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Dec 19, 2013
Kim Rivers

Norfolk to hold a Food Truck Rodeo today – The Virginian

NORFOLK

Hungry holiday shoppers can stop by the latest Food Truck Rodeo today at MacArthur Square.

The rodeo will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the square, across from the mall at the light rail stop, according to city spokeswoman Lori Crouch.

Food trucks will include Bobby Q, Diesel Foods, Pita Pit, Just Cupcakes, Twisted Sister Cupcakes and Hot Diggity Dogs.

 

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Dec 19, 2013
Kim Rivers

New Birmingham food truck regulations: a primer on bad decision making

This post has been adapted and
updated from a previous post of mine on a different blog. 

Today, the Birmingham City Council approved the much debated
“Mobile Food Vendor Ordinances” (they passed burdensome regulations
on food trucks).

Bob Carlton of AL.com has done an
excellent job covering this story. You should go and read some of his articles on the subject
if you’re out of the know. 

What I want to talk about here, specifically, is the distortion of facts and
the weaponizing of government regulatory power by some of the established
brick-and-mortar restaurants in Birmingham and how it will negatively affect
you, the consumer. 

I’ll be including facts, figures,
and empirical research along the way because these are the kinds of things you
need to consider before you make an important decision (it’s also important
that you read the item on which the decision is being made). 

The Food Market:

The primary argument for the
regulation is that demand is limited (i.e. there is not enough customers to
sustain both the food trucks and the brick-and-mortar stores). This is not the
case, however. Look at this chart:

 

The restaurant business (“Away-from-home food”) has been exploding
for decades. This study from the USDA notes the
dramatic rise in prepared food expenditures as a percentage of overall food
expenditures, up roughly 30% since the late 1970s and still growing. 

If you’re one of those federal government haters, read this study by Anthony Epter at the
University of Vermont that says roughly the same thing: people are
spending a lot more on food outside the home. 

Take into account the expanding workforce in the Birmingham
area, the many groups working to get people to hang
out and spend money downtown, as well as the burgeoning fine dining
scene and we can infer that demand for prepared food in downtown Birmingham is
not limited, it’s booming. 

The Role of Food Trucks: 


Food trucks are, in purely economic
terms, a simple increase in competition in an existing market place. There is a
particular demand for food in the Birmingham area. There are certain
establishments that serve that demand.

As a market (demand) expands, which we have shown above, firms will enter the market; increasing competition
and keeping prices low. 

But don’t food trucks offer a fundamentally different product? No, I don’t think so. At least not in a way that meaningfully engages with this
argument: 

Yes, the processing and presentation of their product is different, but
it is still the same product. No one jumped up to defend the
profits of Garmin (remember them?) when Google Maps gave rise. Same product,
much different presentation, consumers are better off. Let the pieces (or
companies) fall where they may. 

Yes, they do have the ability to go to the customer. However, they
have other costs not associated with standard food establishments (e.g. limited
work/storage space, fuel costs, restricted menu size, etc.). 

What Does This Mean For You?: 

Competition has the effect of either pushing down on prices or pushing up on
the offered quality.

The presence and viability of food trucks, as equal competitors in an expanding
market, will keep prices low and increase the quality of the
food available to you on your lunch break. 

Furthermore, and I believe more importantly, food trucks act as a multiplier in
other Birmingham markets. An explosion in entrepreneurs means an increase in
advertising, commercial food sales, commissary rentals, maintenance spending
and all of the other businesses related to these fields. Not to mention hiring
people to work on the trucks themselves. All of these factors create jobs in
Birmingham. 

Active streets are crime-free streets. The more people and positive activities
we see on our streets, the better we can keep crime at bay. Food truck
operators do all of their business on the streets. They have an incentive to
promote the well being and improvement of Birmingham. 

Lastly, the presence of a food truck community in the city lends itself to a
vibrant and up-and-coming social scene that we are all working towards. 

Regulatory Hell:  

Birmingham is already infamous for burdensome regulations
on businesses. Creating barriers for entering a market (i.e. regulations) is
absolutely the opposite of what a local government should be doing. Especially
when the community is doing its best to grow.  

Birmingham regulations include,
among other things: 

1.
Tiered permitting. One permit for a
couple hundred dollars will allow them to sell inside the city limits. In order
to sell in the “city center” (where they can actually make money)
they’ll have to pay more. By the way, food trucks already pay for business licenses
and permits in the City of Birmingham.

This is not the end of the red tape, though. In the draft of the ordinance that
I have, ten pages of the seventeen page document are filled with the created
bureaucracy of permitting, applications, and appeals.

2.
Limit the hours food trucks are
allowed to operate, with few exceptions. (i.e. no late-night, drunk tacos for
you).

3.
Restrictions on selling near
brick-and-mortar establishments. This is most of what we have discussed above.
Carlton’s latest article says that distance is 150ft.

4.
Creates a regulatory committee
consisting of several city departments and food truck advocacy groups.  

This kind of regulation will have a negative effect on
our thriving food truck community, and threatens to destroy it altogether.

Let’s look at some history and
research to back up this statement:

A study conducted by the Institute For Justice made the argument that
protectionist regulations on food truck vendors (for brick-and-mortar
restaurants) resulted in a loss of jobs in the area and a deficiency of
cultural expansion. If you’re interested in this subject, are an activist, food
truck owner, or Birmingham City Council member, you should really go read this report

Los Angeles is the model for food truck regulation. The restrictions are
in place only to protect the consumer from unsafe or low quality products
(health inspections) or protecting the city from bearing an undue burden
(refuse disposal, traffic impediment, etc). None of the regulations have to do
with limiting the distance from other businesses or restricting hours of
operation. 

It’s also important that the permitting hullabaloo be kept to a
minimum. 

What I’m trying to say here is that this is not a new discussion 

Lots of other cities have had this same decision to make.

Some of them, like Los Angeles, have nurtured their budding entrepreneurs by
minimizing regulation and not favoring one kind of food-seller over another.

Other cities (D.C., Boston, Atlanta) have seriously burdened up-and-coming businesses
with unnecessary regulations. 

Some of these cities have an exploding (and safe) food truck markets and
widespread cultural revitalization, which is good for everyone, including
brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Others do not.

I suppose we’ve made our decision.   

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Dec 19, 2013
Kim Rivers

Will Suwanee Have Food Truck Events in 2014?

Very little is set for Suwanee events in 2014, but much is being discussed. And one development that looks good — food trucks.

Food truck events are “likely” in 2014 in Suwanee, Economic Development Director Denise Brinson said Tuesday.

Suwanee began having Food Truck Friday events at Town Center Park in May 2013, and continued them until the fall. Mobile cuisine events later were held in Duluth and Peachtree Corners.

And the mobile cuisine trend also has led to such developments as a food truck location on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta.

So far, two 5-kilometer races are the only events scheduled on the city’s 2014 events calendar.

– Did you attend Food Truck Friday in Suwanee in 2013? What was your favorite food? Tell us in the comments below.

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Dec 19, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food truck advocacy group aims to gain ground in Midstate

CARLISLE — When Redd’s Smokehouse BBQ first opened, it was housed in a trailer, sitting on the street, selling lunch and dinner to people who were interested in trying out a food truck.

Owner Nick Mauldin said they were one of the first food trucks in the Carlisle area, but they made sure to stay on the North Middleton Township side of Hanover Street, since the borough doesn’t allow mobile vendors. When they first started, the borough was considering a variance because they were one of the only trucks in the area. However, a lot more started popping up.

“We started out with the food truck/vending idea just because that’s what we were able to do,” Mauldin said. “I think the food truck thing is kind of a good thing, because it gives people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to even start anything up … the opportunity to test the waters. … By the time we transferred into a restaurant, we had a relative following, and it did us a lot of favors — starting small.”

Mauldin owns the business at 109 N. Hanover St., with his father and mother Redd and Marie Mauldin. Nick Mauldin said when they made the transition from truck to restaurant, they lost a little bit of the personal touch they had being in the truck.

“There’s so many little factors to consider (when you own a restaurant),” he said. “In a trailer, all you have to worry about is food, so you can be much more food-based. You definitely have your limitations … (when) you’re operating out of a 12 by 20, essentially, big metal box. We’re not able to develop as many personal relationships as we once were, and we have to rely on others for feedback.”

Advocacy group

Last week, mobile food vendors from York, Adams, Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties formed an organization to advocate for food trucks. Mauldin said he understands the need for such an organization in the area, because restaurants get defensive of their businesses.

However, he doesn’t see food trucks as a threat to his storefront business, because he said there will always be people who want to sit down and eat versus stand up and grab something quick.

“A lot of the restaurants are scared of it just for the fact that (there) is a lot less overhead, there’s a lot more profitability,” he said. “People think that they are going to take from people coming and sitting in their restaurants. But the reason that I don’t worry about it is because everyone has got to make a living, and if that’s what they’re able to do, then God bless ’em, we wish them all the best. But they have physical limitations, just from not having the seats and those conveniences. So a lot of people will choose the sit-down restaurants when they want to go get out of the house for a while.”

Jordan Pfautz, the owner of Lancaster-based Baron Von Schwein and a member of the new advocacy group, said there are between 20 and 30 mobile food vendors represented by the organization. He said the group formed at the beginning of last week, and they are hoping to encourage fair food truck legislation.

“We … want to work directly with municipalities and governments to help and assist legislation and make sure that things work out best for the local food vendors, restaurants and local businesses,” he said.

While the immediate goal does not necessarily affect Cumberland County, Pfautz said the association hopes to increase the dialogue among York City Council, York restaurants and the mobile food vendors of the Midstate, following the tabling of Article 332 “Mobile Food Carts” of the York City Codified Ordinances.

He said overall, people are interested in food trucks because they specialize in what they do. He said the group aims to get everyone together to talk about the issues that exist in their municipalities and to try to help each other.

Members of the association with links to the Carlisle area have spoken up about the laws in Carlisle, but the association is still learning about each municipality’s rules, Pfautz said. Carlisle still maintains its no food truck policy, but there is some movement in the borough to allow food trucks near the Allen Road and Ritner Highway area, where there are not as many food options.

“We sort of formed in a more official capacity just because there’s some things going on in York with the legislation,” he said. “But we’re certainly not limited to York, and we’ll definitely be having conversations with other municipalities in the future. Around here it’s kind of a new movement, so we just kind of want to be that single point for people to (ask questions). We hope to be the answer there.”

To find out more about the organization visit facebook.com/CentralPennMFA.

Email Samantha Madison at smadison@cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter @SentinelMadison

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Dec 19, 2013
Kim Rivers

Norfolk hosting Food Truck Rodeo downtown today – The Virginian

NORFOLK

Hungry holiday shoppers can stop by the latest Food Truck Rodeo today at MacArthur Square.

The rodeo will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the square, across from the mall at the light rail stop, according to city spokeswoman Lori Crouch.

Food trucks will include Bobby Q, Diesel Foods, Pita Pit, Just Cupcakes, Twisted Sister Cupcakes and Hot Diggity Dogs.

 

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Dec 19, 2013
Kim Rivers

The Food Truck Era

(WEB)newsGourmet food trucks are tolerable in Riverside County—finally!

Hardcore foodies in the Inland Empire will be happy to learn that gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, sweet and savory cupcakes, Asian style grilled meat tacos and southern smoked BBQ, among many other foods are about to go mobile. On December 10, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will allow food trucks to operate within county limits. The board voted to abolish the ban on food trucks, which were only allowed with permits for special events.

The ordinance will go into effect April 8, 2014, and according to spokesperson Raymond Smith, it will put in place some of the strictest health guidelines in the state. Smith said some critics had concerns about certain older food trucks, which were not up to safety standards. He said for the most part, only post-2009 food trucks will be allowed.

“The ordinance specifically allows for reasonable time, place and manner restrictions, which cities in Riverside County may put in place if they wish,” read a recent press release on the ordinance. Smith said it also allows IE cities an option to pass their own ordinances to deal with safety issues, parking zoning requirements and other issues food trucks might possibly bring with them. Riverside County will also consider its own limitations in unincorporated areas like in school zones and Wine Country at a meeting in the near future Smith told the Weekly. He said that one of the ordinances was proposed by First District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, who contends that along with a variety of tasty options for lunch and dinner, the food trucks will stimulate the local economy.

“I fought to reform Riverside County’s food truck rules because I found them to be a good example of how government has stifled small businesses and potential job creation,” said Jeffries, in a recent county press release. “With the help of the county Department of Environmental Health, I believe we have crafted an ordinance that will protect public health and public safety, provide new opportunities for jobs, and offer more food choices to our constituents while avoiding significant impacts on existing businesses.”

Another proponent of the ordinance is Keith Kahn, who has been in the food truck/catering end of the service industry for three decades. Kahn is president of IE Gourmet Food Trucks, a company that promotes and organizes food truck events within the Inland Empire.

“I think this will definitely help our local economy. My focus has been entirely in the Inland Empire,” Khan said. “I’m confident that once Riverside County opens up, many food trucks will launch brand new trucks in the IE or convert their trucks to service the area or move to the area full-time. “

Kahn said the revenue generated could only be a good thing for our struggling economy. “These trucks will hire their workers locally, buy their supplies local and stay local to Riverside County,” he told the Weekly. “Many of up-and-coming restaurants actually began as food trucks. This will only boost our economy. Plus, I’m excited because Riverside County was literally the last county in California to enact an ordinance allowing food trucks.”

Some critics of the ordinance all along have claimed that the food trucks could potentially take away business from restaurants already fighting for business. But Kahn said that competition doesn’t have to be a negative consequence. “I’m a firm believer in the open market. People will eat where they are going to eat,” he said. “Restaurants have advantages that food trucks will never compete with such as climate controls, comfortable seating and alcoholic beverages; and of course, it is true, food trucks are in a sense, competitors to restaurants, but I do firmly believe there can be enough business for everyone.”

Kahn said that the ordinance would require that all food trucks adhere to a set of strict health and safety standards. “I’ve been in the food service industry for 30 years, and can tell you with no question, the health department is on top of their game,” Kahn said. “I have no doubt they will fairly and efficiently regulate food trucks just as they do regular restaurants, hot dog stands, and so on.”

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Dec 18, 2013
Kim Rivers

New Dallas food truck Vegan Noms bakes up sweet vegan treats

A new food truck dedicated entirely to vegan desserts will soon be rolling in Dallas: Vegan Noms will begin serving cupcakes, muffins, bars and other vegan treats in January.

Founder/owner Allison Catalani is a yoga instructor who’s already been charming locals with her cooking and baking skills. Her description of the truck says that “no animals have been plundered in the baking of our nom-nom good treats — and you don’t have to be vegan to love Vegan Noms.”

Her yoga practice led her to a vegan lifestyle. “When I took a 200-hour training course to become a yoga instructor, I studied the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets and how the body stays lean, healthy and energized,” she says. “Slowly, I phased out meat and animal products. I learned to cook up a storm while keeping it healthy.”

Sweets were important. “No way was I going to stop eating sweets, and in a conservative, meat-hungry state, I discovered that vegan desserts are scarce,” she says. “I hunkered down to research alternatives to dairy, eggs and butter.”

Her standard menu features muffins in flavors such as banana nut and blueberry, cookies such as chocolate chip and snickerdoodle, red velvet cupcakes, brownies, and blondies.

The truck will be stationed at some of the obvious food truck spots, including Klyde Warren Park and the Truck Yard on Lower Greenville. But she’ll also do orders for pick-up and make her truck on call to cater parties and events.

She most recently provided gingerbread cookies, peppermint fudge and other treats at all three locations of Uptown Yoga on December 15 for its “student appreciation day.”

For those who keep tabs on the vegan food-truck scene, her truck is no relation to a similar-sounding truck in Austin. “They’re ‘The Vegan Nom,’ and they are sandwiches and food,” she says. “This is just desserts.”

For now, she awaits permit approval and health inspection certificates from the city, but her stylish truck, painted a pale celery-seafoam green, has arrived.

“I decided to grab the bull by the horns,” Catalini says in a blog post. “In this case, the ‘bull’ is thinking that vegan treats can’t be outstandingly sweet. Personally, I am a partial vegan, and my food truck serves everyone — vegan and non-vegan and maybe vegan. I guarantee, when you try my treats, you won’t even know they’re vegan.”

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Dec 18, 2013
Kim Rivers

Dec 16-22 Food Truck Schedule and News for Dallas

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Highlight Food Truck of the Week: Easy Slider Truck

I’ve sung the praises of Easy Slider many times before.  Most recently, it was selected as D Magazine’s Best Food Truck, both critics favorite and fan favorite.  When it comes to all the necessary ingredients for running a food truck, owner/operators Caroline Perini and Miley Holmes had it figured out from the get-go.  They started their first truck two years ago, in December 2011 and added #2 in November 2012 primarily for catering.  If you want to try food from any food truck in Dallas/Ft. Worth, make this one be your first.

Start with a Roadside (beef, bacon, BBQ sauce, jalapenos, french fried onions,  or Sweet and Lowdown (beef, bacon, goat cheese, strawberry jam) or the Black and Blue (beef, bacon, and blue cheese slaw).  For most food trucks I would suggest staying with the tried-and-true menu items.  Not with Easy Slider Truck.  If they have something new, try it.  And don’t forget the “suicide”, one of everything on the menu.

Here is your schedule for the week.  Remember to check Facebook and Twitter feeds.  Lots of trucks are taking the next two weeks off.

 

DAYTruckLunchDinner
TuesdayTuesday LunchTuesday Dinner
TuesdayCajun TailgatorsAmerican Airlines Center 11-218207 Midway @ Frankford 4-7
TuesdayCup CakinNational Health Building (Arlington) 1pm – 1:50pm, Skymark Tower (Arlington 2pm – 2:50pmTBA
TuesdayEasy Slider14651 Dallas Pkwy 11a-1:30p
TuesdayEasy SliderPrivate Event
TuesdayEat Jo DawgsPrivate Lunch 11am-2pm
TuesdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
TuesdayGandolfo’s #216775 Addison Road, AddisonMarquis Grapevine, 3701 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine.
TuesdayJack’s ChowhoundAmerican Airlines – 4333 Amon Carter Blvd 11am-1:30pmNorthwood Church NorthRidge Church 6:00pm-9pm
TuesdayNammi #112221 Merit Drive, 11am-1:30pm
TuesdayRockn’ Rick’sPrivate Event Arlington TX (11-2PM)TBD
TuesdayRuthie’s Grilled Cheese14800 QuorumHyer Hayride
TuesdayRuthie’s Tooprivate eventprivate event
TuesdaySimply DosaDallas Art District Winspear Opera House
TuesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
TuesdayTBS 2Trinity Industries
TuesdayTutta’s PizzaThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pmThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pm
TuesdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-2 Thistle Hill @ 1509 Pennsylvania Ave, FW
TuesdayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-4
WednesdayWednesday LunchWednesday Dinner
WednesdayBombay Street FoodSigels 5757 Greenville Avenue Dallas Tx 75206
WednesdayCup CakinAmberTrail 12pm – 12:50pm, Millenium Tower 1pm – 150pm, Interchange Office 2pm – 3pmTBA
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 – 2pmTruck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206
WednesdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayGandolfo’s #2Stevens Transport (Private) 11-2
WednesdayGuava TreeArts District – 2300 Flora St. Dallas, 11am-2pmThe Food Truck Experience – 5757 Greenville Ave. 75206, 5pm-8
WednesdayJack’s ChowhoundArts Districts – corner of Leonard and Flora St From 11:00 am – 1:30pm
WednesdayNammi #1Dallas Arts District, 11am-1:30pm
WednesdayRockn’ Rick’sAafees Nat’l HQ 6950 Walton Walker Dallas (11-2PM)Camden Belmont 2500 Bennett Dallas (5-730PM)
WednesdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseDallas Arts DistrictGenesis Git Drop Off-Inwood Village
WednesdayRuthie’s Tooprivate eventPrivate Christmas Party
WednesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayTBS 213140 Coit Road, DallasGramercy Apartments. 4755 Gramercy Oaks Drive
WednesdayTutta’s PizzaThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pmThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pm
WednesdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-2 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW5-8 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW
WednesdayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-4
ThursdayThursday LunchThursday Dinner
ThursdayCajun TailgatorsTruck Yard 5624 Sears 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sears 11-9
ThursdayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
ThursdayCup CakinThanksgiving Square 11:30am – 130pm, 5950 Sherry Lane 2pm – 250pm, Sterling Plaza 3pm – 350pmTBA
ThursdayEasy Slider5950 Sherry Lane 11a-1:30p
ThursdayEasy SliderPrivate Event
ThursdayEat Jo DawgsDallas Arts District 11am – 2pmDeep EllumBrewery 6pm 9pm
ThursdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
ThursdayGandolfo’s #28340 Meadow Road, DallasBent Tree Apartments. 15905 Bent Tree Forrest Circle, Dallas.
ThursdayJack’s ChowhoundTruck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas – 11am-10pmTruck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas – 11am-10pm
ThursdayLabThanksgiving square 1627 pacific ace 11-2Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 4-8
ThursdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-3pm
ThursdayRockn’ Rick’sConexis and LSG Sky Chefs 6191 Hwy 161 Irving (11-2PM)Amli Escena 6401 Escena Blvd Irving (5-8PM)
ThursdayRuthies CreperieprivateKlyde Warren Park
ThursdayRuthie’s Grilled Cheese6655 N. MacArthur Blvdprivate party
ThursdayRuthie’s TooKlyde Warren ParkKlyde Warren Park
ThursdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
ThursdayTBS 217300 N Dallas ParkwayPrivate Cater. Employee Christmas Party.
ThursdayTutta’s PizzaPrivate Event0
ThursdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-2 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW5-8 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW
ThursdayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 4-9
FridayFriday LunchFriday Dinner
FridayCajun TailgatorsTwo Addison Circle 15725 N. Dallas Pkwy 11:30-2
FridayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
FridayCup CakinMacArthur Center 12pm – 12:50pm, Hollman Las Colinas Business Cetner 1pm – 1:30p, MARC Group 1:45pm – 2:50pmTBA
FridayEasy SliderPrivate EventYuletide Christmas Concert (1818 Chestnut) 6:30p-8:30p
FridayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
FridayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayGandolfo’s #212221 Merit Drive, Dallas 11-2
FridayGuava TreeThe Truck Yard, 11am-11pmThe Truck Yard, 11am-11pm
FridayJack’s ChowhoundPFC Construction Services 1331 US hwy 80 East Ste 13 Mesquite tx 75150 11am-1:pm
FridayLabKlyde warren park 2013 Woodall Rogers 10-8Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 10-8
FridayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-3pm
FridayNammi #2Dallas Arts District, 11am-1:30pm
FridayRockn’ Rick’sMarc Group 7850 Beltline Irving (11-2PM)Vtiruvian Lights Addison (5-9PM)
FridayRuthies CreperiePrivatePrivate
FridayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren Parkprivate party
FridayRuthie’s TooNorth Texas Food Bank
FridayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayTBS 2TBDDallas Eagle Bar.  10:30pm-2:30am
FridayTrailercakesGather Project and Art House Dallas’ YULETIDE: 1818 Chestnut Ln. Dallas 75226 6p-8p
FridayTutta’s Pizza00
FridayWhats Cook-N Chef11-9 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW11-9 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW
FridayWhat’s Da Scoop12221 Merit Drive 1-3Gardens at Vail Apartments. 17811 Vail St. Dallas
SaturdaySaturday LunchSaturday Dinner
SaturdayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
SaturdayCup CakinTBATBA
SaturdayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
SaturdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayGandolfo’s #2Private Event Dallas Eagle Bar 10:30pm-2:30am
SaturdayJack’s ChowhoundTBD
SaturdayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 10-8Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 10-8
SaturdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-6pm
SaturdayRockn’ Rick’sTBDTBD
SaturdayRuthies CreperiePrivate
SaturdayRuthie’s Grilled Cheeseprivate eventPrivate Charity event
SaturdayRuthie’s TooKlyde Warren ParkPrivate Event
SaturdaySimply Dosamartin house brewing
SaturdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayTBS 2Vitruvian Lights
SaturdayTutta’s PizzaThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pmThe Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas 11-9pm
SaturdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-9 Fort Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW11-9 Fort Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW
SundaySunday LunchSunday Dinner
SundayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-4pm
SundayCup CakinTBATBA
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
SundayGandolfo’s #2Private Event 11-4
SundayGuava TreeThe Truck Yard, 11am-9pmThe Truck Yard, 11am-9pm
SundayLabKlyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 10-8Klyde warren park 2012 Woodall Rogers 10-9
SundayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-6pm
SundayRockn’ Rick’sTBDTBD
SundayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren Parkoff
SundaySimply DosaFort Worth Food Park 2509 weisenberger stFort Worth Food Park 2509 weisenberger st
SundayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayTBS 2Private Event 11-5
SundayWhats Cook-N Chef11-8 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW11-8 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW

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Dec 18, 2013
Kim Rivers

Banned at the beach: Food-truck chefs seek access to beach communtiies – Florida Times

Northeast Florida’s Food Trucks

1. Super Food Truck – (640) 207-5993 – Serving turkey pesto panini, chicken bahn mi,
blackened fish sandwiches and quesadillas – www.facebook.com/superfoodtruck.

2. Chew Chew Food Company – Chef Blake Burnett – (904) 629-7605 – Serving
lobster corndogs, truffled Parmesan kettle chips, caprese grilled cheese, blackened fish
taco and more – www.facebook.com/chewchewfoodtruck

3. Kona Ice of SE Jax. Nichole and Jimmy Lima – (904) 524-5576 – Serving different
flavors of shaved ice and ice cream including cookie dough, coffee, and red raspberry –
www.facebook.com/KonaIceSEJax.

4. Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers – 855-529-2229 – Serving meat and veggie burgers with
toppings, curly fries and sweet potato fries with names like All American, Bombshell,
and Cougar – www.facebook.com/BabysBBSJax?ref=br_tf.

5. The Swedish Bistro – Karin Asmus-Herke and Andre Herke – (904) 300-5573 –
Serving Swedish meatballs, meat and veggie burgers, seafood wraps and desert –
www.facebook.com/theswedishbistro.

6. French Fry Heaven – (904) 945-1379 – Serving zero trans fat, allergen-free russet
and sweet potato fries – www.facebook.com/FrenchFryHeaven.

7. Scrappy’s Mobile Kitchen – (904) 477-5138 – Serving barbecue meats, Southern
fried food, deep-fried chicken and other items.

8. Driftwood BBQ¬ – (904) 412-4559¬ – Patrick O’Grady – serves pulled pork sliders,
smoked chicken thighs and ribs – www.facebook.com/DriftwoodBBQ.

9. The Happy Grilled Cheese – (904) 451-0126 – Chef Tony Weisman – Specialty
grilled cheese sandwiches like The Chicken and Waffle Melt, The Vinny and Porky Melt
or Grilled Mac and Cheese – www.facebook.com/pages/The-Happy-Grilled-
Cheese/284780458300232.

10. On The Fly – (904) 302-2933¬ – Chef Andrew Ferenc – Serving Blackened Ahi
Tuna Tacos, Braised Pull Pork Taco and more – www.facebook.com/Ontheflyjax.

11. All That Jazz – (904) 250-2741 – Serving New Orleans style po-boys, gumbo,
jambalaya and hot sausage – www.facebook.com/pages/All-that-Jazz-New-Orleans-
Po-boys/257958704258549.

12. Cravingz Mobile Kitchen – (904) 631-0444 – Johnny and Wendy Hassan – Serving
smoked chicken wings, fried bam-bam shrimp, corn nuggets and pumpkin muffins –
www.facebook.com/pages/Cravingz-Mobile-Kitchen/190839704408260.

13. Corner Taco – (904) 234-8843 – Chris Dickerson – tortillas, brisket with yuzu and
pork carnitas – www.facebook.com/cornertaco.

14. Chunky Tomato – (904) 894-8680 – pizza, lasagna, panini, and fresh made salad –
www.facebook.com/pages/Chunky-Tomato/212727948906209?ref=br_tf.

15. Mama’s Foods – (904) 687-6652 – Argentinian-style cuisine based in St.
Augustine.

16. Monroe’s Smokehouse – (904) 389-5551 – Barbecue and smoked meats –
www.facebook.com/MonroesBBQ.

17. Taste Buds Express – (904) 945-2837 – tacos, sandwiches, rice and beans –
www.facebook.com/TasteBudsExpress.

18. Funkadelic Food Truck – (904) 588-3509 –
www.facebook.com/funkadelicfoodtruck.

19. Backstreets Catering – (904) 472-8181 – Hot dogs like a Chili-Cheese Coney –
www.facebook.com/TasteBudsExpress.

20. Taco Loco – (904) 226-2926 – Mexican food – www.facebook.com/TacoLocoJax.

21. Buff Wings – (904) 422-1942 – Buffalo style chicken wings and shrimp –
www.facebook.com/BuffWings.

22. JT Coffee Company – (904) 993-1350 – Coffee, specialty drinks, frozen drinks
and smoothies – www.facebook.com/jtcoffeecompany.

23. Gourmet Aviator – (904) 885-2950 – Alex Montanez – Latin American and
Caribbean cuisine – www.facebook.com/gourmetaviator.

24. Tailgater Toby Jax – (904) 687-5445 – American food and barbecue –
www.facebook.com/TailgaterTobyJax.

25. Le Petite Cheri – (904) 654-7197 – mobile cupcake shop –
www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Petite-Cheri-Cupcakery/195301867258779.

26. Monster Burger N’ More – (904) 687-5702 – Matthew Berg – hamburgers, chicken
pitas and steak sandwiches – www.facebook.com/pages/Monster-Burger-N-
More/488025581250376.

For information on where food trucks will gather, go to
www.facebook.com/jaxtruckies.

If you own one or know of one that we should list here, please contact reporter Dan
Scanlan at (904) 359-4549 or dan.scanlan@jacksonville.com with the truck name,
website and some favorite items.

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Dec 18, 2013
Kim Rivers

BLUE STAR BAZAAR, LLC TO HOST GRANOLA BAR FOOD TRUCK


BLUE STAR BAZAAR, LLC TO HOST GRANOLA BAR FOOD TRUCK

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Published on Monday, 16 December 2013 08:48

Written by Blue Star Bazaar

From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 21, 2013, Blue Star Bazaar will host the Granola Bar’s Food Truck outside of its shop location at 148 Danbury Road in Wilton, CT. The Granola Bar is a new restaurant in Westport created by Julie Levitt and Dana Noorily, co-founders of OATS Granola. Their eye catching purple food truck is an extension of the restaurant and serves fresh food plus gourmet coffee from Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn (as well as hot chocolate and tea).

During the last Saturday of holiday shopping, customers can visit Blue Star Bazaar’s Wilton location to find holiday gifts for adults and children. Top gifts for adults include jewelry, watches, handbags, scarves, and picture frames. For children, top picks include vintage inspired toys, winter pajamas, boys’ neckties, girls’ dresses, and picture books.

“I’m so excited to be hosting the Granola Bar food truck. I got to sample their Toby’s Estate coffee the other day. It’s worth a special trip just for that coffee. I know a lot of people will be finishing up their Christmas shopping the weekend of the 21st and I thought the hot beverages, baked goods, and sandwiches would help make shopping a pleasant and local family experience instead of a chore filled with traffic and long lines.” – Megan Abrahamsen

Blue Star Bazaar’s holiday hours are as follows:Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm; Sunday noon to 5:00 pm. Also open Monday, December 23 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Christmas Eve 9:00 am to noon. Closed Christmas Day.

Blue Star Bazaar is located in a charming antique post office and offers unique gifts for women and children. For those looking for unique products, Blue Star Bazaar offers a range of merchandise that meets the tough standards of quality, individuality, style, and value. Product categories include apparel for women and children, jewelry, scarves, handbags, heirloom quality toys, and children’s books. Find the perfect gift at Blue Star Bazaar (www.bluestarbazaar.com).

Megan LaBant Abrahamsen – creator and owner of Blue Star Bazaar – received her undergraduate degree from University of Richmond and MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Her experience includes roles in strategic consulting as well as strategy and merchandising roles for national retail chains. She established Blue Star Bazaar online in 2010 and opened in Wilton in November 2013. She is currently a resident of Wilton, CT (the town where she grew up).

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