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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 Libertyville, Milwaukee, Ottawa and Cary.

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Libertyville moves on food truck regulations – LIBERTYVILLE, IL - Libertyville officials are closer to approving regulations for mobile vendors.

Last summer, the Libertyville Village Board considered regulating mobile vendors, such as food trucks, after more of the businesses started popping up in the village. Officials have now drafted a list of proposed regulations, which would include where and when the vendors can do business.

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Milwaukee’s Gouda Girls part of PBS start-up show – MILWAUKEE, WI - Viewers watching the local PBS station Dec. 26 might have caught a Milwaukee food truck in action.

The Gouda Girls, a Milwaukee food truck serving grilled cheese and other sandwiches, was featured on the show “Start Up USA,” which focuses on — you guessed it — start-up businesses.

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December 28

Despite success, no added Ottawa street food carts/trucks expected for 2014 - OTTAWA, CANADA - Despite what most regard as a successful rollout of 17 new food carts and trucks in the nation’s capital earlier this year, Ottawa will not add more in 2014.

In fact, the city does not plan to fill three existing vacant street/sidewalk spots outside the downtown core because, apparently, there’s no interest among food vendors for those less-than-desirable locations.

Find the entire article <here>

December 29

Growth issues top Cary’s agenda in 2014 – CARY, NC - There are no food trucks operating in this town. Cary doesn’t have rules that specifically address food trucks, so the vehicles aren’t allowed to do business here.

But Cary leaders want to change that this year, too.

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OTTAWA, CANADA — Four out of seven food carts that were expected to hit the streets in May have been delayed.

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Philip Powell, the city’s manager of licensing and permits, said three carts have been delayed because they are waiting for a safety inspection.

The fourth cart has been delayed because its business owners are searching for a facility to prepare their food after the one they lined up backed out.

“It’s a new enterprise, a new business for these folks and they are just working through the process,” Powell said.

Gavin Hall hopes to operate BoBites, a cart that has been approved to sell organic baked potatoes with seasonal toppings near Metcalfe and Sparks streets. He said the process of getting up and running has been a roller coaster.

“Everything looks good and then it’s a no,” Hall said. “It’s just these teeny little obstacles.”

Recently he was delayed because he didn’t have a safety certification sticker on his oven, he said.

An oversight by the company Hall bought the oven from led to the delivery of the appliance without the sticker.

Find the entire article by Meghan Hurley at The Ottawa Citizen <here>

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OTTAWA, CANADA - The City of Ottawa is granting 20 new street food vendor licences mid-January — but only if the applicants successfully jump through some pretty ludicrous hoops.

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These hoops include annual fees paid to the city ranging from $1,400 to $6,800, depending on whether it’s a truck or cart.

There’s also the various certificates: For propane tanks, for health inspections and the controversial and unnecessary food handler certificate. The font of the cart’s name is also regulated — it must be at least 7 cm.

But none of this excessive regulation should be a surprise. It’s unfortunately the way we’re heading as a society. No, it’s the moral angle that makes this process so condescending and anti-business.

“The goal of this initiative is to increase the diversity of food offered on City streets,” reads the application. In other words, the city is mandating affirmative action for food.

They’ve convened a committee of food experts as well as public health officials to pore over the applications. The applicants will be judged on their business plan, including their marketing and finances. No business should have to be judged by government on such matters.

But the best part of this nonsense is 40% of the grading is based on the applicant’s explanation of “how the menu/concept reflects the diversity of our City and will contribute to Ottawa’s street food scene.”

Find the entire article by Anthony Furey at the ottawasun.com <here>

 

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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 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.

The Crepuscule

This week’s new entries are:

Austin, TX

Saigon Street

Twitter: @saigon_street

Saigon Street cooks up popular traditional Vietnamese food made fresh, fast and flavorful. Savor a taste of Vietnam’s street foods at this local mobile eatery.

Chicago, IL

Babycakes

Twitter: @BabycakesTruck

The only gourmet pancake truck! These pancakes are out of this world! Follow us for flavors of the week or check Facebook album www.facebook.com/babycakestruck

http://www.babycakestruck.com

Bombay Wraps

Twitter: @bombaywraps

Fresh. Indian. Fast. We have simplified Indian food by wrapping popular dishes like Chicken Tikka, Cheese Paneer, Lamb Curry, etc. in a flatbread paratha.

http://www.bombaywraps.com

Sausage Haus

Twitter: @Sausage_Haus

Sausage Haus is a work in progress. We hope to have the truck up and running by mid-August 2012. We will be serving the Chicago-area.

Indianapolis, IN

Glutton in Paradise

Twitter: @GluttoninIndy

We’re soon to be the next up and coming food truck in Indy. It’s nice to see all our hard finally paying off.

http://gluttoninparadise.com

Los Angeles, CA

The Crepuscule

Twitter: @The_Crepuscule

Tahiti’s Finest Crepes food truck is now in Los Angeles !! Sweet or Savory ?? One of our Crepes is made for you !!

Flippin Yolk

Twitter: @FlippinYolk

Get your FLIP on.

http://flippinyolk.wix.com/flippinyolk

Miami, FL

The Big Ragu Truck

Twitter: @TheBigRaguTruck

We are a combination of the best cook and best food. Just come on down and see why we are the Italian cooking heavyweight champion of the world.

https://www.facebook.com/thebigragutruck

Killer Pasta

Twitter: @KillerPastaMIA

Hello Miami!!! Get ready to rock your taste buds!!!

http://www.killerpasta.com

Lobsta Rollin

Twitter: @LobstaRollin

Stay tuned for more information

Travelin’ Blues BBQ

Twitter: @tbbbq

Thank you for visiting Travelin’ Blues BBQ! We are a gourmet FOOD TRUCK, specializing in slow smoked BBQ, gourmet sides with a twist, & Blues music!

http://www.travelinbluesbbq.com

Ottawa, Canada

Trailer Pork Boys

Twitter: @TrailerPorkBoys

Ottawa’s latest foodtruck specializing in pork and all the deliciousness it has to offer.

http://www.trailerporkboys.ca

San Jose, CA

Dough Truck

Twitter: @DoughTruck

http://www.doughtruck.com

West Palm Beach, FL

Dough Bros

Twitter: @Dough_Bros

Family owned and operated, Dough Bros is a mobile food truck serving up the most delicious, gourmet pretzels in South Florida!

 

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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Food Truck Trailer

Photograph by: Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA, CANADA — Tracie Behan has the mother of all food trucks. The 48-foot, custom-outfitted mobile kitchen features three ovens, three vats for deep-frying, a walk-in refrigerator and a larger-than-life image of a pelvis-thrusting Elvis plastered on the side.

The plan was for Tracie’s Hollywood Diner to serve up wholesome, homey meals made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients from her restaurant on wheels at an affordable price to hungry passersby. With $200,000 invested in the personalized truck, the plan did not include not being able to obtain a food truck permit from the city.

Food trucks have been a subject of conversation in Ottawa as foodies turn an envious eye to other North American cities like Vancouver and New York, where the street cuisine culture is more established and diverse. However, increased food truck presence has been slow to move through city licensing procedures.

In Behan’s case, a permit was out of the question. The city requires entrepreneurs applying for mobile food vendors permit to sell out of vehicles less than 10 meters, roughly 33 feet, in length.

“Not to be rude or anything, but the woman I called told me ‘you’re not getting a permit — not a chance in hell,’” said Behan, 43. “Those were the actual words.”

Behan said she went ahead with building the custom trailer, fully believing the city would be ‘okay’ with the monstrous size of her sassy kitchen. The actual kitchen space is only about six meters, and fully complies with food safety and sanitation codes, she said.

The size limitations exist to ensure a truck such as Behan’s “does not take up too many required parking spaces for the primary use of the site,” said Linda Anderson, chief of bylaw and regulatory services, in an email.

That may be so, but her hearty concoctions are worth it, said Behan, a longtime Greenbank-area resident. Her goal is to serve food that busy people may not have time to make themselves, for affordable prices. She pulls it off with the help of Algonquin College culinary students dressed in cute diner costumes (and if you’re lucky, in a blond Marilyn Monroe wig).

Find the entire article at ottawacitizen.com <here>


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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 from Torrance, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ottawa, New York and Chicago.

High School Food Truck

Nov 25

Torrance food-truck raid outrages fundraisers – TORRANCE, CA - One moment, 13 invited food trucks were serving hundreds of diners on a Torrance elementary school campus at an educational fundraiser.

The next moment, the long-planned event had come to a screeching halt, as police raided the gathering and issued citations to trucks without business licenses, prompting some to hurriedly head for the exits.

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Grilled Cheese Truck Vs. Coolhaus Truck: Road Testing Tastes – LOS ANGELES, CA - Picking a winning food truck is a matter of personal taste, experience, and, in teevee land, done through a series of contrived challenges. So how about in terms of the rides themselves? When it comes to two of the the most popular food trucks in Los Angeles–and maybe even the nation–The Grilled Cheese Truck and the Coolhaus Truck, if they went head to head in a comparison test like what cars are put through, who would serve up a tasty win?

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Nov 26

Restaurants want to put brakes on food trucks – SAN FRANCISCO, CA- At first, the Tempest Bar’s Tony Cooney welcomed Off The Grid, a convergence of five to six food trucks that parked several feet away from his Natoma Street restaurant every Wednesday.

“Our lunch crowd was down by about 75 percent,” he said. “But it was cool. They were bringing people to the area and it was good for the community.”

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Food truck fever rolls into high school culinary class – OTTAWA, CANADA - Why are there so few street-food trucks in the nation’s capital?

It’s a question that’s been nagging lovers of easy, fast and user-friendly finger victuals since the city lowered a moratorium on new street-food vendors 15 years ago. And it’s a policy that Grade 11 culinary arts students at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in Barrhaven want to see overturned.

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Nov 27

The rise and stall of food trucks – NEW YORK CITY, NY - Operators face more competition, as well as stricter enforcement of parking rules.

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Bergstein’s takes Chicago Heights deli on the road – CHICAGO, IL - It’s a brisk Wednesday morning, but the chill doesn’t seem to affect foot traffic in Chicago’s Loop.

Bill Davis no sooner parks his customized Mercedes-Benz Sprinter truck along the west side of Wacker Drive at Monroe Street when passers-by start to congregate.

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