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It has been a long year, and many things have happened over the course of the last 12 months. In the mobile food industry we saw the same type of growth around the world as we have seen since it’s rebirth in 2008.

2013 Rookie of the Year

For the third year in a row, we are conducting a contest to find out who our readers feel is the food truck rookie of the year. Last year’s contest was won by the the Crazy Good Burgers out of Morristown, TN. This year we had numerous submissions from around the country, and today, we are opening the the voting to help us determine who will be the Mobile Cuisine 2013 Food Truck Rookie of the Year.

We would like to thank all of those who voted for their choice of rookie food truck of the year. Voting will remain open until Friday, 1/24/2014 at midnight Central time.

Once the poll is closed, the truck with the most votes will be declared our winner.

Good luck to the contestants…and let the voting begin!!!

THIS POLL HAS CLOSED. The results will be announced shortly.

NOTE: Because we have had some issues with our polling system and individuals not being able to submit votes, we will provide the form below or email us at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com to allow you to submit your choice. We are only accepting 1 vote per ip address, so we will be monitoring the results and only count a single vote per submission from the polling system or through email.

 

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Yep, it’s that time of the year again; it’s time for the Mobile Cuisine staff to look back and pick out your favorite posts from last year. As you will be able to tell very quickly, our readers are consistently looking for ways to improve their mobile food business. This is why we create these articles…FOR YOU!!!

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Your top 10 most read Mobile Cuisine articles (written in 2013) in order of most read:

Writing a Food Truck Business Plan
Differences Between Insuring Food Trailers and Food Trucks
Business Tips for the First Time Food Truck Owner
Key Performance Indicators and Your Food Truck’s Success
6 Reasons to Start a Food Truck Before Opening a Restaurant
What to Ask Yourself Before Naming Your Food Truck
Solving Common Food Truck Cash Flow Problems
What Your Food Truck Employees Are Thinking But Would Never Say
Steps to Start a Food Truck Business
3 Apps to Help Write Your Food Truck Marketing Plan

and not to forget our contest winners of 2013:

2013 Rookie Food Truck of the Year – TBD
2013 Dessert Food Truck of the Year – Custom Confections
2013 Best Food Truck Graphic Design – Renny’s Oki Doki
2013 Vegetarian/Vegan Food Truck of the Year – The Cinnamon Snail
2013 Punniest Food Truck Name – Wienerbago
2013 Food Truck Blog of the Year – Nashville Food Truck Junkie

Was there a favorite of your own that we missed? Let us know in the comment section below!

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The votes from our initial polling for our 2013 favorite dessert food truck are in. Let your friends and family know that the final voting has begun. We had great turnout for so many trucks across the country, it was difficult to narrow the field down to just ten…but we did.

Dessert Food Truck of the Year 2013

Here are your top 10 for 2013:

This Poll is Closed!!!

These polls will wrap up on Friday, December the 20th. The truck with the most votes from this poll will be declared our winner.

So spread the word, and help your favorite lay claim to the title.

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Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth from time to time? Because there are very few individuals who can make this claim, food trucks that specialize in desserts have become a mainstay in every city food trucks exist. From cupcakes to ice cream, adding dessert trucks to a food truck community has proven to be a necessity and boon to the consumers in those areas.

Dessert Food Truck of the Year 2013

At Mobile Cuisine would like to know who our readers feel is the best dessert food truck in the world this year. Because of this, we are starting a competition to find out who it is.

Starting today, we are asking for you to nominate your favorite dessert food trucks. You may submit as many times as you would like, but each submission must be submitted individually. We will accept entries for this portion of the contest until Friday, December 6th.

At that point we will narrow the field down to your top 10 nominations. On Monday, December 9th, we will open up two polls for you to select from to determine the winner in each category. The truck with the most votes from each poll will be declared our winner.

Not only will the truck(s) lay claim to the title of Dessert Truck of the Year, the winning truck will have a profile interview posted on Mobile Cuisine.

Eligibility:

The trucks eligible for Favorite Dessert Food Truck must specialize in desserts (i.e. cupcakes, ice cream, yogurt, whoopee pies, pudding, etc…). Submissions must be of a food truck, trailer or cart that has been operating since the end of October 2013 (anywhere in the world).

Feel free to submit one or more trucks or even feel free to vote for a single truck more than once, however each entry must be submitted individually.

You may submit your votes on the form at the bottom of this page or email us at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com

Please include the name of the truck, the name of the dessert and the city, state (or country if they operate outside of the United States) the truck(s) operate in. We will contact each vehicle owner that makes it to the polling stage to submit images of their trucks, so don’t worry about attaching images of vehicles in your submission.

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Here at Mobile-Cuisine.com, we love sharing mobile food industry related resources and stories with our readers. We are considering a large number of upgrades to the site, but want to make sure we are adding the content you want and will help the most.

To do this, we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful if you would take a little time (5 or so minutes) to answer some survey questions for us.

By taking the survey – it will help us improve Mobile Cuisine for you!

Your input is very valuable to us and for taking your time to help us, participating readers will be entered to win a Visa Gift Card.

Click HERE to take SURVEY —>>> Mobile Cuisine Reader Survey

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Giveaway Details – GIVEAWAY IS OVER, but we’d still love to hear your thoughts on our survey.

  • $25 Visa Gift Card – (1) One Mobile Cuisine reader that fills out the survey will be chosen at random to win. (you must include your email address at the end of the survey)
  • Open to all US Residents, including Alaska and Hawaii and Canadian Residents
  • Giveaway will close on Friday, October 4th at 12 p.m. CST

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Image from Mark Bugnaski | MLive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Food trucks date to at least the 1800s, when chuck wagons provided nourishment for cowboys on long cattle drives.

More recently, they took the form of mobile canteens that sold pre-wrapped sandwiches to factory workers on their lunch breaks.

Today, they’ve become vehicles with funky names like Green Zebra and Concrete Cuisine that serve gourmet fare on street corners, art fairs and corporate events.

And Michigan economic developers want more of them dotting the state.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. recently handed out $77,775 in grants to aid the startup or expansion of eight food truck operations. Those businesses will supplement the grants with $144,246 of their own capital.

Others who want to enter this fast-growing industry can get advice on starting a food-truck business from Michigan State University Extension.

The MEDC’s Mobile Cuisine Startup Program likely won’t lead to much job growth or provide more than a tiny boost to the state’s economy.

And there has been some resistance to food trucks by restaurants and local governments.

But the program is designed to promote entrepreneurship and aid in community development.

Grant recipients also are encouraged to work with local businesses and farms in providing “unique food options to patrons in public spaces,” according to the MEDC.

Bridgett Blough won a $10,000 grant to expand her Kalamazoo-based food truck operation called The Organic Gypsy.

Blough, 27, a Michigan native and Kalamazoo College graduate in economics, said the money will help her buy a refrigerated trailer to haul behind her truck and a commercial-grade juicing machine.

“I’ve always known that I wanted to start my own business,” said Blough, who has worked as a personal trainer and health educator. “The more I got involved in health, I found food was an important part of that.”

Find the entire article by Rick Haglund at MLive.com <here>

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genie-lampOver the years, Mobile-Cuisine.com has been chasing after becoming “the” go to website covering the mobile food industry. Whether it was through the content about the industry, writing a book “Running a Food Truck for Dummies” and the numerous contests the site has held to help the operators in the food truck industry get national acclaim for the work they do on the streets of their local communities.

To do this, numerous hours of research have been dedicated to helping prospective and existing food truck owners. Why do I do it? It simple really.

Because I love the industry and those involved in it. It has been my pleasure to provide the data and articles and plan to continue this as long as I can.

Today I are asking for those in the industry and the site’s readers who just enjoy reading about these culinary entrepreneurs to help us out to provide even more content. If you were unaware of it, Mobile Cuisine is basically a one man show. Yes, it has a number of contributing authors who have helped add valuable content relating to the industry, but on a day to day basis, the bulk of the work done on the site is done by one person; Richard Myrick, the found and editor-in-chief.

While I feel that the site provides a lot of useful information, there is a lot more that I wish I could add. The problem I have is my limited knowledge of computer coding, and this has been the one area that has held me back from expanding the site even more than it has over the years.

I am entering Mobile Cuisine in a contest that will assist me in the ability to add additional information many of my readers have asked for, but due to my inability to properly code the site, I have not been able to provide it. Intuit is offering 15 opportunities to for small business owners to win $5,000 to help expand their business. My plans for the money if I were to win would be to hire a php coding expert to help me adding the additional framework to mobile-cuisine to add sections to the site that I have been planning to add for years, but just couldn’t figure it out on my own.

So here is where you come into play, please help the site win the contest by following this link and vote for my wish. The more votes I acquire  the better chance I’ll have at winning, and being able to make my wishes come true. I thank all of you for your continued support, and hope to very soon be able to announce the new content I am hoping to add through the granting of my wish.

Vote for us <here> (please note you can vote once a day)

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At Mobile Cuisine we know that the life of a food truck owner can be busy, and because of this, you may not have all the time in the world to peruse the articles that we publish daily. To help those of you who only have a limited amount of time to read about the mobile food industry, we provide you with  “The Food Truck Week in Review.”

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Reference Articles:

Writing A Food Truck Business Plan

Food Truck Kitchen Design Basics

Breaking into the Food Truck Industry

Finding A Commissary Or Commercial Kitchen For Your Food Truck

DYK: Macaroons 

Top Off the Wire Articles:

NYC Food Trucks Assist Hard-Hit Coney Island

Durham City Council To Meet To Decide New Food Truck Rules

Sydney Australia Soon To Have Food Truck Options

Top Tip of the Day:

Do You Have Your Food Truck Employees’ Backs

 

 

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Mobile Cuisine is pleased to announce a new contest for the readers of our site. This contest will be used to determine what food truck menu items are their favorites.

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As many of you may already know, Richard Myrick; the editor-in-chief of Mobile Cuisine is also the author of the recently released Running a Food Truck for Dummies. He recently announced that he has a new project in the works. He has been contracted by John Wiley & Sons to write a second book relating to the the mobile food industry. This book will not center around the operations of a food truck, but more about the cuisine that mobile food vendors are creating from their rolling bistros.

Food Truck Favorites for Dummies will be a recipe/cookbook that shares the best of the mobile food industry with the world.

Which Food Truck Entree is Your Favorite?

  • What The FORK Truck- Scranton, PA - Sriracha Taco (59%, 819 Votes)
  • I Don't Give a Fork - Newark, DE - Mac and cheese steak (28%, 382 Votes)
  • Easy Slider - Dallas, TX - Sweet & Lowdown sliders (7%, 91 Votes)
  • Melteez Food Truck, Las Vegas, NV - Ultimate vegetarian grilled cheese (4%, 56 Votes)
  • Lobsta Love - Boston, MA - Lobster Roll (1%, 11 Votes)
  • SaltBox – Boulder, CO - The Mac & cheese with chipotle and bacon (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Goody’s - Paris, France - Paris Bleu Burger (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Seoul Food DC – Arlington, VA - Spicy skirt steak bibimbap (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Kangaroostaurant – Appleton, WI – Royale with cheese (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Chef Deuce's Island Grill - Knoxville, TN - Blackened mahi sandwich (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Street Chefs – Tallahassee, FL - Shepherd's Pie Wrap (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,383

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The winner of each of this poll will have the opportunity to have their recipe published and featured in the upcoming book Food Truck Favorites for Dummies. Please note that each of these vendors will have the option to not have their recipes published…that will be their choice.

This is the second portion of the contest. The vendors in this poll were the most popular submissions by our readers. The voting for this contest begins today and will run through Friday, October 12th at 12PM CT.

 

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At Mobile Cuisine we know that the life of a food truck owner can be busy, and because of this, you may not have all the time in the world to peruse the articles that we publish daily. To help those of you who only have a limited amount of time to read about the mobile food industry, we are starting up a new weekly article titled “The Food Truck Week in Review”. In this new content we plan to give you a brief overview of the most popular articles (with links) that our readers have viewed.

Week in Review

Top Articles (site wide):

2012 Vegan Food Truck Of The Year: The Cinnamon Snail

Food Truck Kitchen Design Basics

Writing A Food Truck Business Plan

How Much Does It Cost To Start A Food Truck Business

Finding A Commissary Or Commercial Kitchen For Your Food Truck

Top Off the Wire Articles:

Seattle’s First Floating Food Truck

Summary Of Season 3, Episode 1 Of ‘The Great Food Truck Race’

Dos Equis Makes Food Trucks More Interesting

Top Tip of the Day:

Don’t Let Your Food Truck Passion Blind You

 

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