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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 Nashville, Wilmington, Spotsylvania and Fresno.

April 11

Nashville food trucks will compete at Farmers Market – NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville food truck chefs will test their culinary — and social media — skills in the Nashville Farmers Market Takeover.

On April 26, 15 trucks will rush to create a special dish using an ingredient unveiled by the Grow Local Kitchen’s Laura Wilson. The chefs must post photos and videos documenting their use of the ingredient via social media, and a panel of judges will decide the winning dish.

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First State food trucks finding ways to fill up hungry customers – WILMINGTON, DE – Matt Walton waited patiently at the window of the orange, white and black truck outside his office building. The steady hum of its generator was barely audible over the upbeat music that spilled from the truck’s speakers.

The food truck’s name, I Don’t Give A Fork, hinted at its concept. The menu features items diners can eat with their fingers. Consider the “Mac & Cheesteak” – a Philly-style cheesesteak with onions and mac ‘n cheese – and the “Vermonter,” a sandwich with ham, honey mustard, apple coleslaw and sharp white cheddar.

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April 12

Food-truck trend sparks Spotsylvania business – SPOTSYLVANIA, VA- A new Spotsylvania County manufacturing company is capitalizing on the growing popularity of food trucks.

For the past nine months, Rolling Restaurants LLC has been helping customers turn their visions for food trucks into custom-designed realities. The business has a 4,000-square-foot indoor shop and outdoor storage yard at 218 Industrial Drive in the Four-Mile Fork area.

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April 13

Clovis man debuts mobile frozen yogurt shop – FRESNO, CA – Add frozen yogurt to the list of foods you can now get from a truck. Clovis resident Dennis Cantrell debuted his Gorilla Gurt mobile frozen yogurt shop at Big Hat Days this month.

The pink and white truck is just like a frozen yogurt shop — it can serve eight flavors from four self-serve dispensers and has a toppings bar — except that it’s on the side of a truck. Customers serve themselves and pay by the ounce.

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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 past weekend from Fayetteville, Wilmington, Toronto and New Orleans.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsJanuary 17

Momentum builds for more food trucks in Fayetteville – FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Thanks to recent efforts, Fayetteville may be on the verge of some major growth in the number of food trucks in the city.

A recent update to city law makes it much easier for food trucks to set up in Fayetteville. The “R Burger” food truck is the first example of how the change is helping entrepreneurs who are interested in operating a food truck business.

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Pop-ups, Food Trucks Find Stationary Spots – WILMINGTON, NC – On a Friday afternoon, chef Matthew Gould would normally be last-minute shopping and prepping exotic dishes such as pork belly with smoked wood jus and juniper or snap pea panna cotta for his weekend pop-up restaurant Canape.

This particular Friday, however, Gould was scheduling contractors, managing commercial kitchen regulations and wondering where to find time to refurbish a bar made out of whiskey barrels.

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January 18

Free Toronto’s food trucks from the shackles of bureaucracy – TORONTO, CANADA – We’ll know we’re world class when you can buy bugs-on-a-stick for lunch on a downtown street.

Or panfried snails, roasted duck heads, or fricasseed rat.

Right, maybe not fricasseed rat, though I did enjoy some in the Amazon once.

Anyway, I hunger for the day our street meat measures up, when our bureaucrats quit mucking it up.

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January 19

NOCCA high school will launch a food truck – NEW ORLEANS, LA – Not all the students at NOCCA are old enough to drive, but soon they’ll be operating a truck. The students in the high school’s culinary arts program are preparing to open the Boxcar food truck to serve the surrounding Bywater neighborhood.

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Jimmy Johns LogoWILMINGTON, NC – In an effort to craft new food truck regulations, members of Wilmington’s planning staff met with more than a dozen restaurant and food truck operators Wednesday morning to gauge their input on proposed amendments to existing city regulations.

There are currently no specific regulations for mobile food vendors in the city.

Planning staff members are hoping to add mobile food units to the list of permitted temporary uses in an effort to help clarify regulations for mobile food vendors, which are growing in popularity across the city.

The public comment period about changes to food truck regulation will end April 30.

“We’re trying to remove as much ambiguity in the code as possible,” said Brian Chambers, city planner and project manager leading the effort to reform existing regulation for mobile food vendors. “We’re not trying to ban food trucks; we’re trying to get as much input from industry before this goes to a public hearing.”

Under the current regulations, mobile food trucks, carts and trailers must apply for a temporary special sales permit. The permit allows the mobile food vendors to establish operations in commercial and industrial districts. No more than five temporary special sales events are allowed per business, in which vendors must wait a minimum of 45 days to apply for another permit.


But some in attendance weren’t so supportive of the city’s efforts to amend the existing regulations.

Jonathan Windham, owner of four Jimmy John’s franchises in Wilmington including the Market Street location downtown, said by loosening the existing restrictions, food trucks could interfere with brick-and-mortar businesses – especially downtown.

He said while he supports the mobile food vendor locations at events and festivals, the existing regulations should be maintained.

“It’s just not fair to those existing businesses, especially the ones downtown that have spent money and invested in their property,” Windham said.

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Off the Wire Food Truck NewsIn 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 Wilmington, Fargo, Kansas City, Lexington and Providence.

August 16

Food trucks head to city council – WILMINGTON, NC – Six months after Patty Wagon food truck owner James Smith filed for some standards his business could follow to finally operate feasibly in Wilmington’s limits, the city council has a proposal to decide.

On the agenda for the board’s regular meeting Tuesday is a public hearing and vote on a local ordinance that would set a menu of regulations for food trucks, which currently aren’t even defined in the city’s code book.

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Mobile food trucks are popping up in the area – FARGO, ND – Mobile food trucks are giving our area a big city feel. Almost a dozen have popped up in the last year.

It’s something you typically see in a big city or on the food network.

Octavio Gomez- Taco Brothers: “I think people are interested in trying out something new and when they have an opportunity to do so you just have to lock in their taste buds.”

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August 17

 More getting on board the food truck business – KANSAS CITY, KS – For Adrian Santiago, a food truck could be a means to eventually owning a restaurant.

Santiago owns El Pollo Dorado, which often can be found at the corner of 21st and Wellington Place. It specializes in chicken, ribs and tacos.

“The reason I started the food truck was because I didn’t see much competition, especially with the chicken,” Santiago said through a translator. “I wanted to do some market research to see how it works before actually investing in a restaurant.”

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Food trucks now allowed at Lexington industrial and warehouse businesses – LEXINGTON, KY – People who work in industrial zones in Lexington may soon have a new lunch option.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council approved a zone change Thursday that allows food trucks to operate on properties zoned for wholesale and warehouse business, light and heavy industrial and economic development uses.

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August 18

Peddling pudding pops is a matter of endurance for Providence vendor – PROVIDENCE, RI – A dog on a leash startles as a strange-looking machine rounds the corner of Brook Street.

As the machine turns onto Transit Street on this quiet, sun-dappled Saturday morning, the dog backs away in confusion.

“Dogs don’t know what to make of me,” says Val, the Pudding Pop Gal, as she pedals her ungainly three-wheeled bicycle cart, threading her way through the streets to avoid the steepest hills.

A large metal box covered with stickers is attached to the front, like the prow of a ship, pulling her forward with the weight of a few hundred pounds of pudding pops and dry ice. On the front of the box is a wooden flower box. On the back is strapped a green milk crate, filled with supplies. A folded teal and white umbrella thrusts up from the double set of handlebars, like a ship’s mast.

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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 Sunrise, Washington DC, Fort Wayne, Wilmington and Raleigh.

May 31

Food truck controversy still simmering in Sunrise – SUNRISE, FL – Arlon Kennedy and his wife hawk homemade chicken wings from their “Auntie Trish” food truck — but not in Sunrise.

Gourmet food trucks are virtually outlawed in the city thanks to a longtime ban on outdoor sales that has so far been a roadblock for the rolling restaurants.

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D.C. Council panel rejects food-truck regulations – WASHINGTON DC – A D.C. Council committee Friday rejected a set of proposed vending regulations that food-truck owners had argued would cripple their budding industry.

Four members of the council’s Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Committee voted against the rules, saying they did not do enough to protect food-truck operators.

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June 1

The Growing Craze of Food Trucks Hits Home – FORT WAYNE, IN – It’s summertime in Fort Wayne, meaning it’s time to sit outside and enjoy the weather and the finest foods the city has to offer… even if it comes from a truck.

Over the past year 12 food trucks have popped up around the Summit City with each truck offering a number of specialty menu options ranging from Cajun to prime beef to some American classics like hot dogs and hamburgers.

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Will Wilmington food trucks get a smoother ride? – WILMINGTON, NC –  For Wilmington food trucks, the squeaky wheel may be getting the grease.

Food truck operators have asked the city to loosen restrictions that they say inhibit their businesses. On Wednesday, the city’s planning commission will consider new rules that would give food trucks more freedom.

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June 2

Norfolk finds appetites vary for food trucks elsewhere – RALEIGH, NC – The line sprawling in front of the bright yellow Chirba Chirba food truck was at least 50 people deep and growing by the minute, despite the abiding North Carolina heat and, in some cases, impending one-hour wait.

The Chinese-themed truck – with a Mandarin name that means “eat eat” – was serving its tempting dumplings to a throng of self-proclaimed foodies looking for a fix.

Such was the scene all along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh last month as more than 10,000 people filled the street for the capital city’s first Food Truck Rodeo.

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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 Arlington, Boston, Lexington, San Francisco and Wilmington.

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February 1

Food Truck Fest Coming to Ballpark – ARLINGTON, TX – The Texas Rangers will be playing a series in Minnesota on April 26 and 27, but there will still be good reason to make your way out to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The ballpark will host Texas Food Truckin’ Fest over the course of the two days, offering folks a great opportunity to get a variety of some of the best food truck food in the area, and proceeds will help benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Boston’s Food Truck Program Still on A Roll – BOSTON, MA – More trucks in more places. That’s the takeaway from the upcoming spring 2013 food truck season in Boston, when hungry Bostonians will welcome 56 new trucks to the city’s streets to serve up everything from short-rib infused grilled cheese to tempeh tacos.

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February 2

Lexington to reconsider food-truck regulations – LEXINGTON, TX – Vice Mayor Linda Gorton has directed a small work group to find solutions to some of the thorny issues that food-truck owners say inhibit mobile food vendors from thriving in Lexington as they do in many other cities.

“The big season for food trucks is coming up in a couple of months. I asked the group to … give it some speed,” Gorton said Friday. “But I want it done right, with everyone’s viewpoint considered.”

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Dosa reality: Restaurants battle over branding – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Akash Kapoor left his job of running a national law firm to follow his passion: restaurants.

When he started his Indian fusion food trucks called Curry Up Now in 2009, Kapoor discovered he had a successful business that could expand. Unfortunately, he has not been able to leave the legal world behind just yet.

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February 3

Patty Wagon owner fights City code – WILMINGTON, NC – The owner of the Patty Wagon, a Wilmington area food truck, is petitioning City Council.

Even though the Patty Wagon has been setting up shop downtown for about a year, James Smith, says he recently found out he was violating the city’s code.

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In Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s 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 Tallahassee, Wilmington, Torrance, Fort Worth, Sacramento and New York City.

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Dec 2

Chicken and Waffles: The Rise of the Food Truck – Tallahassee, FL – Frustrated with the job hunt, and the lack of career opportunities, more Floridians are opening their own businesses. The fastest growing startup businesses in Florida are food trucks. As Whitney Ray tells us, the industry grew by 10 percent last year.

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Food trucks collaborate for success – Wilmington, NC – Four of the area’s food trucks have come together, and they’re inviting others to join them.

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Dec 3

Torrance eyes food truck solution after school raid – Torrance, CA – Torrance officials this week could adopt interim guidelines that will allow gourmet food trucks at school fundraisers without the fear of a police raid.

The City Council is expected to discuss the proposal, which also includes an outreach program to food trucks and community event planners, at its Tuesday night meeting.

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Fort Worth Food Park opens to large crowd, good food – Fort Worth, TX – On December 2, Fort Worth joined other cities considered to be leaders in the food truck culture by opening a dedicated food truck park. Based on the crowd to get in and the amount of food sold, opening night was a success, with hundreds of people in attendance.

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Dec 4

Hungry throng flocks to food truck event under Sacramento freeway – Sacramento, CA – Blustery winds and a shadowy concrete-bound locale were not enough to keep thousands of people from standing in long lines Saturday for a chance to taste food truck cuisine.

The event brought a critical mass of 23 food trucks to Eighth and W streets – the spot used by the Sacramento Farmers’ Market on Sundays.

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Food feud between restaurants, street carts – New York, NY – Restaurant owners want food cart vendors to learn their ABCs — and to post letter grades from the Health Department too.

“I think it’s only fair that they be graded like restaurants,” said George Constantinou, 35, co-owner of Bogata Latin Bistro in Park Slope. “The public can get sick if they eat at a restaurant, a food cart or even a convenience store.”

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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.

This week’s new entries are:


Frozen Hoagies

Twitter: @FrozenHoagies

Handmade Ice Cream between bakery fresh cookies. Serving the greater Boston area




The Bayou Express

Twitter: @MobileFoodUnit

Concept Mobile Food Trucks & Street Fair for Today’s Mobile Society



Wow Bao

Twitter: @BaoMouth

The voice of Wow Bao. BAOMOUTH searches the web for fans of Wow Bao.



Cincinnati, OH


Twitter: @PizzaBomba

Cincinnati’s newest food truck. Coming very soon so stay tuned right here for updates…


Denver, CO

Sesame Seed Truck

Twitter: @SesameSeedTruck

The Sesame Seed is a family owned food truck between brother, sister, and mother.



Montclair, NJ

The Thai Elephant

Twitter: @Aroy_D

NJ’s first and only authentic Thai food truck! Our goal is to bring the fresh and delicious tastes of Thailand directly to you. Find us daily in Montclair,NJ!



Philadelphia, PA

Pitruco Pizza

Twitter: @PitrucoPizza

Mobile wood-fired pizza. Bringing Neapolitan-inspired pizzas to the streets of Philadelphia October 2011



Santa Barbara, CA

The New Black BBQ

Twitter: @thenewblackbbq

THE NEW BLACK: progressive american barbeque. 3 sandwiches, 3 sides. done simply, done right.



St. Paul, MN

Messy Giuseppe

Twitter: @MessyGTruck



Wilmington, NC

The Cheesy Banker

Twitter: @CheesyBanker



Poor Piggy’s BBQ

Twitter: @PoorPiggysBBQ

Specializing in slow smoked pork bbq, beef brisket, chicken, & ribs cooked on 100% wood. Catering services available for any size budget.



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




In Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s 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.

Oct 21

First Memphis Food Truck a Hit – MEMPHIS, TN – A few months after the city changed the law to allow food trucks, Memphis sees its first regular truck around town.

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Wilmington food truck regulations causing heartburn – WILMINGTON, NC – A lack of clarity about the city of Wilmington’s rules regarding food trucks continues to plague one local business.

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Calgary’s food trucks won’t be hibernating this winter, plus rumours of cheesy new trucks – CALGARY, CANADA – Calgary’s fleet of food-foisting vehicles is preparing to take on the challenge of wintertime, says James Boettcher, who runs the Fiasco Gelato truck and heads up yycfoodtrucks.com.

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Oct 22

Food trucks a booming business in Tampa – TAMPA, FL – Whether you’ve got a taste for frozen bananas or some gator tail, Tampa and it’s growing fleet of food trucks has a little bit of everything.

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El Guapo Mexican Grill: Pioneers of Detroit’s food truck industry continue to expand – DETROIT, MI – Two Metro Detroit natives are becoming pioneers of an emerging Motor City food industry.

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Oct 23

Local gourmet food trucks work to come to campus – DALLAS, TX – With the encouragement from customers at their staple spots in Downtown, Uptown, the Dallas Arts District and surrounding suburbs, mobile food vendors are now reaching out to the SMU campus.

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In Mobile Cuisine Magazine’s 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.

Oct 7

Food truck owners navigate city rules to operate in Wilmington – WILMINGTON, NC – Ed Coulbourn III said it would be a slow day. But before 1 p.m. Tuesday a crowd of hungry men – and a couple of women – gathered around the red trailer parked on the north side of Oleander Drive next to Red Wing Shoes.

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Battle of the Food Truck Battles, Plus a Battle Over Food Trucks – NASHVILLE, TN – How much food could a food truck truck if a food truck could truck food? A lot. And the rolling restaurants have proliferated to the point that I saw the Meres Bulles vehicular unit parked outside an otherwise unassuming office-supply store the other day.

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Oct 8

IE Food Truck and Brew Fest draws thousands in Ontario – ONTARIO, CA – The IE Food Truck and Brew Fest drew thousands to feast on specialty grilled cheese, hot dogs, gourmet cupcakes and, in the latest addition to the event, craft beers from Southern California breweries.

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O.C. food truck to open brick and mortar shop – WEST COVINA, CA – Orange County food truck Tropical Shave Ice is going brick and mortar with a Hawaiian treat shop in West Covina.

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Oct 9

Restored ’62 Chevy dispenses fine foods and espresso – AUBURN, CA – Having a restaurant on wheels is the fulfillment of a longtime dream for Deb Arbogast. “I’ve wanted a food truck for 10 years and finally got to do it,” she said. “I like to dine there and I’ve always wanted it. It’s just cool.”

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MODERN KITCHEN: Ex-sergeant cooks up hot dish on wheels – GRAND FORKS, ND – Food trucks are not exactly known for producing gourmet fare. Scott “Skip” Haag is out to change that.

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