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VANCOUVER, CANADA - Vancouver may be replete with food trucks offering every delicacy conceivable on our bustling city streets, but one new venture hopes to give busy Vancouverites the chance to eat healthy, fresh, and local – at home.

This week saw the roll-out of the FarmCity Fresh Cart, which offers a veritable cornucopia of fruit and vegetables, as well as eggs, local honey, preserves, sodas made from locally farmed fruit, and an assortment of snacks and salads on the streets of downtown Vancouver and New Westminster.

This micro farmers’ market is the result of a partnership between the good people at Re-Up BBQ (who’s food cart at the Vancouver Art Gallery was taken out of commission by a bus, and has been sorely missed ever since) and FarmCity Co-op, a collective of small scale urban farmers across Metro Vancouver.

“FarmCity Fresh Cart is an innovative, grassroots means of nurturing and growing a network that links urban farms with local restaurants and consumers,” said Re-Up BBQ co-partner Lindsay Kaisaris in a press release this week. “We’re excited for the collaboration that the Fresh Cart brings. We’re able to pool crucial resources to help generate profits and exposure for local farmers and small businesses that may not have had the same opportunity on their own.”

Find the entire article at wevancouver.com <here>

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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 Vancouver, Eugene and New Orleans.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsFebruary 21

No-name food truck burger sizzles against the competition – VANCOUVER, CANADA – It doesn’t have a name. The owner is elusive. The menu is limited to a burger, a cheeseburger and a handful of canned drinks. Yet somehow, this new food truck in downtown Vancouver has become a local phenomenon.

It must be the price – only $2.85 (plus tax) for a hamburger; $3.50 with cheese.

Online fans have dubbed it Burger2.85. And the praise is effusive.

Find the entire article <here>

February 22

Eugene’s growing food cart scene: ‘Get a cart, get a truck, get a license’- EUGENE, OR - The Eugene foodie scene has plenty of options when grabbing a bite while out on the town as dozens of new food cart start-ups seem to appear each year.

Naco Maya’s truck, El Buen Sabor, is one of the newcomers to Eugene’s food cart industry. He said the flexibility is one thing that led him to open a cart over a restaurant.

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February 23

King Cake burger bursts on New Orleans food scene – NEW ORLEANS, LA – For at least three days, pictures of the King Cake Burger circled around social media, all comments questioning and critiquing this very out-of-the-box, but very New Orleans-like, sandwich.

The unmistakable purple, green and gold sugar painted on a small but fluffy brown bun by virtue of a light white icing, it beckoned.

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black marketVANCOUVER, CANADA - Vancouver City Hall has halted new food cart applications for 2014 after realizing some venders were flipping their permits by using a “loophole” that allows card holders to sub-lease their licenses.

According to a letter sent last month to street venders, city street activities co-ordinator Alan Rockett said council would be asked to ban the so-called “renting” of street vending permits.

The proposal would additionally limit the number of permits each business can have.

The city currently has 138 food cart permits issued.

The recommendations are expected to go to council in February.

Coun. Kerry Jang said on Tuesday the subletting problem is an issue that wasn’t foreseen when the city’s food cart program was first set up in 2010.

“Somebody would get a couple of licenses and sublet it to somebody else at a higher profit, that’s sort of a loophole,” he said.

“So somebody would pay a $1,000 fee (to the city), and say, ‘Hey, I got two. So here you can have (one) at $10,000.’”

Staff, he added, had also been tasked to monitor the program also to ensure “brick-and-mortar” businesses weren’t being impacted unfairly by the street venders.

According to city hall, applications for the street vending program are assessed based on food safety requirements, business plans, ingredients used, among other factors.

Find the original article at vancouver.24hrs.ca <here>

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the mighty bowl vancouver food truckVANCOUVER, CANADA - Mighty Bowl, one of Vancouver’s few food trucks, was burglarized late Wednesday or early Thursday at its location on the Clark College campus.

Co-owner Steve Valenta said someone broke into the trailer and stole about $1,500, plus an iPad worth about $400 that is used as the company’s point-of-sale system.

“It’s disappointing,” Valenta said. “It’s just a weird experience.”

The truck is parked east of Hanna Hall and south of the library on the campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman, said Mighty Bowl operators were asked to contact police to make a phone report to one of the department’s police service technicians.

The company dishes out hundreds of bowls daily of piping hot brown rice and black beans topped with a variety of sauces at its Clark College location and from its original food truck. The company started serving its signature bowls more than a year ago and was billed as downtown’s first mobile food truck.

This was the first time the business has been burglarized, Valenta said. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call 911.

Find the original article by Paris Achen at The Columbian  <here>

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Japadog Vancouver food cartVANCOUVER, CANADA - Some food cart owners are upset with the City of Vancouver, saying they are being ripped off for food cart permits when new entrants are paying just a fraction of their rent.

Many operators have been forced to close up shop on their food carts after paying up to $10,000 annually. The operators have been subletting prime spots all over the city, long before the city’s food cart program with its lower rents came into effect.

A city food cart permit today costs just $1,000 a year under the city’s new program.

Disgruntled food truck owners have been petitioning the city for changes to the system for months, and now it appears the city is finally listening.

Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston tells Global News that the city is planning a new bylaw to address the subletting of vendor leases.

“In November, staff plan to bring forward a new bylaw to City Council to address the issue of subletting vendor leases. City staff will be recommending to City Council that no subleasing be allowed for food cart permits and that a transition plan be developed for the vendors that are currently working on subleased locations. The City is working to find a balanced approach which ends the practice of subleasing but minimizes the impact on existing vendors whose businesses rely on subleased sites. The transition strategy will be developed with input from vendors over the coming weeks.”

Find the entire article by Peter Meiszner  at globalnews.ca <here>

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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 Berkeley, Saskatoon, Washington DC, Buffalo and Vancouver.

March 8

Berkeley Tries to Help Displaced Food Truck Owners – BERKELEY, CA - Berkeley city councilman Kriss Worthington has taken up the cause of three food truck vendors who got bumped from their spots by university construction.

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Saskatoon’s food truck plan looks to park and set up shop – SASKATOON, CANADA – As we roll closer to spring, Saskatoon’s Planning and Operations Committee will consider a proposal next week for a one-year On-Street Mobile Food Truck Pilot Program.

The pilot program, which is slated to launch in May of this year, will see food trucks in operation over a one-year period while the new policies and procedures are evaluated.

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March 9

District proposes rules for food truck vendors – WASHINGTON DC – For the second time in six months, the District has proposed a compromise in the battle between food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants over the rules that guide street vendors.

The proposed rules — the fourth attempt in recent years to update regulations that date back three decades — identify about two dozen locations that would serve as Mobile Roadway Vending zones, where food trucks could sell meals between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. without fretting about parking-meter time limits.

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Food truck owners seek lower permit fees – BUFFALO, NY – Ordering a taco or a hamburger from a truck parked at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus or on Hertel Avenue might seem like a simple transaction.

But before that truck can sell anything, there are rules to follow and fees to be paid.

Find the entire article <here>

March 10

Commercial Drive’s first food truck hooked by net of local politics – VANCOUVER, CANADA – Local entrepreneur Dylan McCulloch didn’t realize he’d be caught in a net of community politics when he opened the first food truck on Commercial Drive.

He and partner Ryan Johnson, with whom he co-owns the Daily Catch fishmonger on the Drive, sunk their profits and savings into the truck.

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In Vancouver, B.C. sample a delicious cold pressed juice with pineapple pressed with cucumber, wheatgrass, mint & ginger at The Juice Truck, a bright pink juicing laboratory on wheels.

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The Remedy

Yield: 1-2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups pineapple
  • 3/4 cucumber
  • 1 handful wheatgrass
  • 2 twigs mint
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger

Directions:

Cut and cube pineapple into small enough pieces to fit through juicer. Cut cucumber to fit as well.
Start with pineapple by feeding it through the juicing tube. When half way through the pineapple, start feeding the mint, ginger, and wheatgrass rotating with the pineapple and half the cucumber.
When finished feeding the pineapple, juice the remaining cucumber to clean the machine out for the next juice.

 

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To celebrate National Cookie Day we are sharing this delectable cookie recipe from Tacofino food truck from Vancouver, Canada.

Chocolate Diablo Cookies

Chocolate Diablo Cookies

Prep Time:20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Yield: 12 cookies

Ingredients:

Dry:

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sifted cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or more if you like it hot!
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks

Wet:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed gingerjuice or fresh-grated ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

For the dry ingredients: Mix together the sifted flour, cocoa powder,baking soda, cinnamon and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the chocolate chips.

For the wet ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, white sugar, canola oil, eggs, ginger juice and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. On a greased cookie sheet, press fist-size cookie dough balls out and sprinkle with rock salt and sugar. Bake the cookies for approximately 11 minutes or until the cookies start to crack. They should be nice and fudgy in the middle! This recipe should make 12 big cookies or many more small ones.

 

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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.

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This week’s new entries are:

Atlanta, GA

Taco Buggy

Twitter: @TacoBuggy

Gourmet Taco Truck feeding the hungry streets of Atlanta

Bellevue, WA

Six Coins Mobile

Twitter: @sixcoinsmobile

We are an Eastside based Japanese food truck! Pop in whenever you get the chance. We are looking forward to seeing you ^_^

http://sixcoinsmobile.com

Cleveland, OH

Pigaliscious

Twitter: @pigaliscious1

A food truck feeding Cleveland one sandwich at a time. It’s All Good.

Dutchess County, NY

Mealmobile

Twitter: @mealmobile

Fully cooked meals ready to go when you are.

http://www.meal-mobile.com

London, England

Ambriento

Twitter: @ambrientolondon

1950’s Global-Mex Taco Truck

http://ambriento.co.uk

Los Angeles, CA

!Stop Guac n Roll!

Twitter: @stopguacnroll

LA’s 1st Mexican BBQ Fusion Food Truck!

http://www.stopguacnroll.com

Miami, FL

Don Chuzzo

Twitter: @DonChuzzo

Food Truck Incorporating a Fusion of Colombian And Other Flavors Creating Insatiable Appetites Everywhere!! Follow Us For Upcoming Events & Locations!!

http://www.DonChuzzo.com

El Jibarito

Twitter: @ElJibarito1

El Jibarito will be joining South Florida’s food truck craze with a taste of Chicago. We will be serving a variety of the best dishes from the Windy City!!

Orlando, FL

Mayan Grill

Twitter: @mayangrill2012

Authentic Central American Cuisine Food Truck specializing in PUPUSAS, stuffed tortillas Salvadoran style. Pork, chicken, Vegetarian and Vegan alternatives

http://www.mayangrillorlando.com

Rochester, NY

Wraps on Wheels

Twitter: @WrapsonWheels

Experience the Lighter Choice with Healthy, Delicious Tastes from our Mobile Food Truck. All Our Wraps Feature Fresh, Locally Grown Produce

http://www.wrapsonwheels.com

Troy, NY

Slidin’ Dirty

Twitter: @Slidin_Dirty

Slidin’ Dirty is a gourmet food truck serving sliders and tapas style cuisine beginning in 2012. We also provide full service catering. slidindirty@yahoo.com.

http://slidindirty.com

Vancouver, Canada

Drank Truck

Twitter: @DrankTruck

Drank Truck is going to be a mobile food and snack truck offering local, organic and healthy fruit juices and foods.

http://www.dranktruck.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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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 Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin, Vancouver and Falcon Heights.

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August 24

New Food Truck Rules May Hurt Ice Cream Trucks – Chicago, IL - You can mess with our gourmet meatballs, our freshly steamed bao, even our tamales. But you’ll have to pry the ice cream from our (very) cold, dead hands. WBEZ reported Wednesday what should have been obvious to all of us (and this is why we give money to public radio): ice cream trucks, even those that were perfectly legal before, will be affected by the new food truck ordinance.

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Aramark learns that campus food trucks are good business – Philadelphia, PA - Food trucks and their takeout siblings, lunch carts, are generating customer loyalty by providing good food at good prices.

Aramark has apparently taken note.

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August 25

Campbell’s announces new ‘hipster soup’ line inspired by Austin’s food truck scene – Austin, TX - What ever happened to the excitement of potato chowder? Is there a way to make beef stew cool again? Is there such a thing as sexy soup?

These were the Sphinxian riddles that plagued the mind of Campbell’s Soup President and CEO Denise Morrison when she stepped up to the plate with her giant soup spoon a year ago. Bent on redefining Campbell’s “U.S. soup strategy,” she and her soup-minded team began looking outside of the iconic red and white can.

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Vancouver food carts get TV play on Eat St. – Vancouver, Canada - Food Network Canada’s hit express-cuisine series Eat St. began filming this week in Vancouver, with its crews descending upon seafood specialists Fresh Local Wild, and Indian eateries Soho Road Naan Kebab and Vij’s Railway Express.

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August 26

Food, future hot for Minnesota veteran – Falcon Heights, MN - In the shadow of the great Minnesota Get-Together is the signature food from a state far away.

“I’m from a small town called Houma, Louisiana,” said Tim Glover, whose food truck sits in a yard along Snelling Avenue.

Find the entire article with video <here>

 

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