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food truck lotteryLAS VEGAS, NV – Food truck operators interested in having access to four parking spots in downtown Las Vegas on a rotating basis must register for a lottery by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27. The lottery will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., in the first-floor training room No. 3 at 8 a.m.

The city’s mobile food vendor pilot program provides designated parking spaces for food trucks to do business downtown. Registrations for the lottery will be accepted at the city of Las Vegas Parking Services Office, located at 500 S. Main St. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The drawing is restricted to companies currently licensed to operate mobile food vending trucks inside the Las Vegas city limits. Entries will be limited to one per company. There is a non-refundable fee of $50 per licensee to enter the lottery. The mobile food vendor license is not a privileged license and can be obtained online at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/business or by contacting business licensing at (702) 229-6281.

Find the entire article at mynews3.com <here>

LAS VEGAS, NV – Through a city lottery conducted Monday, serving times and dedicated parking spaces were doled out to 16 participating food trucks. Their rotations begin today.

The lottery system was created after the Las Vegas City Council decided in October that all food trucks must operate at least 150 feet away from existing brick-and-mortar restaurants.

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Jace Radke, a city spokesman, said the pilot program would run from August to January. After the six-month trial period, the city will review the program and make any necessary improvements.

A single food truck will be allowed daily at three reserved downtown locations: at 100 Bonneville Ave., near the Bonneville Transportation Center; 1 Lewis Ave., behind City Hall; and in the 400 block of South Third Street, in front of the Regional Justice Center.

A1 Mobile Catering will be among the first food trucks to operate under the new system. Owner John Mergaretis said it was too early to tell whether the lottery system would be beneficial or detrimental for business but said he was willing to participate.

“It’s worth a try, though. It might be well,” Mergaretis said.

A complete calendar of food truck operating hours can be found on the city’s website.

Find the original article by  at the LasVegasSun.com <here>

Las Vegas Wedding WagonLAS VEGAS, NV – In these convenient times, we’ve come to expect a certain level of customer service. Too tired to go shopping? Have your groceries delivered. Dog too shaggy? Summon the mobile pet groomer. Got the munchies at a weird hour? Oh look! A food truck!

So perhaps it’s not entirely surprising that the quickie Las Vegas wedding ceremony just got a whole lot quicker. For $99, the Las Vegas Wedding Wagon will pull up to the Sin City sidewalk of your choosing and let you get hitched in a serious hurry.

Sound cheesy? Of course it is — but it also isn’t. Wedding Wagon co-founders Andy Gonzalez, 38, and James Cass, 39, have put a tremendous amount of thought into the little embellishments on their chapel-on-wheels and the wording of their wedding vows. The end result: Weepy, joyous gush-fests that are loaded with meaning and drowned out only by the sound of the traffic whizzing by.

“It was PERFECT,” enthused Stefanie Tucker, 37, who just got married next to the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” sign with the help of the Wedding Wagon. “I couldn’t have planned it better if I had put six months of planning into it. We had so much fun — and no stress!”

That’s precisely the experience Gonzalez and Cass hoped to offer when they launched the Las Vegas Wedding Wagon on July 18. They felt so confident about their ability to slice a tiny sliver out of Vegas’ flourishing wedding industry that they both quit their comfortable day jobs before they even performed their first wedding ceremony. (Stefanie Tucker and her new husband, 41-year-old Kelly Andrew Tucker, were the Wedding Wagon’s first customers.)

“We researched the industry here and found out that there are 7,000 to 9,000 weddings a month in Vegas — that’s 250 weddings a day,” said Gonzalez, who just left his marketing and public relations job for an online shoe and apparel company. “If we could start a business taking even 1 or 2 percent of that market, we realized we could meet or exceed our salaries and have fun in the process.”

Find the entire article by Laura T. Coffey at today.com <here>

Michelle-Faedos-on-the-Go tampaTAMPA, FL – Michelle Faedo has never been to Las Vegas. She’s never left Tampa, for that matter.

In November, she will compete for $300,000 at Caesars Palace during the World Food Championships.

The championships contacted Faedo on Friday to invite her and her husband, Robert, to compete. The Faedos in March won the 2013 Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City, their second consecutive victory. The win qualified them to cook for the big money this year in Las Vegas.

Last year, the championships invited Skipper’s Smokehouse owner Tom White and his girlfriend, Cricket Larson, to compete with the restaurant’s Grouper Reuben sandwich. They were bested by Las Vegas chef Robert Butler’s Duck Fat Crisped Pork Butt Sandwich and his Sweet & Cheesy BBQ Pork Sandwich.

Faedo intends to make her trademark Cubano, but she also must decide on a second sandwich to serve for judges during the first round. If she wins her sandwich category, she goes to the final judges table to compete against food in seven other categories, including barbecue, chili, burgers and dessert.

Find the entire article by Jeff Houck at TBO.com <here>


las_vegas_city_hallLAS VEGAS, NV – Food truck vendors looking for a safe space to set up shop along the streets of downtown Las Vegas should motor over to City Hall by July 22 to apply for a new pilot program being launched by the city.

The program will set up three dedicated parking spaces for food trucks in downtown Las Vegas — one by the Regional Justice Center, another by City Hall and a third near the Bonneville Transit Center.

Food trucks offering their takes on everything from cheeseburgers to pizza to barbecue have proliferated downtown in recent years. But outside of planned, permitted events, finding space to operate the trucks legally downtown is a challenge.

In October, the city passed an ordinance prohibiting food trucks from selling food within 150 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant. In addition to the restaurant buffer, trucks are allowed to park at city parking meters for only half an hour at a time, even though it often takes them that much time to set up for the lunch rush.

The new parking spaces set aside under the city’s pilot program would only be available to food trucks and will be rented for $5 per hour.

Find the entire article by Conor Shine at lasvegassun.com <here>

OTW LogoIn 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 Las Vegas, Arlington, Rochester, Escondido and Sacramento.

March 1

Food trucks hit hard by high gas prices in Las Vegas – LAS VEGAS, NV – The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Las Vegas is $3.82. In the last two months, prices have shot up around the country.

Not only does it put a strain on your wallet, but also the small businesses who rely on it.

The food truck business in Las Vegas is booming. Their business, though, is based on constant relocation. So when gas prices go up, so does the pressure.

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Vendor Wars Continue: Korean Truck Wins Battle with Gov’t – ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington County is reconsidering its policies regarding food truck vendors following the collapse of a case it had brought against the Korean fusion food truck Seoul Food. The truck will continue to roll and serve food, thanks to General District Judge Thomas J. Kelley who dismissed a case against Hyun “Anna” Shil Goree, who owns the mobile eatery with her husband J.P. Goree. Shil faced up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for not sufficiently complying with an Arlington County law mandating that food trucks move every 60 minutes.

Find the entire article <here>

March 2

Food Trucks One Step Closer To Spot On City Streets – ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Starting this summer, food trucks could roll into the city as part of a trial run.

The trucks are currently prohibited from parking on city streets and selling food.

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Escondido food truck rules hit snag – ESCONDIDO, CA — Escondido’s efforts to regulate trendy gourmet food trucks have hit a snag: New rules proposed by the city would unintentionally ban old-style food trucks that have for years served construction sites and industrial parks.

City officials have spent several months carefully crafting new rules to regulate gourmet trucks, which have become a sort of national craze, thanks partly to social media.

Find the entire article <here>

March 3

Local Chef Honors Wife By Carrying Out Food Truck Dream – SACRAMENTO, CA – Starting a business is never easy, but a local man knew he had to make his family’s dream come true.

Roel Olivares Jr. and his wife, Nancy, always wanted to have a food truck business. When Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer, the plans were put on hold. After she passed away, he wanted to finish what they started together.

Find the entire article <here>

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Las Vegas City Council’s meeting Wednesday will be highlighted by several downtown-related items, including food trucks. Here’s what to watch for at the meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. at City Hall:

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Photo by: LasVegas360.com

After passing an ordinance in October forbidding food trucks from setting up within 150 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants, the city will consider a plan to give the mobile food vendors more space to operate.

A bill proposed by Mayor Carolyn Goodman calls for a pilot program allowing food trucks to park along certain public streets when serving customers, as long as food-truck operators feed the meters, too.

The ordinance will be discussed at today’s recommending committee meeting and introduced at Wednesday’s full council meeting. It likely will be scheduled for a public hearing during one of the council’s February meetings.

Find the entire article by Conor Shine at the Las Vegas Sun <here>


LAS VEGAS, NV – Food trucks prowling Las Vegas city streets will need to stay at least 150 feet from restaurants under an ordinance approved Wednesday by the City Council.


The council voted 5-1, with Councilman Steve Ross against, in favor of the ordinance, which has been the subject of debate for more than a year.

It appeared all but dead in September when the council tabled it after members couldn’t agree on an appropriate distance.

But Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian called it back to the agenda as a way to prevent open-air food vendors from putting out unsightly tents, tarps, cords and pipes.

“I knew I needed to move somehow in a direction to take care of that,” Tarkanian said.

Regulations for the open-air vendors, which operate in parking lots out of trailers, were added to the proposed ordinance for food trucks.

Restaurants have pushed for a distance buffer, saying food trucks are poaching business. Food truck owners have pushed back, saying they should be free to compete for customers.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman had proposed a 150-foot buffer, but in March, the Planning Commission proposed a 1,320-foot zone. It was altered again to 300 feet by the recommending committee before the council failed to pass it Sept. 5.

During the meeting Wednesday, advocates for both sides of the issue pressed the council to support their positions.

Tom Dennis, owner of the Redneck Kitchen food truck, said that most food truck owners self-police for appropriate behavior and that too many regulations could become burdensome.

“We want to have some class when we are doing this; the 150 feet or more, that is just keeping us out of some areas,” Dennis said. “Please keep in mind that a great distance really hurts us.”

But Wes Isbutt and Debra Heiser, owners of the Bar and Bistro restaurant and advocates for food truck regulations, said they resent trucks that park nearby when he holds events aimed at attracting customers.

“We spend all of this money to do marketing and bring all these people down to our bistro,” Heiser said. “People literally have to pass his truck to come to our restaurant.”

Find the entire article by Benjamin Spillman at lvrj.com <here>


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:

Atlanta, GA

Gr8Am Cookies Truck

Twitter: @CookieTruckATL

Can’t get to the mall? Come find us to satisfy that sweet treat craving! Double Doozies, our classic cookies and decadent brownies! Share the Fun of Cookies!


Chicago, IL

Burgers That Go

Twitter: @BurgersThatGo

Chicago’s late-night burger fix! Serving Chicagoans delicious burgers that you’ve never tasted before. Stay tuned for more news!

Cincinnati, OH


Twitter: @StirNoodleTruck

Cincinnati’s first noodle truck. Specializing in traditional Japanese Ramen and other Asian inspired noodle dishes. Updating as we go!!!

Dallas – Fort Worth, TX

Cono Pazzo

Twitter: @ConoPazzo

Pizza Cones are in DFW!!! Follow us to find out where we will have our food truck so you can be the first to try our fresh pizza cones. First in the US!!

Gypsy Scoops

Twitter: @GypsyScoops

Gypsy Scoops is the mobile ice cream parlor experience catering hand-dipped ice cream to the DFW area.


World Tour Food Truck

Twitter: @worldtourfoodtr

Houston, TX

Big Daddy Z’s

Twitter: @bigdaddyzs

Houston’s newest food truck is coming very soon!!! Big Daddy Z’s will offer sandwiches, sliders, sides, and desserts; along with daily food specials.


Las Vegas, NV

Wieners on Wheels

Twitter: @WienersonWheels

Wieners on Wheels is a gourmet hot dog truck. The concept is to take the good old fashion hot dog EVERYONE loves and make it amazing!


Louisville, KY

Let’s Eat

Twitter: @LetsEatFT

Montgomery County, MD

Bánh Mì Annie

Twitter: @BanhMiAnnie

Vietnamese food cart serving Montgomery, MD. Baguettes, Spring/Summer Rolls, Coffee & More


Mesob on Wheels

Twitter: @mesobonwheels

Seattle, WA

Curb Jumper Street Eats

Twitter: @CurbJumper206

Curb Jumper Street Eats is a fast, fresh, fun Food Truck experience from Seattle. Serving gourmet sliders and specialty sandwiches.



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


LAS VEGAS, NV – Lunchtime at the Clark County courthouse. The crowd pours down the steps and into the midday sunlight. Courthouse regulars in power suits and laminated badges step with purpose toward their dining destinations. But their bewildered clients, who don’t spend much time at the Regional Justice Center, helplessly scan the glass walls of the office tower across the street, searching for food.

Carefree Catering regularly parks outside the courthouse. PHOTO: JEFERSON APPLEGATE

Their collective eyes settle on three options near the corner of Third Street and Lewis Avenue: a hot dog cart, the Courthouse Bar & Grill and the Carefree Catering food truck. A crowd begins to migrate to the food truck. As business picks up, a sizzling hiss rises from the mobile kitchen. The smells of cooking meat, cheese and spice spill out of the windows, where orders are taken and delivered.

Bob and Tammy Meyers are at the courthouse on business. They ordered lunch from the food truck, bypassing the restaurant and the hot dog cart. Why did they choose the food truck?

“Just look around,” Tammy says. “There are no restaurants.”

Her statement isn’t entirely true, but the area outside the courthouse certainly isn’t brimming with eateries, and the Courthouse Bar & Grill is pretty easy to miss, as is the Capriotti’s sandwich shop in the courthouse basement.

“It’s fast, easy and quick,” Bob Meyers adds. “And it’s the first thing we saw.”

Find the entire article by AMY KINGSLEY at lasvegascitylife.com <here>


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