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NORMAN, OK - Oklahoma has found a creative way to make sure it complies with the new NCAA rule that allows athletes to receive unlimited snacks: a food truck. Athletes

Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione told ESPN.com that the vehicle the school is in the process of purchasing will serve as a solution to make sure athletes can get what they want when they want it.

“We don’t have facilities in all the places they would need to be, so the idea is to have a mobile fueling station and perhaps some additional trailers that have refrigeration capabilities that can operate as a prep kitchen of sorts,” Castiglione said.

Castiglione stresses that the truck is “not about largesse or excessiveness” and more about “putting ingenuity to work,” but does say that he fears the new rule will create an unnecessary competition of sorts.

“I realize the idea was to give institutions the flexibility to do what they want within their means,” Castiglione said. “But it’s now so flexible that schools can provide full meals to athletes at any time, and there will be some schools that will undoubtedly push that envelope. The next thing people will be doing is a comparative analysis for recruiting as to what schools offer more.”

Castiglione said the food truck and perhaps trailers will not be on demand. They will set up in places that ideally can service the most athletes at a given time.

In April, the NCAA legislative council approved unlimited meals and snacks to athletes, a far cry from the former legislation that prohibited schools from giving its athletes extras like cream cheese for their bagels.

While Castiglione said he appreciates the NCAA’s willingness to change, it has come at a great financial cost to schools. Oklahoma, he said, will spend about $1 million to provide a wider selection of food offerings beyond the typical granola bars and Gatorade that had been standard and to staff the areas where the more extensive selection is housed.

Costs also rise because walk-ons were not previously eligible for meals but are eligible for snacks.

Find the original article at espn.com <here>

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TULSA, OK - Authorities are searching for two suspects after a food truck was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday evening in east Tulsa.

Officers with the Tulsa Police Department were called to the area near 23rd and Garnett after receiving reports of an armed robbery. At the scene they found that the business robbed was a taco food truck just before midnight.

Initial details state that two men approached the food truck armed with a handgun. Both demanded money from the employee.

Officers told KTUL that the employee handed over an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect left the scene on foot.

Investigators were told that the men were wearing a red and white shirt with bandanas over their faces. No further description was provided.

Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers at 918 596 COPS.

Find the original article at ktul.com <here>

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TULSA, OK - An ordinance amendment aimed at increasing the distance food trucks would have to operate from restaurants is being reconsidered, a city councilor said Wednesday.

Councilor Blake Ewing said the proposed increase, from 150 feet to 300 feet, was a recommendation from city staff that came under criticism from some food truck owners.

The ordinance in question gives authorities the ability to issue tickets or warnings to any mobile food vendor that parks within a certain distance of a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. It is aimed at protecting restaurant owners who have additional overhead, including property taxes, from low-overhead mobile vendors.

Ewing, who owns three downtown restaurants, said food truck owners criticized the proposed change as a conflict of interest for him. Ewing, who represents the downtown district, sponsored the amendment.

Find the entire article at tulsaworld.com <here>

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Coming in at number fourteen in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Tulsa, OK.

Settled in the 1836 by the Lochapoka and Creek Indian tribes, Tulsa Oklahoma was the central hub of the early US oil industry and the birthplace of Route 66. Centuries later, why wouldn’t it become one of the best cities in the United States to start a food truck in 2014?

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma and 46th-largest city in the United States. With a population of 393,987 it is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 951,880 residents in the MSA and 1,122,259 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, and extends into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

Tulsans enjoy 227 days of sunshine a year and an average daily temperature of 61 degrees, and continually changing conditions occur in the city during all four seasons.

The city boasts a widely diversified business base, including aerospace, telecommunications, manufacturing, construction, high technology, healthcare, education, transportation and energy. It is one of “America’s Most Livable Communities,” and is known as the Mecca for arts in Oklahoma.

Specifically regarding food trucks, Tulsa has opened their arms to the mobile food industry, hosting community and city sponsored food truck events for the nearly 20 food trucks in operation. One of the best attributes Tulsa food trucks receive from opening here is the low cost of fees. A full service food truck can expect to be charged $145 per year by the city with the state charging an additional $350.

Find Tulsa city documentation for Starting a Food Truck <here>

Find the entire list of Top US cities to Open a Food Truck  <here>

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STILLWATER, OK - When Kathleen Oliviers moved from Belgium to Stillwater, she decided to bring a staple of her country with her.

Stillwaffles brought something different to Stillwater’s selection of food truck options when it opened for business on Saturday. The new food truck will serve its customers authentic Belgian waffles.

Her business brought a unique option to Stillwater’s food scene, Oliviers said.

“It’s a new product for the United States, and a new product for Stillwater,” she said. “It’s all new.”

The waffles aren’t like the ones you would eat at breakfast, said Gregory Dwil, Olivier’s husband and business partner. They’re completely different from the American version.

“The (waffles) people mostly know from hotels is a Brussels waffle,” he said. “Brussels waffle is very rectangular, and you just serve it with whipped cream or powdered sugar. These are liege waffles, which are a little thicker.”

Oliviers says the secret to her waffles lays in the special sugar she uses. It’s unique to her hometown of Tienen, Belgium.

“The thing that makes them so good is the pearl sugar we use,” Oliviers said. “No one else in the world makes it. We have to order in online. It caramelizes on the waffle in the waffle iron.”

Find the entire article at ocolly.com <here>

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OK-Stillwater-PurdyqSTILLWATER, OK - A trend that began on the West Coast has swept the nation and impacted the restaurant business in Stillwater.

Within the last four years, food trucks have infiltrated the streets of Stillwater, providing residents with various types of specialty cuisines.

Dan Purdy is the owner of Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit, which has been in Stillwater for 11 months.

Purdy said he was attracted to the idea of starting a business out of a food truck because of the low overhead cost and the flexibility of being a mobile business.

“If I were to open a brick and mortar, it would probably be three times as much as it cost me to get into the truck,” he said.

The start-up cost for Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit was about $50,000, Purdy said.

He said he built the truck himself, eliminating much of the cost.

“If I were to go out and buy this truck set-up like this, just the truck itself would be $85,000 to $90,000,” Purdy said.

In addition to lower cost, the owner enjoys having a flexible schedule.

“I like having the freedom,” Purdy said.  “I’m here today, I’m somewhere else tomorrow. There is an extreme amount of flexibility with operating a food truck.”

Purdy said when the tornado hit Carney last year, he was able to shut down in Stillwater and serve free meals to those affected.

“It is a perfect platform to serve in an emergency,” he said.

Through his unique business style, Purdy has been able to show generosity to his customers.

“We gave away like 3,000 meals last year out of this truck,” he said. That is huge. I couldn’t do that in a brick-and-mortar restaurant.”

Pie on the Fly, another popular food truck, serves one-of-a-kind fried pies and is relatively new to Stillwater.

Stephen Griffin, Alex Campbell and Brady London opened Pie on the Fly in October 2013.

Griffin and Campbell went through the entrepreneurship program at Oklahoma State University, which they believe has helped them start their business.

Like Purdy, the owners of Pie on the Fly were able to purchase a truck for a low cost and build it into a business.

So far, the owners can only describe their experience as just plain fun.

Find the entire article at ocolly.com <here>

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