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STANFORD, CA – Net Appetit, a popular food truck that has served Thai food on Santa Teresa Avenue for more than a decade, has been asked by the University to cease operations on campus as part of Stanford’s new mobile food vendor policy, which took effect on Jan. 7 of this year.

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Chon Vo, founder and operator of Net Appetit, has operated the truck on the Stanford campus since 2001. All Vo’s profits go to Aid to Children Without Parents (ACWP), a nonprofit organization that provides two meals to children in Vietnam for every dollar donated by the truck.

Stanford’s new policy regarding food trucks mandates that trucks must register with Off The Grid, a food truck management company that has partnered with the University for the winter pilot program to bring food trucks to campus.

Assistant Vice President for Business Development Susan Weinstein ’72 MBA ’79 who helped draft the mobile food vendor policy, declined a request for interview but released a statement saying the notice about the food truck policy and its implementation was given to trucks operating on campus beginning last November.

“The notice informed the trucks that they would be required to have a permit from Off the Grid in order to continue [to] serve campus beginning on Jan. 7, and also contained information on how the food trucks could register with Off The Grid,” Weinstein wrote.

Vo was informed of the decision through an unsigned notice from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety on Dec. 7, one week before the University closed for winter break.

“On Dec. 7, the campus police dropped off the letter,” Vo said. “We only had one week to react, and the letter wasn’t signed, so we didn’t know how to get in touch.”

Since then, he has tried unsuccessfully to appeal to administrators, citing a spotless health record.

“That’s the thing that perplexed us the most,” Vo said. “If we violated stuff like the food safety, then of course we know why, but we have a good record of 11 years. Not a single violation– a spotless record.”

Students and other members of the Stanford community have sent Vo more than 200 emails expressing sadness over the absence of Net Appetit.

Find the entire article by Samantha Lynn at the Stanford Daily <here>


PALO ALTO, CA – The ASSU Executive will bring food trucks onto campus starting this Friday as part of a winter quarter pilot program that aims to diversify late-night dining options. The food trucks, a pillar of the Executive’s platform, will be serving food every Friday and Saturday night during winter quarter.

stanford-logoThe program will be run through Off the Grid, a food truck management company that works with over 100 vendors to organize and bring food trucks to locations across the Bay Area. Food trucks will be open from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in two locations: Wilbur parking lot and the parking lot between Florence Moore Hall and Theta Delta Chi.

To navigate the legal and health obstacles to having outside groups serve food on campus, ASSU President Robbie Zimbroff ’12 and Vice President William Wagstaff ’12 worked with the University throughout the summer and fall. Administrators had been working on a mobile food vendor policy at the same time.

As of Jan. 1, 2013, the University enacted a mobile food vendor policy that sets guidelines for any food trucks on the Stanford campus. The food truck policy sets guidelines that cover everything from parking to sustainability.

Find the entire article by Samantha Lynn at the Stanford Daily <here>


PALO ALTO, CA – With an increase in the popularity of mobile food services, the university has engaged Off the Grid, one of the largest food truck festival operators in the Bay Area, to run a pilot program. Off the Grid will schedule and manage food trucks at three new campus locations. Stanford also has adopted a new policy designed to ensure that campus food trucks meet its safety, sustainability, parking, insurance and other requirements. The new rules will take effect at the beginning of winter quarter.

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This week, the university notified the food truck vendors currently operating on campus about the new program. These food trucks were invited to contact Off the Grid about continuing to serve the campus community and informed that they would have to meet Stanford’s food truck policy requirements.

Only food trucks that have been invited will be allowed to operate on campus, and they will only be allowed to sell in approved locations.

The pilot program includes one food truck location for lunchtime service on Lomita Drive between Panama and Santa Teresa streets from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The area, which is close to the Terman Fountain, has plenty of outdoor seating.

The other two new food truck locations will serve students near the residence halls in the evening, when food options on campus are more limited. Schedules and locations will be developed in collaboration with the ASSU student government and will be announced when finalized.

“Off the Grid’s rotating schedule will bring a variety of cuisines that wasn’t possible when the same trucks came on campus every day,” said Susan Weinstein, assistant vice president for business development. “We hope there will be something for everyone at some point during the week. Off the Grid will also help us ensure that food trucks follow our important safety and sustainability policies.”

Food trucks engaged for special events will be required to comply with the new Mobile Food Vendor policy. Off the Grid is ready to help all campus event planners find just the right food truck for their events.

Construction sites will be served by food trucks invited on to the site directly by the construction contractors.

Find the original article by Elaine Ray at stanford.edu <here>


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