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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 San Diego, Seattle, Chapel Hill, Dickinson and Saugerties.

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June 8

Food Trucks Forced Out of Downtown – San Diego, CA - Food trucks made a brief appearance in downtown San Diego last month, only to be told to leave two days after their arrival.

In an attempt to start a twice-a-week food truck gathering, four trucks planned to assemble twice a week during peak lunch hours in the nucleus of downtown: across from the Civic Center. The small group of trucks was able to park in an ACE parking lot on May 23 and 25 for a flat fee of $50 per truck.

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Food truck given the boot for selling non-Starbucks coffee – Seattle, WA - There’s a coffee war brewing at the Starbucks Center in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood.

A food truck vendor was kicked off the property Thursday because he was selling coffee that was not Starbucks.

Food trucks are now open for business at the Starbucks Center parking lot, selling items from spicy tacos to barbecue ribs.

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June 9

Chapel Hill’s new food truck rules attract no takers – Chapel Hill, NC - Six months after Chapel Hill let food trucks in, they still haven’t come.

The town has received zero permit applications from food truck owners since the Town Council created a new set of rules for them in late January.

Food truck vendors say the high fees and permitting costs are the main reason they’ve stayed away, but the town also has tight restrictions on where trucks can park, making it even harder to do business.

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Check Please!: Food trailers must meet same standards as restaurants – Dickinson, ND - On the surface, food trailers are restaurants on wheels with standards as strict as any sit-down eatery.

Kevin Pavlish, environmental health practitioner with the Southwestern District Health Unit, said food trailers undergo an extensive review, the same as restaurants looking to operate in the area.

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June 10

Village wants to limit food trucks - Saugerties, NY - In an effort to safeguard the approximately one dozen restaurants in town from food trucks setting up shop in village parking lots, the Saugerties Village Board is expected to approve a moratorium on the vehicles at its June 18 meeting.

Speaking at the board’s May 31 year-end business meeting, and again at Monday night’s workshop meeting, Mayor William Murphy said there have been a number of people asking to bring food trucks, the type that sell hot dogs, hamburgers and in one case, tacos, into the village.

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This refreshing salad we are sharing on Meatless Monday comes from Josh Henderson of Skillet Street Food in Seattle, WA. It is packed with flavor and nutrition. Nutrient-dense kale has potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties while canola oil is a good source of omega-3 fat and vitamin E.

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Skillet Street Food – Kale Salad with Hazelnut-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped kale 1 L?2 Tbsp chopped, toasted hazelnuts 30 mL
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries 30 mL
  • ?2 Tbsp blue cheese crumbles 30 mL
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, whole leaf 60 mL

Hazelnut-Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 75 mL
  • 1 Tbsp water 15 mL?2 tsp Dijon mustard 10 mL
  • 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
  • ?1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ?1 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme 15 mL
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper 2 mL
  • 1?4 cup crushed, toasted hazelnuts 60 mL
  • 1/2 cup canola oil 125 mL

Instructions:

  1. In large bowl combine, kale, hazelnuts, cranberries, blue cheese and parsley. Set aside.
  2. To prepare Hazelnut-Balsamic Vinaigrette: In medium bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, water, Dijon mustard, salt, shallot, garlic, thyme, pepper and hazelnuts. Using immersion blender, combine ingredients and slowly add canola oil until emulsion forms.
  3. Add vinaigrette to kale salad, toss and serve.

Yield: 4 servings. Serving Size: Just over 1 cup (250 mL) salad.

Skillet Street Food

Twitter: @skilletstfood

street food, diner & bacon jam.

http://skilletstreetfood.com

 

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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 San Antonio, Seattle, Madison, Champaign, Columbus and North Logan.

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May 18

Food truck program off to rough start – SAN ANTONIO, TX - It’s starting to become abundantly clear why there remains to be zero interest among food truck operators in Maverick Park, one of the city’s proposed locations for its pilot program. It’s surrounded by nothing. People would have to drive to get there. And while HemisFair Park’s surroundings aren’t as barren as Maverick’s, the trucks have left there for similar reasons.

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Today food trucks, tomorrow the world? Mobile wallet app LevelUp targets Seattle geeks – Seattle, WA - If you’ve gotten a free lunch at a South Lake Union food truck lately, it’s probably thanks to Boston-based mobile wallet app LevelUp.

“I probably see those guys out there at least once a week,” said Mark Worster, founder of food truck locator and resource hub SeattleFoodTruck.com. “They’re good to talk to.”

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May 19

Food trucks expand beyond basic items – MADISON, WI - With the sunshine of spring comes a huge craving to fire up the grill and plop on the brats. Such simple, brown-and-sizzle pleasures turn extraordinary about 1,000 miles south.

For breakfast: hot skewers of sausage doused with pancake/waffle batter, sprinkled with brown sugar and kissed with a syrup whose artisan flavors change with the season.

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City to take another look at food trucks – CHAMPAIGN, IL - The city of Champaign plans to revisit the issue of how it lets food-truck vendors operate.

Currently, certain food-truck vendors are registered as peddlers and aren’t allowed to stay in one location very long, unless they’re on private property.

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May 20

Food trucks inspire glut of possibilities – COLUMBUS, OH - I didn’t see the food-truck trend coming.

Americans standing in line in a parking lot to buy ribs? I’d have sworn that the idea wouldn’t work.

We don’t like to get out of our cars. If we could get divorced in a drive-through, we’d do it. (I’d call that business Jiffy Split, by the way.)

But Columbus is crawling with food trucks. Fleets of them fan out across the city every day. Franklinton even has a food-truck food court, with an indoor dining room and rotating vendors.

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Local vendors say popularity of food trucks on the rise – NORTH LOGAN, ID - Walking around a bus yard in Boise, Idaho, Ramiro Martinez saw a variety of buses from different areas, and used for different reason. But was interested in purchasing a bus for one good reason only: To fill people’s tummies.

For $7,000, the bus was his and Martinez quickly went to work. He unbolted all of the seats and installed kitchen equipment; he gave the bus a crisp white paint job, with the words Taqueria “La Villa” in red lettering; and he installed benches stapled with a bright red cushioning and metal “counter tops” lining either side of its interior so people could eat in an air-conditioned environment.

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Amazon Plans

Seattle, WA - Amazon.com has released new details about its proposed three-tower office complex in Seattle’s Denny Triangle, including a dog park, off-street space for food trucks, a covered plaza for year round use and other amenities.

Amazon’s architects NBBJ presented more detailed plans for the massive development to the city’s Downtown Review Board Tuesday night.

The dog park is “not only for the Amazon employees, but the neighborhood,” landscape architect Mark Brand told the board. “There’s a lot of demand,” reported The Seattle Times.

The company announced plans earlier this year to build a 3.3 million square foot complex spanning three blocks, dominated by three towers reaching as high as 37 stories. Retail and restaurants would be scattered throughout.

The new proposal also features a large, landscaped plaza covered by a canopy of sorts it calls an “architectural trellis,” making the plaza “usable and enjoyable any time of the year,” architect Dale Alberda said.

The complex would be built in phases, with development happening first along Sixth, Seventh and Westlake avenues and Virginia and Lenora streets. The Sixth Avenue Inn hotel, the King Cat Theater and the Toyota of Seattle dealership would all be razed to make room.

The design-review board will meet again in July to continue considering Amazon’s proposal.

Find the original story by Josh Kerns at MyNorthwest.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.

Mighty Meatballs

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Mighty Meatballs

Twitter: @Mighty_Meatball

Atlanta, Georgia’s premier meatball sandwich food truck!

http://mightymeatballs.com

Sandwich Buddha

Twitter: @SandwichBuddha

Awesome food truck serving up great Sandwiches, Soups and Honest Tea. Come get your Karma on the Go.

http://www.sandwichbuddha.com

Cleveland, OH

Fired Up Taco Truck

Twitter: @fireduptacos

Brian Finks and Gaven Rupert turned a S.W.A.T TRUCK into a food truck, to bring exciting, bold flavors to the customer on the move.

http://fireduptacotruck.com

Lincoln, NE

GUP Kitchen

Twitter: @eatgroundup

GUP is a mobile cuisine based in Lincoln, Nebraska combining scratch cooking and local ingredients to provide a unique experience for everyone.

http://eatgroundup.com/

Minneapolis, MN

Stanley’s On Wheels

Twitter: @stanleyswheels

Stanley’s on Wheel’s serves food from @stanleysbarroom in NE Minneapolis including Smoked BBQ Brisket, Brisket Nachos, Pretzel Sticks & more!

http://www.stanleysonwheels.com

Phoenix, AZ

Buzz n bee

Twitter: @buzznbeezfood

Our food truck has awesome soul food and favorite dishes from around the world: Jamaican, Indian,Thai Facebook: buzznbeezfood or call 480-463-7893

http://BuzznbeezGoodFood.com

Seattle, WA

Tokyo Dog

Twitter: @tokyodogtweets

Japanese Style Hot Dogs

http://www.tokyodog.com

Stamford, CT

Melt Mobile

Twitter: @Melt_Mobile

We are a gourmet grilled cheese truck specializing in creative, comforting sandwiches.

http://www.meltmobilect.com

Washington DC

Bayou Bros

Twitter: @bayoubros

Bringing the authentic taste of Louisiana to D.C. and Virginia

http://www.bayoubros.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 at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

 

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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.

banged up and mashed

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Banged Up and Mashed

Twitter: @bangedupandmash

http://bangedupandmashed.com

Austin, TX

The Seedling Truck

Twitter: @SeedlingTruck

A mobile food truck by @RoyalFigAustin bringing a revolving menu of upscale comfort food made from scratch using ingredients straight from local farms.

http://www.theseedlingtruck.com

Jacksonville, FL

Driftwood BBQ

Twitter: @DriftwoodBBQ

Kansas City, MO

Cajun Cabin

Twitter: @cajuncabin

New Orleans transplants since 2009.

http://www.cajuncabin.org

Omaha, NE

Localmotive Food Truck

Twitter: @LocalmotiveFT

Localmotive is a food truck in Omaha dedicated to serving made-from-scratch food at a fair price, with a menu emphasizing seasonal, locally-sourced products.

http://localmotivefoodtruck.com

Seattle, WA

Jemils Big Easy

Twitter: @JemilsBigEasy

We are a cajun food truck coming to Seattle in March! Chef Jemil Aziz brings New Orleans Cajun to Seattle.

http://www.jemilsbigeasy.com

Streetzeria

Twitter: @Streetzeria

http://www.streetzeria.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 at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

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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.

texs tacos

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Tex’s Tacos

Twitter: @texstacos

The original Nueva Texicana food truck!

http://www.texstacos.com

Chesterfield, NH

The Porch

Twitter: @theporchnh

a yummy little food tuck in chesterfield NH.53 stowe road in the industrial park off of route 9. Totaly with the stop!!!

Chicago, IL

Pecan and Charlie’s

Twitter: @PecanandCharlie

Cupcake truck serving Chicago’s Southwest and Western ‘Burbs! Featuring Sam Adams Carrot Cake, as seen on WGN

http://www.facebook.com/PecanandCharlies

Little Rock, AR

Clyde and Kiddos BBQ

Twitter: @ClydeNKiddoBBQ

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clyde-and-Kiddos/190119684419901

Minneapolis, MN

RA Macsammys

Twitter: @RAMacsammys

Newest Food Truck in Twin Cities, serving Mac & Chz, Grilled Sammies & More

http://ramacsammys.com

New York City, NY

GO Burger

Twitter: @GOBurger

Double Juicy

http://www.goburger.com

Orange, CA

Front Porch Pops

Twitter: @FrontPorchPops

Gourmet ice pops in tasty flavors like Strawberries & Cream, Syrah Poached Pear and many more. More flavors than you can shake a stick at!

http://www.frontporchpops.com

San Diego, CA

The InSlider

Twitter: @TheInslider

The InSlider is a brand new gourmet food truck set to hit the streets in just a few weeks. We will be selling gourmet sliders made with fresh local ingredients

http://www.TheInSlider.com

Seattle, WA

Monte Cristo

Twitter: @mobilemeltsFOLLOWS YOU

MONTE CRISTO Seattle’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese & Mobile Melts Seattle’s newest food truck is in development and comming soon!

http://www.mobilemontecristo.com

Tampa, FL

O’Macalicious

Twitter: @OMacalicious

http://www.omacalicious.com

Stinky Bunz

Twitter: @Stinky_Bunz

Spicy + Savory. Crunchy + Soft. Stinky + Bunz.

 

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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SEATTLE, WA - When the Seattle City Council loosened rules this year for food trucks, it cleared the way for trucks to harness their collective power by forming pods of mobile eateries.

One such pod is taking off in Wallingford.  The Uptown Espresso at North 45th Street and Corliss Avenue North started hosting groups of food trucks in its large parking lot last Friday.  On the first night, three trucks drew hundreds of paying customers.

“Every food truck sold out,” said Peter Noble, Uptown Espresso’s president.

He is now organizing food pods in his lot four nights a week, Wednesday through Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m.  Each night of the week features different trucks.  Four trucks are signed up to be there this Friday.

“If people support it and there’s demand for even more, we’ll bring in more,” Noble said.

Parfait, a Seattle-based organic ice cream company that operates out of a truck, parked in the lot on Wednesday night.  It was the sole food truck there this week, but it will be joined by at least one other truck next Wednesday.

“When they’re clustered together, I think it’s more of a draw for people to come,” said Adria Shimada, Parfait’s owner and chef.  “It becomes more of an experience.”

Food pods are already popular in Portland.  Wallingford resident Brenden Witte frequently eats at pods while visiting friends in Portland.  He is thrilled to see one in his neighborhood.

“Having a greater selection of food choices, how can you beat that?” Witte said.  “Bring on the food!”

Food pods have popped up in neighborhoods throughout Seattle this year.  Most try to offer a variety of food options, including both savory and sweet foods.

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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.

This week’s new entries are:

Chicago, IL

Bridgeport Pasty Co

Twitter: @BridgeportPasty

Like a handheld pot pie, but better!

http://bridgeportpasty.com

Lillie’s Q Meat Mobile

Twitter: @LQMeatMobile

It’s the Lillie’s Q Meat Mobile! Serving pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches, sides, and drinks. Aiming to hit the Chicago streets shortly after Labor Day

http://lilliesq.com/

Columbia, SC

Alfresco Mobilista

Twitter: @AlfMob

ROCKIN’ FARE ROLLIN’ WITH FLAIR!!! Alfresco means outdoors & Mobilista is on the move. We are a fun Bistro Style Mobile Food & Catering Truck that comes to YOU!

http://www.alfmob.com

Kansas City, MO

DOG NUVO

Twitter: @DOGNUVO

http://www.eatatdognuvo.com

Los Angeles, CA

Holy Aioli

Twitter: @HolyAioli

The ultimate Food Truck for divine Sandwiches & Salads. We offer unique filings and Aiolis that turn sandwiches and paninis on their head.

http://www.holy-aioli.com

Malibu Bagels

Twitter: @MalibuBagels

Malibu Bagels is the premier gourmet truck of Malibu CA- serving amazing, fresh and creative spreads on delicious Bagels. Come give us a try :)

http://www.facebook.com/bu.bagels

The Poutine Truck

Twitter: @thepoutinetruck

Poutine is a traditional Canadian Comfort Dish consisting of French Fries, Fresh Cheese Curd and Brown Gravy. We take pride in offering a true Poutine……….

http://www.thepoutinetruck.com

Minneapolis, MN

Fork In The Road

Twitter: @forkNroadtruck
Good eats on the street!

Providence, RI

Mijos Tacos

Twitter: @MijosTacos

LA style taco truck serving tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, tostadas and imported cane sugar Mexican sodas on the East Side of Providence, RI.

http://www.facebook.com/mijostacos

Seattle, WA

Snout and Company

Twitter: @SnoutAndCo

http://snoutandco.com

Washington DC

Doug the Food Dude

Twitter: @Dougthefooddude

THE BEST FOOD YOU’LL EVER GET OUT OF A TRUCK! Always All Natural – No MSG or Preservatives

http://dougthefooddude.com

Seoul Food

Twitter: @SeoulFoodDC

We operate on a food truck selling bibimbap and maki rolls using all-natural, local farm ingredients in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, VA.

West Palm Beach, FL

The Fire Within

Twitter: @TheFireWithinFT

We are a married couple just livin the dream! We have purchased a shuttle bus, & built a food truck! We are up & rolling now! #TheFireWithin

http://www.FoodTruckRoadTrip.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 at MFV@mobile-cuisine.com

 

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The Seattle City Council voted 8-0 Monday in favor of allowing food trucks to sell on private streets. With Mayor Mike McGinn’s signature, the new law will take effect in a month.

SEATTLE, WA - In a month’s time, Seattle will join the ranks of cities around the country where food trucks can legally do business on a public street.

The Seattle City Council voted 8-0 Monday in favor of the new rules, which allow food trucks to sell beyond private lots. Mayor Mike McGinn, who supports the bill, has 30 days to sign it into law.

Councilmember Sally Clark, who introduced the bill, said the legislation might make it easier for entrepreneurs to open a small business.

“The overarching goal: a little more interest in neighborhoods, a little more interest out in the street life,” Clark said.

The bill also expands the kinds of food that sidewalk carts can sell, beyond hot dogs, popcorn and coffee. Public Health-Seattle & King County will have to approve a cart’s menu and food-preparation methods.

No public agency tracks how many food trucks operate in Seattle, though truck owners estimate there are fewer than 30 of the new style of gourmet food truck, such as Marination Mobile and Skillet.

“We just have not seen much happening,” said Gary Johnson, from the Department of Planning and Development, who helped write the bill.

Food trucks and sidewalk carts have become popular in cities across the country, from Los Angeles and Portland to New York and Washington, D.C.

“I think it’s a good time to do it. Opening up a brick-and-mortar is not the most convenient right now,” said Tony Yamanaka, of blue cross california, a website he started about a year ago that covers street food in Austin, Texas.

Most cities do not allow food trucks to sell from the street, said Dain Pool, a contributing writer to the national street-food website MobileFoodNews.com. Pool’s company owns and franchises 25 food trucks across the U.S.

Portland, which is estimated to have more than 600 food trucks and carts, allows trucks to do business from the street.

But the heart of its street-food scene centers on carts packed together on private property, under rental agreements with land owners, said Steve Cohen, who manages food policy and programs for Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

In allowing food trucks onto Seattle’s streets, the City Council also set some limits:

• Only two food trucks can park on each side of a street on a single block, unless the city makes an exception.

• Trucks cannot park within 50 feet of an existing food business, such as a restaurant or cafe, or within 15 feet of a retail business entrance and exit.

• Trucks cannot park within 1,000 feet of a high school, except in commercial areas, where the restriction is 200 feet.

• Trucks cannot park in single-family or low-rise residential areas.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will lease parking locations in four-hour time slots at an hourly rate of $2.25.

Rather than designate specific locations, business owners will have to apply for a site and SDOT will decide whether to approve it. In cases where two or more businesses competed for the same location and time, the city will use a lottery system.

Each application will come with a comment period of 10 business days.

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