SAN FRANCISCO, CA – While it’s off to the races for nearly any and all San Francisco food and beverage vendors eager to participate in the city’s biggest sporting event of the year, a select few are being excluded from the running: food trucks.
In a request for proposal put out March 27 by Levy Premium Foodservice — recently chosen as the “master concessionaire” for the race’s events running July through September — food and beverage companies were invited to submit applications to participate as vendors in the cup’s main event areas.
However, one line specifically states that there will be absolutely no food trucks permitted in either the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27 and 29 or the America’s Cup Village at Marina Green.
A peculiar choice, considering food trucks have become a staple of the San Francisco dining scene.
According to the RFP, Levy is seeking to fill about 27 food and beverage outlets and 12 built-in concession booths.
It’s also looking for vendors to fill a 5,000-square-foot area designated for a sports bar and a luxury food outlet that will include separate champagne and wine bars, a coffee outlet and a beer garden serving “upscale food.”
While the Chicago-based company will give preference to local applicants that are “commit to using existing local San Francisco residents,” it will not consider San Francisco-born-and-bred food trucks.
Several spokespeople for the America’s Cup event authority could not explain the food truck exclusion clause, and repeated requests for comment from Levy were not returned.
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