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This week’s 5 on Friday we spoke with the owner of the St. Louis, MO based food truck, StLouisianaQ. We wanted to learn more about them, their food and why they’ve decided to join the initiative Fighting Hunger In America – and share it with our readers.

Name: Thomas “Chef Papa T” White

Age (range is fine): 60

Food Truck Name: StLouisianaQ

Twitter: @stlouisianaq

Website: www.stlouisianaq.com

Location: St. Louis, MO

Year started in the mobile food industry: 2012

Mobile Cuisine: Why did you become a food truck owner/chef?

Chef Papa T: I have had many years of Chef experience; started out as a US Navy cook doing 3 tours in Viet Nam, went to Chef school in Europe, opened and head cheffed at a St Louis restaurant, opened and was executive chef in Panama, FL… then got out of the business for a while. But, I always loved good food and loved cooking for people – plus the wonders of mobile food and bringing it to new people each day drew me in.

MC: What was the inspiration for your menu and how did you settle on your food offerings? 

CPT: I was born and raised in Louisiana, and have lived in St. Louis most of my adult life,  so I offer a blend of Louisiana and St. Louis cuisine.  I do not do Cajun or Creole on the truck… I bring good Louisiana southern style cooking.

MC: Do you have a favorite moment since opening your food truck?

CPT: My first big food truck event was an eye opener! Looking out the service window and seeing a sea of hungry people waiting to try our StLouisianaQ was just awesome! That first time you get slammed – and the truck looks like an explosion at the end of food service – is just unbelievable!

MC: What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself and your food truck in 2 and 5 years?

CPT: Right now we are switching over to a new and improved version of StLouisianaQ a truck instead of a trailer. We have been fitting it since the end of 2013, and we should be rolling it out in the summer of 2014. We are anticipating major growth over the next 2 to 5 years as more companies get hip to the idea of bringing lunch to their work place, and events decide to bring a food truck to their venue.

MC: What one tip or piece of advice do you wish you had been given before opening your food truck?  

CPT: We really should have done more research to see what the qualifications were for joining the St Louis Food Truck Association. We have been unable to join because we are a trailer – a $60K state of the art stainless steel interrior mobile kitchen, but a trailer nonetheless- and surprise to us, this association does not allow trailers. Because of this, we have been out of the loop for many businesses, events and venues, and locked out of many major food truck rallys in the St Louis area. Because of this oversight, we have had to work twice as hard to make ourselves known and build our business.

BONUS:  Why did you choose to join the food truck initiative Fighting Hunger In America? How do you plan to encourage donations?

CPT: We are all about the idea “What goes around comes around” This is how we live our daily lives, and we want to always transfer that sentiment into StLouisianaQ. We plan on putting the initiative onto our Website and food truck – and encourage others to get involved.

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If you’d like more information about joining the Give Network Food Truck Fights Against Hunger, check out this article. If you join before May 31st, you will be entered in a chance to win a $500 gas card.

Destination Desserts

ST. LOUIS, MO – The food truck that travels around the St. Louis area is known for its sweets – gooey butter bars, rocky road cupcakes.

In fact, it serves a higher purpose – providing job training for people with head injuries and disorders such as autism.

Officials at the Center for Head Injury Services came up with the idea after the economy soured in 2008. The economic collapse made it even more difficult to find work for those with disabilities.

“So we decided to take matters into our own hands and create jobs,” the nonprofit’s Donna Gunning said. “Some people could pre-measure things, others might mix frosting or be good at the decorative part.”

Gunning opted for a food truck, and Destination Desserts was the result.

The nonprofit business began in 2012 with help from grants from the Kessler Foundation and Developmental Disabilities Resources. It sold 15,000 dozen cookies to corporations and others that first winter.

About a year ago the food truck actually hit the streets. The truck, retrofitted with a galley kitchen, is bright pink and decorated with drawings of cupcakes and cookies.

Laura Schweitzer, 30, who was injured in a shooting, once planned to be a language teacher. She now has found satisfaction decorating specialty sugar cookies.

Schweitzer wasn’t able to work quickly enough to keep a private-sector job, she said. She’s been at Destination Desserts since October.

“When my other job let me go, it was devastating for me,” she said. “Here I create some of the designs and decorate with much greater freedom.”

Destination Desserts had $68,000 in sales last year, and is on pace for $105,000 in 2014, program director Denise Samuels said.

The goal, Samuels said, is to train the disabled so they could graduate to private-sector jobs. So far, two workers have moved on, one to culinary school.

“I would love for that to happen more often, because we want to affect more people’s lives,” she said.

This article provided by the Associated Press.

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COLUMBIA, MO – At its meeting Monday night, the Columbia City Council approved ordinances to authorize food truck zones on certain downtown streets and to extend the hours that restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol at sidewalk cafes.

After the passage of the ordinances, food trucks will be able to set up shop at eight on-street parking spaces on the south side of Cherry Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, eight spaces on the south side of Locust Street between Ninth and Tenth streets, and 10 spaces on the north side of Walnut Street between Ninth and Tenth.

To use the zones, food truck operators need to pay for the parking spaces they use by leasing meter bags from the city’s Public Works Department. Daily bags cost $10 for one space and $20 for two spaces, and monthly bags cost $150 for one space and $200 for two spaces.

Before passage of the food truck ordinance, food trucks were mostly limited to private parking lots.

Bryan Maness, owner of the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co., testified before the council and asked it to amend the proposed ordinance to allow food trucks to park on city streets on the University of Missouri campus. Campus is predominantly zoned R-3 residential, and the ordinance the council passed does not allow food trucks in residential areas.

Council members indicated they might be open to adjusting food truck zones later, but Mayor Bob McDavid said the city should get the university’s input on the issue of allowing the trucks on campus before amending the ordinance.

“I think we should explore that,” McDavid said.

Find the entire article at columbiatribune.com <here>

churches on the streets

ST. LOUIS, MO – Churches on the Streets made news late last year when the Health Department shut them down for serving hot meals.

Now, the organization has a way to get around those rules—a food truck for the homeless.

“We had a gentleman who said, ‘Hey, I want to buy you a food truck,’” co-founder Angela Valdes says. “So, we’ve been working fervently to get that up to par. We got it painted with our lettering on so we’re now ready to roll on the streets and keep serving people.”

Volunteers will take the truck out every Monday night. The meet at 6:00 p.m. at 1600 North First Street, at Cotton Belt Rail Depot.

Find the original article at cbslocal.com <here>

vincent van doughnut st louisST LOUIS, MO – You: “I sure could go for a chocolate minted marshmallow doughnut right now, but I don’t know where to find one.”

Your friend: “Coincidentally, I too would be interested in an artisanal doughnut at the moment, perhaps one with a maple glaze and candied bacon, but I am also unaware of where one might be procured.

Me: “You’re both in luck, because the doughnuts from popular doughnut truck Vincent Van Doughnut will soon be available at all Straub’s Markets. And why are you talking like that?

As reported in the Riverfront Times, the hip, where-is-it-now doughnut truck has inked a deal to sell their doughnuts at all four Straub’s Markets beginning Feb. 21. Eight flavors a day will be offered — Fridays through Sundays only, at least at first — on a rotating basis. The flavors might include such favorites as chocolate salted caramel, French toast (their most popular flavor), and creme brulée.

Creve CoeurCREVE COEUR, MO – Food trucks soon may be serving pizzas, tacos, burgers and other goodies for the culinary delights of foodies in Creve Coeur.

The Creve Coeur City Council on Jan. 27 heard the first reading of a bill that would allow food trucks in the city. Currently, the trucks are only allowed at catered events. The next reading and possible action is set for the council meeting on Feb. 10.

The bill amends the city code on solicitors, canvassers and handbills to allow mobile food vendors. The vendors are defined as those who sell food from motorized vehicles or non-motorized carts.

“It essentially provides a framework to permit food trucks under certain provisions in the ordinance,” said City Administrator Mark Perkins. “We want to create an opportunity for food trucks to become more prevalent if the market conditions are conducive.”

Those wanting to operate food trucks in Creve Coeur would have to obtain a license. A major reason for this is to ensure that people comply with sales tax and county health department regulations, Perkins said.

Find the entire article at newsmagazinenetwork.com <here>

2012 Dessert Truck Sarah's Cake Stop

Earlier this month we began polling our readers to help us determine their favorite dessert food truck. Our final poll had 12 dessert trucks to select from:

  • 3 Girls Cupcakes – Kansas City, MO
  • BSweets Mobile – Los Angeles, CA
  • Flirty Cupcakes – Chicago, IL
  • Frozen Hoagies – Boston, MA
  • Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats – Washington DC
  • Sarah’s Cake Stop – St. Louis, MO
  • Street Sweets & Eats – Sal Lake City, UT
  • Sugar Shack Sweets – Little Rock, AR
  • Sweet Treats – Seattle, WA
  • Sweetery NYC – New York, NY
  • Trailercakes – Dallas, TX
  • Twirl & Dip – San Francisco, CA

Voting was consistent and very close during the entire 2 week voting period, and in a surprising twist the two Missouri trucks from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas were able to claim nearly 60% of the total votes. After counting the 5,600+ votes, Mobile Cuisine is proud to announce the 2012 Dessert Food Truck of the Year winner. With 29 percent of the overall vote (just 2 percent or 125 votes over second place) Sarah’s Cake Stop from St. Louis, MO has claimed the title.

We would like to congratulate the crew from Sarah’s Cake Stop and thank our readers for helping us with this poll. We will be providing a feature article on this truck later this week.

You can follow Sarah’s Cake Stop on Twitter: @Sarahscakestop


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