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jersey city food truckJERSEY CITY, NJ – A measure to revamp Jersey City’s regulations regarding food trucks was postponed again last night, in yet another setback for a measure that the City Council first introduced 16 months ago.

The ordinance, which was set for adoption tonight and has been in the works for two years, was tabled so city officials could review changes suggested by two food-truck owners who spoke to the council tonight and at its Monday caucus.

The measure would require that food trucks and other mobile food vendors move at least 150 feet every two hours. The current requirement is that vendors move every 20 minutes, though it is rarely enforced.

The ordinance would also prohibit the vendors from selling in parts of Journal Square and Newport.

Taco Truck owner Jason Scott on Monday told the council he objected to a portion of the ordinance that would have prohibited vendors from parking on private property even with the permission of the property owner. Another portion, Scott said, is worded in a way that would essentially forbid the vendors from parking anywhere in Jersey City.

Find the entire article by Terrence T. McDonald at The Jersey Journal <here>

Red Hook

OCEANPORT, NJ – Susan Povich’s road to the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars championship began with 20 pounds of lobster she brought back from a trip to Maine.

When Povich’s husband, Ralph Gorham, suggested they turn a storefront in the building they owned in Red Hook into a lobster pound, her reaction was a comment you can’t print in a family newspaper.

The two opened the Brooklyn storefront in April 2009, the truck came along last May, and today Red Hook Lobster Pound garnered Top Truck honors in the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars competition at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.

Wafels & Dinges won the people’s choice award for best truck and the Cutting Edge Cuisine award from the judges. Dellano’s Food Service of Long Valley won the Absolute Classic award for its sausage, onions and peppers sandwich, while Gozen Yogurt won Most Seductive Sweet honors for its chocolate and cake batter swirl, and mango sorbet, flavors. And Lil Dan’s won for Dazzling Presentation.

Red Hook’s winning sandwich was a Maine-style lobster roll with homemade lemon mayo. “So simple, so fresh,” said judge Michele McBride, from Brookdale Public Radio 90.5 FM The Night.

“We use the claws and knuckles,” a jubilant Povich said afterwards. “They’re the most tender part of the lobster. I don’t use tails because they get too tough.”

Dellano’s sausage sandwich had a big admirer in judge Grace Hanlon, executive director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, who described it as “excellent.” She also loved Gozen Yogurt’s cool, colorful creations, calling them “so full of flavor.” The Philadelphia-based truck can be found at the city’s Love Park and on the Drexel University campus.
Lil Dan’s, another Phllly-based food truck, was the runaway winner in the Most Dazzling presentation category; its charbroiled chicken and egg-topped roast pork sandwiches pork were wonders to behold – and eat, too!
Find the entire article by Peter Genovese at nj.com <here>

food truck wars

Oceanport, NJ – Led by innovative and cutting-edge food purveyors, chefs and entrepreneurs, new mobile eateries popularly known as food trucks are burning up city streets across the country.  On Sunday, May 27, 2012 Monmouth Park Racetrack will showcase some of the best mobile-made food from New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia. Chefs will turn up the heat as these road-warriors go head to head to win the votes of guest judges and event attendees.

The event buzz has already attracted assistance from the NYC Food Truck Association and the Philadelphia Mobile Food Truck Association, and word is spreading through New Jersey food truck hot spots such as Hoboken, Jersey City and beyond. To satisfy the hungriest foodies, event organizers are scouting for standout competitors offering everything from spicy ethnic foods to cupcakes and all cuisines in between.

During the event, a panel of guest judges will chow down to rate the offering on taste, quality and innovation. Attendees can purchase food items, cast their votes for People’s Choice Awards and enter to win great prizes. The event will also feature an array of crafters, vendors and live music. Families will enjoy Star-Ledger Family Fun Day, with attractions for children including clowns, face painters, pony rides, and more. Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars is an exciting and fun way to celebrate this niche foodie culture, and a perfect way to kick off summer at the shore.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and Monmouth Park’s pulse-quickening thoroughbred racing begins at 12:50 p.m. Festival hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand admission, which includes admission to the festival area, is just $3. Children 12 and under are always free. Food prices vary.

The Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars is the first bite of a plate of summer food events at the Monmouth Park Eats Extravaganza series. New Jersey’s top chefs offer the freshest seafood at the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off, on August 18 and 19 and pit masters cook up mouth-watering barbeque specialties at the BBQ and Craft Beer Festival on September 1 and 2. The Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars and these other food events are sponsored by the Star Ledger and supported in part through a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, Visitnj.org.

Monmouth Park Racetrack is located at 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ, off Exit 105 of the Garden State Parkway. New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line Monmouth Park train stop is just steps away from the festival entrance. Visit www.jerseyshorefoodtruckwars.com, www.monmouthpark.com or call 732-747-4449 for additional information.

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 Magazine 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.

This week’s new entries are:


Frozen Hoagies

Twitter: @FrozenHoagies

Handmade Ice Cream between bakery fresh cookies. Serving the greater Boston area




The Bayou Express

Twitter: @MobileFoodUnit

Concept Mobile Food Trucks & Street Fair for Today’s Mobile Society



Wow Bao

Twitter: @BaoMouth

The voice of Wow Bao. BAOMOUTH searches the web for fans of Wow Bao.



Cincinnati, OH


Twitter: @PizzaBomba

Cincinnati’s newest food truck. Coming very soon so stay tuned right here for updates…


Denver, CO

Sesame Seed Truck

Twitter: @SesameSeedTruck

The Sesame Seed is a family owned food truck between brother, sister, and mother.



Montclair, NJ

The Thai Elephant

Twitter: @Aroy_D

NJ’s first and only authentic Thai food truck! Our goal is to bring the fresh and delicious tastes of Thailand directly to you. Find us daily in Montclair,NJ!



Philadelphia, PA

Pitruco Pizza

Twitter: @PitrucoPizza

Mobile wood-fired pizza. Bringing Neapolitan-inspired pizzas to the streets of Philadelphia October 2011



Santa Barbara, CA

The New Black BBQ

Twitter: @thenewblackbbq

THE NEW BLACK: progressive american barbeque. 3 sandwiches, 3 sides. done simply, done right.



St. Paul, MN

Messy Giuseppe

Twitter: @MessyGTruck



Wilmington, NC

The Cheesy Banker

Twitter: @CheesyBanker



Poor Piggy’s BBQ

Twitter: @PoorPiggysBBQ

Specializing in slow smoked pork bbq, beef brisket, chicken, & ribs cooked on 100% wood. Catering services available for any size budget.



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




CAMDEN, ME –  A request for a permit to operate a mobile food concession was denied when the Camden Select Board met Tuesday, July 5.

Mark Hannibal and Meg Cressler asked if they could use parking spaces “that don’t impede the flow of traffic” when they wrote to the town.

Hannibal is an instructor at Waldo County Technical Center and recently began operating Marko Loco – Crazy Good Food from a truck in Union. According to a posting at twitter.com, food at the concession will be “Mostly Mexican except for the random specials of the day that will make an appearance from time to time.”

Because the application called for the business to operate in public places, the Select Board was unable to approve the request. Camden has no ordinances to regulate a mobile food concession.

The board suggested that Hannibal and Cressler explore options to lease a fixed location and seek a victualer’s license for that location.

The board approved an application for a competitive Heart and Soul grant from the Orton Family Foundation.

The Heart and Soul was developed by Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation as a process that looks at development in ways that include the non-economic values of a community.

“This is not a revolution against capitalism,” said Vermont Country Store owner Lyman Orton in a video on the foundation website. “But I do think we should challenge the single-minded notion that if it’s good for the economy, [we should] approve it. Are we just an economy, or are we a society?”

Find the entire article <here>

In Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s 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.


Street Food Ready to Roll – ATLANTA, GA – The normally staid Woodruff Arts Center, home of the symphony and its upper-crusty patrons, looked more like a funky street festival Thursday, as a dozen food trucks lined up bumper to bumper in the turnaround and King & Spalding lawyers and hipsters strolled or sat in the sun, eating tamales and cardamom-flavored ice cream.

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Hundreds Line Up to Taste Food Trucks in Manhattan – MANHATTAN, KS – The lines were long. “Wow, it’s pretty big, crowded,” Barbara Souza said as she approached City Park in Manhattan. “It took us awhile to find a space.” The excitement was contagious.

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Foodies Flock to Boca Raton for Gourmet Food Truck Expo – BOCA RATON, FL – Palm Beach County got its first taste of the food-truck craze that has swept South Florida, and organizers of this week’s event say there’s an appetite for more.

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Cannolis, Not Guns at desserts-only food truck in Hoboken – HOBOKEN, NJ – ‘Leave the gun, take the cannoli’ – is the message of New York-based dessert and cannoli truck owner Joe Glaser and his wife, Ann Marie.

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Consumer Corner: Is There a Food Truck in Your Future? – CHICAGO, IL – Dining out is an evolving experience with restaurants trying out not only new cuisines but new ways of getting their fare to diners.

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After weighing changes to its food-trucks law for more than two years, Jersey City is finally set to revise the ordinance, with a bill being introduced to the City Council this week.

The proposal is wide-ranging and would change everything from how food trucks and street carts are legally defined, to how many licenses the city can issue, to how long vendors can stay in one place.

“[The changes are] focused on striking a balance between the concerns of the vendors and the residents who wish to continue purchasing food from the vendors, on the one hand,” assistant corporation counsel Aurelio Vincitore writes in a April 21 memo to the City Council. “On the other hand, the city had to consider placing controls in the licensing process to insure that future irregularities in the administration of licenses would not occur again, protect the health and welfare of those purchasing food from said vendors, place provisions in the ordinance to curtail disruptions in the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic caused by those wishing to purchase food from said vendors, limit the hours of operation, and make the ordinance as clear as possible to assist those charged with enforcing its provisions.”

The current law, which dates to 1971, prevents food trucks from remaining in a given location for more than 20 minutes. In the two years, a number of vendors have consistently alleged that the law is obscure and selectively enforced.

Further complicating the matter is the July 2009 arrest of health department official Joseph Castagna for allegedly issuing illegal vendor licenses (Castagna has since retired). The current law caps the total number of licenses in Jersey City at 175, but the city now says 322 licenses are currently in circulation. Because of the difficulties in figuring out which of the extra licenses were issued legally and which weren’t, the proposed revisions to the law allow all 322 licenses to be renewed, in order to protect the city from potential lawsuits. But the changes would limit the number of license transfers to 175, in an effort to “gradually reduce the number of active licenses.”

The revised law would create two distinct classes of mobile food vendors — “food catering devices,” or push carts, and “itinerant food catering trucks.” Both classes of vendors would now be allowed to operate in Jersey City only between the hours of 6 am and 9 pm, and both would face regular health inspections.

In addition, push carts would be forced to move at least 300 feet every hour, and food trucks would have to move at least a quarter of a mile each hour. Food trucks would also be prohibited from operating within 300 feet of any bricks-and-mortar food or drink establishments, and within 100 feet of another licensed truck. Both the carts and the trucks would be banned from most of the Newport area, and the trucks would also be prohibited in all of the city’s Special Improvement Districts.

Jason Scott of The Taco Truck says he is glad the city is finally moving on revising this legislation, but to him, some of the details of the bill don’t seem realistic.

“I’m happy to see that they are making progress and trying to address this issue, but I don’t see how this is going to work,” he says.

Specifically, Scott says the one-hour time limit is problematic, since “it takes most of us 20 or 30 minutes to just set up.” He also says that it doesn’t seem to make sense to limit the density of trucks and enforce a 100-foot distance.

Find the entire article <here>


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