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SACRAMENTO, CA – “As the food-truck industry continues to motor its way into the mainstream, the California State Board of Equalization is serving up an amended regulation that’ll make it that much easier for Californians to enjoy the culinary creations being borne out of this ever-growing industry,” according to BOE officials in a news release.

The new rule really is meant to streamline things for vendors, but customers might find things easier, an official said.

“We want to help California businesses be successful,” said Board of Equalization member George Runner. “Our new regulation will make life a bit simpler for California’s fast-growing mobile food industry and more convenient for their customers, too.”

Starting next month, all pricing posted on food truck windows is now presumed by tax officials to include sales tax.

“So there’s no more digging around for that extra nickel or quarter to cover the tax portion of your bill,” officials said in a news release. “It also allows food truck owners an easier way to conduct their pricing.”

The BOE is making an announcement about the move in an effort to raise awareness about the regulation, and the BOE itself, the officials said, noting the food truck industry is fast-growing and owners aren’t always aware of the necessary regulations.

Runner is the BOE representative for the district including the Santa Clarita Valley, and will be at the announcement Friday in Sacramento.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Birmingham, St Louis, Madison, and Sacramento.

April 18

Food truck project could evolve into “food Incubator” for downtown – BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Tillman Levenson Annex was purchased and renovated last year to be a commissary and kitchen space for the Fresh Off the Bun food truck.

Brad Wardlaw, principal at SAS Architects helped to purchase the building for his wife, who owns the Birmingham food truck business.

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The sun’s out, where are the St. Louis food trucks? – ST LOUIS, MO – Spring’s here, fish fries are winding down and our stomachs are grumbling. So when does food truck season officially start? And where can you find some of that delicious grub? We’ve got the rundown.

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April 19

Madison selectmen to hold discussion on food trucks as opposition mounts – MADISON, CT – After initially bringing up the subject last summer, town officials seem to be getting set to take action on proposed rules by which, if passed, food truck vendors must abide.

The vendors have been a talking point in Madison, and the town is holding a public discussion on a draft of the rules later this month.

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April 20

Sacramento’s food truck movement – SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento’s appetite for mobile food was fueled three years ago with the debut of SactoMoFo, a festival that rounds up popular food trucks from Northern California. The event has continually drawn thousands in search of mobile munchies who are willing to brave epic lines, while a series of weekly SactoMoFo events feeds Sacramento’s suburbs and business parks.

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truck_farm sacramentoSACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento’s enthusiasm for food trucks is on display every time long lines greet them at festivals. As they should, city officials are trying to welcome them as part of the growing food scene.

The appetizing proposal that is gathering the most momentum now is to allow “pods” of four or five food trucks to set up on private property in certain areas of the city, daily or perhaps just on weekends. Potential locations haven’t been determined, but there’s talk of one in Oak Park near UC Davis Medical Center. The pods would be similar to those in places such as Portland, though smaller.

Tuesday, the City Council’s Law and Legislation Committee gave its go-ahead to draft an ordinance that would classify food trucks on private property as “outdoor markets” under the city’s revamped zoning code.

A vendor association managing the pod would have to seek a permit. The city could attach conditions to fend off fly-by-night operators and to address neighborhood concerns, including traffic, noise and parking. For instance, the city could require nearby bathrooms, ban alcohol sales, and determine lighting and screening. A final ordinance would go before the Planning and Design Commission and full City Council later this year.

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Sacramento AirportSACRAMENTO, CA – Food trucks are rolling into the cellphone parking lot of Sacramento International Airport as part of an experiment.

The trucks rolled into the airport on Tuesday, and customers rolled right up with them.

It’s part of an agreement between the airport and Foodmob, a food truck organization representing more than 20 of its members.

The trucks are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and offer a rotating array of food. Tuesday had Greek, but Wednesday cold bring burgers, or even barbecue.

“There’s a new gourmet truck they’re going to be rotating, so they’re not going to get the same thing every day,” said Naeema Afzili with Gyro Kings.

Airport officials say it’s just a 45-day trial, but if it works out well, they’re willing to extend it. Vendors pay just $20 a day for parking.

The idea isn’t new to Sacramento, as airports in Tampa, Tucson, San Francisco and elsewhere have also brought in trucks.

OTW LogoIn 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 Las Vegas, Arlington, Rochester, Escondido and Sacramento.

March 1

Food trucks hit hard by high gas prices in Las Vegas – LAS VEGAS, NV – The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Las Vegas is $3.82. In the last two months, prices have shot up around the country.

Not only does it put a strain on your wallet, but also the small businesses who rely on it.

The food truck business in Las Vegas is booming. Their business, though, is based on constant relocation. So when gas prices go up, so does the pressure.

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Vendor Wars Continue: Korean Truck Wins Battle with Gov’t – ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington County is reconsidering its policies regarding food truck vendors following the collapse of a case it had brought against the Korean fusion food truck Seoul Food. The truck will continue to roll and serve food, thanks to General District Judge Thomas J. Kelley who dismissed a case against Hyun “Anna” Shil Goree, who owns the mobile eatery with her husband J.P. Goree. Shil faced up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for not sufficiently complying with an Arlington County law mandating that food trucks move every 60 minutes.

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March 2

Food Trucks One Step Closer To Spot On City Streets – ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Starting this summer, food trucks could roll into the city as part of a trial run.

The trucks are currently prohibited from parking on city streets and selling food.

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Escondido food truck rules hit snag – ESCONDIDO, CA — Escondido’s efforts to regulate trendy gourmet food trucks have hit a snag: New rules proposed by the city would unintentionally ban old-style food trucks that have for years served construction sites and industrial parks.

City officials have spent several months carefully crafting new rules to regulate gourmet trucks, which have become a sort of national craze, thanks partly to social media.

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March 3

Local Chef Honors Wife By Carrying Out Food Truck Dream – SACRAMENTO, CA – Starting a business is never easy, but a local man knew he had to make his family’s dream come true.

Roel Olivares Jr. and his wife, Nancy, always wanted to have a food truck business. When Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer, the plans were put on hold. After she passed away, he wanted to finish what they started together.

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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 weekend from Escondido, Kalamazoo, Sacramento, Berkshires and Los Angeles.

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November 30

Food Truck Issue Heats Up at Public Forum – ESCONDIDO, CA – Food truck operators and owners of more traditional restaurants clashed during a public forum this week about Escondido’s plan to loosen regulations on the mobile eateries.

Several food truck owners said during a forum Wednesday night that less-restrictive regulations make sense because the trucks are extremely popular, serve quality food and avoid competing directly with brick-and-mortar restaurants.

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Food truck licenses for 2013 accepted by city of Kalamazoo starting Monday – KALAMAZOO, MI — The city of Kalamazoo will accept applications for food truck licenses in 2013 starting Monday.

City Planner Andrea Augustine said 10 licenses are available for next year, and they are granted on a first-come, first-served.

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December 1

Truck and Mortar Throw down – SACRAMENTO, CA – Food trucks and restaurants compete in Saturday event to raise money for Toy 4 Tots and the California Fire Organization.

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Berkshire towns consider food truck regulations – BERKSHIRES, MA – Food trucks haven’t taken a foothold with foodie fanatics in the Berkshires as they have in other parts of the nation, such as cities like Los Angeles. However, town officials up and down the county have heard from the occasional food truck entrepreneur who see the potential, and that has some towns contemplating wholesale ordinances to regulate them.

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December 2

New-home communities boast food-related amenities – LOS ANGELES, CA – If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, can builders and developers land home buyers via the same route?

That may be something of a stretch, but food-related amenities are fast becoming a way to make today’s new-home communities stand out from the competition.

For example, a few years ago, developers would have asked authorities to chase away any food truck that set up shop near their community centers. And if a homeowner turned his backyard into a farm, the community association probably would have objected.

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SACRAMENTO, CA – A dozen Sacramento food truck vendors were cooking for a cause, serving their finest food Sunday for one of the area’s most popular playgrounds.


They were cooking good food for a good cause. “Hopefully every truck will sell out. So it will be good for everybody,” a volunteer said.

SactoMoFo brought together these food trucks. “It feels awesome to do what we can to pitch in,” said one volunteer.

They are raising money to help rebuild a section of the McKinley Park wooden playground that was burned down over the summer. “Once all the expenses are covered, anything that is incurred today is going to go to the park,” said one truck owner.

But there’s a lot of heart behind this too.

Joan Jordan has fond memories of her childhood in that neighborhood. “I was raised there. I went to the library, learned how to swim there, tap dancing when I was a kid,” said Jordan. Those memories have been carried through generations.

“It’s such an epic part of the community. It’s at the center of what makes Sacramento so cool.”

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Who says restaurant chefs and food truck owners have to be bitter enemies? Sure, the politics surrounding the local mobile food truck scene can be a little thick, given the difficulties thus far in making current city ordinances more food truck friendly – and even some infighting within food truck owners themselves. An upcoming food competition and battle just may be the “We Are the World” moment that’s much needed.

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5 teams of 2 chefs each battle for the title of Champion of the Truck and Mortar Throw-down!
The Teams:
  • Mike Thiemann – Ella Dining Room and Bar & Chando – Chando’s Tacos
  • Billy Ngo – Kru & Davin Vculek – KrushBurger
  • Andrew Blaskovich – Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen   Pedro Depina – Ettore
  • Oliver Ridgeway – Grange & Robert Ramos – Coast to Coast Sandwich
  • Adam Pechal – Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en & Donell Hendrix – Simply Southern Foods
The “Secret Ingredients” are pork and honey, and each team of two chefs has to come up with 2 dishes, one sweet, and one savory to impress the celebrity judges and you. Each team of chefs gets one whole pig and one gallon of honey to work with. The rest is up to them! What will they come up with?

$45 includes 10 samples of delicious food (2 by each team), one beer and one coffee, and delicious holiday appetizers served by Whole Foods. Live music by Four Barrel and a few more surprises!

Proceeds will go to the California Fire Foundation (The California Fire Foundation organizes special funds to provide emergency assistance and support to families and kids of fallen firefighters) and the Toys for Tots Foundation ( The mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas)

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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 weekend from Raynham, Sacramento, Pasadena, Houston, Fort Worth and Middletown.

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October 12

As food truck craze rolls into south suburbs, some see need for new rules on health and safety –  Raynham, MA – The food truck phenomenon sweeping cities across the nation has begun to roll into the south suburbs, and while happy patrons are eager to feast on the food specialties it brings, some communities are rethinking how they might regulate them.

These mobile restaurants must abide by state and federal hygiene codes, just like their stationary counterparts, and in addition must have a local hawker’s or peddler’s license. Some towns, like Raynham, don’t allow them at all. Others, including Westwood and Scituate, are either adding new policies or rewriting the old ones to impose more stringent oversight.

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Some food truck owners taking the next step, opening restaurants- Sacramento, CA – The happy-hour crowd on a recent Friday scarfs rosemary and garlic tater tots, grilled cheese sandwiches piled with pulled pork and other speciality items from the Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen food truck. The truck, however, stopped serving hours ago and is offsite getting washed.

These folks are instead being served at Republic Bar & Grill, a downtown sports bar that’s become the brick-and-mortar home for Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen.

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October 13

Solar power project funded for Chefs Center small-business incubator – Pasadena, CA – Using its last $170,000 in federal economic stimulus money, the city has funded a solar power project at the Chefs Center of California, a nonprofit small-business incubator that has launched dozens of entrepreneurs since its professional kitchen opened in 2009.

“We had around $600,000 left in Community Development Block Grants Recovery dollars, and the biggest chunk went over to rehab La Pintoresca Teen Center and turn it into an education center,” said William Huang, Pasadena’s housing director.

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Houston Police waging a food truck crackdown: Cops insist it’s not petty, but due to complaints – Houston, TX – A food truck battle appears to be underway in Rice Village, as the Houston Police Department continues its crackdown on mobile kitchens after fielding numerous recent complaints from area residents and restaurant owners.

“Over the last few months, we’ve received a lot of complaints about food vendors in the South Central district [which includes Rice Village],” HPD spokesperson John Cannon tells CultureMap.

Korean barbeque truck Oh My Gogi! has been caught in the crosshairs since early September, when it received the first of at least four violations from HPD officers patrolling the.

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October 14

New faces enter trendy food truck business in North Texas – Fort Worth, TX – It’s no secret that food trucks — not the factory gate variety but fanciful nouveau versions serving up everything from red velvet waffles to New York deli to sashimi — have gained a foothold in North Texas despite the obvious business risks.

The scene exploded after Dallas began allowing food trucks in July 2011, broadening the potential market. Those certified by the city of Fort Worth, not including shaved ice, catering and traditional barbecue and Tex Mex trucks, numbered fewer than 20 in October 2011.

Last month, there were more than 36.

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Barbeque battle heats up food cart regulation debate in Middletown – Middletown, DE – The wind picks up the aroma of smoldering hickory chips from Clint Johnson’s portable smoker and carries it far beyond his weekend roadside stand in Middletown.

It only has to travel seven blocks to reach Keith Young at his restaurant in Ashley Plaza, and that has Young smoldering.

“When he was on the outskirts of town, it bothered me but I didn’t say anything. Where he’s at now, it’s just too close,” said Young, who opened Young’s BBQ on East Main Street in 2007. “We need limitations. We need zones. We need boundaries.”

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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.

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This week’s new entries are:

Baltimore, MD

Kommie Pig

Twitter: @kommiepigbbq

Mobile BBQ food truck in the greater Baltimore, MD area serving ribs, chicken, pulled pork and specialty dogs. Come dine on some swine.


Bryan-College Station, TX

Southern Comfort Road Trip

Twitter: @sbroadtrip

Chef made comfort food truck…


Greenville, SC

Tirado’s Foods

Twitter: @TiradoFoods

Serving Greenville SC the best snack foods from tropical Puerto Rico!


Indianapolis, IN

Johnsons BBQ Shack

Twitter: @jbbqshack

We can cater any sized event and bring the best smoked meats, we operate the FOP kitchen on Shelby too


Newark, DE

I Don’t Give a Fork

Twitter: @idontgiveaFORK

Food cart serving sandwiches on sandwiches on sandwiches!


Philadelphia, PA

Rival Bros Coffee

Twitter: @rivalbroscoffee

Jonathan Adams & Damien Pileggi. Small batch coffee roasters in Philly. Retrofitted delivery truck turned American coffee bar on wheels. 33rd/Arch


Sum Pig Food Truck

Twitter: @SumPigFoodTruck

Bringing you mouthwatering, globally inspired, gourmet comfort food; specializing in hormone/antibiotic-free, organically pastured, local proteins.


Pompano Beach, FL

U-Turn Espresso

Twitter: @uturnespresso

We are a mobile espresso van or cafe on wheels. Let us deliver coffee to your workplace or at your next event! Turn your day around with U-Turn Espresso!


Sacramento, CA

OM Karmabile

Twitter: @OMKarmabile

San Antonio, TX

Pier67 Ocean Grill

Twitter: @Pier67OceanGrll

The only food truck in town that serves seafood. Ceviche, shrimp tacos and tostadas and our best selling FISH TACOS baja style homemade recipe

St. Louis, MO

Legghorns and Shakes

Twitter: @Legghorns

Local St. Louis Food Truck, doing Chicken, until we can’t Clucking take it anymore. Custard Pies, And Home made Ice Cream…


Toronto, Canada


Twitter: @thetacocat

A bunch of friends hoping to make it big through serving delicious asian inspired tacos. Email us at tacocat.TO@gmail.com if you want us to be at your event!


Traverse City, MI

Roaming Harvest

Twitter: @RoamingHarvest

A food truck featuring local food you can feel good about buying and eating. We serve food from our truck that is grown, raised or made by local businesses.


West Palm Beach, FL

Spring In Roll Out

Twitter: @SpringInRollOut

Authentic Vietnamese food! For a great price!


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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