Ordinarily, a Port Authority bus would seem like the perfect place for atheists to advertise. If you want proof that we live in a Godless universe, after all, you need only climb aboard a 51-Carrick at rush hour.
But last month, the United Coalition of Reason sued the Port Authority in federal court, alleging the agency had violated the group’sfree-speech rights by rejecting an ad targeting religious skeptics.
The Coalition is an unholy alliance — literally — of local doubters banded together under the auspices of a national organization. Nationwide, the Coalition has sought to raise the visibility of non-religious Americans with ads reading, “Don’t believe in God? You’re not alone.”
“It’s a campaign to get the word out that there are atheists and agnostics,” says Stephen Hirtle, a local Coalition spokesman. “There’s no attempt to convert anyone. It doesn’t say, ‘We hate God.’”
According to the lawsuit, discussions over the ad began two years ago. During that time, the Port Authority lost another free-speech case, in which the American Civil Liberties Union successfully challenged an earlier policy that barred ads from non-commercial advertisers. Stung by the loss, the agency agreed to allow such spots, but its new policy still bars ads “that promote the existence or non-existence of a supreme deity … or are otherwise religious in nature.”
“We don’t meet the new policy and we don’t meet the old policy, because they aren’t following it in either case,” Hirtle says. “If you are a church, you have a free ticket to anywhere. But if you’re a secular atheist, there’s no place for you.”
You can see why he feels that way. Even as the Coalition filed its suit, for example, state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Elizabeth) was making headlines with legislation requiring the motto “In God We Trust” be posted in public schools. The Port Authority’s record in these fights, meanwhile, doesn’t inspire confidence. “In heaven’s name, the agency needs a more realistic ad policy” a Dec. 1 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial argued.
And because the Port Authority doesn’t comment on pending litigation, it falls to me to play Devil’s advocate. (Or God’s —theology gets a little confused in these cases.)
For starters, ACLU attorney Sara Rose says the new policy “is better than the old one because it allows for more non-commercial ads.” And unless you can prove a double standard at work, courts typically “give agencies the benefit of the doubt.” (The ACLU is not involved in the current lawsuit.)
The Coalition’s complaint includes photographs of ads it says the Port Authority has accepted. Perhaps the most troubling is a poster featuring a quote from Einstein: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
But Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie says that poster “is not a Port Authority ad”: The bus shelter it was posted on, he says, belongs to Lamar Advertising.
Other ads feature events like food festivals and fish fries; Hirtle asks “How is a Lenten dinner not a matter of religious belief?” But the authority arguably would risk another lawsuit if it rejected ads for a church-sponsored event while accepting those ads from, say, a secular rib festival.
Consistency can cut both ways. In fact, if the Coalition wins the right to proclaim its philosophy on buses, church groups might demand the same opportunity. A win for atheists, perversely, could result in even more overtly religious ads. (Hirtle acknowledges that possibility, but says, “We already see Christian messages all the time, so we’re willing to risk a few more to get our own message out.”)
Personally, I’d be OK with ads from atheists and believers, especially if they paid for more transit service on the Sabbath. Anyway, the Port Authority already promotes other kinds of godlessness. Entire buses have been sheathed in beer ads, and some light-rail vehicles practically resemble slots parlors.
Rose explains that under a 1974 US Supreme Court decision, agencies can treat commercial and non-commercial messages differently — and “any entity that wants to avoid controversial advertising has relied on that distinction.”
Ordinarily, advertising gets less government protection than other forms of speech. But as courts wrestle over when and where to debate the existence of God, Pittsburgh’s buses will roll by … proclaiming the glory of Mammon.
It all began in 1863 in the small Staffordshire village of Wheaton Aston. Hannah Swift, the great-great-great aunt of Robert Swift, opened a small business supplying bread to locals. Little could she have imagined that six generations and 150 years later her enterprise would continue to prosper.
Swifts’ Bakery has been a staple of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country life since the mid-19th century. It has survived two world wars, economic depression, a technological revolution and, of course, the introduction of the sliced white loaf. In fact, not only has Hannah’s business made it to the 21st century, it has done so in style.
Today the business is in the hands of Robert and John, the family’s sixth generation, and their own father, Richard. It is based at Clee Hill and Ludlow, with additional shops in Craven Arms and Tenbury Wells. The Swift family are regular visitors to food festivals and events around the UK, including many in Shropshire and the West Midlands.
Back in 1863, Abraham Lincoln was signing a deal to abolish slavery, the Football Association was forming in London, the International Red Cross was being inaugurated in Geneva and the Salon des Refuses, in Paris, was promoting such avant-garde artists as Édouard Manet.
Much has changed. However, the 21st century Swifts’ Bakery runs on parallel lines to the 19th century version. Robert rises early each day to prepare the day’s bake, just as Hannah did.
His breads are made with the same five basic ingredients: flour, water, salt, yeast and love. The family is justifiably proud of its heritage. Its passion for bread is reflected in the high quality of each individually made loaf.
Hannah was a pioneer and soon introduced her daughter, Harriet, to the business. Harriet brought a third generation into Swifts’, in the form of her nephew Tom, who took over the bakery at the age of 19, having served apprenticeships in West Bromwich and Stafford.
Tom produced seven children, one of whom was Charles, a fourth-generation baker. He was a fascinating character who continued the baking tradition with his older brother, Walter.
Charles worked in the bakery with Tom before being called up to serve in the Second World War from 1941 to 1945. He was separated from his beloved wife, Mary, but continued to serve in field bakeries during the war, based in Mombasa, east Africa.
When he was demobbed, the partnership with Walter was dissolved. Another brother, also named Tom, had a bakery at Penn, in Wolverhampton, and Charles and Mary took that lease.
Their second child, Richard, kept the family tradition going.
Charles was ambitious and founded a new business at Gnosall, in Staffordshire. He worked hard with Mary to build the business and they became a popular couple.
Charles wrote about his experiences in a small booklet, My Wartime Experiences, which reflected on his life from 1941 onwards. He recalled: “There were no freezers in those days, so regular deliveries were essential. At Christmas time the village people would bring their turkeys and geese to me on Christmas Day so that they could be cooked in the bakehouse ovens – they were always cooked to perfection.”
Charles was passionate about good food and grew his vegetables, as well as making pork pies, cakes and more. His son, Richard, worked hard to build upon his parents’ work. Richard had been born in Gnosall, and after serving an apprenticeship and attending Birmingham College of Food and Technology, he became bakery manager.
He says: “My dad employed three chaps and I started to work there properly during the school holidays. I’d work in the bakery and then go out on the rounds with the delivery drivers.”
Richard’s diploma in bread, flour and confectionery gave him the knowledge he needed to make a start, and he spent 10 years with his father at Gnosall before striking out. He moved to Clee Hill, Shropshire, and built a new business from scratch. “That’s always been the story in our family. My father left his dad to set up by himself. I left my father and set up by myself. My two sons have also come up with new ideas so that they can make their own mark.”
Richard was 29 when he started baking at Clee Hill. “It was owned by two brothers but it was very run down. It had burned down in 1935 and been rebuilt.”
Richard and his wife Margaret went about their task with gusto and their business grew. He introduced his sons, Robert and John, to baking. Like his forebears, Robert has brought new innovations. He works in a new bakery in Ludlow’s Corve Street and has developed a new company called Bread2Bake along with his wife Lucinda.
It provides baking masterclasses and services an ever-growing number of farmers’ markets, food festivals and other shows with demonstrations.
Robert says: “Our bread goes further and further each year, but we’re proud of our roots. We work closely with the local community and get involved in talks and demonstrations for local primary and secondary schools, as well as other clubs and societies. We’ve involved in a project called Skill Builders, which passes on traditional skills to a new generation. This is a volunteer-run organisation that works with local schools to connect youngsters to artisan occupations.
“Hopefully, we’re helping the next generation of bakers so that there’ll still be high street bakers in another 150 years.”
The family’s history is celebrated in Robert’s first book, Born and Bread, which also features a selection of recipes – from age-old classics such as the plain white tin to noveau offerings like stromboli, and from delicious jammy doughnuts to corn bread. The book celebrates the family’s achievements of the past 150 years.
Robert Swift will launch Born and Bread at Waterstones, Shrewsbury, on December 7. He’ll sign books from noon until 1pm. The title is also available from Swift’s shops and online from www.amazon.co.uk
He came, he cooked, he made mental notes.
Now, after volunteering his services at three Ventura County-based food trucks, Charlie Cannon, a former alternative-energy manager turned amateur chef, is taking what he’s learned about tiny kitchens, local produce and underground dining back to his native Scotland.
“It’s because of our experiences in Ventura that we are moving. Seeing so much fresh, seasonal food available turned the light bulb on over our heads: There’s patches of great food in Scotland, but making it accessible to everyone isn’t being done at the moment,” said Cannon, 33.
Cannon and wife Tiffany Cannon, formerly a fourth- and- fifth-grade teacher at McKinna Elementary School in Oxnard, hope to help change that by relocating to the capital city of Edinburgh.
“I think of it as colliding movements: farm-to-table meets underground street food,” Cannon said.
With regularly scheduled food-truck events taking place Thursday at Heritage Square in Oxnard and Dec. 20 at the Pacific View mall in Ventura, the gourmet kitchen-on-wheels scene continues to pick up speed in Ventura County.
After experiencing that movement from both sides of the order window, Cannon — who holds degrees in physics and supply-chain management and previously was a director at Clipper Windpower in Carpinteria — said he knows why food trucks are so popular.
“Eating is about the whole experience. If you’ve got a product grown by people who care, prepared by people who care, and add the theatrical aspect of the trucks and the fun of eating with friends by the side of the road, or on the grass, it has the chance of being the best meal you’ve ever had,” Cannon said.
As for working in a truck, “I can think of easier ways to make a living. But there’s nothing like the immediate, honest feedback. There’s no hiding in the truck,” he added with a laugh.
During his self-imposed period as a food-truck intern, Cannon arrived in the wee, weekday hours to help Moises Alcaraz of Alcaraz Catering prep ingredients at the Oxnard commissary used by all Ventura County food-truck operators. The truck then made stops at several construction sites.
“They are looking for hearty foods that they are familiar with. They want to eat and get on with it,” Cannon said of the truck’s patrons before one such stop at a condo development at The Collection at RiverPark.
When a horn sounded to mark the start of the morning break, the truck drove into position and Cannon hopped out to lift the covers on the windows. Within seconds more than a dozen men had gathered, most coated with dust and some still wearing masks from their work installing drywall.
Alcaraz completed each customer’s order before taking the next, handing the completed dishes through a narrow window. Food in hand, customers slid down the line to chat with Imelda Alcaraz, who eyeballed the plates and rang them up accordingly.
“No order tickets. No stopping to take money. Everything is the model of efficiency, because your customers only have 15 minutes. They can’t wait for you,” Cannon noted.
Cannon implemented some of Alcaraz’s techniques when he stepped aboard The Jolly Oyster Kitchen. The prepared-foods truck spends most weekends parked next to The Jolly Oyster, a shuck-your-own shellfish stand at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura. It also appears at Food Truck Fridays, a monthly event that launched in October at Pacific View mall.
Those techniques include limiting work space in the already-tiny kitchen, the better to speed up the clean-as-you-go approach to cooking, Cannon said.
He also worked alongside chef Tim Kilcoyne, who launched Scratch, a farm-to-table themed food truck, after closing his Ventura restaurant, The SideCar, in May.
“Tim has similar ideas about using local ingredients,” said Cannon. He grew up on a farm in Oban, which bills itself as the seafood capital of Scotland; his father owns Kames Fish Farm, known for its halibut.
Gourmet food trucks are comparatively new to but not unheard of in Scotland. Cannon considers them just one way to mobilize his and Tiffany’s idea of bringing seasonal food from farms to the people who want to experience it in the city, he said.
Other ways include food festivals, school trips and temporary restaurant events like the pop-up dinners the couple started organizing in the summer of 2012 to showcase ingredients from farms and ranches in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Dubbed London Calling, the series debuted with a menu featuring what Cannon described as simple but elevated bistro fare. One dish paired Scotch eggs — hard boiled, wrapped in sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs and then baked — with purslane grown by B.D. Dautch of Earthtrine Farm in Ojai.
Some view purslane as a weed, others as a crunchy, lemony alternative to spinach.
“A big guy called Bear, not the kind of guy you’d expect to eat purslane, came up after to tell us how much he liked it. He made us write the name down so he could find more,” said Cannon. “That’s what we hope to keep doing; introducing people to things they enjoy so much they seek it out again.”
IF YOU GO
First Thursday Gourmet Food Truck Night runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard. Ten trucks are slated to appear. They include the Ventura County-based Scratch truck and The Chili Philosopher from Los Angeles County. Hot drinks and desserts by the Oxnard restaurant Fresh Fabulous will be available. Holiday additions include a tree-lighting ceremony and a gift boutique. After skipping January, First Thursday Gourmet Food Truck Night will return on Feb. 6 (715 South A St., 385-2705 or http://bit.ly/1jj0cUH).
Food Truck Friday will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Pacific View mall parking lot near Trader Joe’s. Twelve trucks are expected to attend the third-Friday-of-the-month event co-organized by the Midtown Community Council. They include The Jolly Oyster Kitchen and Sweet Arleen’s from Ventura County and Cousins Maine Lobster from Los Angeles County (100 block South Mills Road, http://www.shoppacificview.com).
Montgomery County is already home to multiple wine festivals each year but the county now wants to also celebrate beer.
A bill will go before the General Assembly in January to give the county permission to host up to four beer festivals each year.
The legislation is one of nine local bills from Montgomery that seek to change alcohol regulations. The beer festival bill was requested by Delegation Chairwoman Anne R. Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville on behalf of Montgomery County.
Currently, the county can host wine festivals each year, but not beer fests, said Kathie Durbin, division chief of the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control.
Seven years ago, when the wine festival license was granted by the state, the county also sought the nod for beer festivals.
Somewhere between draft and approval, the word beer was removed, she said.
“Now beer is trending,” Durbin said. “I think there were some folks at the time who were afraid of having a beer festival, afraid it was too high risk, too big and that only big companies would be there.”
But the license the county now seeks to create for beer festivals specifies that the purpose must be to promote Maryland beer.
The bill would allow up to four festivals each year and would require the organization hosting to obtain a license as well as each vendor who serves beer.
Much as the wine festivals held locally, the beer festivals would celebrate local brews and products, Durbin said.
Montgomery is home to several brewers, including Baying Hound Aleworks and Gordon Biersch in Rockville, Growlers in Gaithersburg and Rock Bottom in Bethesda.
More craft breweries are expected to emerge, Durbin said, like Citizens Brewing Co., a craft brewery that Julie Verratti plans to open in Silver Spring next summer.
A sister bill proposed by Del. Sam Arora (D-Dist. 19) of Silver Spring would ease restrictions on microbreweries by allowing tastings and pours without serving food. Under current regulations, only breweries with restaurants may serve their beer on site.
City Council chambers were packed Monday night for a hearing on food trucks.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials invited a broad swath of the downtown community to comment on an evolving ordinance to regulate food trucks in the “Upstreet” district, and comment they did.
Harbor Springs Home of the Holidays
Harbor Springs will allow a for-profit food truck to operate during its seasonal open house Saturday. The truck is a one-type exception that will allow the city look review its prohibition on mobile venders.
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:37 am
Updated: 10:33 am, Wed Dec 4, 2013.
Harbor Springs to test drive food truck
December 4, 2013
HARBOR SPRINGS — Mobile food will be the latest addition to downtown Harbor Springs this weekend.
The city is allowing a mobile food truck with a full kitchen to operate during its Christmas open house Saturday, where businesses stay open late to celebrate the upcoming holiday and encourage shoppers to keep their money in the community.
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Food Truck Event Highlight of the Week: Trucks for Tots
Normally, I highlight a particular food truck and events are relegated to listings.This event is important enough to get its own highlight.
This coming Saturday, December 7, from 11am to 5pm, some of the best of Dallas and Fort Worth’s food trucks will participate in Trucks for Tots, an event to provide less fortunate children with toys for Christmas. This event will be at The Shops at Park Lane, located at 8080 Park Lane in Dallas. Other activities going on include pictures with Santa, live music, and the US Marines on hand to collect toys.
There is no entry fee. You are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy.
Participating food trucks at the time of this posting include: Pompeii, Easy Slider, Ruthie’s, Good Karma, Nammi, Cajun Tailgators, Rock ‘n’ Roll Tacos, Eat Jo Dawgs, Simply Dosa, Doughboys, Cupcakin’, ParrotIcce, and Mojo a Gogo (a new coffee truck).
Here is your schedule for the week. Be sure to check Facebook and/or Twitter, since bad weather does cause cancellations.
MondayMonday LunchMonday Dinner
MondayBombay Street FoodDallas Art District Winspear Opera House
MondayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-Dark
MondayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206
MondayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
MondayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
MondayRuthie’s Grilled CheesePrivate Event-ATT Stadium
MondayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
MondayTutta’s PizzaThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pmThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pm
TuesdayTuesday LunchTuesday Dinner
TuesdayBobaddiction10:30AM-2:30PM, SMU Campus, 3300 Dyer St
TuesdayCajun Tailgators18207 Midway @ Frankford 4-8
TuesdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-4pWatermark Church 7540 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75251 6p-10:30p
TuesdayCup Cakin909 Lake Carolyn Pkwy Irving, Tx 12pm – 1250pmSprouts on Marsh Lane 5pm – 9pm
TuesdayEasy SliderSMU Flagpole 11a-1:30pTasty Tuesday (Sprouts on Marsh Lane) 5p-9p
TuesdayEat Jo DawgsPrivate Lunch 11am-2pm
TuesdayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
TuesdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
TuesdayGuava TreeTasty Tuesday-11722 Marsh Lane, Dallas , 5-9pm
TuesdayJack’s ChowhoundFour Season Golf tourment – 4150 N. MacArthur BlvdIrving, TX 75038 – 11pm-2pm
TuesdayOinknMoo BBQSprouts-11722 Marsh Ln, Dallas
TuesdayPompeii Truck Yard 5624 Sear St 11-3Tasty Tuesdays @Sprouts 11722 Marsh Lane 5-8
TuesdayRockn’ Rick’sDallas Arts District Winspear Opera House (11-2 PM)TBD
TuesdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseFirst Choice – PirvateWatermark Church
TuesdayRuthie’s TooSMU Campus
TuesdaySimply DosaDallas Art District Winspear Opera HouseTasty Tuesday Sprouts Farmers Market 11722 Marsh Lane
TuesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasThe Porch @ Watermark 5:30-9:30
TuesdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
TuesdayTutta’s PizzaThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pmThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pm
WednesdayWednesday LunchWednesday Dinner
WednesdayBombay Street FoodSigels 5757 Greenville Avenue Dallas Tx 75206
WednesdayCajun TailgatorsOmni Hotel 555 S. Lamar 11-2TBD
WednesdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-Dark
WednesdayCup Cakin1301 South Bowen Road Arlington 12pm – 1250pm, 4025 Woodland Park Blvd Arlington 1pm – 150pmWhite Chapel Christmas Festival Southlake 4pm – 8pm
WednesdayEasy SliderDallas Arts District (2403 Flora) 11a-1:30pSigels (5757 Greenville) 5p-8p
WednesdayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
WednesdayEat Jo Dawgs1300 Summit Office Park ft. worth 11am – 2pm
WednesdayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
WednesdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayGuava TreeArts District – 2300 Flora St. Dallas, 11am-2pmCork Wine Bar-3636 Mckinney Ave. #170 Dallas, 6pm-9pm
WednesdayJack’s ChowhoundArts Districts – corner of Leonard and Flora St From 10:30 am – 1:30pm
WednesdayMauiWowiOmni Hotel-555 S. Lamar Dallas 11AM-2PM
WednesdayNammi #1Dallas Arts District, 11am-1:30pm
WednesdayOinknMoo BBQ1901 Gateway, Irving
WednesdayPompeii The Truck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9The Truck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9
WednesdayRockn’ Rick’sAAFES National HQ 3911 South Walton Walker Dallas TX -(11-2PM)TBD
WednesdayRuthies CreperieDallas Arts Districtprivate -Mckinney
WednesdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseMcKinney Medical Center
WednesdayRuthie’s Too5950 Sherry Laneprivate
WednesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
WednesdayTutta’s PizzaThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pmThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pm
ThursdayThursday LunchThursday Dinner
ThursdayBombay Street FoodDallas Art District Winspear Opera House
ThursdayCajun TailgatorsTruck Yard 5624 Sears 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sears 11-9
ThursdayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
ThursdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas All Day till 10pm
ThursdayCup Cakin3500 Maple Ave 12pm – 1250, Turtle Creek Centre 1pm – 150pm, 3333 Lee Parkway 2pm – 250pm, The Centrum 3pm – 350pmTBA
ThursdayEasy SliderPrivate Event
ThursdayEat Jo DawgsDallas Arts District 11am – 2pm
ThursdayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
ThursdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
ThursdayJack’s ChowhoundTBDPrivate Event
ThursdayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 4-10
ThursdayMauiWowiOmni Hotel-555 S. Lamar Dallas 11AM-2PM
ThursdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-3pm
ThursdayOinknMoo BBQ6555 Sierra Dr, IrvingDeep Ellum Brewing-2823 St. Louis, Dallas
ThursdayPompeii Dallas Arts District 2300 Flora 11-2Private Event
ThursdayRockn’ Rick’sConexis and LSG Sky Chefs 6191 Hwy 161 Irving (11-2PM)TBD
ThursdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren ParkDallas Heritage Village Candlelight Tour
ThursdayRuthie’s TooSMU CampusKlyde Warren Park
ThursdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
ThursdayTutta’s PizzaPrivate Event
FridayFriday LunchFriday Dinner
FridayBombay Street FoodDallas Art District Winspear Opera House
FridayCajun TailgatorsTBDArts District- Holiday Tree Lighting 2121 Flora 4-9
FridayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
FridayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas All 11a-3pArts District Xmas Lighting Flora St 5p-11p
FridayCup CakinTBAATTPAC Holiday Campus Lighting Arts District 4pm – 9pm
FridayEasy SliderDallas Arts District (2403 Flora) 11a-1:30pHolley Colley (Colleyville) 4:30p-8:30p
FridayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
FridayEat Jo DawgsIts A Wonderful Life in Newman Village 4pm – 9pm
FridayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
FridayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayGuava TreeReliant Lights Your Holiday-ATTPAC 5:00PM – 9:00PM
FridayJack’s ChowhoundArts Districts – corner of Leonard and Flora St From 10:30 am – 1:30pmATTPAC -Flora St – 6pm-9m -
FridayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-3Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 4-10
FridayMauiWowiOmni Hotel-555 S. Lamar Dallas 11AM-2PMUpper 90 Challenge(Soccer Tournament) Founders Park, Wylie 5P-10PM
FridayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-6pm
FridayOinknMoo BBQHolley Colley-Colleyville Center; 5301 Riverwalk Dr. ; Colleyville 76034
FridayRockn’ Rick’sMarc Group 7850 Beltline Irving (11-2PM)Reliant Lights at Dallas Arts District (5-830PM)
FridayRuthies CreperieKlyde Warren ParkNewman Village – Frisco
FridayRuthie’s Grilled Cheese1201 N Bowser Rd. Richardson, TXNewman Village Frsco
FridayRuthie’s TooPrivateHolly Colley Event -Colleyville
FridaySimply DosaFort Worth Food Park 2509 weisenberger stFort Worth Food Park 2509 weisenberger st
FridayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
FridayTrailercakesHolly Colley Holiday: Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive 4:30 P- 8:30P
FridayTutta’s PizzaReliant Lights Your Holiday – 2403 Flora St, Dallas 5-9pm
SaturdaySaturday LunchSaturday Dinner
SaturdayBobaddiction11-2AM, Omni Hotel, 555 S Lamar6-10PM, Vitruvian Light Festival, 3850 Vitruvian Way
SaturdayBombay Street FoodArlington Christmas Parade
SaturdayCajun TailgatorsToys for Tots 8080 Park Lane- Dallas 11-5Toys for Tots 8080 Park Lane- Dallas 11-5
SaturdayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
SaturdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas All Day till 8pm
SaturdayCup CakinTrucks for Tots at Shops at Park Lane 11am – 5pmTrucks for Tots at Shops at Park Lane 11am – 5pm
SaturdayEasy SliderWinnetka Heights Home Tour 11:30a-1:30pPrivate Event
SaturdayEasy SliderTrucks for Tots (Shops at Park Lane) 11a-6p
SaturdayEat Jo DawgsTrucks For Tots – Shops at Park LaneTrucks For Tots – Shops at Park Lane
SaturdayFour Seasons12:30 to 1:45, Chase, 1111 Northpoint Coppell
SaturdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayGuava TreeWhite Rock Local Holiday Market- Lakeside Baptist Church
9150 Garland Rd., Dallas 75218, 9:00AM – 4:00PM
SaturdayJack’s ChowhoundTruck YardTruck Yard
SaturdayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-10Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-10
SaturdayMauiWowiUpper 90 Challenge(Soccer Tournament) Founders Park, Wylie 8AM-8PMUpper 90 Challenge(Soccer Tournament) Founders Park, Wylie 8AM-8PM
SaturdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-8pm
SaturdayNammi #2Trucks for Tots, Shops at Parklane, 11-6pm
SaturdayOinknMoo BBQ0Community Brewery Co (2p-5p)
SaturdayPompeii Trucks for TotsPrivate event
SaturdayRockn’ Rick’sBig Town Gun Show Mesquite (8-5PM)Big Town Gun Show Mesquite (8-5PM)
SaturdayRuthies CreperieTruck for Tots event – Shops at Park Laneprivate
SaturdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren ParkPrivate
SaturdayRuthie’s TooSMU Football game – South end zoneprivate
SaturdaySimply DosaTruck For Tots Shops at Park Lane
SaturdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park 11A-6P TENTATIVE
SaturdayTutta’s PizzaVitruvian Lights – 3875 Ponte Ave, Addison 6-9pm
SundaySunday LunchSunday Dinner
SundayBobaddiction7-10AM, Dallas Marathon, West Dallas LoopPrivate Event
SundayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
SundayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas All Day till 8pm
SundayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
SundayEasy SliderPrivate EventPrivate Event
SundayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206
SundayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-10Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-10
SundayMauiWowiUpper 90 Challenge(Soccer Tournament) Founders Park, Wylie 9AM-6PM
SundayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-8pm
SundayOinknMoo BBQDr. Pepper Stars Center-4020 W. Plano, Plano
SundayPompeii Truck Yard 5624 Sear St 11-10Truck Yard 5624 Sear St 11-10
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WASHINGTON, December 3, 2013 — This week, Washington DC implemented new rules for food trucks that operate in the city. The requirements include dedicated spots for food trucks, and a lottery system by which the locations are assigned. There are 95 spots available in eight locations, including Farragut Square, Franklin Square, George Washington University, L’Enfant Plaza, Capitol Riverfront, Metro Center, Union Station, and Virginia Avenue/State Department.
The new rules are not popular with some, even resulting in a critical response from the Editorial Board of the Washington Post, who said of the rules “Now District regulators are threatening to choke [the food trucks’ industry] growth…
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“Food truck associations from across the country wrote a letter to the D.C. Council warning that the regulations “would transform the District overnight from a leader in mobile vending to one of the worst food-truck cities in the nation.” Some food truck operators are threatening to bolt the District for what they see as more hospitable environs in Arlington, while others fear they may go out of business.”
Supporters of the new regulations point to its smooth roll out. “By and large, we’re very pleased with the way this has rolled out so far,” said Doug Povich, co-owner of the Red Hook Lobster Pound trucks and chairman of the DMV Food Truck Association, to the Washington Business Journal. “The trucks I’ve spoken with here are happy they don’t have to get here at 9:30 [a.m.] and fight for spaces.”
According to the Washingtonian, the regulations are backed by strict penalties, “Approximately 200 food trucks are licensed in DC, 107 of which have been allocated spots. There are a total of 95 parking spaces available per day; some food trucks were randomly given spots for four days a week, while others received five. Food trucks that missed the deadline for December will not be able to park at or within 200 feet of prime areas like Farragut Square, and are subject to a $1,000 fine if they do.”
“It’s going to affect us very badly,” said Pervais Hamza, the operator of the Halal Grill food truck, to the Washingtonian, complaining about the long wait for the next round of the lottery. “We don’t know what we are going to do until January. A lot of other trucks are giving up.”
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Representatives of at least seven downtown restaurants showed up at a York City Council meeting Tuesday to protest a proposal that would allow more food carts in an expanded area of the city.
But they were denied access to the microphone during the council’s public-comment period.
Vice President Henry Nixon, who chaired the meeting, said it is council policy to hear public comment about agenda-related items on the same evening the council plans to vote.
The proposal, which would increase the number of cart licenses from one to six and expand the food-cart district to several blocks surrounding Continental Square, was introduced Tuesday.
Because it is new legislation, the bill must sit for at least two weeks before the council can take a vote, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17.
“You’re allowing opposition only on the day of voting?” asked Ken Diaz, who co-owns Tasa, a new Filipino food stand in Central Market. “Doesn’t make sense.”
Nixon told Diaz there will be an opportunity to comment on Dec. 17.
With no one else stepping to the mic, Nixon adjourned the 6:30 p.m. public-comment session and held an informal discussion with the business owners before the council resumed its 7 p.m. legislative agenda.
Diaz said he’s concerned the expansion of food carts will pave the way for food trucks, which, he said, could siphon significant money from brick-and-mortar restaurants.
“We’re hurting,” said Jessica Brooks, who owns the Ladybug Baking Company and Cafe, which opened in January at 33 N. Beaver St. “We’re fighting for every dollar that comes through that door.”
Brooks said she can’t imagine the food carts will have a positive impact on downtown businesses.
She questioned why the council hadn’t sought input from restaurant owners.
“None of us even heard about it until it hit the newspapers,” Brooks said.
Nixon said the council has been working on the food-cart proposal for a while. Indeed, it’s been a topic of discussion at the council’s committee meetings since September.
The initial proposal increased the number of food carts to 12 but did not expand the district beyond the square. The idea to create a food-cart district — bounded by Duke, King, Beaver and Philadelphia streets — was discussed publicly for the first time last week.
“We’re not rushing this thing through,” said Nixon, who’s been the proposal’s primary proponent on the council.
Nixon also cited a survey distributed by Downtown Inc, the nonprofit group that promotes the city’s business core, that was intended to gauge the opinions of restaurant owners.
Sonia Huntzinger, Downtown Inc’s executive director, reported at an earlier meeting that only eight businesses responded to the survey.
Brooks, who said she’s leveraged her home and financial stability to build a successful business, said she never got it.
“It’s offensive to say that my life hangs in the balance because of this survey,” she said. “Literally, my life hangs in the balance.”
Jeremiah Anderson, general manager of the White Rose Bar Grill, volunteered to organize the restaurant owners’ opposition.
According to Downtown Inc, there are already more than 60 eateries downtown, said Joy Gillette, who co-owns Simply Soup in Central Market.
“Why are we not promoting those businesses?” Gillette said. “We’re already trying to revive a city.”
Nixon urged the business owners to read the legislation and deliver a cohesive message to the council.
“I think that’s why we’re here,” said Annette Fisher, who owns Bair’s Fried Chicken in Central Market. “The city — it’s growing. But if we grow too fast and we don’t have the critical mass to support it, everyone’s going to fail.”
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All NCASS members are provided with the tools, training, resources and government-backed ‘assured advice and guidance’ to deliver food safely.
KERB’s founder Petra Barran hopes the partnership between the two organisations will apply these enhanced standards to street food vendors and give the public confidence in the validity, experience and safety of the products on offer.
“There is a right way and a wrong way to do street food, and we believe in promoting London street food which is safe, trustworthy and a benefit to society,” said Barran.
“The new partnership will help create an increased best practice benchmark for the industry, showcasing vendors who are professional, considerate and diligent, and of course who produce incredible food.
“The deal with NCASS will benefit our members by giving them access to the new Primary Authority Partnership, ensuring that all KERB members will not just achieve, but exceed, the legally required levels of diligence, safety and hygiene; they will become an example of best practice across the entire catering industry.”
KERB members will also have the added benefit of NCASS’ position as a Primary Authority Partner, which reduces administration and is government recognised.
Street food revolution
Mark Laurie, director of NCASS, added: “This initiative will create an industry benchmark, which will hopefully give the public confidence in both NCASS and KERB members.
“Street Food is a relatively new UK revolution, but worldwide is an everyday way of buying food.
“It is an incredibly safe, creative and delicious industry; by committing to these measures, we hope that KERB will act as standard bearers for best practice in the street food industry, demonstrating to the public and authorities that food sold on the streets is not only delicious but as safe, if not safer, than food produced in many cafés and restaurants.
“We are delighted to be working with KERB to welcome their members on board.”
Anyone interested in finding out more should contact NCASS on 01216 032 524 or KERB on HQ@kerbfood.com
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