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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Alba Vineyard Harvest Food Truck and Wine Festival is Nov. 1-2

Alba Vineyard announces their first Harvest Food Truck and Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, from noon to 5 p.m. The event will be held in the upper field surrounded by the natural beauty of the mature vineyard with panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides. The event will feature cuisine from the region’s most award-winning food trucks and live music by The VooDUDES. Children’s activities.

Admission includes entrance to the event, parking, and music. $10 for adults 21 and over, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and children 12 and under are free. Reservations are not required. Food prices vary by truck.

Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person, 21 and older, which includes eight samplings of our nationally award-winning wines in an etched Alba Vineyard wine glass.

Food truck participants include:
The Cow and The Curd — Wisconsin Battered Fried Cheese Curds — www.thecowandthecurd.com

Aroy-D Thai Elephant — Thai cuisine — www.facebook.com/ElephantTruck

Empanada Guy — Empanadas and Latin cuisine — www.empanadaguy.com

The French Quarter – Cajun/Creole Cuisine — http://tfqfoodtruck.com

Oink and Moo BBQ — American Styled BBQ — www.oinkandmoobbq.com

Waffle De Lys — Authentic Belgian Waffles — www.waffledelys.com

The Outslider — Gourmet Sliders — www.theoutslider.com

Sanducci’s Pizza Truck — Wood Fired Pizza — www.sanduccis.com/pizza-truck

Absolutely no coolers or outside food or drinks permitted. This is a food event.

By law, only Alba Vineyard’s wines may be consumed on the property. No beer or other alcohol is allowed on the premises. Attendees are welcome to bring a lawn chair, blanket, or beach umbrella. No pets, canopies, or EZ-Up shelters.

One of the East Coast’s most award-winning wineries, Alba Vineyard is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Warren County, two miles east of the Delaware River and historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the beautiful Musconetcong Valley. The winery and tasting room are housed in a historic 1805-converted stone barn, which features an impressive wood tasting bar, rustic stonewalls, and old oak beams.

For more information contact Alba Vineyard at 908-995-7800 or email wine@albavineyard.com

For GPS use 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Finesville (Pohatcong Township) or visit our website www.albavineyard.com

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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Food truck park planned for Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. -

 Food trucks have been trendy for a while now, but they can be hard to track down, or only available during the summer months. One Spokane business owner is hoping to change all that by opening a 10-truck food park for year-round chowing down at the corner of Sprague and Perry.

John Shriner envisions a gastronomic oasis to serve people at picnic tables with heaters for the winter months and anywhere between eight and 10 trucks to choose from.

Foodies mark your calendars. The food park is hoping to open early 2015.

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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Four Seasons Hotel Takes it to the Streets with a Food Truck


Atlanta Restaurant Scene with John Kessler

Posted: 9:26 am Monday, October 20th, 2014

By Alexa Lampasona

photo credit: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

photo credit: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Yup, the high-gloss, fine hotel chain Four Seasons has a food truck and it’s coming to Atlanta! The food truck is making nine stops at hotels over the course of 43 days. This week from Tuesday October 21 through Friday October 24, the food truck cruises around Atlanta.

You can expect to see mains, sides and snacks like braised pork shank tacos, Savannah crab cake sandwiches, sage roasted pumpkin farro salad, and butter pecan/peach ice cream sandwiches.

Highlights of the Food Truck include the following: Tuesday’s beer pairing by Monday Night Brewing. Wednesday’s Big Green Egg grilling, where a celebrity chef will be grilling up burgers from Park 75’s burger bar. Thursday’s showdown competition with Atlanta’s famed Yumbii food truck- Park 75 executive chef Robert Gerstenecker’s green onion and cheddar tater tots go against Yumbii’s sesame fries.

Savannah crab cake sandwich.  photo credit Four Seasons Hotel

Savannah crab cake sandwich.
photo credit Four Seasons Hotel

The schedule for the week:

Tuesday, 10/21 | Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Location: Just outside Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Wednesday, 10/22 | Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Location: Just outside Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Thursday, 10/23 | Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Location: Just outside Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Friday, 10/24 | Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Location: The Woodruff Arts Center

Saturday, 10/25 | Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Location:


About the Author

Alexa covers dining trends, behind the scenes interviews and the fluffy food stuff for the AJC’s Dining Team.
She also fuses together her passions on her blog “ActiveTastyLife” which chronicles her Atlanta adventures, healthy recipes and fitness tips.
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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Stops: October 21

Happy Tuesday, food truck followers! Pick up vegan curry chicken and barbecue tofu from Woodlands or try Jamaican oxtail from Reggae Vibes today.

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Capitol Hill (First and C sts., SE), where you’ll find Popped! Republic.

Chinatown (Seventh and G sts., NW), where you’ll find Far East Taco Grille and Captain Cookie.

Farragut Square (17th and I sts., NW), where you’ll find Sang on Wheels, Woodland’s Vegan Bistro, and Yumpling.

Franklin Square (13th and K sts., NW), where you’ll find CapMac, Far East Taco Grille, and Red Hook Lobster Pound.

Friendship Heights (Western and Wisconsin Aves., NW), where you’ll find Crepe Love and Reggae Vibes.

L’Enfant (Sixth St. and Maryland Ave., SW), where you’ll find Cathy’s Bistro and Hungry Heart.

Metro Center (12th and G sts., NW), where you’ll find Korengy.

Navy Yard (First and M sts., SE), where you’ll find Feelin’ Crabby.

NoMa (First and M sts., NE), where you’ll find Far East Taco Grille and RockSalt.

Northern Virginia, where you’ll find Choupi Crepes, Red Hook Lobster Pound, (Rosslyn), and Fava Pot (Ballston).

State Department (around 21st St. and Virginia Ave., NW), where you’ll find Village Cafe Express.

20th and L Streets, Northwest, where you’ll find DC Slices and DC Crab Cake Co.

Union Station (North Capitol St. and Massachusetts Ave., NE), where you’ll find DC Slices.

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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Antiquated Regulations Hobble Growth Of Franchises In Food Truck Industry

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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Things You Don’t Understand About Food Trucks (Unless You Run One)

By: Dan Gentile

Things You Don't Understand About Food Trucks (Unless You Run One)

All photos by Dan Gentile

Despite their inability to stay open during inclement weather, food trucks have taken the nation by storm. And although they’re oft romanticized in the media and on the big screen, that dude from Swingers is just about the only thing that’s money about running a food truck. It’s a hard, hard gig.

To pull back the hood and learn more about these mobile sustenance suppliers, we talked to a group of food truck owners about everything from auto maintenance to grey water to kimchi fries. Read on to get a greater appreciation for just how hard it is to sell a taco out of a truck.

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THE TRUCK ITSELF

You have to become a mechanic
A lot of these trucks are 20 years old, so stuff breaks. Often. Tires will blow out, transmissions fail, engines overheat. Be prepared to become very good friends with your truck’s owner’s manual.

Kitchens weren’t meant to be put on wheels
Many city regulations forbid building customized equipment to suit your trailer, so operators are forced to use after-market equipment that’s often awkwardly welded or mounted to the truck. Also, refrigerators weren’t built to take speed bumps.

There’s way more cleaning than you’d think
To keep a truck from devolving into a roach coach, you’re hosing it down every single night.

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They are not easy to drive
Imagine a moving van. Full of food. That you drive every single day.

If it’s cold outside, you better watch your water tank
If your truck is not well-insulated, your toes will not be the only things freezing.

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COSTS

Overhead is lower than a restaurant, but it’s far from cheap
As with a brick-and-mortar, you’re still paying rent, gas, water, electricity, labor, and on top of that, rent for a commissary kitchen.

There are hidden labor costs
If you’re not a stationary cart, enjoy paying your employees an extra hour to drive the truck to and from the site.

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You pay rent to park
You can’t just roll up and sell Korean tacos anywhere, you know! At least not without getting fined.

Consumers expect to pay less, which is unrealistic
Food trucks usually can’t sell high-margin items like alcohol, desserts, or appetizers, so margins might be as low as 10%.

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Private events drive profits
Without a steady stream of catering and private events, it’s very hard to keep the business afloat.

You should start with at least six months of operating expenses
It’s pretty nice to think that you can Kickstart a trailer from thin air, but it actually takes a very long time to become profitable in any business, let alone one known for cheap food and stiff competition.

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INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE TRUCK

Water is an issue
You can only carry so much water. All that grey waste water has to be disposed of properly, and a full dirty water tank pretty much means the end of the business day. Conservation of liquids is key.

Kitchen devices break
If the fryers go out, you simply keep calm and carry on… especially if you’re specializing in fries.

Light is crucial
If no one can see that you’re open, no one is coming. And if you can’t see inside the trailer, you can’t cook. The lights on many trucks run on the battery, so if that’s out, you’re done for the night.

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Your electrical footprint is limited
If you want to add a fancy sous-vide machine to your trailer, you’ve got to consider how that impacts the overall electrical load of your operation. You can only pull so many amps from a generator.

Once you’re on site, there’s no turning back
If you forgot something, you’ve got to improvise.

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If it’s 100 degrees outside, it’s 115 degrees inside
Try running a fryer, steam table, and grill in a space the size of a dorm room without sweating through a few shirts.

Your posture will suffer
Think about every food truck you’ve ever patronized and imagine the guy taking your order. He’s getting great experience in case Notre Dame calls and they need a new hunchback.

You’re always burning fuel
Every hour a food truck is open, there’s money going into running the generator.

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THE BIZ

If a market is already saturated, it’ll be much harder to succeed
Your small town doesn’t need four Korean taco trucks. Or maybe it does, but it’s likely only one or two will survive.

There’s a greater trust with employees
The managerial structure is much leaner on a truck than in a restaurant, so you better trust that shift leader. Especially because he’s probably your buddy.

Owners essentially become real-estate agents
That hot new location can mean the difference between success and failure, so owners are always on the lookout for new spots in prime areas full of hungry people.

It’s not a one-man show
Although the perception is that food truck ownership is a life of independence — the landlocked equivalent of a self-sufficient sailor — you’re really just as dependent on a team as you would be in a restaurant.

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It’s not glamorous

The media might make food truck owners out to be renegade all-around cool guys, but the reality is that it’s one of the least glamorous (so much sweat!) and most difficult jobs imaginable.

Press doesn’t equal success
Even the most talked-about trailers might be barely treading water. And if that water’s grey, they’re in trouble.

The odds of success are microscopic
Although the initial investment is less than a restaurant, the odds of succeeding are even lower.

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THE FOOD

Menus have to be limited
There’s just not enough space to have a ton of options. Or room to store the ingredients.

People expect their food quicker
There definitely isn’t table service, and there might not even be tables. Odds are people are either on the way back to their office or have been out at bars, so the normal 10-15 minutes they’d expect to wait for their food is condensed to less than five.

Tight quarters make prepping awful
Moving around in a normal restaurant kitchen is already an intimate dance, but in a trailer you’re essentially grinding on each other. And not in the sexy, R. Kelly way, though he probably should write a song about getting down in a food truck. Or maybe he already has…

You probably need a commissary kitchen
Depending on health codes, you might not even legally be able to cook everything on your truck.

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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

A New Food Truck with Israeli & Middle Eastern Fare Hits the Streets of Boston …

Boston’s food truck scene is about to get even tastier! The Brookline-based Rami’s Food Truck launches today, October 20 in the Hub. According to a release, the food truck serves all Glatt Kosher Rami’s food, prepared each morning at the Brookline Rami’s restaurant headquarters.

The truck is owned and operated by Ari Kendall and Matthew Pultman (pictured above), who “struck a deal with Rami’s co-owner Haim Cohen to license the truck under the Rami’s name,” notes a release.

For those unfamiliar with the beloved restaurant, Rami’s is known for their strictly Kosher, Israeli/Middle Eastern fare. The food truck features a streamlined “build your own” interactive menu where diners choose a base (pita, plate or combo plate), a protein (Falafel, Shawarma, Kabob, Grilled Chicken or Shnitzel), condiments (Hot Sauce, Tahini, Babaganoush, Amba or Hummus), and veggies (Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Pickles and Lettuce).

Additional menu items include fries, Moroccan Cigars, pita, falafel and more. There will also be plenty of Israeli baklava to sweeten up your day.

To stay up-to-date on Rami’s Food Truck whereabouts, follow Rami’s Food Truck on Twitter at @RamisFoodTruck and on Facebook.

Image courtesy of Rami’s

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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Letter: Food truck fun

To the editor:
A beautiful night was enjoyed by all at the Lambertville Area Chamber of Commerce Food Fair Oct. 16. We could not have asked for better weather! Eighteen local restaurateurs showcased incredible signature dishes and 17 gourmet food trucks featured something to please any palate. Three local wineries offered selections from their award-winning wines. Local non-profits used the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for their organizations.

The Lambertville Area Chamber of Commerce will be giving a total of $1,100 back to these 10 local non-profits. On behalf of all the Board of Directors, I thank those who showed up and supported the event. We send a special thank you out to all of our volunteers; we couldn‘t do this event without the many individual community members who gave up their evening to help out. A big thank you to Mayor David DelVecchio, the members of City Council, city office staff, the Department of Public Works and the Lambertville Police Department for making Lambertville Food Fair possible, keeping people safe and our city clean. Thank you as well to Father Robert Kowlakowski and Robert McCaffrey at St. John the Evangelist and Richard McDonough for their support.

The LACC Board of Directors looks forward to continuing to build upon the successes that we have had this year. We’re excited to be bringing a new event called Lambertville Wine and Design to you on Nov. 1. Please follow our website or visit our Facebook page for updates! Support the Chamber and its members because our membership is made up of your friends and your favorite places to eat, shop, and visit.

Thanks again Lambertville!

Lambertville

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Oct 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Own a piece of Houston food truck history

One of the most successful Houston food trucks is now for sale.

The original Eatsie Boys food truck, a 1992 GMC school bus converted into a fully functional rolling kitchen, is now for sale on Craigslist.

Eatsie Boys co-owner Matt Marcus put the ad online late Monday evening. The bus is listed at $16,500.

That price gets you a stainless steel kitchen including two sinks, a freezer, prep areas, a propane generator, a speed rack, outdoor lighting, fresh water and gray water tanks, a water, pump, and a 36-inch flat top griddle. All on four wheels.

“We’ll even help the new owners through the registration and inspection process if needed,” he says.

The small bus started out as an ice cream service selling unique ice cream flavors but they “weren’t selling as much as we would have liked,” and evolved back into sandwiches and sides.

Eatsie Boys hit the streets in early 2010 serving food out in front of Montrose hangout Agora. Back then they were making sandwiches out of a trailer before graduating to the small bus by late 2011.

They went brick and mortar with their own café about a year later near the corner of Montrose and Richmond.

They opened up a craft brewery, dubbed 8th Wonder, in 2013 which is a popular weekend hangout for Houston Dynamo fans.

While the bus was in service it won numerous foodie awards in Houston for its culinary offerings.

The bus was replaced earlier this year with a custom-painted, bright gold food truck which sees action nearly every day of the week at brewery events, parties and lunch hour visits to the University of Houston campus.

Marcus says he’s excited about seeing the bus get used to help a new group of up and coming food truckers make their mark in Houston which is why he is willing to help its new owner wade through the permitting process.

The Eatsie Boys crew joked about putting it in a museum, a la Indiana Jones, along with other Houston food truck concepts like a Bernie’s Burger Bus bus.

The Phamily Bites truck, which served contemporary Vietnamese dishes around Houston, is also for sale on Craigslist, Marcus says.

You can also find a handful of other failed food truck concepts for sale there as well.

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Oct 20, 2014
Kim Rivers

‘Food Truck Festival’ coming to Roxbury Township Sunday

ROXBURY TWP. – Bring an appetite and a love for music to the “Just Jersey Jazz and Food Truck Festival” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at Horseshoe Lake.

The Just Jersey Jazz and Food Truck Festival will support the Roxbury Food Pantry. Attendees are asked to bring one canned or boxed non-perishable food item and receive one dollar off admission.

Just Jersey’s Food Truck Festival this past August proved to be a huge success at County College of Morris in Randolph Township. The event drew hundreds, but long lines await patrons wishing to sample the wide variety of foods offered.

It was clear to organizers that the community took a great interest in the event.

“We added more trucks to satisfy the demand and moved to a large location as well as adding in an amazing jazz component so we can bring arts and culture to the community,” Sue Shamy, director of operations for JMK Shows Events, said.

“As Roxbury residents, we were aware that the food pantry was in dire straits and thought it was a natural fit to raise awareness, product and funds for their cause while bringing a great food related event to the community and county.”

Horseshoe Lake is a lovely and perfect location for the festival, she said.

Ideal Location

The park is surrounded by water with a large grass field.

One side offers plenty of picnic seating while the other side will be a perfect spot for a jazz concert from three bands. Guests will have the opportunity to savor whatever food they like from 28 varied gourmet food trucks.

A special Oktoberfest menu will be prepared by the Barn Restaurant of Randolph.

Children are sure to have a great time too. Some activities for the little ones include face painting, an obstacle course bounce house, and vendor booths.

In addition to the Barn’s menu, there are many other vendors including: Cajun, Creole, Thai, empanadas, fried cheese curds, BBQ, waffles, ice cream, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, tacos, sliders, hot dogs, meatballs, disco fries, fried ravioli, Puerto Rican cuisine, cheese steaks, pizza, cupcakes, bacon, exotic meats, cheesecake, soup, lobster rolls, smoothies, Columbian food, surf turf, and a Farm to Table truck. Water and other beverages will also be available.

Shamy said she is personally looking forward to her own favorites.

“You can never go wrong with the Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds but I am most looking forward to the Surf Turf. Overall, I am looking forward to bringing this gathering of food, jazz music, culture, fundraising and fun to Morris County and seeing all the people enjoying themselves as they have a new experience in this Culinary Musical Wonderland,” Shamy said.

Enjoy the sounds of three jazz bands in the band shell while you are eating. “Everyone should bring their chairs and blankets so that they can enjoy a fantastic concert throughout the day with the best seats in the house! The Jazz Lineup begins with Eric Mintel Quartet, Dick Voigt’s Big Apple Jazz Band and finishing the day will be Alan Dale The new Legacy Jazz Band,” Shamy said.

Guests are also welcome to shop with vendors or get information on products or services.

“People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, and blankets and relax with their friends and family and make an enjoyable, delicious day out of it. It is truly a culinary Wonderland,” Shamy said.

Like this past summer’s festival, Just Jersey anticipates quite a large crowd. For the upcoming event, Shamy speaks of the preparations to make it a huge success.

“We have moved to a larger venue and added 10 new food trucks. This is a full jazz concert and festival. There will be three great bands playing all day. This is also the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Roxbury Food Pantry making this day about good food, music and giving back.”

In order to make the Jazz and Food Truck Festival an outstanding experience, a lot of dedication and hard work goes on behind the scenes. Organizers are proud to offer an eclectic mix of gourmet foods, music, and a family friendly atmosphere in a fabulous location. Shamy says, “It goes without saying that great marketing and advertising are essential while offering an affordable, fun, family day that involves giving back to our community and raising awareness for the festival’s cause.

“It is a tremendous amount of work. It takes a village to make an event like this successful. You need the right marketing, local business support, community support and involvement,volunteers, hard work, coordination, planning and much more. However, for such a worthy cause it was our pleasure to put this event together but none of this would have been possible without the fantastic cooperation from the Roxbury Recreation Department.”

JMK Events is responsible for organizing the event. However, Shamy offers immense gratitude for local sponsors: The Barn Restaurant of Rockaway Randolph, Wells Fargo Bank, Pazoo.com, Kitchen Magic, New Jersey Siding and Window, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, Big Brew NJ and The Morristown Armory Antiques Show.

Shamy speaks of the greater purpose to the Jazz and Food Truck Festival as well.

“Our goal is to raise awareness, products and funds to the issue facing our local residents – hunger. Living in the seventh wealthiest county in the nation, I was shocked to learn that the demand in our food pantry has risen 100 percent in the last 18 months. I want our residents to understand that this isn’t an issue that occurs somewhere else, it is right here in our backyards and we should be able to help alleviate the food banks inability to help the people who are our neighbors,” she said.

“No person or family should go hungry especially as we move into the fall and the holidays are upon us. I think it is important to do everything we can for this worthy cause. Bringing one canned item will save $1 on admission. However, we will gladly welcome additional food donations, monetary donations and gift cards to grocery stores.”

In addition, if someone is interested in becoming a vendor, they can call JMK Events at 973-927-2794 or email justjerseyfest@aol.com. You can also go to the website www.justjerseyfest.com for a contract. All food vendors must be approved as organizers are only taking one truck in each food category.

Details

Children 12 and under free admission. Adult admission is $5. However, with a canned or boxed (non-perishable) food item, they will receive $1 off admission.

The first 300 people who bring more than one canned item will receive a free T-shirt compliments of their sponsor Pazoo.com.

Free parking and additional parking located at Eisenhower Middle School located across the street and at Roxbury High School.

All trucks are independent operators and all menus’ and prices are set by the individual trucks.

“Guests should bring a hearty appetite, a jovial spirit, a great ear for the fantastic jazz music, and their friends and family. Don’t forget the chair and blankets so that you can relax and enjoy the entire festival,” Shamy added.Festival: Food trucks, jazz coming to Horseshoe Lake

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