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 Janesville, Boyne City, Buffalo and New York City.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsDecember 13

Food truck vendor tangled in Janesville city rules – JANESVILLE, WI – It was 22 degrees at noon Friday. Snow and ice covered the ground, and mobile food vendor Chad Measner was trundling a cash box from his Cajun food truck across a parking lot and into the lobby at Crosby Place Banquet Facility.

A customer had just ordered a to-go platter of fish tacos. The customer seemed to know the routine: Give your order at the food truck, walk over to Crosby Place, pay for it, get your receipt, and then go back to the food truck to pick up your food. After all that, you can eat.

Odd? Unwieldy? Measner thinks so.

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Have tacos, will travel: Food truck sets up shop – BOYNE CITY, MI — With their new business venture, Drue Wright and Drake Nagel of Boyne City are trucking an eclectic mix of tacos to customers.

The business partners opened truck-based Happy’s Taco Shop this fall. They plan to serve customers regularly at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls this ski season, and will also offer tacos at local events such as the Charlevoix Bridge Drop on New Year’s Eve.

Wright said the idea for the mobile taco shop emerged while he and Nagel were students at Northern Michigan University. Wright studied entrepreneurship, with Nagel focusing on graphic design. Both graduated from Northern in 2012.

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December 14

Larkin holiday party ends Buffalo Food Truck season – BUFFALO, NY – After a full season of fun and festivities at the Larkin Square the Holiday Live at Larkin event brought the outdoor concert and event season to a close on Dec 6.

Holiday Live at Larkin featured the unique song stylings of Robot Holiday, and a portion of the proceeds benefited the WNY Food Bank. Despite the colds temps and brisk winds the holiday party was attended to by hundreds of people from all over Western New York.

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December 15

This Food Truck Uses Locally Sourced Maple Syrup to Help Formerly Incarcerated Kids – NEW YORK, NY – After spending three years teaching classes to kids at the Riker’s Island adolescent unit, teacher Jordyn Lexton grew accustomed to seeing many of her paroled students simply return back to prison.

Incarcerated children as young as 16 are recognized as adults in the state of New York, which means they frequently leave prison with permanent felony records. Often prevented from getting a job or furthering their education, their chances of successfully integrating back into society are grim.

Lexton wanted to help break that cycle and do it in the most nourishing way possible—with food trucks. Along with entrepreneur Annie Bickerton, the pair founded Drive Change, a social enterprise that’s launching a series of food trucks in New York City and hiring formerly incarcerated kids to operate them.

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