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ST. LOUIS, MO - Churches on the Streets made news late last year when the Health Department shut them down for serving hot meals.

Now, the organization has a way to get around those rules—a food truck for the homeless.

“We had a gentleman who said, ‘Hey, I want to buy you a food truck,’” co-founder Angela Valdes says. “So, we’ve been working fervently to get that up to par. We got it painted with our lettering on so we’re now ready to roll on the streets and keep serving people.”

Volunteers will take the truck out every Monday night. The meet at 6:00 p.m. at 1600 North First Street, at Cotton Belt Rail Depot.

Find the original article at cbslocal.com <here>

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vincent van doughnut st louisST LOUIS, MO - You: “I sure could go for a chocolate minted marshmallow doughnut right now, but I don’t know where to find one.”

Your friend: “Coincidentally, I too would be interested in an artisanal doughnut at the moment, perhaps one with a maple glaze and candied bacon, but I am also unaware of where one might be procured.

Me: “You’re both in luck, because the doughnuts from popular doughnut truck Vincent Van Doughnut will soon be available at all Straub’s Markets. And why are you talking like that?

As reported in the Riverfront Times, the hip, where-is-it-now doughnut truck has inked a deal to sell their doughnuts at all four Straub’s Markets beginning Feb. 21. Eight flavors a day will be offered — Fridays through Sundays only, at least at first — on a rotating basis. The flavors might include such favorites as chocolate salted caramel, French toast (their most popular flavor), and creme brulée.

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ST. LOUIS, MO – Although the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox are showing some of their best stuff on the mound for the World Series, food trucks from both cities are in a heated series, too.

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Seventeen St. Louis food truck vendors and 13 Boston food truck vendors are competing in the Food Truck Throwdown.

Food trucks from each city are serving up World Series-inspired dishes and the public can vote on their favorites—or in some cases, their favorite city’s truck.

From the “Holliday Caramel Apple” from Holy Crepe! To the “Yadi Brau” at My Big Fat Greek Truck, these dishes showcase what St. Louis has to offer.

Food Truck Throwdown, which is a website that hosts a number of food rivalries, including past smackdowns between Boston and New York City. According to its Facebook page, the throwdown offices are located in Boston.

In the latest update, St. Louis leads Boston in the throwdown, 1,287 to 783 with Sarah’s Cake Stop’s “Rally Cap” Snack Cakes comfortably in the top spot.

To vote or see all of the creations that the Food Truck Throwdown has to offer, check out the Food Truck Throwdown website.

Find the original article at ksdk.com <here>

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ST LOUIS, MO - Roaming Hunger, a website and iPhone app that tracks food-truck locations, has added St. Louis to its lengthening list of cities and vendors.

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The site is the brainchild of Ross Resnick, a 28-year old with a background in marketing and a profound love of street food.

Resnick, who lives in Los Angeles, launched Roaming Hunger back in 2009 with maps and information about food trucks in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Today the site maps more than 2,800 trucks in 30 cities. St. Louis is slated to join the list on Wednesday, January 23, with Honolulu, Sacramento and Kansas City close behind.

“We’re really excited about adding St. Louis to the site,” Resnick says by phone from LA. “There are some great vendors there. We wait until there are about 25 to 30 vendors to add a city to the site, and St. Louis has been a slow creep up. Once a city reaches that point, though, it’s really possible for it to explode from there.”

In order to map a city’s food trucks (which in some cases number in the hundreds), Roaming Hunger scours social-media sites, extrapolates location data and plots it on Google maps. The St. Louis page is tracking 30 vendors, and as more food trucks pop up, they’ll be added to the list.

Resnick says his list has become a rite of passage for food trucks, whose operators often request to be added before they’re actually up and running. (He’ll add food trucks to Roaming Hunger’s radar when eaters suggest them as well.)

“We get so many letters and praise for the service,” he says. “It’s bigger than the individual vendor — it’s about creating a lifestyle and an entirely new way of eating that’s happening nationally and in pockets locally. We have these amazing trucks individually, but together it creates a really, really nice portfolio.”

Find the entire article by Kaitlin Steinberg at the Riverside Times <here>

 

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2012 Dessert Truck Sarah's Cake Stop

Earlier this month we began polling our readers to help us determine their favorite dessert food truck. Our final poll had 12 dessert trucks to select from:

  • 3 Girls Cupcakes – Kansas City, MO
  • BSweets Mobile – Los Angeles, CA
  • Flirty Cupcakes – Chicago, IL
  • Frozen Hoagies – Boston, MA
  • Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats – Washington DC
  • Sarah’s Cake Stop – St. Louis, MO
  • Street Sweets & Eats – Sal Lake City, UT
  • Sugar Shack Sweets – Little Rock, AR
  • Sweet Treats – Seattle, WA
  • Sweetery NYC – New York, NY
  • Trailercakes – Dallas, TX
  • Twirl & Dip – San Francisco, CA

Voting was consistent and very close during the entire 2 week voting period, and in a surprising twist the two Missouri trucks from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas were able to claim nearly 60% of the total votes. After counting the 5,600+ votes, Mobile Cuisine is proud to announce the 2012 Dessert Food Truck of the Year winner. With 29 percent of the overall vote (just 2 percent or 125 votes over second place) Sarah’s Cake Stop from St. Louis, MO has claimed the title.

We would like to congratulate the crew from Sarah’s Cake Stop and thank our readers for helping us with this poll. We will be providing a feature article on this truck later this week.

You can follow Sarah’s Cake Stop on Twitter: @Sarahscakestop

 

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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.

Kommie Pig

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.

http://kommiepig.com

Bryan-College Station, TX

Southern Comfort Road Trip

Twitter: @sbroadtrip

Chef made comfort food truck…

http://stoverbrosroadtrip.com

Greenville, SC

Tirado’s Foods

Twitter: @TiradoFoods

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

http://www.tiradofoods.com

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

http://www.johnsonsbbqshack.com

Newark, DE

I Don’t Give a Fork

Twitter: @idontgiveaFORK

Food cart serving sandwiches on sandwiches on sandwiches!

http://www.idontgiveafork.com

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

http://www.rivalbros.com

Sum Pig Food Truck

Twitter: @SumPigFoodTruck

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

http://www.facebook.com/SumPigFoodTruck

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!

http://www.u-turnespresso.com

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…

http://www.legghornsandshakes.com

Toronto, Canada

Taco?at

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!

https://www.facebook.com/thetacocat

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.

http://roamingharvest.com

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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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.

itizy ice cream

This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Poor Huey’s

Twitter: @PoorHueys

Serving the best Sabrett hot dogs from Bronx, NY. Located in Woodruff Park downtown ATL for lunch Mon-Fri. Email for private or public catering events!

http://www.poorhueys.com

Vintage Frozen Custard

Twitter: @tastevintage

Vintage Frozen Custard – born in 2012 and is the 1st Frozen Custard – Food Truck in the Metro Atlanta, GA. area bringing you “The Classic Taste of Yesterday”!

http://www.tastevintage.com/about_us.html

Fort Wayne, IN

Affine Foods

Twitter: @affinefoodtruck

Jacksonville, FL

Corner Taco

Twitter: @cornertaco

Handcrafted Tacos

http://www.cornertaco.com

One the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff

Twitter: @ontheflyjax

On the Fly Sandwiches & Stuff is a Jacksonville Food Truck stacking, wrapping and rolling some of the best gourmet cold cut sandwiches around.

http://www.ontheflyjax.com

Miami, FL

Firewall Food Truck

Twitter: @FirewallMiami

Come enjoy our exciting and unique pizzas baked to perfection in our food truck’s wood fired oven!

Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Irie Bites MV

Twitter: @IrieBitesMV

http://twitter.com/iriebitesmv

Minneapolis, MN

AZCanteen

Twitter: @AZCanteen

Andrew Zimmern’s new food truck, coming soon.

http://azcanteen.com

New York City, NY

Itizy Ice Cream

Twitter: @ItizyIceCream

Itizy is a new gourmet food truck with a social mission. We make our own ice cream and sorbets in NYC using fresh all natural ingredients.

http://www.itizy.com

Philadelphia, PA

Local 215

Twitter: @Local215

Soon to be Philadelphia’s newest food truck. Serving delicious locally sourced traditional American fare. Check out the website for a sneak peek at our menu.

http://www.local215foodtruck.com

St. Louis, MO

The Cheese Shack

Twitter: @cheeseshack_stl

FOOD TRUCK!!Welcome to the Cheese Shack:)

Texas Christian University, TX

The Big Purple Truck

Twitter: @bptTCU

It’s a food truck! It’s big! It’s purple!

 

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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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 Francisco, New Orleans, St Louis, Austin, Vancouver and Duluth.

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Off the Grid wins legal dispute, food trucks return – SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Food trucks scored a major victory this week in an ongoing turf war with San Francisco restaurants. Diners love the variety these trucks offer, but nearby restaurants say they can’t compete with their low overhead.

Find the entire article <here>

COALITION OF THE FILLING – NEW ORLEANS, LA - On Tuesday evening, a fleet of our city’s food trucks are looking to tout their cause with education and edibles. Under the banner of the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition the carts will congregate at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center on 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. for a Food Truck Rally.

The gathering’s purpose is to promote reform of current city laws, which the participating purveyors say hinder the national food truck takeoff from flourishing in New Orleans, through the best way to prove a point – a delicious meal.

Find the entire article <here>

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Food trucks still on a roll – ST LOUIS, MO - They’ve coped with a record-making heat wave. They’ve tangled with restaurants, politicians and cranky corporate cafeterias, all the while jockeying for prime vending spaces.

Yet, despite the challenges and some attrition in recent months, the area’s food trucks keep riding their self-propelled trend – and, in some cases, are proving to be strategic business tools.

Find the entire article <here>

Food truck caters to Austin dogs – AUSTIN, TX - One of Austin’s most unique forms of cuisine is going to the dogs. A new food truck will now cater just to Austinite’s four-legged friends.

Bow-Wow Chow opened to the public on Saturday. While there are plenty of dog-friendly food trucks in Austin, this one is the first to serve a canine-only cuisine.

Find the entire article <here>

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Hungry crowds line up for food trucks – VANCOUVER, CANADA - First in a summer series, the Food Cart Fest swallowed up the parking lot at an east Vancouver hotel Sunday, drawing thousands of people eager to absorb rich aromas and upbeat music beneath blue skies.

Find the entire article <here>

Hot trend hits Duluth streets as entrepreneurs feed customers on the go – DULUTH, MN - Jodi Timmersman has been a substitute teacher looking for a full-time job. So with prospects not looking great for landing one this fall, she hit the bricks.

“If someone told me I’d be pushing around a hot dog cart,” she says, laughter cutting short her sentence.

Find the entire article <here>

 

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PiTruckSTL

St. Louis, MO - In 2010, Pi Pizzeria launched St. Louis’ food-truck boom with its Pi on the Spot truck. Yesterday, the restaurant announced that its truck will end its regular operations on Tuesday, July 31.

We’ve enjoyed bringing our Pi to guests who couldn’t otherwise enjoy Pi in our full-service restaurants during their lunch hour But now we want to re-focus on the Pi experience in our brick-and-mortar operations. Especially with the recent heat this summer, we have realized there are too many factors in mobile operations that can compromise our guest experience and the comfort of our team members.

Owner Chris Sommers confirms via email to Gut Check that the truck will remain in St. Louis for “catering, special events [and] non-profit events.” The pizzeria’s Washington, D.C., truck will be mothballed for future deployment in “another new market.”

More excerpts from the announcement after the jump.

Our trucks have been incredibly successful as business development tools, allowing us to confirm a market for Pi in Downtown St. Louis, as well as building a loyal fan base in DC before we ever opened the doors of our Penn Quarter location. But we now have a dine-in restaurant on Washington Avenue in the Mercantile Exchange of Downtown St. Louis, and our DC restaurant is far exceeding our expectations. We plan to continue this method of brand-building in future markets, but it’s time to double-down on our success in these and our other full-service locations.

Thanks to everyone who has supported our truck operations the past 2 years! We are so fortunate to have such loyal guests both at our trucks and in our restaurants. We also greatly appreciate all the media and blogger attention given to both PiTruckSTL and PiTruckDC these past 2 years.

We at Mobile Cuisine would like to wish Pi Pizzeria continued success. Hopefully, at a later date you’ll be able to bring the truck back on a regular basis.

 

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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.

currywurst

This week’s new entries are:

Calgary, Canada

Jane Bond Mongolian

Twitter: @JaneBondGrill

~FOOD TRUCK~ You pick the protein, veggies, sauces and spices. We stir fry it up Mongolian style! Each meal donates to charity. 

http://howtocookourlife.blogspot.com

Columbus, OH

Los Jalapenos

Twitter: @losjalapenosoh

Los Jalapenos is a Columbus based chain of Mexican restaurants offering modern Mexican cuisine with traditional Latin hospitality.

http://www.losjalapenosoh.com

Dallas, TX

Cravetopia Bakery

Twitter: @Cravetopia_Cake

Homemade bundt cakes, cookies, and ‘boozy bundts’!

http://cravetopiabakery.com

Rockn_Ricks

Twitter: @rockn_ricks

GREAT food from a partying food truck

http://www.rock-n-ricks.com

Jacksonville, FL

Daspizzot

Twitter: @Daspizzot

HOME OF THE $5 COMBOS! A New MOBILE FOOD TRUCK in the JAX area…4 Women and a Truck specializing in quality food, fresh produce while cooking with LOVE!

http://www.daspizzot.com

Los Angeles, CA

After School Truck

Twitter: @AfterSchoolTruk

After School Special Truck is taking Mom food to the Streets of LA, with a Chef’s touch!

http://www.afterschoolspecialtruck.com

Currywurst Truck LA

Twitter: @CurrywurstTruck

Typical german food, modern & light fast food experience, grilled, organic and biological ingredients. The german “curry sausage” was invented in September 1949

http://www.currywurst-la.com

Schmuck Truck

Twitter: @SchmuckTruck

http://www.schmucktruck.com

San Antonio, TX

PORKY J’S BBQ

Twitter: @porkyjs

Serving street food throughout San Antonio! To find out where our food truck will be next, check Twitter daily! Catering also available! Call (210) 367-0395.

http://www.PorkyJs.com

St Louis, MO

Steam Roller STL

Twitter: @steamrollerstl

Steamroller Bagel and Deli…changing the world, one steamed bagel at a time

Toronto, Canada

Hogtown Smoke

Twitter: @hogtownsmoke

New Gourmet BBQ food truck, Hogtown Smoke, is bringing the people of TO, an array of sweet and succulent, slow cooked bbq meats, and specialty smoked treats.

http://www.facebook.com/hogtownsmoke

Washington DC

Fire & Rice

Twitter: @eatFireNRice

This twitter is for the Fire & Rice truck!

http://www.firenrice.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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