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Coming in at number fifteen in our Top US Cities to Open a Food Truck is Phoenix, AZ.

Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers, Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. Who would have thought that almost 135 years later it would be one of the top US cities to start a food truck business?

Phoenix covers more than 519 square miles (larger than Los Angeles) and has a population of more than 1.4 million, ranking it the sixth largest city in the country and the largest capital city in terms of population. What makes Phoenix a fantastic city to operate a food truck in is it’s weather. It has more than 300 sun-filled days a year and average temperature of 74.2 degrees.

Greater Phoenix has consistently outpaced the U.S. population growth over the last 18 years. Projections show the region is expected to grow by nearly 60 percent by 2030, bringing the population to more than 6 million people.

The primary employment sectors sectors and their share of total employment in the Phoenix metropolitan area consist of service industry (43%); trade (18%); government (14%); construction (5%); financial activities (8%); and manufacturing (6%). Not only is Greater Phoenix a great location to start a mobile food business, it’s a $181 billion marketplace that serves as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurs by providing international access for aerospace, high-technology, advanced business services and sustainable technologies companies.

There is a strong food truck organization that has been in place for a number of years. There were nearly 60 food trucks in the Phoenix Street Food Coalition in 2013.

Find Maricopa County 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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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 Phoenix, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and York.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsDecember 20

Food trucks: Good route to opening a restaurant? – PHOENIX, AZ – The food-truck phenomenon is taking over, from Food Network programs to weekly gatherings of food trucks of all kinds here in Phoenix.

But the trucks, which dish up everything from exotic fare to American staples, are expensive, and whether or not the investment ultimately pays off from a business standpoint depends on the restaurateur.

Find the entire article <here>

Ricky’s Fish Tacos debuts new food truck: It’s go time – LOS ANGELES, CA – Ricky’s Fish Tacos is finally legit. As of noon today, Ricky Pina, who makes some of the best fish tacos in Southern California, started handing out orders from a state-of-the-art, diesel-fueled shiny food truck. It’s a big move from a makeshift tarp and fold-up tables in a parking lot.

Find the entire article <here>

December 21

New CapMac owner says truck could return to GW by February – WASHINGTON DC – The new CapMac owner has more good news for mac and cheese fans – not only will the truck return within a few weeks, but GW will also be one of its first stops.

Twenty-one-year-old Josh Warner said the popular food truck will hit the streets by February, and may choose GW as its first location to usher in the new ownership.

Find the entire article <here>

December 22

York hot dog vendor worries about license lottery, future of his business – YORK, PA – The last few weeks have been an “emotional roller coaster ride” for Darren Borodin.

The single father of three has spent the past two years selling hot dogs on Continental Square in York City, a business that generates enough income to support his family and leaves enough time to put his kids on the school bus in the morning and tuck them in at night.

Find the entire article <here>

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phoenix food trucksPHOENIX, AZ - Henry Uhrik sat at a picnic table, nibbling on a coconut Italian ice he bought from a food truck parked at downtown’s Phoenix Public Market.

“I’m here every Wednesday,” he said. “I volunteer at the Phoenix Art Museum, and I drive down here between shifts.”

Uhrik, a senior at the Arizona School for the Arts, buys from all of the trucks that set up at Central Avenue and Pierce Street.

Uhrik may find options in new locations if food-truck proponents can work out some flexibility with the city. Discussions are under way to allow the trucks to park in vacant lots until developers build on the land.

The food-truck industry in metro Phoenix has captured the attention of Mayor Greg Stanton, who said, “They’re a lot of fun and very creative. They add vibrancy and zest to the community. … I enjoy their food.”

He said he wants to create more opportunities for food trucks throughout the city.

“We’re looking at a variety of ways we can support food trucks and the food-truck culture,” he said.

Stanton said he wants to strike a balance, taking advantage of the fun and vibrancy spawned by the food-truck culture while supporting brick-and-mortar businesses.

Brad Moore is chairman of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition, a trade organization whose website lists 48 members, a list that is growing.

Moore is working with the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee to boost activity in the Roosevelt area on the increasingly popular Food Truck Friday, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Public Market. Trucks also show up at the farmers market on Wednesday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Food trucks have evolved from the wagons of decades past that pulled up at lunch time outside factories and other work sites, offering a hot dog and a bag of potato chips with a soft drink. They now offer fine cuisine, attracting a diverse clientele of foodies, office workers and others who celebrate the proliferation of the trucks.

Find the entire article by Luci Scott at azcentral.com <here>

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PHOENIX, AZ - Have you ever considered putting a banana next to some peaches on the grill? What about adding one to Thai noodles or on top of a tostada?

Peel the Love Dole Food Truck

The Dole Food Co. wants consumers to consider cooking with bananas in new ways, and it’s bringing a food truck to metro Phoenix to inspire people to do so.

“Most people have never considered throwing a banana on the grill,” said Bil Goldfield, Dole Fresh Fruit brand communications manager. “The sugar gets caramelized and it’s almost like custard when you grill it.”

From Thursday through July 7, the truck, called the Peel the Love Food Truck, will stop at several Phoenix-area Walmart stores, the Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River Fields, the Phoenix Zoo and Fabulous Phoenix 4th at Steele Indian School Park.

The truck will pass out food samples such as banana pineapple coconut smoothies; banana whoopie pies with dulce de leche; banana pudding pops; Thai noodle, chicken and banana salad; Southwest banana tostadas and banana split brownies.

“Bananas are popular with everybody; they have something like a 90 percent household penetration,” Goldfield said. “We’re not out to educate someone who’s never heard of a banana. We’re trying to show it can be used in savory dishes and that banana bread is not the limit of baking with bananas.”

Peel the Love Food Truck stops

  • 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Walmart, 1825 W. Bell Road, Phoenix.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Walmart, 2501 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix.
  • 6-10 p.m. Saturday at After Dark in the Park at Deer Valley Park, 19602 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix.
  • 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Walmart, 6145 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix.
  • 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Walmart, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale.
  • 5-9 p.m. next Wednesday at Independence Day Music Festival at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road on the Salt River Reservation.
  • 6-10 p.m. July 4 at Fabulous Phoenix 4th at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
  • 4-7 p.m. July 5 at Walmart, 5250 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 6 at Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 7 at Walmart, 7975 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix.

Fin the original article by Jennifer McClellan at azcentral.com <here>

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phoenix street food coalitionPHOENIX, AZ - Food trucks have become a stitch in the fabric of downtown’s culinary culture, a growing market in a rapidly expanding industry that pairs outside-the-box creations with mobile eateries.

As food trucks rise in popularity and number, many have banded together over the past two years to create the Phoenix Street Food Coalition.

The coalition’s main goal is to bring food vendors, local businesses and the community together and to shed light on how street food can help cities and local businesses.

Brad Moore, owner of the food truck Short Leash Hot Dogs and chair of the coalition, said he and his wife, Kat, wanted to create an association that would enable all the like-minded individuals in their industry to band together and have strength in numbers.

“(We) wanted the kind of power in numbers and the voice type deal,” he said. “We have a pretty formal organization now. We have bylaws and we have application requirements for people to become members.”

He said the coalition, founded in August of 2010 and made up of at least 54 trucks, wanted to be a business that was about supporting other small businesses.

“One of our requirements is that 30 percent of the menu has to be sourced locally or at least something that is made from scratch,” Moore said.

In addition to sourcing locally, members have to submit their menu and a list of the vendors they use in order to apply.

“They can use local farms or local meat shops or local bakeries that they work with to purvey some of their products,” Moore said.

Scott Schraml, owner and founder of Mojo Bowl, which is part of the coalition, said he thinks it’s important to source products locally for the same reason he hopes people would buy from him—it keeps everyone going.

“We’re local, we’re not franchises or big companies,” he said. “We’re little mom and pop operations and we wanna keep it all in the family so to say.”

Find the entire article by Chantelle Patel at DowntownDevil.com <here>

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You may have missed it, but the mobile food industry is growing faster than anyone would have guessed five years ago. It can be difficult to keep up with the new trucks and carts as they pop up throughout the world. 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.

dough bros food truck

This week’s new entries are:

Boston, MA

The Chubby Chickpea

Twitter: @ChubbyFoodTruck

The Chubby Chickpea Mobile serves up hot, fresh Middle Eastern food every week day for lunch at various Boston locations.

http://www.thechubbychickpea.com

Charlotte, NC

The Plated Palette

Twitter: @PlatedPalette

Queen City’s Newest Food Truck on the Block… The Chopping Block that is! Stay Tuned!

ThePlatedPalette.com

Chicago, IL

The Dumpling Truck

Twitter: @DumpTruckChi

Chicago’s first Dumpling Food Truck! Serving handmade steamed dumplings, baowiches, and rice bowls. Launching in Spring 2013! Keep Calm and Eat Dumplings

Denver, CO

Baba’s Falafel

Twitter: @BabasFalafel

Baba’s Falafel is a family owned and operated food trailer that roams the streets of Denver. Serving up the best falafel in denver! Vegan options!

http://www.babasfalafel.com

Hertfordshire, England

The Toast Office

Twitter: @toastofficeltd

New and exciting mobile catering for all events. Tasty toasties, whatever filling you desire Thetoastofficeltd@gmail.com

Phoenix, AZ

Hao Bao

Twitter: @HaoBaoUSA

Phoenix’s First Chinese Food Truck

haobaousa.com

Port Orchard, WA

Papa’s Place Food Truck

Twitter: @papasfoodtruck

Maila Boca Finatinas Chamoru~~ Continuing traditions away from home

papasplace671.com

Pottstown, PA

Sunflower Truck Stop

Twitter: @SunflowerTruck

Mobile cafe & roadside oasis. The Sunflower Truck Stop is a beacon for hungry travelers operated by culinary chameleons & fresh food rock stars

TheSunflowerTruckStop.com

Saskatoon, Canada

Saskatoon Food Truck

Twitter: @mothertrucker47

Purveyors of fat ass food with attitude!

Sydney, Austrailia

You Pizza

Twitter: @YouPizza

If you require the best & most experienced Mobile wood fired pizza caterer in the business than give as a call. 0424171682

http://www.youpizza.com.au

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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NEW YORK, NY - TRIG Acquisition 1, Inc., d/b/a The Grilled Cheese Truck, a fully reporting public company, announced today the training of its first class of prospective candidates for The Grilled Cheese Truck’s future franchise operations. Each of the prospective owners is a veteran that served in Iraq or Afghanistan. The initial rollout is expected to kick off in Phoenix, AZ in early first quarter 2013.

Grilled Cheese  Truck

“The training of our initial class of franchise candidates is a significant development,” said Brian Pallas, President of Franchise Operations. “Phoenix now has facilities built to support our rollout of trucks for The Grilled Cheese Truck. As our vision for a national food chain begins to take hold, our team is working diligently to train qualified veterans that have the experience, ability and desire to become successful entrepreneurs.”

The Company’s veterans program provides qualified U.S. veterans from war zones, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, to be among the first 100 franchisees of The Grilled Cheese Truck, which has been ranked the #1 most influential food truck in America by Klout.com. General Wesley Clark, a highly decorated retired four-star general and former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, is supervising the implementation of The Grilled Cheese Truck’s veteran franchise program.

Dave Danhi, CEO of The Grilled Cheese Truck, added, “We couldn’t be more pleased with our veteran candidates. Having built upon the great success of our initial trucks in Los Angeles, our impressive social media following, and our exposure on networks like the Cooking Channel and Food Network, we look forward to expanding our operations through future franchise opportunities and becoming a national brand.”

The rollout strategy for The Grilled Cheese Truck in Phoenix and other cities in America provides qualified veterans with an established brand, a low cost of entry and a universally appealing product line as the Company prepares to expand its presence through franchise opportunities across the United States.

About TRIG Acquisition 1, Inc.

TRIG Acquisition 1, Inc. is an SEC-reporting Nevada corporation d/b/a The Grilled Cheese Truck. The Grilled Cheese Truck business plan is being launched as what management believes to be the first grilled cheese franchise operation and the first public gourmet food truck company in America. The Grilled Cheese Truck intends to capitalize on the burgeoning food truck industry through its established operations and social media strategy, with nearly 100,000 combined followers on Facebook and Twitter. The Grilled Cheese Truck was listed as the “most influential food truck in the country” by Klout.com, and the 3rd most influential “tweeter” in Los Angeles in 2012, behind the LA Times and LA Weekly, according to WeFollow.com. Included in the local, regional and national media coverage is The Grilled Cheese Truck’s exposure on The Rachel Ray Show, The Price is Right, NBC News, The Travel Channel, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Cooking Channel, BBC Travel, and more.

For more information on The Grilled Cheese Truck, please visit:
www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com/investor

 

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PHOENIX, AZ - The food truck scene has recently become popular in Arizona and food truck owners say downtown Phoenix is where the food truck business is taking off.

phoenix foodtrucks
Photo by Annika Cline/DD

 

“Food trucks are in their infancy here in downtown Phoenix,” said Scott Schraml, owner of Mojo Bowl, a food truck that serves smoothies and salads. “I do see the food truck scene growing and expanding in downtown Phoenix, especially with the folks at the Phoenix open-air markets being so welcoming and receptive to it.”

Downtown Phoenix is on the right track, but it should have catered to food trucks a long time ago, said Jason Fimbrez, policy director and social media support for the Phoenix Street Food Coalition. Phoenix is the sixth largest metropolitan city in the country and food trucks should have taken off sooner like they did in Los Angeles and Portland, Fimbrez said.

Brad Moore, chair of the Phoenix Street Food Coalition and owner of the Short Leash Hot Dogs food truck, said that partnering with businesses such as the Phoenix Public Market is key to keeping food trucks in business.

With the mobile nature of food trucks, they are capable of serving more than one location and clientele any day of the week. But finding places to serve can be difficult, depending on each city’s licensing and ordinances, Fimbrez said.

“Every city has their own rules and regulations,” Fimbrez said. “Some places are easier to serve than others depending on the city’s health regulations, required equipment, safety rules.”

Julia Ireland of Torched Goodness, a food truck serving up creme brulee, said her agenda changes every month depending on how many private parties, weddings, special events or street fairs there may be. Although her food truck can be found in Tempe, Glendale, Scottsdale and other locations, Phoenix is the easiest place to serve, Ireland said.

The success of any food truck also depends on how well they can inform consumers of where they will be each day.

Schraml had a lot of advice for people who want to start their own food truck. Before joining the food truck bandwagon, people need to make sure they have a business plan, Schraml said.

Find the entire article by Amelia Goe at the Downtown Devil <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 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.

spice it up truck

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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PHOENIX, AZ - According to a new report, food trucks should be a concern for Homeland Security.

FDNY-FoodTrucks

Ordering lunch from a food truck is becoming a more popular lunch alternative to many in major cities across the country.

The report from the New York City Fire Department said food trucks, like the ones at Food Truck Fridays in downtown Phoenix, could serve as attractive breeding grounds for terrorists.

It said terrorists could park the trucks in high profile locations and pack them with explosives then set them off.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton isn’t worried about that happening here.

“I’ve never even thought about it, to be perfectly honest,” Stanton said. “I know our police department would be on it if they were.”

“Food truck Fridays and food trucks are a benefit to our city,” Stanton said.

“They create a fun, interactive communal environment. The pizza food truck, with the Mexican food truck, with the Short Leash — which is the greatest hot dogs in town — may be more of a threat to our Healthy Phoenix Initiative, where we’re trying to get people to eat right. But it’s great food.”

Find the original article by Bob McClay at KTAR.com <here>

 

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