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Food Truck News

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 has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Louisville, Grand Rapids, Fresno and Golden Valley.

September 13

OTW LogoHealth Dept. Official: Food Truck Letter Grades ‘Should Be a Reality’ - LOUISVILLE, KY - “Potentially so, yes,” said Matthew Rhodes, deputy director of Louisville Metro Department of Health & Wellness, when asked if he saw food trucks being able to receive letter grades as brick-and-mortar restaurants do. “We have discussed some of the pros and cons. Just the primary concern is that they are a mobile operation. And if we can overcome that obstacle, which I think that we can, it should be a reality sometime in the near future.”

In mid-August, food truck operators and health department representatives met for the second time in the wake of WAVE 3 Troubleshooter (pew pew) Eric Flack’s reports about possible health-code concerns involving food trucks.
“We just talked about different things that would be required in order for them [the trucks] to comply with A-B-C regulations, as well as some policy changes that would be necessary on our part and some programmatic concerns,” Rhodes said.

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Planning Commission approves request to allow food trucks downtown – GRAND RAPIDS, MI - On September 12, the Planning Commission passed the request of the special land use of food concessions on the corner of the Grand Rapids Art Museum. This was the first request for food concessions on private land in the downtown area. The request was made by Randy Van Antwerp, the Deputy Director of Administration and CFO of the GRAM.

The proposed location was the southwest corner between Rosa Parks Circle and the GRAM. The location is approximately 68 feet by 75 feet. The food trucks would be allowed on a yearly basis and would be permitted to be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Thursday. On the weekend, hours extend to 11 p.m.

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September 14

Food Truck Explosion – FRESNO, CA - Just before 6:30p.m. Friday a food truck exploded on the field of Fresno Christian. Three people were injured and investigators say it could have been far worse.

People gathered for a high school football game at Fresno Christian and watched in shock as a trailer exploded and was reduced to a pile of rubble.

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September 15

Share in it all Food Truck: Donate to help end hunger in the Twin Cities - GOLDEN VALLEY, MN - September is Hunger Action Month and KARE 11 is partnering with Coborns and Second Harvest Heartland in a unique effort to help end hunger in the Twin Cities.

The Share in it all Food Truck is a Coborns Delivers vehicle that works like a food truck in reverse. Instead of providing food for the public to purchase, the truck will be in three metro locations during month of September collecting food and cash donations to support the work of Second Harvest HeartlandOnline donations to this cause are also accepted.

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FRESNO, CA –  Food trucks are becoming an even bigger part of the food scene in Fresno. But you may wonder if they are safe places to eat. The county health department does require them to be inspected, just like restaurants.

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The last two weeks in March is a time mobile food vendors need to be ready for. That’s when they have to bring their trucks or even bikes and pushcarts in to be looked over by the health department.

Dave Pomaville of the Fresno County Department of Public Health says it’s a big job.

Pomaville explained, “We have about 450 different mobile food vending vehicles of all different shapes and sizes each of them will come through here over the next few days and be inspected by one of the department staff.”

Among things inspectors check are cleanliness, they make sure the water is hot and the refrigerators are cold.

Tony Mullings owns TakoBBQ the Valley’s only Korean Barbeque truck. He doesn’t mind the inspection process.

Mullings said, “It’s necessary, we have to be clean and be inspected, let the people know that our truck is clean so they will be comfortable eating off of it.”

Mobile food operators can prepare for this inspection, but Pomaville says surprise inspections are also held.

Pomaville added, “While they are out in the community working we will stop by and do unannounced inspections of these facilities while they are operational to make sure they have the proper food handling practices in place.”

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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 Fresno, New Smyrna Beach, Springfield, Vancouver and Portland.

June 29

Father’s Tragedy Inspires Breakfast Food Truck – Fresno, CA - James Caples always envisioned himself reviving the breakfast scene in Fresno.

But the inspiration for his business has little to do with his culinary expertise.

Instead, it comes from the worst tragedy ever to hit his family: the sudden death of his 3-month old daughter Caylie.

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2 businesses want to change NSB’s rules to allow food trucks permanently – NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL - Gourmet food trucks are an emerging culture, dotting streets in many large U.S. cities during festivals and fairs and an increasingly popular culinary choice for lunchtime work crowds.

While New Smyrna Beach has recently allowed a convoy of the mobile culinary vendors to come in as part of special events, a change that’s being asked for in the city’s land development regulations would allow food trucks to set up shop here permanently.

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June 30

Chomp Food Truck to offer mobile meals in Springfield – Springfield, IL - Springfield’s newest food truck – specializing in gourmet sandwiches – will debut in a couple of weeks.

Chomp Food Truck is the brainchild of Derrick Woolbright of Springfield, a food enthusiast with experience in fabricating motor vehicles. Currently, he’s putting the finishing touches on his P30 Chevrolet, a commercial vehicle similar in size to a FedEx truck. He’s been cutting the service window into the side, installing equipment and getting a blue vinyl wrap on the exterior.

“Every day after I get off my 9-to-5 job, I’ve been working from 5-to-12 on the food truck,” said Woolbright, a Navy veteran who flew to California last March to research food trucks, which are more common there.

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The Mighty Bowl breaks into business – Vancouver, Canada - After just a week on wheels, The Mighty Bowl, Vancouver’s first mobile food truck, sold out of food Thursday — a full 40 minutes before it was set to end lunch service.

Just outside City Hall, a throng of hungry office workers — The Columbian included — queued up for a brown rice and black bean bowl, topped with a housemade sauce, avocado, salsa, sour cream, cilantro and cheese. Some tacked on fruit smoothies. Nothing on the menu tops $6.75.

Clearly, Vancouver was ready to jump on the wagon with the hyper-trendy food cart craze. But it’s not just the bowl that’s had to be mighty: The new truck’s three owners have run a mighty 18-month gantlet of inspections and bureaucracy to get rolling.

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July 1

Portland council to take up food truck ordinance- Portland, ME - The city council will take up a proposal Monday night to allow food trucks in the city.

The new regulations would allow food trucks to operate overnight from 10 p.m. from 6 a.m. anywhere in the city, as long as they are at least 65 feet away from the entrance to other restaurants.  During the daytime hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. the trucks would be restricted to places where there aren’t a lot of restaurants, like the Bayside neighborhood, and industrial parks.

A special task force has been working on the ordinance for months. Portland already got a taste of food trucks when the Food Network reality show “the Great Food Truck Race” taped its season finale in the Old Port. City Councilor Ed Suslovic says food trucks are the next logical step for a city that is becoming known around the country for great food. Despite concerns from some restaurant owners about competition, Suslovic says there is room in the city for both.

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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.

Cantine California

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Rouxd Food Truck

Twitter: @RouxdFoodKrewe

From Jamaica to NOLA to The A. We’re a new food truck exploring the mixture of cultures and flavors of our family history. Through MEAT PIES!

The Dessert Pusher

Twitter: @dessertpusher

Atlanta’s 1st Dessert Food Truck…GET YOUR SUGAR FIX!! Food Truck Coming Spring 2012!!

http://www.dessertpusher.com

Augusta, GA

The Brown Bag

Twitter: @TheBrownBagGA

We are a mobile gourmet food truck serving lunch, dinner and offer catering. We take care of any kind of appetite! We are Augusta’s Food Truck.

http://brownbagaugusta.com/

Fresno, CA

TaKobbq

Twitter: @Takobbq

Bringing a fresh new taste to the Fresno community.

http://takobbq.com

Los Angeles, CA

Haute Skillet

Twitter: @hauteskillet

Haute Skillet is a new company started by people with a passion for good food, for people to who share an equal passion for good eats. Underground Dinners!

http://www.hauteskillet.com

Minneapolis, MN

Bloomy’s Roast Beef

Twitter: @BloomysRB

Saving the world one slow cooked roast beef sandwich at a time.

http://www.bloomysroastbeef.com

Foxy Falafel

Twitter: @FoxyFalafel

Sunday: Kingfield Market 8-1:30 Foxy Falafel, Beet Falafel, Curry Falafel. All $6. All can be GF!

http://foxyfalafel.com

Potter’s Pasties

Twitter: @PottersPasties

We are a mobile food truck serving traditional English pasties with a real Brit on board. Mum would be proud.

http://potterspasties.com

Paris, France

Cantine California

Twitter: @CantineCali

Un food truck à Paris, a little piece of America on a corner near you.

http://www.cantinecalifornia.com

St. Louis, MO

Lulu’s Local Eatery

Twitter: @lulusfoodtruck

Fresh Eats. Local Ingredients.

http://www.luluslocaleatery.com

Washington DC

Chef Driven DC

Twitter: @chefdrivendc

http://www.facebook.com/ChefDrivenDC

 

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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FRESNO, CA - The Fresno City Council delayed its decision on changing its food truck ordinance that would potentially hurt many mobile vendors. Some local businesses in the Tower District have complained that food trucks parked along the street aren’t playing by the rules and want the city to do something about it.

Dusty Buns has been serving up gourmet sandwiches from its food truck for about a year but that may soon change.

“We’ve done all the things we’re permitted. We’re legit and we’d like to show people that we really care about what we’re bringing to the city,” said Dusty Buns owner Dustin Stewart.

The city council postponed a vote that could affect Dusty Buns and other mobile food vendors that operate in Fresno. The proposed ordinance would limit food trucks parked along a city street to no more than one hour.

“If it goes down to an hour, my business doesn’t necessarily run in that time frame. I have a gourmet kitchen set up, once I pull up it takes me 15 minutes to set up and it takes me an hour to clean up,” said Stewart.

This comes after traditional Tower District restaurants complained Dusty Buns was violating current parking rules and essentially taking away customers.

“In the end, their complaints to me aren’t valid because I’m not taking their customers. I may be bringing 50 to 100 people to the Tower District,” said Stewart.

“I’m glad to see the council has decided to give all the stake holders a little bit more time to educate ourselves, inform ourselves,” said Amalia Chamorro with the California Restaurant Association. She wants the council to pass a clearer food truck code that’s enforceable.

“Enforcement is important. It should be an issue because you shouldn’t just set a time and then kind of let it go by the wayside, so regulations should be enforced,” said Chamorro.

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FRESNO, CA - When Anthony Taylor sees a lime green truck parked inFresno, his mouth starts to water.

“The grilled cheese sandwich is kind of like a piece of heaven in your mouth.  It’s crazy good,” said Anthony Taylor, a regular customer.

The frequent customer isn’t alone in his love of Dusty Buns.  The food truck, which has been in Fresno nearly a year, regularly draws a crowd of people cooking in the sun, to sample what’s cooking inside.

“I’m expecting it to be good, otherwise I don’t think we’d all be waiting out in the heat for 30 minutes or so,” said Emily Pessano, a first-time customer.

Soon the Fresno staple may hit the road for a national tour.  It’s in the top ten of an online contest to name “America’s Favorite Food Truck” and could win a spot on the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race.”

“It’s an honor just to be a part of this, to have a chance to represent Fresno and what we believe in, which is all this local produce,” said Dustin Stewart, co-owner of Dusty Buns.

Kristin and Dustin Stewart, a husband and wife chef team, are humbled by the exposure.  All they really wanted was to give Valley residents a taste of their own locally grown produce, prepared to perfection.

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