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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 Miami Beach, Philadelphia,Calgary, Atlanta and London.

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May 11

Food Trucks to Roll On Miami Beach – MIAMI BEACH, FL – The City of Miami Beach will allow a limited number of food truck roundups, starting as early as June. The issue of having food trucks on Miami Beach was pushed back many times, as local restaurants felt it would take away business.

On May 9, the Miami Beach City Commission moved forward with a long-discussed (and fiercely debated) pilot food truck program in North Beach.

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In Philadelphia, Food Trucks are Rolling – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Food trucks used to be fleeting purveyors of adventurous cuisine, so hard to locate that following the right Twitter feed was the only way to find them. Now, they are a nearly inescapable part of the culinary landscape in many cities, as common as trucker hats once were among their clientele.

In fact, the indie food-truck operators who tweet their location of the day to those in the know in Philadelphia have been retweeted by the likes of Le Meridien, a luxury hotel in Center City across from a plaza where many trucks set up.

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May 12

Calgary food trucks kicking in to high gear this summer – CALGARY, CANADA – In less than a year, the number of food trucks will have more than tripled with no signs of slowing down.

What began as a pilot project last year is now entering in to the third and final phase, with several new trucks set to hit the scene in the coming weeks.

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Food truck park bustling again after truck operators fall in line with city –  ATLANTA, GA – One week after the Atlanta Food Truck Park shut down when four truck operators were cited by police, the trucks and customers have returned to what has become a popular gathering point on Howell Mill Road at Interstate 75 north.

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May 13

Running a food truck offers satisfaction, but not without hard work – NATIONAL – Last year, author Jennifer Lewis surveyed 539 food truck owners across the country with a simple question: Are you happy that you’re doing this? Ninety-seven percent said they wouldn’t want to do anything else. But an almost equal number reported that the business is harder than they had expected.

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Let’s get this food truck on the road – LONDON, ENGLAND – ALTHOUGH not famed for its native cuisine, London has profited from its openness to outside culinary influences, allowing the capital to punch above its weight. Food is big business – the hospitality industry employs around 2.5m people in the UK. But times change. If London wants to keep up it must embrace innovation – including of the kind that drives into town in a truck.

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We would like to thank our readers for their time and effort in voting for Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s Mobile Food Vendor of the Week. With all the the votes in, your clear choice was the Slow Food Truck of Miami Beach, Florida.

You may find their profile <here> if you missed it.

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With profiles from Chicago and Portland this week, we felt a Friday food truck profile should come from the South. With so many growing mobile food cities, the choice was difficult, until we recalled a story we had reported on down in Miami Beach, Florida, where a candidate for city council felt enough emotion toward the truck that it lead to him leaving them a little note which called them, “jackasses”.

Late last year after growing tired of the Miami restaurant scene, Zachary Schwartz and Oren Bass tossed in their chef coats and decided to move into the realm of gourmet food trucks. These Johnson & Wales University North Miami classmates have taken their knowledge base acquired from working in Michilen rated kitchens and brought it to the streets.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to say hello to the Slow Food Truck, a mobile eatery that brings you slow cooked, seasonal, and straight from the farm cuisine. If you are not familiar with the term ‘slow food’, we offer you a brief explanation from the Slow Food USA website.

“Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”

Oren and Zach are both members of Slow Food USA, and explain the philosophy that rules their rolling bistro.

“Don’t sacrifice quality for speed when you can have both. We offer Slow Food inspired culinary creations everywhere and anywhere we can park. Slow Food Truck is here to fill the void left by the processed fast food and subs available for lunch, by offering Slow Food to South Florida in an easily accessible manner. Slow Food Truck believes in practicing the ideas of Slow Food and utilizes fresh, local, and seasonal items whenever possible.”

It has been said that the Slow Food Truck is the mobile embodiment of the earth-loving, rainbow-hugging slow food movement. In other terms; local, sustainably grown ingredients like organic farm eggs, hormone-free cheese, greens plucked from local farmers’ markets the same morning and fair-trade coffee.

This does not mean that by their using this philosophy that you need to lower your taste expectations for the meals served from this truck. Au contraire, these ingredients are what liven up their breakfast tacos, fries and meat-filled sandwiches like the Short Rib n’ Dip Sandwich and the Cuban Cowboy with pork and Southern slaw.

When asked what advice they may have for those looking to follow the same path into the mobile food industry they replied, “Be ready to work harder than you can imagine! Take your dream and make it a reality.”

As with life and this food truck, sometimes it’s better to take things slow.

The Slow Food Truck can be found on the streets of Miami Beach, and Southern Florida.

Updates are posted on www.slowfoodtruck.com/, Twitter, and Facebook.

Our recommendation:

“The Ono” Every awesome bite provides you with pulled pork, ham, glazed pineapple, crispy shallots on Italian bread. The juicy pulled pork and fresh pineapple balances the saltiness of this sandwich.

What their fans have said:

Oh No! I finally tried the Ono sandwich.

This sandwich is a kosher jew’s worst nightmare as it combines roasted pork, ham, and bacon with juicy pineapple and fried shallots. One bite and your heart will stop either from the deliciousness of the Ono or the blast of cholesterol. Definitely one of the best sandwiches I have had from a truck. Oh, and if I didn’t need any more calories, I also had a cup of their awesome fries. There should be a defibrillator on the side of this truck.

The Ono and the Short Rib sandwich are a 1 – 2 punch that need to be tried.

One of the best trucks at BTTR fa sho!

– Paul M. Miami Shores, FL

For a recipe from the Slow Food Truck, follow this link to their Short Rib Sandwich instructions. http://mobile-cuisine.com/features/recipe-short-rib-sandwich/

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MIAMI BEACH, FL – Food trucks are not allowed in Miami Beach, but the city may establish a monthly food truck festival in North Beach as a way to gauge support changing the rule that prohibits the nomadic kitchens.

As the South Florida food truck craze exploded in Miami-Dade County, different communities welcomed scores of rolling restaurants with regular festivals for the scene’s foodie following.

Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami campus features the Biscayne Triangle Truck Round-Up on Tuesdays, South Dade hosts the Cauley Square Food Truck Party each Wednesday, and the Magic City Casino features the monthly Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival, to name a few.

But there are no such events on Miami Beach, which has mostly been off-limits to food trucks.

That, however, may change.

At the request of Commissioner Michael Góngora, the city is considering the creation of a monthly or bi-monthly food truck festival on North Beach’s Ocean Terrace, a two-block stretch of oceanfront hotels, shops and restaurants starting at 73rd Street. And if all goes well, a general city prohibition of the popular but sometimes controversial food trucks could end.

“Its a good idea because we’re trying to encourage more business in North Beach and get more people up to Ocean Terrace,” he said.

According to the city, food trucks are only allowed to set up shop as private caterers or during permitted special events.

But Góngora said he thought inviting the mobile eateries — which have an online following of tens of thousands on Facebook and Twitter and web pages designed to locate individual trucks — would attract new crowds to North Beach and in particular Ocean Terrace, an area he said has problems with vagrants, panhandling and “illicit behavior.”

When Góngora brought the issue up recently during a Neighborhoods committee meeting, commissioners and administrators agreed to look into a trial food truck festival during an slow time for business, such as a week night, before considering changing any city laws.

Góngora is meeting with North Beach residents 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Sazons Cuban Cuisine, 7305 Collins Ave., to discuss the proposal. City staffers will return to Sazons at 10 a.m. on June 2 for a second discussion.

The community meetings could be important, considering food trucks haven’t always been welcomed by brick-and-mortar business owners who pay rent and sometimes complain that the trucks swoop in and steal customers, leave litter and food behind or flood storefronts with exhaust.

In Miami, police have shut down food truck roundups on at least two occasions, citing code violations and complaints from residents.

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