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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 Los Angeles, Milan, Boston and Brandon.

May 9

Roy Choi’s Favorite L.A. Food Trucks – LOS ANGELES, CA - The man who started the L.A. food truck craze shares his favorite spots to grab some delicious grub on wheels.Find the entire article <here>America Will Represent Itself With Food Trucks At The Next World’s Fair – MILAN, ITALY - The world’s fair, Expo Milano, is already gearing up for its 2015 season.

The theme of the upcoming fair, which is held every two to three years, is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and the USA pavilion will focus on food trucks.

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May 10

Food truck obsession? It’s all in our heads – BOSTON, MA - THE OTHER day, while lost in the cadence of a lunchtime run, the rhythm of my familiar route was suddenly interrupted by a new object dotting the landscape — a food truck.

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May 11

Food truck industry in Tampa evolves – BRANDON, FL - The food truck business is more of a daily operation now than it was four summers ago, when the culinary street-food frenzy hit Tampa after first landing in Los Angeles; New York City; Portland, Ore.; and Austin, Texas.

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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 Baltimore, Fayetteville, Los Angeles and Saratoga Springs.

May 2

Compromise possibly forming over food truck bill – BALTIMORE, MD - The fight over where and when food trucks can operate in Baltimore City continues, but WBAL-TV 11 News has learned a compromise is forming.

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Six food truck owners win public permits in Fayetteville – FAYETTEVILLE, AR - A half dozen mobile venders will be allowed to sell food in public areas around Fayetteville in 2014.

City officials on Thursday conducted the first ever public permit lottery drawing to allow food truck owners to set up shop in public parking spaces or inside city parks.

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May 3

Hot New Restaurant: The Kogi Taco Guy Takes on Korean Hot Pots in a Hip Hotel - LOS ANGELES, CA - The Sydell Group, a boutique hospitality brand responsible for luring Eleven Madison Park’s acclaimed chef Daniel Humm to open an eponymous restaurant at its NoMad Hotel in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, turned to,Kogi taco mastermind Roy Choi for the food and beverage program at its energetic new modernist Line Hotel in Koreatown.

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May 4

Food Truck Showcase of Upstate New York rolls into town - SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - It may have been a cloudy, but that didn’t stop the food fanatics who turned out for the Food Truck Showcase of Upstate New York.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Of the roughly 3,200 licensed food trucks and carts wheeling meals around Los Angeles County, about 40 percent have never been inspected by the Department of Public Health. The rest are checked less frequently than guidelines require, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Those troubling figures come from Angelo Bellomo, the Department’s director of environmental health, who oversees restaurant and food truck inspections, who told the L.A. Times that, “this is an area that needs improvement.”

The Vehicle Inspection Program, which mandates letter grades for food trucks, was first introduced in 2011, and county health guidelines require two annual field inspections. However this hasn’t happened for a significant number of mobile eateries on the road and consumers still cannot review health inspection information for many of these trucks.

The 40 percent report does not include any unlicensed vendors that are currently doing business in the city.

“[The Health Department] estimates around 11,000 illegal vendors operate every day here in Los Angeles County,” said Matt Geller, Co-Founder & CEO, Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association on AirTalk. “So they have a huge task ahead of them. I’m sure that there are lapses at times, but 40 percent seems like a very high number to me.”

The term illegal vendors refers to any person selling food or beverages without a license, from the person selling sodas out of a cooler to a food truck roaming the streets without a license.

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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 Los Angeles, Freiburg, Charleston and Andover.

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Big Gay Ice Cream Shop Comes To L.A. – LOS ANGELES, CA - New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream is set to open in its first shop in L.A. mid to late spring, according an interview done by the LAist. It will be the third Big Gay Ice Cream Shop nationally and the first shop outside of New York.

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Freiburg has its first “Food Truck” – Freiburg, Germany - Since May last year, Anika Mundinger and Geoff de Forest stand with their “Holy Taco Shack” at the weekly market. From an elaborately remodeled food carts out they sell real Mexican food: everything fresh, everything homemade, with Mexican tortilla press and a green sauce made ??from home-grown tamatillo.

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February 1

Area food trucks battle rain, ice - CHARLESTON, SC - Jessie Stament is determined to stay positive.

The owner of Refuelers, a Charleston-based food truck, says between the winter storm and this weekend’s rain event, the weather has taken its toll on fellow food truck entrepreneurs.
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February 2

New rules proposed for food trucks - ANDOVER, MD — Food trucks in town could soon come under new rules for where and how they operate if a new bylaw is approved.

The Planning Board will seek Annual Town Meeting approval this spring for a new food truck license and regulation process that would be governed by the Board of Selectmen.

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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 Phoenix, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and York.

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Food trucks: Good route to opening a restaurant? – PHOENIX, AZ - The food-truck phenomenon is taking over, from Food Network programs to weekly gatherings of food trucks of all kinds here in Phoenix.

But the trucks, which dish up everything from exotic fare to American staples, are expensive, and whether or not the investment ultimately pays off from a business standpoint depends on the restaurateur.

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Ricky’s Fish Tacos debuts new food truck: It’s go time – LOS ANGELES, CA - Ricky’s Fish Tacos is finally legit. As of noon today, Ricky Pina, who makes some of the best fish tacos in Southern California, started handing out orders from a state-of-the-art, diesel-fueled shiny food truck. It’s a big move from a makeshift tarp and fold-up tables in a parking lot.

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December 21

New CapMac owner says truck could return to GW by February – WASHINGTON DC - The new CapMac owner has more good news for mac and cheese fans – not only will the truck return within a few weeks, but GW will also be one of its first stops.

Twenty-one-year-old Josh Warner said the popular food truck will hit the streets by February, and may choose GW as its first location to usher in the new ownership.

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December 22

York hot dog vendor worries about license lottery, future of his business – YORK, PA - The last few weeks have been an “emotional roller coaster ride” for Darren Borodin.

The single father of three has spent the past two years selling hot dogs on Continental Square in York City, a business that generates enough income to support his family and leaves enough time to put his kids on the school bus in the morning and tuck them in at night.

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la food truck letter gradeLOS ANGELES, CA - Food trucks are major draws for foodies across the Southland. Here are some guidelines to choosing your food trucks wisely.

A cold fridge, hot grill and top-notch worker hygiene are all characteristics that would add up to an “A” grade for a restaurant. But are consumers on their own when it comes to food trucks?

“What you need to know is that they need to operate under the same premise as a restaurant,” said Bill Flynn, a food inspector and restaurant trainer. “Hot food hot, cold food cold, proper sanitizing and proper hand sinks and temperature controls.”

What you can’t see can hurt you. So here’s what you should look for the next time you get hungry for some food truck eats.

First thing, look for the letter grade. It should be posted, but if it’s not, it’s possible the truck is certified in a different county, so just ask.

Also, check for these as well: health permits and business licenses – both should be visible. You can even check out vehicle registration tags, which indicate good operating practices.

“There’s an old expression: ‘When you go into a restaurant, check out the restroom first.’ It might be an indication of what’s inside,” Flynn said.

Since you can’t do that with a food truck, be observant in other ways.

“What is the hygiene of the employees look like? Are they wearing a hair net?” Flynn said.

If you see greasy hair or dirty fingernails, look for another lunch spot. You might think you’re more likely to get sick from undercooked food, but you’re actually more likely to get sick from food borne illness due to bad employee hygiene.

If they’re handling raw chicken, pork or beef – they should be wearing gloves although it is not a law to do so.

Jennifer Hoover of Newport Beach is a big food truck fan. She often hits Gateway to LA’s Tuesday truck fests. She says she relies mostly on word of mouth or website recommendations.

“I’m still here, and I haven’t been sick,” Hoover said.

Along with eyeballing permits and food operator behavior, feel your food. It should be hot. Proper cooking techniques kill bacteria.

Some foods are more risky than others, simply because the way they’re prepared. For example, brownies or corn on the cob are pretty safe. If they’re plunged in fats or oils, that’s pretty safe as well.

However, when it comes to burgers, tacos and salads, you might be rolling the dice.

“These are foods that don’t have another step of cooking, so to speak. Your lettuce, your salad, your tacos and the garnishes on those tacos, if they were contaminated at the source, they could be contaminated when you eat them,” Flynn explained. “Cross contamination is a big deal.”

That’s not to say that you need to avoid taco trucks. Just be armed with the right information to see that they handle these items properly.

Flynn checked White Rabbit, a Filipino fusion truck, and the Wicked Kitchen truck, which serves everything from Thai to Vietnamese to Cajun. Both passed food safety criteria, but that doesn’t surprise Wicked’s Ryan Carlin, who says health inspectors are rigorous.

“They are pretty harsh. They want to really nail us wherever we go,” Carlin said.

Carlin says trucks need permits for every city they work in.

In Los Angeles County, trucks are inspected twice a year. Sometimes they’re scheduled, sometimes they’re random. This year, the L.A. County Health Department inspected 1,429 trucks. Out of those, 1,250 got As, 132 received Bs, and 47 trucks got Cs.

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LOS ANGELES, CA -  The Los Angeles City Council is considering new regulations that could potentially shut down a food truck that has been feeding the hungry on the streets of Hollywood for more than 25 years.

Greater Hollywood Food Coalition food truckThe Public Works Committee heard a motion introduced by Councilman Tom LaBonge Wednesday, which urges city departments to consider banning non-commercial food distribution in public rights of way, an initiative that would force the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition to move.

In a packed room, the committee heard emotional testimonials from both sides and received a petition from 20 residents and business members that feel their health and safety is in jeopardy because of the truck located on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street.

“The food truck has brought a lot of theft and crime. I’ve had numerous things, multiple bikes stolen, I’ve had homeless people try to attack me,” said Summer Mcdowell.

“On several occasions, my kids have stumbled upon used syringes and condoms on the sidewalks,” said a man.

Supporters, however, said stopping the feeding programs in public rights of way would be blanketing a growing problem of homelessness.

Find the entire article with video at losangeles.cbslocal.com <here>

While this current motion is targeting non-commercial food trucks, this is not the first time Councilman LaBonge has gone after the mobile food industry in Los Angeles.

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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 Binghampton, Miami, San Jose and Los Angeles.

September 20

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsFood trucks could be heading to downtown Binghamton – BINGHAMPTON, NY - Eli Enav peaked inside a bright orange Halal food cart on a downtown sidewalk Friday afternoon, just as a Styrofoam container filled with lamb meat smothered in sauteed onions and bell peppers emerged.

The 21-year-old Binghamton University student, from Washington, D.C., watched as the cart’s owner, Paul Muzzio, 23, applied a final touch to the dish called a gyro platter, covering it in his sweet and tangy version of a traditional tzatziki sauce, a yogurt, mint and chopped cucumber mixture.

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Co-workers set-up gunman after stealing from lunch truck – MIAMI, FL - A group of co-workers turned the tables on a suspected crook after he robbed a lunch truck. The alleged robber thought he was getting help from a stranger, but it was all a set-up.

“Basically, we took care of the robber. We made it easy-peasy for the police,” said Daniel Quintero who chased down the suspected gunman.

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September 21

Americans Hungry for Hipster Foods - So maybe the chance to taste the flaky spawn of a doughnut and croissant won’t get you lining up at the crack of dawn. Maybe you’re holding out for a burger nestled between fried ramen noodles. Or perhaps it’s the elusive McRib that moves you.

Whatever flies your foodie flag, it’s hard to deny that Americans love feeling part of something deliciously exclusive, that they clamor to taste trendy, hard-to-get morsels.

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Microloans Surging in Silicon Valley - SAN JOSE, CA - A daycare provider needed cribs and high chairs. A coffee truck needed a generator. A couple renting party supplies needed to move from a garage into a storefront.
When these Silicon Valley small businesses needed an influx of cash, and fast, they didn’t find help at a bank. They turned instead to a type of financing more commonly associated with buying a sewing machine for a Guatemalan tailor or a tractor for an African farmer…microlending.

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September 22

Food trucks to roll into LAX, continue weekly at Long Beach Airport – LOS ANGELES, CA - The food truck craze that has swept the nation will soon roll up to Los Angeles International Airport.

No, airport security won’t allow food trucks to pull to the curb of the terminal. Instead, an airport concession operator plans to install the shell of a food truck inside of Terminal 4. The fake truck will be outfitted inside with grills, pots, pans and other equipment to serve food.

Starting Nov. 1, the food truck will be operated by food truck chefs based in Los Angeles, who will rotate in once a year or so.

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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 Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Boston, Montreal and Kennebunk.

August 2

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsHow One Association Is Leading a Food Truck Revolution – LOS ANGELES, CA - The mobile food industry hasn’t necessarily been welcomed with open arms in many U.S. cities. Food truck operators in places like Washington, DC, and San Francisco are often fighting complicated regulations and zoning requirements that would limit the areas where they could legally operate.

The SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association wants to change that and is working city-by-city to help local food truck operators establish associations and work toward beneficial regulations in their area.

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A.C. food truck wins national contest – ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Mustache Mobile – the food truck run by Mike Hauke of Atlantic City’s Tony Boloney’s – wowed a panel of judges on “LIVE’s Truckin’ Amazing Cook-Off” today on LIVE with Kelly and Michael. He won $20,000 and bragging rights.

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August 3

Boston schools launch meals on wheels to reach students – BOSTON, MA - Borrowing a page from the popular commercial food trucks, the Boston School Department is taking its summer food program on the road to bring meals to students.

For the first time Friday, the School Department sent a truck stocked with about 600 lunches to three locations across the city.

The food truck, which does not charge for meals, is the latest addition to the summer program that provides breakfasts and lunches to more than 11,000 young people each day at more than 120 community centers and schools.

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If the city wants food trucks to fail, it should just add some more questionable rules – MONTREAL, CANADA - The good news is we Montrealers finally have street food trucks this summer, after decades when chip wagons were outlawed, like bullfighting arenas.

The bad news is the trucks are run by a city hall-driven bureaucracy with so many rules we’ll be lucky if many survive two summers.

The other night I had a great street taco at the mountain, across from my house — but when I returned for a second one at 10:01 p.m., they couldn’t sell it. City rules demand all trucks close at 10 p.m. sharp, like a camp curfew.

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August 4

Proposed food truck regs go too far – KENNEBUNK, ME  - An ordinance to place restrictions on mobile food vendors in Kennebunk is clearly aimed at the valid goal of protecting the existing businesses in the town, but we agree with some of its detractors that its provisions are overreaching.

A public hearing is slated for Aug. 15 on the proposed mobile food vending ordinance, and it’s sure to be spirited, as even some selectmen have said they do not support all of the ordinance’s provisions.

As proposed, the ordinance would deny a mobile food vendor license to any person who has been incarcerated for a year or more within the past five years; and prohibit operation within 100 feet of a restaurant or other establishment that sells similar products, with the definition being that 40 percent of their products are similar.

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conagraIn an article over at takepart.com, editor Willy Blackmore opens the curtain on food giant ConAgra and how they have managed to open a food truck under the cover of trademark secrecy.

Wicked Kitchen, a Los Angeles-based operation that launched last fall. The “About” section on Wicked Kitchen’s blog (hosted by Tumblr, naturally) doesn’t make it clear if launching the truck involved leaving ConAgra, but Trademarkia.com clears that matter up: “On Friday, August 03, 2012, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for WICKED KITCHEN by ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc., Omaha, NE 68102.”

Although there’s no mention of Wicked Kitchen on ConAgra’s website, it is indeed one of the corporation’s newest brands, one that’s clearly geared at not only garnering some new market share, but of breaking, rather dramatically, with the brand image of its parent company. This is Big “Indie” Food.

Find the entire article by Willy Blackmore at takepart.com <here>

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