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Food Truck News

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 Orange County, Wallingford, St Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale.

June 20

 

OITNB’s ‘Crazy Pyes’ Food Truck Draws Controversy – Orange County, CA - Not everyone is lining up to score free pie and ice cream from Orange is the New Black‘s promotional food truck Crazy Pyes: As the truck, named for the Netflix series’ popular character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, rolls through Los Angeles this week, some argue the truck’s name and overall premise is offensive, as it glazes over the issues of mental illness and interracial relationships often tackled on the show.

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New Wallingford regulations target food trucks - WALLINGFORD, CT — Adapting to new town regulations, Dan Lanigan, owner of The Pig Rig BBQ, recently sold the log cabin-style food truck often found in the parking lot at 920 S. Colony Road.

But Lanigan plans to remain in the community and will continue operating The Pig Rig BBQ using a food truck he owns that is easier to move. Behind the new truck, which should be in operation by early July, Lanigan said he will tow a large rotisserie smoker.

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June 21

Food truck owners pleased by St. Petersburg changes – ST PETERSBURG, FL - Laws kept food trucks from flourishing in St. Petersburg. The City Council changed that this week.

Maggie Loflin been on the move for almost a decade. She’s whipping up Greek food with a Maryland twist from inside a truck.

“Now it seems to be getting easier and easier. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a lot of hard work,” said Loflin, owner of the Maggie on the Move truck.

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June 22

FORMER NATO COMMANDER GETS BEHIND FOOD TRUCKS - FT LAUDERDALE – U.S. General Wesley Clark, a highly decorated retired four-star general and former supreme allied commander in Europe for NATO, is also the director and senior veterans advisor at The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. His mission: supervise the development and implementation of the recruitment and selection for prospective veteran franchisee candidates.

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Food Truck News

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 Fort Collins, St Petersburg, Minneapolis and Janesville.

May 30

Fort Collins food truck scene evolves with new laws – FORT COLLINS, CO - As of May 30, Fort Collins residents might see more food trucks around town, especially at breweries.

In May, City Council passed an ordinance allowing two food trucks to sell on private property at the same time and up to eight food trucks to gather at an event.

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St. Petersburg may relax rules surrounding food trucks - ST PETERSBURG, FL - These are words that sting St. Petersburg loyalists:

“We normally go to Tampa for this,” Jerome Gonzalez told FOX 13 News while waiting to place an order at one of several food trucks parked outside All Children’s Hospital.

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May 31

Mpls. Food Truck Phenomenon Helps Other Local Businesses - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - This time of year, you can hardly walk along a downtown Minneapolis street without running into a food truck.

When the city passed an ordinance easing restrictions on these mobile restaurants the food truck phenomenon took off.

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June 1

Janesville, Milton to consider new food truck rules – JANESVILLE, WI - If the selection of food trucks in Janesville doesn’t suit your mood on a given day, you could always try the vendors in downtown Milton.

That could be one game plan if the Janesville and Milton city councils both approve proposals that would allow mobile food vendors in their communities.

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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 Mexico City, Orlando, St Petersburg, Fishers and New Orleans.

APRIL 19

Canada Unleashes Poutine-Dishing Food Truck in Mexico - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - Last week, the Canadian government opened up its first taxpayer-funded food truck in Mexico City in an attempt to promote Canadian cuisine, which has kicked up a bit of a controversy back home.

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Event brings tech lovers, food-truck junkies together – ORLANDO, FL - Food truck lovers and technology junkies unite at the Trucks & Tech event April 25 for an evening of guest speakers and tasty food from some of Orlando’s popular mobile eateries.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the former Amway Arena in Orlando, is hosted by IZEA.

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APRIL 20

Food truck finds its way into St. Petersburg – ST. PETERSBURG, FL - For all the consternation about allowing food trucks in downtown St. Petersburg, a Bradenton operator has found a way to sell food from his truck near the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and abide by existing rules. On the Grill is selling pressed sandwiches on homemade bread while parked at Sixth Avenue S and Third Street. He obtained a permit in recent weeks that allows him to vend anywhere in the city except between Fifth Avenue S and Fifth Avenue N, east of 16th Street.

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APRIL 21

Food trucks could see slow road to Indy suburbs – FISHERS, IN - As the food truck industry heats up in Indianapolis, leaders of its fast-growing northern suburbs are starting to rewrite the rules of the road.

Fishers last month became the first Hamilton County community to pass an ordinance specifically regulating the new fleet of mobile businesses. The controversial measure was intended to encourage food trucks to roll into town, but vendors say it could have the opposite effect.

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NOLA Food Fight – NEW ORLEANS, LA - During the April 18 regular City Council meeting, Vice-President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson fought a bitter battle to add her amendments and get her say into Council President Stacy Head’s revised Food Truck legislation—or to at least get her opposition stance on the record.

The perennial legislator (formerly serving in the Louisiana House of Representatives and taking part in the politics of the state for decades) eventually ended up voting for the food truck reform legislation that passed 6-1. But what may have surprised some of the audience members, or even some of Clarkson’s fellow legislators on the dais, was her wicked bite when fighting pretty much everyone in the chamber at one point or another.

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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 St. Petersburg, Indianapolis, Scottsdale, Bloomingdale and Chicago.

Jan 13

St. Petersburg reconsiders food trucks after restaurants share fears – St. Petersburg, FL - Just as food trucks seemed likely to roll in, several restaurateurs have begun to wonder whether this town is big enough for the both of them.

Voicing restaurant owners’ misgivings, the Chamber of Commerce has joined the fray as the city enters the final weeks of debate.

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Indianapolis based food trucks get Super Bowl-ready – Indianapolis, IN - The city’s thriving food truck business is going to get prime real estate for the Super Bowl. You’ll find your favorites clustered downtown.

In 23 days, people from across the country will he here for the Super Bowl and to get a taste of Indianapolis.

Over the past year, the city’s appetite for food trucks has grown by leaps and bounds. They’re now part of the game plan for feeding hungry fans.

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Jan 14

Food Truck Festival Called ‘Fiasco’ – Scottsdale, AZ - Thousands of people turn out for a valley food truck festival Saturday, and some complain that they want their money back.

There were 25 food trucks participating in the festival at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, and some of them ran out of food at the event.

Some attendees were complaining on Twitter that there were very long lines to park and long lines at the food trucks.

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Jan 15

1st Riverview Food Truck Rally Hailed Success by Owners, Customers – Bloomingdale, FL - Long lines and chilly temperatures didn’t deter area foodies who came out en masse to sample the fare of 18 food trucks gathered Saturday, Jan. 14, at the first Brandon Area Food Truck Rally.

Nor were they put off by the lack of accommodations at the site. Hungry residents ate their meals standing up or sitting on blankets or bare ground around the Winthrop Town Center Pole Barn on Bloomingdale Avenue.

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Chicago City Council keeps proposal to expand food trucks on shelf – Chicago, IL - While winter is testing the mettle of Chicago’s gourmet food trucks, it’s nothing compared to the deep freeze the City Council is putting them in.

An ordinance that would bolster the fledgling businesses seemed likely to pass in May but now is buried in two council committees. The ordinance would allow cooking in the trucks, instead of limiting them to selling previously prepared 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.

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This week’s new entries are:

Asheville, NC

El Kimchi

Twitter: @El_Kimchi

Korean Taco Truck coming to Asheville, NC! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/ElKimchi

Cincinnati, OH

Eat Mobile Dining

Twitter: @EatMobileDining

Eat is the newest food truck in the Cincinnati area. Eat has a contemporary casual menu focused on fresh local foods and flavors.

http://eatmobiledining.com

Edison, NJ

Lombardi Pizza Co.

Twitter: @LombardiPizzaCo

Authentic Neopolitan pizza. Food Truck, catering events, parties, weddings, street fairs, corporate outings, etc.

http://lombardipizzaco.com

Las Vegas, NV

Chi-Town Hustler

Twitter: @CHITOWNHUSTLER2

CHI-TOWN HUSTLER is a brand new ITALIAN food truck to hit the streets of LAS VEGAS, NV! VIENNA BEEF!

http://WWW.CHITOWNHUSTLERLV.COM

New York City, NY

Mexico Blvd.

Twitter: @MexicoBlvd

Eat, Enjoy, Come back.

http://mexicoblvd.com

Riverside, CA

Culinary Chameleon

Twitter: @culinchameleon

Sacramento, CA

Coast To Coast Sandwich

Twitter: @ctcsandwiches

What you’re craving is the Coast To Coast Sandwiches gourmet food truck, the only place in Sacramento that makes true comfort sandwiches from across the country.

http://www.coasttocoastsandwiches.com

St. Petersburg, FL

American Wiener

Twitter: @americanwiener

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Americanwiener/228200393897055?sk=info

Tampa, FL

Bollywood Cafe

Twitter: @bcafetampa

Experience the magic of Hindi cinema, hobnob with celebrities and relish modern indian cuisine at our Bollywood inspired urban cine-bistro in Tampa,FL

http://www.bollywoodcafe.us

Washington DC

Culinary Nomad

Twitter: @CulinaryNomad

The Culinary Nomad is a breakfast food truck based in The DC/Maryland area. Stay Posted for more information! We hope to see you at our Grand Opening in March!

fojol bros Volathai

Twitter: @fojolbros

a traveling culinary carnival

http://www.fojol.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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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The food trucks are coming. Nearly a month after a miscommunication between city officials and community organizers threatened to keep food trucks out of St. Petersburg, they are about to roll in for the city’s first rally Saturday.

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About 20 gourmet food trucks, a drum circle, and a selection of wine and craft beers will be featured from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Value Fair Market, at 3951 34th St. S.

And that’s only the beginning.

Pinellas County will see a rally every Saturday for the next three weeks: two in St. Petersburg, on Saturday and Dec. 17, and one in Tarpon Springs on Dec. 10.

The rally Dec. 17 is planned at First Unity Church.

Value Fair Market, a small-business collective, hopes to hold rallies every four months through 2012.

“We couldn’t be more excited,” said rally organizer and food blogger Todd Sturtz, who has helped orchestrate rallies in Tampa and Largo. “It’s great that we’re finally moving in a positive direction.”

In line with the host’s mission, the rally Saturday will emphasize local vendors, Sturtz said. There will be about 20 vendors spread out over an acre of grass, indoor seating and craft vendors.

And there will be beer. Craft beer.

“We were told the foodies go for the artisan beers, not just Bud Light,” said Value Fair Market manager Julie Johnson. “So that’s what we’ll have. We’re doing this for them, for the community.”

Johnson and Sturtz said they hope bringing a food rally to St. Petersburg will engage a community that, until now, has been shut out of the food truck craze.

Although Tampa has embraced the food truck phenomenon with open arms — Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host his second downtown Food Truck Fiesta next week — Pinellas County has lagged behind.

Largo held the county’s first food truck rally on Nov. 19, two months after Tampa’s first rally in Hyde Park attracted thousands and jump-started Tampa Bay’s food truck scene.

“It immediately got a ton of attention and people wanting more,” Sturtz said.

But the road to food truck rallies in St. Petersburg wasn’t as easy.

Organizers’ first attempts to establish a rally in St. Petersburg were stopped short when officials told First Unity Church of St. Petersburg what it wanted was a violation of city code.

Turns out all the church needed was a special-event permit, like the type needed to put on carnivals or festivals.

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Wicked Wiches worker Shelby Stroud serves sandwiches at the first food truck rally at Hyde Park in Tampa last month. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -Every day, Sam and Cindy Dudding drive across the bay to offer their gourmet food truck menu to eager Tampa lunchgoers.

They’d rather not make the trip, but the Duddings’ Fire Monkey truck is not welcome in their own town.

“There is literally no place for us to go in St. Petersburg,” said Sam Dudding.

Everywhere else, food trucks are on a roll.

In Tampa, where thousands turned out for the city’s first food truck rally last month, Mayor Bob Buckhorn plans his own monthly event downtown: the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta. In Largo, city leaders are planning the city’s first food truck event next month. And in Orlando and Miami, the food truck scene has exploded in the past year.

For cities like Los Angeles and New York, it’s nothing new.

Chefs turned to food trucks as a low-cost way of building a business. Foodies looking for casual, inexpensive, quality eats embraced the trend, driven largely by social media.

Because their locations change frequently, most food trucks use websites like Twitter and Facebook to keep their fans in the loop.

Rallies, in which a dozen or more trucks converge on one location, focused public attention on the phenomenon in Miami and Orlando, where vendors roll out dishes such as Korean bulgogi tacos, pork belly sandwiches and dim sum fare.

The result: more and more food trucks hitting the streets. The same phenomenon is beginning in Tampa, where the number of trucks already has multiplied since the first rally last month.

Eat St., the Cooking Channel show devoted to food trucks, was in Tampa recently to document the burgeoning scene.

“It’s a great city, there’s a great culture there, and they’ve been very friendly to food trucks,” said Todd Sturtz, rally organizer and food blogger. “And for people who love food, it’s a great reason to come for a visit.”

But in St. Petersburg, the trend can’t find traction. City regulations prohibit food trucks virtually everywhere, even on private property.

The St. Petersburg City Council plans to discuss the issue today.

After weeks of letters, e-mails and an online petition signed by nearly 300 people, food truck owners and fans hope the city will loosen the regulations.

But it could take months.

Buckhorn didn’t wait for permission.

“I’m sure there are some arcane regulations on the books, but if we’re going to be a hip city, we’ve got to be flexible and we can’t let the bureaucracy get in the way,” the mayor said. “It’s good to be the mayor because you can make things happen for your city.”

Food trucks are cool, colorful, creative and delicious, Buckhorn said. “I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.”

More than 3,000 people showed up for Tampa’s first food truck rally Sept. 24 at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church. The lines were long and the 10 trucks soon ran out of food. And the city is hungry for more.

Tampa’s second food truck rally is Saturday at Seminole Heights Christ Fellowship Church. This time, 30 trucks are expected.

“It’s just so exciting,” said Teresa Brydon, economic developmental manager for the city of Largo. “We saw how successful they were in Tampa, and we said, ‘Yeah! We want to do that, too.’ ”

Largo is still working out the details for its first rally, but Brydon said a bigger plan is under way: a new ordinance to encourage food trucks. The plan would permit up to 15 food trucks for a year on private property.

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