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SAN ANTONIO, TX - Health standards are a common concern for food truck connoisseurs but fire safety standards are an important issue too.

A food truck explosion in Philadelphia last week served as a sobering reminder of the dangers.

Locally, fire safety inspectors do what they can to help make sure food trucks are safe.

Once a year, food truck vendors like Frank Collazo are required to pass a health inspection and a fire safety inspection.

“I don’t do any cooking in my truck. I don’t even have kitchen space, but you have to get inspected the same as if you were,” said Collazo.

“There’s a checklist. There’s a number of things we look for (such as the presence of) fire extinguishers,” said Chris Monestier, deputy fire marshal and assistant fire chief. “A potential hazard is the propane, so (the inspector is) checking for any leaks in the lines, making sure the hoses are approved for that use.”

Last Tuesday, in Philadelphia, a propane tank exploded inside a food truck injuring 12 people and severely burning two people.

Locally, it was a tragic reminder of the potential danger.

“Our division chief, (who’s) responsible for the fire prevention division, went ahead and put that out to all the inspectors and said, ‘Look, this is why we do these type of inspections. It’s because of public safety,’” said Monestier.

Food truck operators are required to have fire safety inspections once a year and they have to display the inspection sticker on the outside of the truck next to the health inspection sticker. They can also have pop-up inspections at any time.

Find the entire article with video at ksat.com <here>

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SAN ANTONIO,TX - A few months after making it big on Saturday Night Live, the San Antonio food truck named “CockAsian” is for sale on eBay.

Candie Yoder, owner of the Asian fusion restaurant on wheels, is selling the creatively named truck, including cooking appliances and even the original recipes to dishes such as the spicy Korean Fried Chicken, the inspiration for the truck’s name, just a few months after opening its doors. The asking price on the eBay listing is $80,000.

Yoder, 40, said the truck had more bookings than man power, and the business has been overwhelming for her family, which includes her husband and three children, ages 16, 14 and 11.

“It became too big of a time consumer and stress for the family,” said Yoder. “It was doing extremely well, we just could not keep up with it. One of my stessers was we had far more bookings than we could fill, I needed a staff twice the size.”

Yoder said the truck was an “experiment” and was meant to be a family-run busines, but there was just not enough time on top of school and her husband’s job. Although no bids have been placed on the eBay ad as of Tuesday morning, Yoder said many local chefs have offered to lease or staff the truck to keep the unique restaraunt in San Antonio.

Find the entire article at mysanantonio.com <here>

If they don’t get their asking price, they are more than welcome to add their add to our new Food Trucks For Sale section.

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Cockasion-Food-Truck-San-AntonioSAN ANTONIO, TX - The San Antonio Port has more than 12,000 employees scattered over 1900 acres, and today was to be the day Candie Yoder began selling them her spicy Korean fried chicken from her food truck, cleverly called “Cock Asian”.

Candie says the name of her business is not offensive, it’s descriptive; and besides, it’s an inside joke. Candie’s family and friends teased her because although she is white, her dream was to sell Korean fried chicken.

Port officials began a partnership with  the San Antonio Food Truck Association last year permitting a number of food trucks to sell their mobile cuisine to the workers. Candie’s Cock Asian truck was scheduled to make its first lunch run at the Port today. Then the Port officials Googled “CockAsian” looking for the menu.

What came back was not the menu.

Find the entire article at thenewcivilrightsmovement.com <here>

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Thinking about starting a food truck business? Are you looking to stay local or is your food truck business plan open to anywhere in the United States? Recently we were wondering where a fledgling food truck would have the best chances of success.

To begin the discussion we thought to list the cities with the most food trucks, but quickly rethought heading down this path. Due to the fact that cities such as Los Angeles, Portland, Austin and Washington DC have so many well built brands based on just about any cuisine you could think of, a new food truck owner may struggle in building brand recognition.

Not only that but peeling off loyal customers to the long established mobile food businesses may also give a new vendor a more difficult road to travel.

We began the process of determining what cities in the US would be the best location to join the mobile food industry, by developing a formula based on a number factors such as:

  • City population
  • City growth predictions
  • Population demographics (age and income)
  • Weather
  • Current size of the local food truck industry
  • Licensing costs
  • Freedom to operate under existing food truck laws
  • Acceptance of small business entrepreneurs by local politicians
  • Strength of Food Truck Organization

We found that these 20 cities are the best cities to start a food truck in 2014:

Top 10

  1. San Antonio, TX

  2. Tampa, FL

  3. Raleigh, NC

  4. Albuquerque, NM

  5. Indianapolis, IN

  6. Nashville, TN

  7. Lexington, KY

  8. Charleston, SC

  9. Louisville, KY

  10. Sacramento, CA

Find the rest of our list on the next page…

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - How many times have you wanted to go to a Farmer’s market only to miss the short window of time they are actually open? Even worse, what if the one good farmer’s market in town is 30 miles away and only open for 3 hours a week? Truckin’ Tomato aims to solve both of those problems by taking the farmer’s market directly to the customers.

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They will sell locally grown produce, food products, and merchandise on a trailer transformed into a mobile market that is parked on the campuses of businesses, large parks, apartment complexes and special events in San Antonio and the surrounding area. their aim is to bring the highest quality farmer’s market selections to the places people already congregate.

Additionally, the profits generated will help provide meals and supportive services for families experiencing food insecurity in San Antonio. To make this dream a reality they need help raising money to outfit the trailer! The total amount to outfit the trailer is 40K, but an earlier campaign that they cut short to run this one quickly raised $8000!

What Your Donation Helps

They have already purchased the 28 ft. cargo trailer.  Via in San Antonio has donated a propane powered tow truck to pull it.  Now they need to raise the remaining $32,000 to turn it into a mobile farmers market!   The funds raised will allow them to outfit the trailer with the following details:

  • Install refrigerated display case for perishable foods
  • Install 3 sink compartment and juice bar
  • Shelving needed to display produce
  • air conditioning unit
  • refrigerator for prepared meals, meat and dairy for sale
  • lighting on inside and outside of trailer
  • wrap the trailer with custom Truckin Tomato graphics
  • shade awning
  • Generator to power the mobile market

As of the release of this article Truckin’ Tomato has received $2,850 of the $32,000 they need.

To donate to this great cause, check out the whole campaign at Indiegogo <here>

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San Antonio Food TrucksSAN ANTONIO, TX - A few short years ago, you could count local food trucks on one hand. Now, a growing number have taken to the streets, serving everything from sushi to homemade pizza to gourmet sandwiches.

As food truck numbers have increased, some owners have even formed an organization to promote mobile kitchens.

“I’d like for people to embrace food trucks,” said Keith Hill, owner and chef of food truck K-Hill BBQ Co. and executive director of the San Antonio Food Truck Association (SAFTA). “If you give them a chance, you’ll probably like them.”

SAFTA, which was launched in December by Hill and Rickshaw Stop’s Sameer Siddiqui, aims to unify food truck owners in a common cause, bringing “professionalism and credibility to the mobile food industry in San Antonio.”

SAFTA already has 35 members. Not only does the group push for ordinances that allow for more food truck activity in the city, it also posts events and locations of local food trucks. For more information, go to safta.net.

Food truck parks are also on the rise in San Antonio.

Find the entire article by Elise J. Brunsvold at mysanantonio.com <here>

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - General (ret.) Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, was in San Antonio, Texas last week with Dave Danhi, founder of The Grilled Cheese Truck, a chef-driven gourmet venue, to announce a new program aimed at helping veterans start their own business. Clark and Danhi have teamed up to identify and train qualified veterans to own and operate food trucks.

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General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, was in San Antonio to announce a new program aimed at helping veterans start their own business. (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are bringing veterans an opportunity to have a tested and proven ownership experience with The Grilled Cheese Truck,” said General Clark. “We are one of the few franchise opportunities that the veteran skill set translates to and allows a veteran to be very successful.”

Danhi, an award-winning chef from Los Angeles, was an executive chef for more than 20 years before a back injury led him to buy an employment agency for chefs. In 2009, Danhi entered a grilled cheese competition in LA that sparked the idea for the Grilled Cheese Truck.

“I couldn’t believe the demand for grilled cheese,” remarked Danhi. “People just loved it, so I went home and started doing the research on my computer. I found that there wasn’t anything out there like this and immediately decided I wanted to pursue it.”

The innovative program pairs veterans who have a unique skill set with an experienced team of food professionals to teach them how to run a food truck. Another team will assist the veterans with bookings and select sites for stops around each city.

General Clark and Danhi introduced The Grilled Cheese Truck on July 4th to active duty military, veterans and the rest of San Antonio during the City’s official 4th of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park. They fed up to 5,000 people for free as a thank you for their service to our country.

San Antonio is the first market in Texas for The Grilled Cheese Truck. The company has plans to expand to Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

The Grilled Cheese Truck has trucks in Los Angeles, Ventura/Santa Barbara, Phoenix and now San Antonio with plans to have 100 trucks across the country in the next year. For more information, visit www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com.

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We would like to thank our readers for their time and effort in voting for Mobile Cuisine’s Mobile Food Vendor of the Week. With all the votes in and counted, your choice was the Rickshaw Stop of San Antonio, TX.

FTotW Rickshaw Stop

Click the link to find the Rickshaw Stop Profile if you missed it.

 

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Much like other cities across Texas, San Antonio has a burgeoning food truck scene. While it may not have the same numbers as cities such as Austin or Houston, it does have a few up and coming areas, like the Boardwalk on Bulverde food court. The Boardwalk is open Thursday-Sunday, and hosts about a dozen food trucks all located at this one spot in Northern San Antonio. One of the frequent participants is the Rickshaw Stop.

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Meagan and Sameer Siddiqui are the owners of the Rickshaw Stop food truck which specializes in traditional Pakistani food. The couple opened the truck in April, 2011. The couple operates their truck with the assistance of their family. Sameer’s mom (Gety), his Aunt (Bina) and his Uncle (Shabbir.) Each recipe we use has been created and approved by the entire Siddiqui/Khan family. The family’s journey, which began in India and Pakistan, ended in San Antonio via New York.

The truck serves two main menu items; Pakistani kebabs and samosas along with dessert. According to their website, they are “fairly certain you’ve never eaten anything like the kebabs you will order from our truck, unless you are friends with a Pakistani family or you’ve spent extensive time in Pakistan.”

The Siddiqui’s approach to their menu is one of simplicity, but follow the common practice of most successful food trucks – “find something you are good at, and focus on that”. Their menu maybe is short and uncomplicated, but the food is fresh and delicious.

The team pays close attention to detail to make their flavors unique. For example, they marinate both the beef and chicken they use for at least 48 hours to ensure all of the Pakistani flavors are distributed throughout the meat – no exceptions.

Kebabs, look somewhat like a Mexican taco, but the flavors are very different. Wrapped in a Paratha, the beef or chicken Kebabs are packed with flavor.

Samosas are deep fried pillows of flavor but are smaller and lighter than the Indian versions you may have eaten in the past.

Kheer is a think rice pudding, made with rice milk, sugar, cardamom and rose water. They are topped off with crunchy chips of almonds and pistachios. If you are looking for something a bit more sweet, check out Sameer’s mother’s own recipe for Baklava. Her version has much less honey than other cultural attempts at this sweet treat. Sameer confesses that he has a bit of an addiction to crumbled Baklava stirred inside a bowl of Kheer.

If you don’t believe their customers that their food is good, take the word of the entire city as Team Siddiqui and the Rickshaw Stop were named the best restaurant in ALL of San Antonio.

The Rickshaw Stop food truck can be found around San Antonio and its surrounding neighborhoods throughout the week.

Updates are posted on http://www.rickshawstop-sa.com/Twitter, and Facebook.

Our recommendation:

The Tony (2 Kebabs: 2 Beef OR 2 Chicken OR 1 Beef/1 Chicken + 2 Samosas)

What their fans have said:

“If there was a section titled “Currently Obsessed With” on my Yelp profile, Rickshaw Stop would be the response.” Gloria C. – San Antonio, TX

Rickshaw Stop (Food Truck) on Urbanspoon

 

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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:

Bel Air, MD

WOLO

Twitter: @woloeats

We are a fully functional gourmet kitchen on wheels! Visit us at our next stop to see what we’re all about. #FoodThatRocks

http://www.woloeats.com

Fort Worth, TX

The Bento Box

Twitter: @bentoboxtexas

Contemporary Japanese Food Truck

http://www.bentoboxtexas.com

Helena, AR

Roadkill Grill

Twitter: @roadkillgrill

Serving Helena, West Helena, Marvell, Elaine and Events in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

http://www.roadkillgrill.net

Indianapolis, IN

The Flavor Truck

Twitter: @TheFlavorTruck

Welcome to The Flavor Truck. Home of all natural, gourmet, wild game sausages. Follow us for daily specials and locations!

Los Angeles, CA

Sweets on the Street

Twitter: @SweetStreetCart

Our mobile cart stocked w/cupcakes & cake pops baked exclusively for us by @sweetdreamery Desserts. Stay tuned for our upcoming routes.

Melbourne, Australia

White Guy Cooks Thai

Twitter: @whiteguythai

White Guy Cooks Thai is soon to be roaming the streets of Melbourne with his own take on traditional Asian hawker food.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/White-Guy-Cooks-Thai/391022480931075

Palm Beach, FL

Sunsandwich

Twitter: @sunsandwich561

Food truck specializing in NYC style egg sandwiches and delicious baked goods! PBG green market every Sunday. Available for private parties/catering events.

Providence, RI

Panino Express

Twitter: @PaninoExpress

Providence new mobile food trucks! Paninis, Salads, Soups! Artisan, Vegan, and amazing! 401-484-6568

http://www.paninoexpress.com

San Antonio, TX

Texasada

Twitter: @Tex_asada

A local food trailer created by an ambtious chef to showcase his talents in creating traditional Mexican street food with “style”.

San Diego, CA

Torero Tu Go

Twitter: @ToreroTuGo

A mobile eatery providing a diverse menu reflecting San Diego’s historical culture through food. The first campus-run food truck on the West Coast!

sandiego.edu/torerotugo

San Jose, CA

Gold Rush Eatery

Twitter: @Goldrusheatery

We’re a mobile food truck from San Jose. Try our Goldrush Burger, our version of the Parisian Burger served at Linda’s Drive Thru in Mt. View.

Swifty Sweets

Twitter: @SwiftySweets

Swifty Sweets is a frozen yogurt truck serving the San Jose Bay Area. Follow us to find out our flavors and current location.

http://swiftysweets.com

Seattle, WA

Snowflakes

Twitter: @SnowflakesLLC

A beautiful blue box that serves delicious diner food at Southlake Union Park by the Center for Wooden Boats. Family- owned; down home; great food.

Siesta Key, FL

GumboMojo Food Truck

Twitter: @GumboMojo

Food Truck coming to Siesta Key and Sarasota. Specializing in Cajun Cuban fusion, Menu includes Gumbo Mojo, Picadillo, Gator Tots, Cuban Muffaletta Press…

http://www.Gumbomojotruck.com

Wheaton, IL

Pop-A-Harrys Gourmet Popcorn

Twitter: @Popaharry

Pop-A-Harrys Gourmet Popcorn is an old fashion popcorn business that operates out of a custom designed popcorn bus. Check it out on his website!!!

http://www.Pop-A-Harrys.com

 

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 atMFV@mobile-cuisine.com

 

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