Tags Posts tagged with "Taco"

Taco

145 13784

Seafood, Korean, and traditional tacos being served from a food truck were the bulk of the nearly 2,000 votes cast in part 1 of our 2014 best food truck taco contest started 2 weeks ago. And today we are proud to announce our Top 15 and opening up part two.

food truck tacos

We received votes from around the world, but for this poll we could only select the food trucks with the 15 most votes submitted. We will be running this poll for the next two weeks and will close it out on Friday, March 14st at 12 PM (midnight) Central Time. The winning truck will be profiled here at Mobile Cuisine and will hold the title of Best Food Truck Taco for 2014.

This years contestants are:

Baja Taco Truck – Boston, MA @BajaTacoTruck

BC Tacos – Broward County, FL @BCTaco

Box of Chacos – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @boxofchacos

Dia de los Tacos – Marquette, MI @tacosmqt

El Gastronomo Vagabundo – St Catharines, Ontario @elgastronomo

Fat Cactus – Austin, TX @fatcactusatx

Happy’s Taco Shop – Boyne City, MI @happystacoshop

Indios Carbonsitos – Kansas City, KS @indioscrbnstos

Jefe’s Original Fish Taco and Burger – Miami, FL @jefesoriginal

Lloyd Taco Truck – Buffalo, NY @whereslloyd

Taceaux Loceaux - New Orleans, LA @TLNola

Taco Lassi – Indianapolis, IN @tacolassi

What The Fork – Scranton, PA @WTForkTruck

Woody’s Taco Island – Baltimore, MD @WoddysTacos

Yayo’s OMG – Nashville, TN @yayosomg

Poll is closed!

Please note, if you have issues voting with the polling software, you can submit your vote to contest@mobile-cuisine.com. We will only allow one vote per individual and from time to time, the software can block users from voting based on their ip address.

0 590

Today is National Brisket Day, and thus we felt that an easy to go recipe using brisket would be appropriate for a mobile food vendor.

brisket-taco recipeBrisket Tacos

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 4.5 hours | Yield: 6-8 tacos

Ingredients

1 (3-pound) brisket
3 garlic cloves
1/2 bottle dry wine
1 cup water
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large onions, sliced
Tortillas
Salsa

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Make narrow incisions in the brisket and insert garlic cloves. Lay the brisket, fat side up, in a large roasting pan. Make sure the pan is large enough to hold all of the liquids.

Pour the wine and water into the pan over the brisket.

Season with salt and pepper and evenly distribute the onions.

Cover the pan with foil and put in oven for 4 1/2 hours. (Time is based on a 1 1/2 hour to 1 pound ratio).

Remove the pan from the oven to a cutting board allow at least 5 minutes to rest.

Slice the brisket and serve in flour tortillas with your favorite salsa.

12 1558

2013 food truck taco of the year

Seafood, Korean, and traditional tacos being served from a food truck were the bulk of the over 1,000 votes cast in part 1 of our best food truck taco contest started 2 weeks ago. Today we are opening up part two.

The poll to Vote for The Best Food Truck Taco of the Year

We received votes from around the world, but for this poll we could only select the food trucks with the 10 most votes submitted. We will be running this poll for the next two weeks and will close it out on Friday, March 1st at 12 PM (midnight) Central Time. The winning truck will be profiled here at Mobile Cuisine and will hold the title of Best Food Truck Taco for 2013.

This years contestants are:

BC Tacos – Broward County, FL – Twitter: @BCTaco

Calle del Sabor – Philadelphia, PA – Twitter: @CalleDelSabor

El Gastronomo Vagabundo – Ontario, Canada – Twitter: @elgastronomo

Jefe’s Original – Miami, FL – Twitter: @jefesoriginal

Kogi BBQ – Los Angeles, CA – Twitter: @kogibbq

Manna from Heaven – Denver, CO – Twitter: @mannafoodtruck

Taceaux Loceaux – New Orleans, LA – Twitter: @TLNola

Taco Azul – Cincinnati, OH – Twitter: @eltacoazul

Taco Lassi – Indianapolis, IN – Twitter: @TacoLassi

The Taco Truck – Hoboken, NJ – Twitter: @TheTacoTruck

Get Your Vote in Now!

Please note, if you have issues voting with the polling software, you can submit your vote to contest@mobile-cuisine.com. We will only allow one vote per individual and from time to time, the software can block users from voting based on their ip address.

2 1867

In 2008 the mobile food industry jumped onto the national stage when a young chef named Roy Choi came up with the idea of taking the the traditional taco served from many loncheros in the LA area and combining it with flavors from Korea. Choi’s Kogi truck became an instant success and since then has sparked many young culinary entrepreneurs to attempt to match this success around the world. Taco trucks are typically the first type of food truck to enter a market when its laws are modified to allow food trucks to operate on their streets. Besides the traditional Mexican style, there have been many types of fusion styled tacos attempted, some have failed, but many more have succeeded.

food truck tacos

Because of this, we have decided to open a new contest to find out which food truck is serving our readers favorite taco. This contest will open today and will be run in two stages. For the next two weeks (we will accept emails submitted by 12 PM Central Time on Friday February 8, 2013)  we will give our readers to submit their choices via email at: contest@mobile-cuisine.com, and once the data is collected, we will open a poll (Monday February 11, 2013) to allow voting from the top 10 email submissions.

To be eligible for the final poll, the food truck needs to have opened before January 2013 and must regularly serve the taco dish from their truck, cart or trailer. The ingredients of the taco can be any combination of flavors (traditional or fusion), or cuisine and the taco can be served in a hard or soft shell. The trucks can be located in any country so feel free to submit choices from outside of North America.

We look forward to receiving your submissions. Food truck owners are free to submit their own trucks for consideration and voters may vote as often as you wish. The only request we have is that you submit one entry at a time and include the name of the truck, the taco name as well as the city  or area the food truck operates in.

The winning truck will be profiled here at Mobile Cuisine and will hold the title of Best Food Truck Taco for 2013.

So let the voting begin. And remember, vote early and vote often.

 

0 1653

A topic and (hidden) cost that most new food trucks are unfamiliar with before purchasing an insurance policy.

I often get calls from new food trucks just weeks away from embarking on their new food truck operation and looking to secure insurance coverage. They know they need it, but often it is last on their very long to-do list. One topic they are usually unfamiliar with is the need for Additional Insured certificates…most venues/events that a truck attends will require a certificate.

An Additional Insured is a term for a person, firm or other entity afforded the same protection under the insurance policy as the insured (food truck). Essentially the venue/event is protecting themselves for Bodily Injury or Property Damage you may cause at the venue/event. So venues/events will want to be named as an Additional Insured on a certificate. Some carriers charge $25-$100 per Additional Insured certificate…this can add up to a significant cost after twelve months. Unfortunately, insurance brokers that are not familiar with food truck operations often fail to mention the cost or even realize a truck would need many certificates.

My hope is that either your potential broker A) places you with an admitted carrier that doesn’t charge for certificates or B) they offer you a blanket (unlimited) Additional Insured option that will add about $500 in premium for the year. It is best to deal with an insurance broker that knows your business inside and out and can help guide you on insurance process for today’s needs and your future needs. Please visit my website if you have any questions or need a quote.

Matt Carlson, CIC is an insurance broker that specializes in insurance and risk management solutions for food and catering trucks. He is a foodie and second generation commercial insurance broker. He provides his clients with General Liability, Auto and Workers’ Compensation coverage. Matt currently insures over 25 food trucks. Some of his more notable clients are Krazy BBQ, Kogi BBQ and The Fox Pizza Bus. You can find his insurance website at http://www.cateringtruckinsurance.com where you can get more information on his company or an insurance quote application.

0 244

Food festivals are using gourmet food trucks as their featured headliners.

Communities across the country may have found another revenue generating operation that could provide a much desired service for their citizens (greenparkingcouncil.org), a boost to their local economy and help to small businesses in the food truck industry. One such event took place in Southern California this weekend.

On Saturday, October 16th in Valencia, California, 22 food trucks swooped into the Bridgeport Marketplace at McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road to provide the local area with a taste of the food truck frenzy that is sweeping the nation. The Awesometown Gourmet Food Truck Festival was the brainchild of Cluster Truck Events, a Southern California based, event planning company, and self-proclaimed professional “truck wranglers.”

Vendors from the Greater Los Angeles area offered menus that varied from sliders, fried chicken, beef tacos and cupcakes. The food trucks who participated with authentic and innovative cuisine were:

Ahn Joo Truck, Bool BBQ, Border Grill, Comfort Truck, Del’s Lemonade, Dim Sum Truck, Dosa Truck, Fish Lips, Fresh Fries, Fry Smith, Great Balls on Tires, Krazy BBQ, Lake Street Creamery, Lee’s Philly Gogi, Ludo’s Truck, Munchie Machine, My Kabob Express, Newhall Coffee Roasting Company, Sprinkles, Tapa Boy, Sweets Truck and Vesuvio.

Originally thought to draw nearly 3,000 visitors; some came with a Paramount Limo; within the first hour of the four hour event, more than 8,000 guests had found their way to the site. The event was sponsored by Newhall Land Development LLC. Marlee Lauffer, Newhall Land spokeswoman, said the turnout showed how much excitement there was for the gourmet food truck trend, which has brought food trucks to business centers around the Santa Clarita Valley. With the large turnout, there were some issues with overcrowding and long lines, however many of the hungry mobile gourmands viewed the long lines the same way that thrill chasers who stand in line to take part of their favorite rides at Disneyland or Magic Mountain do.

“I’m sorry there were lines,” Lauffer said. “This just shows how much people out here love doing things together.”

Give-Network-Ad 3