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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 Fort Pierce, Valparaiso, Davie and Richmond.

October 18

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsFood trucks invading downtown Fort Pierce – FORT PIERCE, FL – That’s right! Gourmet food trucks are making their way to downtown Fort Pierce, bringing delicacies to the riverfront area for all to enjoy.

Whether you’re in the mood for a specialty cupcake or a gourmet taco, chances are you will be able to satisfy your craving on Friday evening.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy will host the event from 6-10 p.m. along the picturesque Indian River.

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Hungry Inc. food truck brings mobility to mealtime VALPARAISO, IN – Reviving the old lunch truck concept, Hungry Inc. is serving up soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees at various spots throughout Porter County.

“The initial concept was that although the region is ready for a food truck, we aren’t ready for anything too specific. With my German background, I didn’t want to do a schnitzel truck,” said Phil West, owner of Hungry Inc.

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October 19

Food Truck Builder Designs Mobile Homeless Shelter – DAVIE, FL – A Florida man who turns bread trucks into food trucks is using his skills to build mobile shelters for the homeless.

Bruce Hicks, owner of Food Truck Heaven in Davie, Fla., was inspired to construct the 8-foot by 5-foot aluminum shelter on wheels after learning of a formerly homeless man in Utah who had succeeded in doing something similar, the Sun Sentinel reported.

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October 20

Want to Get in the Restaurant Biz? Some Upcoming Workshops Have You Covered – RICHMOND, VA – If Richmond is known for one thing then food would certainly make the top of the list.

Between our restaurants, food trucks, specialty stores and farmers markets, Richmond is chock- full of amazing food. But that amazing food doesn’t come about on its own. It takes a lot of planning, organization and a touch of capital to get itself running.

Thankfully Richmond has two women that know how to get new culinary entrepreneurs up and running. And over the next couple of months they plan to share that knowledge with a series of proven workshops.

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boka-food-truck richmond vaRICHMOND, VA – Food trucks are extremely popular in Richmond. You’ll find them outside businesses at lunch time and catering to crowds at special events. But do these mobile kitchens meet the same health standards as restaurants? How can you be sure the food is safe to eat? We investigated in this special edition of the Restaurant Report.

Food carts and trucks. Mini kitchens on wheels. You’ll be glad to know the state Health Department inspects them often, sometimes monthly, to make sure they meet the same health and cleanliness standards as any restaurant.

“He shows up anytime. You want to make sure your cutting boards, your knife is very clean, all of your cart is sanitized, because he will inspect every single item,” said Tico Sanchez, co-owner of Kenn Tico Cuban Bar & Grill.

We asked some vendors to show us how they keep the carts clean.

Sanchez showed us how everything is wiped down with a rag and sanitizer.

“Over here you have to constantly clean your bottle, all your bottles, have to be cleaned constantly,” he said.

Eliza Diner of the Café Tara cart told us, “I keep a bucket of sanitizing solution back here. I have a clean rag that I use to wipe down after every few customers. I find glove changes are important, of course.”

And they showed us how they make sure hot foods stay at least the required 135 degrees, and cold foods the required 41.

“We keep coolers with plenty of ice, keeping the temperature 41 degrees,” said Sanchez.

“Everything is cooked and prepared in-house in his restaurant,” said Gerardo Fuentes of Thai Cabin. “Then its all wrapped up, made sure it’s all correct temperatures, and shipped here to the carts.”

Now the big question: How do food trucks fair on inspections?

As the Restaurant Reporter, people ask me all the time, why they don’t see food trucks more often in the Restaurant Report. It’s actually because food trucks overall score very well on their health inspections in Richmond. And that’s very impressive because they have to keep their kitchens clean and food at the right temperatures when they’re outside in the elements.

Find the entire article by Heather Sullivan at nbc12.com <here>

November is election season, but it’s also a time in which local municipalities give their voters the chance to pass changes to their laws which can affect the food service industry which includes mobile food vendors.

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According to The National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C., there are several measures around the country that could affect day-to-day operations for some operators. Those that they are watching concern minimum wage and the obesity issue.

San Jose, CA

  • Residents will choose whether or not to increase the minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour. The San Jose initiative would be indexed to inflation, which would allow it to rise proportionately over time.

Albuquerque, NM

  • A vote on a minimum wage initiative, deciding whether to leave it at $7.50 per hour or raise it a dollar to $8.50. In addition, the measure seeks to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees from the current $2.13 an hour to 60 percent of the minimum wage level. Both wages would be tied to any increases in inflation and examined every year.

Richmond and El Monte, CA

  • Two proposed ballot initiatives would levy a one-cent-per-ounce tax and sugar-sweetened beverages in an effort to help combat the rising obesity problem.

Not that we suggest paying your food truck staff at minimum wage, but if you do and are in one of these areas, you may be a little more interested in getting out to the polls on November 6th to vote on these initiatives.

Does your area have a ballot initiative that will affect the mobile food industry not mentioned here? Please share it in the comment section below to help those in your area what they need to be concerned with.


RICHMOND, VA – As more food trucks and carts roll into Richmond, the culinary landscape in the River City is changing.

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In fact, Liz Kincaid, the manager of the newly opened Tarrant’s food cart, offers up chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits.

There are no less than a dozen rolling restaurants set up shop each weekday downtown. They offer customers a wide variety of upscale food at reasonable prices.

And it’s not just great for customers. The food truck owners get to test the culinary scene without having a brick-and-mortar eatery.

“The food truck courts have created for us the restaurant environment without the overhead,” said food truck owner Patrick Harris.

Harris’ Boka Tako truck arrived on the scene nearly three years ago to rave reviews. The colorful truck attracts hundreds of hungry customers every week at 9th and Cary.

Additionally, the standard fare of on the go lunch like burgers and lunch at these trucks. It is more like braised lamb and pork bellies. The only thing missing is the fine china and white tablecloths.

“We’ve also been featuring things like tarragon with smoked mackerel and smoked grape and pickled papaya with a blue crab saffron bisque sauce. It is definitely helping our local economy,” said Harris. “And definitely helping our food industry locally.”

As for competition between the trucks and carts? The workers we spoke with say none exists and that the trucks complement each other because they offer different things.

Karri Peifer, senior food writer for Richmond.com, says these mobile restaurants are changing the culinary culture in Richmond.

“The question is what can you find it is not what can’t you find,” said Peifer. “Anytime there are more dining options or good food out there the diner ultimately wins.”

And Harris is planning an expansion of his rolling Boka Tako truck empire.

“That is why you can come here and dine very nicely,” said Harris. “This has created an opportunity for people to dine quickly and healthfully and that is where we are creating a niche in today’s economy.”

So is this new way to dine out a food truck fad? Foodies say no way and that there is still plenty of room for more.

“It is supply and demand,” said Peifer. “As long as RIchmonders want it. The food trucks will keep coming.”

Find the original article with video by Greg McQuade at wtvr.com <here>


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 Minneapolis, Richmond, Washington DC, San Antonio, New York and Cincinnati.

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April 27

Starting a food truck: Here’s how they did it – Minneapolis, MN – Launching a food-truck business has to be easy, the thinking goes, because everybody seems to be doing it. It’s not.

But there are tips for success, and City Pages runs down the checklist while spotlighting some of the metro’s newest food-truck entries, like Sassy Spoon and Tots Boss.

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Food trucks spreading all over the city- Richmond, VA  – If you feel like you’ve been seeing a lot of food trucks around Richmond – your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.

The food truck court at the Virginia Historical Society has almost doubled the number of trucks serving food.

Now these vendors are spreading to other parts of the city.

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April 28

Working On A Food Truck Is The Most Rewarding Job This Engineer Has Ever Had – Washington DC – Before I get into the details of my side hustle, here’s a little background. I’m a 31 year old college graduate currently working as a inside sales engineer in the HVAC industry. I’m thankful that I have a job that pays decently but I’m always on the look out for ways to make more money.

I worked on the Dos Chinos food truck from September 2010 to November 2011. At the time I worked out of my home office so I had the flexibility to take on side jobs. As long as I got work done at my full time job, I figured, why not make some money on the side?

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Thieves steal, trash taco truck – San Antonio, TX – A South Side man is trying to get his taco truck business back in business after thieves took his truck.

Police recovered Roger Silva’s truck late Friday night, but he said it’s not the same.

On Saturday, Silva said that they ripped out his AC unit, his freezer, and that they took a large amount of brisket. He said the thieves also trashed the truck.

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April 29

On the Highest Floors, Food Comes to the Workers – New York, NY – New York, the most vertical of cities, has become a tad blasé about its skyscrapers, high-rise malls and multistory restaurant collections. At last, though, it has a fresh take on the perpendicular: the vertical food-truck court.

Every weekday in recent months, fancy-food trucks have been rumbling into the gigantic freight elevator of the Starrett-Lehigh Building at 601 West 26th Street in West Chelsea. After being hoisted aloft, they roll out into the concrete truck bays on the upper floors of the 81-year-old, 19-story commercial building. There, they post menus and proceed to sell inventive meals to office workers and their guests.

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Small company, big vision – Cincinnati, OH – The perfect cookie should include a hint of cardamom or a touch of chipotle.

It should be as beautifully decorated as it is tasty, and packaged with the same frills and flair.

Those simple rules of thumb, executed with extreme detail at Queen City Cookies, have been enough to build a bustling bakery business in less than three years.

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RICHMOND, VA. – There was a palpable sizzle on opening night of the Food Truck Court, held at the Virginia Historical Society, which carried into the next three sell-out events.

The success of the event has led to more scheduled dates, hopefully through the entire summer but definitely through May.

Starting Friday, April 27 the Food Truck Court will continue on for a scheduled six-week time, at which time future dates will be scheduled according to availability at the VHS.

The event, originally organized by Boka Food Truck owner, will now be managed by GrowRVA, formerly known as the Market Umbrella. This is the group responsible for community-shifting events like South of the James Saturday market.

Chef Patrick Harris of the Boka Truck passed the torch so that organizers could “continue to provide the attention and care necessary to carry on this event.”

Since so many citizens rallied in favor of food trucks, the new 2.0 version comes back as the RVA Monster Food Truck Rally.

The taste-bud crushing night rolls back to the VHS with more vendors, more food and museum will even extend their hours on those nights.

The Monster Food Truck Rally is from 6-9 p.m., on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Follow the twitter feed updates @FoodTruckCourt and updates on the Richmond Food Truck Court Facebook page.

Find the original story by Alix Bryan on wtvr.com <here>


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RICHMOND, VA – In the next two months, Richmond will have at least one food truck court in the city and a food truck rally in Shockoe Bottom.

In April, Patrick Harris of Boka Truck plans to launch at least one new food truck court in Richmond.

The food truck court will open the first week in Aprilat 428 N. Boulevard, in the parking lot of the Virginia Historical Society (VHS). This will be a collaborative effort between the property owners, VHS, and seven or so food trucks—trucks being the operative word.

No carts or trailers are included in the line-up of seven trucks.

“It’ll be a coming-out for two of these trucks. Dressed & Press Truck (@DressedandPress) and Sustenance Truck (@SustenanceRVA) are both new. One of those guys worked with Mario Batali, not in the kitchen, but with him. He’ll be serving duck salad with truffled vinaigrette,” said Harris.

Harris is spearheading the efforts at the VHS, but stresses that he is not in charge. All of the trucks carry their own insurance and have signed an agreement of standards of conduct with the property owners.

The plan is to operate the food truck court on Tuesdays and Fridays for the next two weeks, then meet by committee to discuss results and whether or not to continue the effort.

“I honestly don’t know what the results will be, but good community participation will help. We will see how many people can come out to support us,” said Harris.

The museum is a free cultural touchstone with outdoor tables and parking and a lot of potential to claim being the host of one of the first food truck courts in Richmond. It’ll be the consumers that decide if the court stays.

“I want people to be cool. Obviously, if there is littering, negative crowds or irresponsible behavior, than this community effort will fail.” said Harris.

Find the rest of the story by Genevelyn Steele at Richmond.com <here>

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