against code enforcement.

Chiavari said he signed a lease agreement to sell food as a vendor with Charlie Urso, owner of the Marble of the World, a stone distribution company that owns the property. But city officials say that’s not enough.

All street vendors must have one of three licenses issued by the city:

A mobile vendors license, which most ice cream trucks use to sell goods and move on to new locations;.

A stationary vending license to sell goods from a specific location approved by the city’s planning and zoning division;

A special outdoor event agreement, which allows vendors to sell at a public event one time for a $100 fee. Outdoor agreements are purchased through Fort Lauderdale’s Parks & Recreation Department.

Find the entire article by Justine Griffin at The Sun Sentinel <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.

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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