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NASHVILLE,  TN - It’s been a year since Dan Stephenson quit his day job to run Dan’s Gourmet Mac & Cheese full time.

This summer he’s taking another big leap: He’s looking for a group of college kids willing to make a three-week trek up the East Coast in a Dan’s Gourmet food truck.

Stephenson has two goals for the food truck tour. The first is to give the students business experience while helping cover rising college tuition costs.

Stephenson, who graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2006, said he understands the value and cost of a college education. That’s why all the profits from the tour will be put toward the students’ tuition.

Stephenson’s second goal for the food truck is to drum up attention for his company, which has been selling a lot of gourmet mac and cheese lately. Since Stephenson started it as a side project 3½ years ago, Dan’s Gourmet has expanded out of the Nashville Farmers’ Market to the frozen aisles of grocery stores across the country.

“A year ago, we were in about 10 grocery stores in two states,” he said. Today, the company sells its products in groceries in 35 states.

During the trip, the students will have full control over the business aspects of the food truck, he said.

They will be expected to drive the food truck, named Mac Attack, through the major East Coast cities from July 26 to Aug. 16 selling product. During the trip, they will be responsible for running all aspects of the food truck business, including social media marketing, budget management and licensing.

Find the entire article at tennessean.com <here>

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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 Nashville, Wilmington, Spotsylvania and Fresno.

April 11

Nashville food trucks will compete at Farmers Market – NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville food truck chefs will test their culinary — and social media — skills in the Nashville Farmers Market Takeover.

On April 26, 15 trucks will rush to create a special dish using an ingredient unveiled by the Grow Local Kitchen’s Laura Wilson. The chefs must post photos and videos documenting their use of the ingredient via social media, and a panel of judges will decide the winning dish.

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First State food trucks finding ways to fill up hungry customers – WILMINGTON, DE - Matt Walton waited patiently at the window of the orange, white and black truck outside his office building. The steady hum of its generator was barely audible over the upbeat music that spilled from the truck’s speakers.

The food truck’s name, I Don’t Give A Fork, hinted at its concept. The menu features items diners can eat with their fingers. Consider the “Mac & Cheesteak” – a Philly-style cheesesteak with onions and mac ‘n cheese – and the “Vermonter,” a sandwich with ham, honey mustard, apple coleslaw and sharp white cheddar.

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April 12

Food-truck trend sparks Spotsylvania business – SPOTSYLVANIA, VA- A new Spotsylvania County manufacturing company is capitalizing on the growing popularity of food trucks.

For the past nine months, Rolling Restaurants LLC has been helping customers turn their visions for food trucks into custom-designed realities. The business has a 4,000-square-foot indoor shop and outdoor storage yard at 218 Industrial Drive in the Four-Mile Fork area.

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April 13

Clovis man debuts mobile frozen yogurt shop – FRESNO, CA - Add frozen yogurt to the list of foods you can now get from a truck. Clovis resident Dennis Cantrell debuted his Gorilla Gurt mobile frozen yogurt shop at Big Hat Days this month.

The pink and white truck is just like a frozen yogurt shop — it can serve eight flavors from four self-serve dispensers and has a toppings bar — except that it’s on the side of a truck. Customers serve themselves and pay by the ounce.

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biscuit-love-new-truck nashvilleNASHVILLE, TN - For small businesses trying to survive, one man said he could keep them from failing — but not without some tough love.

Branding expert Martin Lindstrom lent his expertise to two family-owned businesses just steps from closing for good.

One business called Biscuit Love is a food truck in Nashville, Tenn.

“For the first time I feel like we’re pushing the cart instead of the cart pushing us,” said Sarah Worley, who owns Biscuit Love with her husband Karl. The couple had invested $80,000 in the business before Lindstrom’s intervention, and said they were just two weeks away from having to shut the doors forever.

With Lindstrom’s help, the husband and wife team transformed the Biscuit Love experience, creating a brand that goes beyond food.

Another business owner, John Veach, owns Veach’s Toy Station in Richmond, Ind., which has been in the family for 75 years. He and his wife Shari bought the business from Veach’s father last year.

“If I lose this, I don’t know what I’d do,” Veach told TODAY before the help from Lindstrom and a team of volunteers, who worked to transform the shop with bright colors, hands-on displays and a smarter layout.

Lindstrom told TODAY’s Erica Hill that the toy store and Biscuit Love had gotten to such desperate places because they were “in panic.”

Find the entire article with video by Jillian Eugenios at today.com <here>

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The mobile food industry has been growing in cities across the world since 2008. With this growth, a group of bloggers have been covering their local food truck scene and providing news, review and updates to their readers. As each new food truck city starts up, it usually has someone that wants to cover this trend for the people of their community. Outside of creating their blogs, many of them have also gotten involved in their food truck communities by hosting or organizing food truck events, or have gone a step further and created smart phone applications for local foodies to track their favorite local trucks.

Because of all of their blood, sweat and tears these writers/journalists/foodies put in, we thought we would create a way for our readers to select their favorites and give them recognition for their hard work. Over the last couple of weeks we ran a poll to give you a chance to submit your choice. In that time, nearly 1,300 of you cast your vote and today, Mobile Cuisine is proud to announce the results of this contest to determine our Favorite Local Food Truck Blog for 2013.

In first place with 38% of the votes:

Nashville Food Truck Junkie

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The rest of our top 5 (in order of votes received)

2) Street Grindz – Hawaii
3) Food Trailers Austin – Austin, TX
4) Hub Food Trucks – Boston, MA
5) Looking for Food Trucks – Los Angeles/Orange County, CA

Keep an eye open for our feature article in which we delve into the background of the Food Truck Junkie, and why she does what she does for the Nashville food truck scene. Again, we would like to thank all of you that voted in this contest. It is our readers are what let Mobile Cuisine continue to be the complete online resource destination for the mobile food industry.

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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 Grand Forks, Corvallis, Nashville, Lakeland and Cape Coral.

November 1

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsNew food truck drives into Grand Forks – GRAND FORKS, ND - Melissa Castro has been dishing out tamales, menudo and tacos with homemade tortillas since mid-September. Her mobile business, L&C Mexican Food, is easy to miss since she’s only operated Saturdays next to a Grand Forks auto shop.

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Revel Upgrades Food Truck with Mobile POS – CORVALLIS, OR - The new system eliminated the reliability problems Juicys was having with other mobile solutions. The cloud-based Revel system allows Enright to view sales figures from any location in real time with his smartphone or laptop.

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November 2

Hundreds Turn Out For Nashville Street Food Awards – NASHVILLE, TN - This year’s annual Nashville Street Food Awards celebrated the finest in local food truck cuisines.

This year marked the second year of the awards. It was held Saturday afternoon in Centennial Park. The free event featured more than 20 food trucks competing in several different categories including Best Taco, Best Dessert, Best Deep Fried, and Best Between Bread.

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Restaurants Express Satisfaction, Disappointment With Food Truck Rallies – Lakeland, FL - The caravan that circled Munn Park on that November day was welcomed with open arms — and wallets — by fans eager for the litany of unusual fare: tacos spilling with duck confit; burger buns stuffed with barbecued pork and macaroni and cheese.

Lakeland’s first official food truck rally passed the test with flying colors, but the thrill did not extend to some downtown merchants who fretted over losing income to the rolling interlopers.

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November 3

Cape Coral council considers tighter regulations for food trucks – CAPE CORAL, FL - Cape Coral has seen its share of mobile food vendors move into city limits. So much so that on Monday city leaders plan to talk regulation. A food truck ordinance has been in the works, sponsored by Councilman John Carioscia.

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Nathan Morgan | Nashville Business Journal

NASHVILLE, TN - Fans of the food truck Riffs Fine Street Food can now enjoy a steady schedule and new breakfast and lunch dishes at Riffs Cafe at Highland Ridge on Marriott Drive.

“We’re taking our food truck sensibilities and making sure that we are doing everything high-end and as impressive as we can,” said B.J. Lofback, who, along with partner Carlos Davis, owns Riffs Fine Street Food, Riffs Cafe and Riffs Catering.

The cafe, inside one of the Highland Ridge office buildings, is open for breakfast and lunch.

While the cafe offers the same vision of “street food ideas from around the world,” it also serves coffee drinks using Intelligentsia Coffee and pastries created by chef Audra Dykes, and will soon feature express lunch options.

“Soup, salads and sandwiches are going to be more common in this setting than in the truck,” Lofback said. “In the truck, we do tacos and more eclectic things.”

Not to say the offerings at Riffs Cafe aren’t creative. The pastry chef creates her own takes on Girl Scout cookies, Little Debbie snacks and more.

“We’re always changing and always playing,” Lofback said.

While Davis is busy with the catering business and Lofback focuses on the business side, executive chef Drew Whitney brings Lofback’s dishes to the table.

Find the entire article by Jen Todd at The Tennessean <here>

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rolling feast nashvilleNASHVILLE, TN - As the fascination with mobile restaurants continues to grow, Nashville has a new addition to its ever growing fleet of food trucks. The Rolling Feast is the latest of eateries on wheels to hit the Nashville streets, offering up a fresh selection of southwestern and Latin inspired menu items.

The founders of the Nashville food truck, The Rolling Feast, are happy to announce they have hit the streets and are now serving up their original gourmet recipes from parking lots and side streets all across town. Founded by two Nashville transplants that refined their culinary expertise on the west coast, The Rolling Feast is one of the few food trucks in Music City that offers meals with a Latin American flavor.

The Rolling Feast was conceived and created by the husband and wife team of Tom and Cynthia Mead, both of whom have extensive experience in the food industry. Graduates of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, the couple are introducing a new style of food truck fare to the Nashville community.

“Tom has always worked in fine dining as a chef and I have been managing restaurants for years,” stated Cynthia Mead. “After working in the restaurant industry at locations all over the country, you eventually get the bug to start up your own place and settle down. Nashville was attractive to us because it has a booming restaurant scene and food trucks are becoming immensely popular. With plenty of family in the area we are excited about our little start up and happy to be bringing a new style of gourmet grub to Nashville’s food truck fans.”

With more than 20 years of high-end dining experience and formal culinary training, Chef Tom Mead designed the entire interior of the Nashville food truck himself to ensure proper flow and the best quality of service. Reaching back from his experience as an executive chef of a Tucson, Ariz. southwestern style bistro, The Rolling Feast chef prepares each menu item from scratch. Every dish is made on the truck, using fresh, local ingredients.

The award winning chef’s menu includes Southwestern/Latin American selections such as: Green Chile Pork Carnitas, Nachos with Poblano Chile Queso & Chorizo and Sonoran Dogs. Each plate is seasoned and styled to bring across the zesty flavors of the Southwest to hungry food fanatics of the Mid-South.

The cheery red food truck is hard to miss cruising your local neighborhood and is also available for private parties and special events. For those wanting to give The Rolling Feast’s unique take on Latin American cuisine a try, they can find a calendar of scheduled stops on their new website.

For more information about The Rolling Feast or to reserve the truck for a special events, call 615-979-1533 or send an email to therollingfeast@gmail.com.

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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:

Fort Worth, TX

Fajita Xpresso

Twitter: @FajitaXpresso

Fajita X-press was founded by Timothy Brake and Gino Rojas. Our goal is to provide gourmet coffees and cuisine in a fast and friendly dinning environment.

http://fajitaxpresso.com

Nashville, TN

Bradley’s Ice Cream

Twitter: @HitAndMissNash

The name of the brand new, beautiful ’57 Chevy Blue’ homemade ice cream truck you’ve all heard about is Bradley’s Curbside Creamery.

http://www.hitandmissicecream.com

New York, NY

Sassy Gal on Wheels

Twitter: @Sassygalonwheel

Sassy Gal will put a spin on the everyday American favorites such as tacos, burgers and sandwiches with the bold flavors of the Caribbean.

sassygalonwheels.com

Northwest Arkansas

Turk On Wheels

Twitter: @TurkOnWheels

We’re a mobile kitchen serving authentic Turkish wraps (seasoned ground beef with cheese, homemade marinara, lettuce, tomato & onions wrapped in a tortilla).

http://facebook.com/TurkOnWheels

Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa Streat Gourmet

Twitter: @StreatOttawa

Ottawa Streat Gourmet. Joining Ottawa’s food truck fleet spring 2013. Locally sourced and inspired. Brought to you by the owner of The Urban Pear. Stay tuned.

Phoenix, AZ

Spice It Up [Truck]

Twitter: @spiceituptruck

Global #Curries & Dishes from around the World. Find our #foodtruckon #Facebook. Owner: Chris Paciora.

http://spiceituptruck.com

Quebec, Canada

Sumotori

Twitter: @sumo_taxi

Cantine japonaise qui vous mettra de l’umami plein la bouche!

sushitaxi.net/sumotori

Syracuse, NY

STIR

Twitter: @stirmobile

Gourmet Mobile Eatery Coming Soon…Stay Tuned For Menu, Catering, and Location Updates…See You Soon! – STIR

Tampa, FL

Flying Sliders

Twitter: @T_FlyingSliders

http://www.flyingsliders.com

Washington DC

Caribbean Cafe Truck

Twitter: @Caribbean2Go

DC’s newest addition to the food truck family. Real West Indian Cuisine. Real fast.

caribbeancafetruck.com

DC GREEK FOOD

Twitter: @dc_greekfood

 

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

 

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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.

Southern Gourmasian
The Southern Gourmasian can be found on the streets of Little Rock, AR

Columbus, OH

Reuben-esque

Twitter: @rueben_esque

The little food trailer that COULD!!!

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Lucky Ducky Dogs

Twitter: @LuckyDuckyDogs

Lucky Ducky Dogs Food Truck – Fun With Meat! Fresh artisan bread (not hot dog buns) provide the pillow for our gourmet sausages and delicious toppings.

http://www.LuckyDuckyDogs.com

PompeiiDFW

Twitter: @PompeiiDFW

Serving classically modern Italian cuisine all over the DFW Metroplex.

http://www.pompeiidfw.com

Hamilton, Ontario

The Meatball Shoppe

Twitter: @meatballshoppe

Canada’s First Gourmet Meatball Truck Hitting the Streets in Summer 2012

http://www.themeatballshoppe.ca

Little Rock, AR

Philly’s

Twitter: @phillystogo

Serving authentic Philly style cheesesteaks all around Arkansas. Follow me to see where I will be next!

Southern Gourmasian

Twitter: @SGourmasian

Little Rock Food Truck. The Southern Gourmasian.

http://www.thesoutherngourmasian.com

Los Angeles, CA

Good Greek Grub

Twitter: @GoodGreekGrub

Bringing Greek street food to the streets of L.A.

http://www.goodgreekgrub.com

Nashville, TN

PerkRanger

Twitter: @thetrailerperk

We are a full service coffee, tea & espresso specialty shop on 2 wheels. We serve gourmet lattes, mochas, Signature drinks, ice blended & much more. Go Titans!

thetrailerperk.com

Orlando, FL

Wakotaco

Twitter: @Wako_taco

Food truck offering modern Mexican food!

http://www.wakotaco.com

‘Wiches & Brew

Twitter: @Wiches_Brew

Mobile food truck featuring handcrafted gourmet sandwiches and sodas.

Philadelphia, PA

Farm Truck

Twitter: @Farm_Truck

Enjoy the seasonal eats and local produce of Farm Truck, a mobile farmers market and restaurant. Soon to be up and running! Founders Eliot Coven & Kris Pepper

Portland, OR

Fiji Indian Curry

Twitter: @fijiindiancurry

Indian Food. Gluten Free,and dairy free curry. Meat and Vegan food. Food Cart Pod on NE Alberta & 23rd.

http://fijiindiancurry.yolasite.com

Reno, NV

Battle Born Truck

Twitter: @BattleBornTruck

BattleBornTruck.com

Washington DC

Capital Chicken Waffle

Twitter: @CapitalCW

The DC area’s first & only chicken & waffles food truck! Stay tuned for updates, coupons, grand opening details and much, much more! *coming soon*

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

 

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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 Boston, Orange County, Buffalo, Wichita and Nashville.

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October 5

For food truck festival organizers, the events are high-gear affairs – Boston, MA - Wrapped in a black-and-white checkered fleece blanket, Anne-Marie Aigner zoomed around in her golf cart at Suffolk Downs in the early hours of a recent Saturday, barking orders at everyone and everything — including the threatening sky.

“You will cooperate,” Aigner scolded as she glanced at the gray, misting clouds.

She had been up up since 4:30 a.m., attending to the many details involved in pulling off the latest Food Truck Festivals of New England event. Aigner launched the start-up last year with her partner, Janet Prensky, and says three decades of event-planning didn’t prepare them for the complexities of food truck feasts. It’s like creating a giant gourmet food court on wheels, with too many cooks in too-small kitchens and hungry customers with seemingly insatiable appetites.

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Food trucks are fundraisers for some O.C. schools – Orange County, CA - San Clemente High School invites the public to ‘Food Truck Mondays’ on campus to help fund the music program. Canyon High in Anaheim and Foothill High in Santa Ana have similar events, and Trabuco Hills in Mission Viejo will soon.

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October 6

Food Truck Contest Rolls On – Buffalo, NY - A local food truck competition that was at risk of being cancelled turned out to be a great success Saturday.

At first, Buffalo’s Best Food Truck contest was in jeopardy because vendors didn’t get proper permits, according to Amherst Town law.

Besides the grub, the food contest was set up to help Buffalo’s City Mission, a well-known charity that helps families in need with some of the basics, like food and shelter. This benefit could’ve been cancelled if it wasn’t for a Boulevard Mall business stepping up.

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Food Trucks Roll into Wichita – Wichita, KS - It’s an idea gaining popularity across the nation: Taking a restaurant, putting it on four wheels – and making it mobile. Now, the food truck craze is rolling into Wichita.

Summer Schoenhals has always wanted to own her own restaurant. “I’m passionate about it. This is what we want to do,” Summer said. When finances ran short, inspiration from a TV show gave her the idea to start a food truck.

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October 7

Vanderbilt brings food trucks to Greek Row – Nashville, TN - Food trucks have staked out a permanent place right next to Greek Row, and just in time for Family Weekend, but what a long, strange trip it’s been to get there.

Vanderbilt Student Government partnered with event management company Wanderland Urban Food Park on an initiative that will bring Nashville food trucks to the corner of Vanderbilt Place and 24th Avenue starting this weekend. The space has been initially scheduled for two four-hour shifts on Friday night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. and then three shifts on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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