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Growing up in small-town North Carolina, Deedee Mills’ family made chicken salad for every occasion.
If someone died, was getting married, having a baby, coming home or laid up in the hospital, there was chicken salad. And the sandwiches always made an appearance at the beach, wrapped tight, kept cold and passed around with crackers.
Mills, of Charlotte, is hoping plenty of Hilton Head Island residents have the same idea. Through May, her food truck, Mayobird, will be parked at the entrance to the Sea Pines Beach Club, serving up seven varieties of chicken salad and other offerings until the Sea Pines facility opens.
“I was always hungry at the beach,” Mills said.
This is the Mayobird’s first excursion to the sea, and away from Charlotte, where Mills and chef George DiPaolo primarily serve a rotation of office parks. However, the pair recently brought their menu to Hickory, N.C., where they competed on the Food Network’s “Food Court Wars.”
In the episode, which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Mills’ Mayobird faces off against pizza and wings joint Wingzza for a shot at opening her own food court restaurant. Host Tyler Florence hands down a few challenges and then gives Mayobird and Wingzza their own cafeteria spots for a day. Whichever team earns more money will win.
Mills said her time behind the cameras has given her a new outlook on reality TV. In almost every interview — and there were hours of them — Mills had her 5-year-old son, Cannon, in mind.
“You really delve deep into why you’re doing (the competition) to begin with and, for me, it was my son,” she said. “I’m going to be the crying weirdo on the show.”
The experience, however, was crucial for Mayobird, which is opening its first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in three weeks. While Mills prepares that Charlotte location, DiPaolo is holding down the food truck in Sea Pines, where one of his managers worked for several years.
Open outside the Beach Club since Tuesday, the Mayobird has served between 50 to 100 customers daily depending on the weather, DiPaolo said. While the “Loaded” chicken salad, mixed with bacon, sour cream, chives and cheddar, is most popular in Charlotte, DiPaolo said the apples, grapes and pecan-laden “Harvest” salad is outselling other varieties 3-to-1 in this area.
A sandwich with a side costs about $9.
On an overcast and cool Thursday afternoon, several people still stopped to pick up a menu or place an order. Mark Wise, a contractor building a deck for the Beach Club, said his “Heater” sandwich — with roasted jalapenos — was better than he expected from a food truck.
“When it gets warm, George’s not going to be able to keep up,” Wise said, turning to the chef. “You’re really going to have to turn out some food.”
Follow reporter Rebecca Lurye at twitter.com/IPBG_Rebecca.
Sea Pines Beach Club on Hilton Head to get $10 million facelift, April 11, 2013
There’s good news today for pubgoers, insomniacs, and anyone else craving a hoagie, a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, or a cookie from a food truck late at night in Boston.
The mayor’s office says that it will extend the hours of food trucks in three areas – Copley Square, Boston University, and Northeastern University.
The trucks in those areas can keep their doors —or windows — open for an extra hour, until midnight, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the mayor’s office said this morning in a statement.
“Food truck owners and customers have been asking for later hours for food trucks, and we’ve been listening,” Walsh said. “We’ll be looking at this pilot to see if it’s something we can expand to more sites.”
The sites were selected by the mayor’s Mobile Food Truck Committee, which received input from the Boston Police Department
If the program is successful, the committee will consider expanding the pilot to other “appropriate sites,” the mayor’s office said.
The later hours will begin on April 1.
The extension of the food truck hours comes as the MBTA launches a pilot of late-night weekend service, in an effort by city and T officials to make the city more appealing to younger residents, innovation workers, and other people who stay out long past midnight.
The program will provide weekend service until 3 a.m. on the subway system and the 15 most popular bus routes, T officials told the Globe Wednesday.
The food trucks participating in the extended-hour program will be:
BBQ Lamb Brothers
Chicken and Rice Guys
Mediterranean Home Cooking
The Bacon Truck
It’s taken years, but Atlanta’s food trucks may soon be allowed to sell their pizza slices, smoked barbecue pork, decadent cupcakes on the city’s streets. And South Downtown would be the first to welcome the mobile food chariots in the not-so-distant future.
A new City Hall ordinance would launch a pilot program that permits food trucks operate on public property in select spots near what’s considered “Government Walk” – the general area where local, state, and federal employees spend their days. If the trial run gains enough traction, it may pave the way for food trucks to set up shop throughout the entire city.
The proposal would let operators park their vehicles in designated spots – they’d still have to feed the meter, of course – at varying hours between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. (exact times would vary based on the uses of surrounding buildings).
For starters, 18 designated locations on several streets would be available to vendors on a first come, first serve basis each day. The trucks could occupy two back-to-back parking spaces on Central Avenue, Mitchell Street, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Trinity Avenue, and Pryor Street:
-Four metered parking spaces (two Food Trucks) on the west side of Central Avenue between Trinity Ave and Mitchell Street.
-Six metered parking spaces (three Food Trucks) on the south side of Mitchell Street between Central Avenue and Washington Street.
-Six metered parking spaces (three Food Trucks) on the north side of Mitchell Street between Central Avenue and Washington Street.
-Four metered parking spaces (two Food Trucks) on the south side of Mitchell Street between Pryor Street and Central Avenue.
-Four metered parking spaces (two Food Trucks) on the south side of Martin Luther King Jr[.] Drive between Washington Street and Central Avenue.
-Six metered parking spaces (three Food Trucks) on the west side of Pryor Street between Martin Luther King Jr[.] Drive and Mitchell Street. Food Trucks utilizing these spaces shall be subject to the posted rush hour parking restrictions.
-Four metered parking spaces (two Food Trucks) on the east side of Pryor Street between Mitchell Street and Trinity Avenue.
-Two metered parking spaces (one Food Truck) on the north side of Trinity Street between Central Avenue and Washington Street. Any Food Truck utilizing this space shall be subject to the posted rush hour parking restrictions.
The new law will likely make life easier for food truck vendors, says Greg Smith, president of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition. He says the ordinance is a “good place to start” as the city and coalition try to expand food truck access across the entire city. The streamlined permitting process eliminates much of the “time consuming and painful” elements that have long hindered food truck vendors. Operators will still have to pass Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness’ health inspections, should the city’s ordinance move forward.
“It was difficult to be a food truck vendor in Atlanta,” Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean tells CL. “It’s a wonderful business model that’s very popular and gives people options. It gives restaurants a chance to test food to expand their models.”
The food truck expansion ordinance, which requires vending to happen at least 200 feet away from brick-and-mortar restaurants, sailed through Council’s Public Safety Committee earlier this week with a 6-1 vote. Councilman Kwanza Hall called the ordinance a “step in the right direction.” Councilman Michael Julian Bond urged for the citywide expansion to happen “as quickly as possible.”
On the other hand, Councilman C.T. Martin, who cast a vote against the measure, told CL after the meeting that he still had lingering questions and needed more time to understand how the process works. He expressed concerns about the preferential treatment food truck vendors might now be receiving compared to traditional street vendors near Five Points, Woodruff Park, and Turner Field.
“I didn’t think that the [street] vendors were getting the same kind of respect that [food truck] vendors are getting,” Martin says.
Council is expected to take up the matter on Monday during their full meeting. If passed, city officials says the pilot program could last between three and six months.
HOUSTON—Zeapod Cakery sells cookies, cupcakes, and other confections made by a mom with sweet dreams of building a cake empire.
“My husband said if you sell a cake, I will buy you a mixer,” Liz Hale explained of the bet her husband made with her.
Instead of a cake, Hale sold 200 cupcakes, and her husband made good on the deal. This mom-turned-entrepreneur got her mixer, then got to work.
“I am self-taught through Youtube and Google,” she said.
Hale went from baking her kids’ birthday cakes to creating custom cakes for local celebs like the Houston Texans’ Daniel Manning. You can enjoy her treats from her mobile cake truck—Zeapod Cakery, which is open seven days a week.
The recipes are all her own—from chocolate-stuffed cookies, to gourmet cheesecakes, to something called a “cupcake-on-a-stick.” This customer-favorite looks like a push-pop, and it’s the first of its kind in Houston.
“I always tell people the story about how I lost one in a giant purse and I found it two days later, and it tasted just as fresh and delicious,” said customer Jessica Piedra.
Hale’s dream is bigger than her cake truck. Last year she launched My Food Park HTX, at 800 Hwy 6 South, in West Houston to lure more food trucks outside the loop.
For this mom, it’s a dream come true.
Twitter @ZeapodCakery or @MyFoodParkHTX
Katherine Whaley’s review: Loved the variety of cup cake-on-a-stick flavors (I tried the Oreo). The cake was light and moist, and it was easier to eat than a cupcake. Even though the cupcakes-on-a-stick get all of the attention, my favorite item was the peanut butter stuffed chocolate cookie. The cookie was heavy on the chocolate, tender, slightly chewy, and full of rich, creamy (not too sweet) peanut butter. Of course, the KHOU microphone cake she made was so nice!
A Dauphin County woman was scammed when she tried to buy a food concession truck online, state police said Friday.
Police said the 35-year-old Washington Township woman paid the supposed owner of the truck with MoneyPAK cards, but the truck was never delivered.
Information regarding how much money the woman lost in the con was not immediately available.
Kelis isn’t only that ‘Bossy’ singer who talks about her ‘Milkshake.’ Instead she’s also a Le Cordon Bleu certified chef and cookbook author who’s showing SXSW attendees in Austin, Texas her culinary skills with her very own food truck.
On Thursday (March 13), Kelis road around the streets of Austin handing out homemade dishes that included jerk ribs with jerk BBQ sauce, duck confit sliders with ginger sesame glaze, shredded beef sliders with cherry BBQ sauce and cole slaw. While fans and foodies alike lined up to try any new food truck in town, they all found out that the food is actually free!
As a means to promote her upcoming album, ‘FOOD,’ it only seems fitting that she would use her culinary know-how to whip up some magic to feed as many people as possibly at SXSW. Not only can they try the grub, they are also encouraged to take food pics and tag them with #KelisFoodies, which could lead to potential prizes.
If you didn’t have a chance to check out her food truck, she’ll be rolling around Austin on today (March 14) as well before her set this evening at the Majestic with Bishop Nehru. The show starts at 8PM.
While not all of us can be in Austin to share in the noshing, here are some photos and videos posted by tasters (and Kelis herself) of the food festivities.
The producers of The Taste of Two Cities, Baltimore’s annual food-truck festival and competition, have announced a date and site for the third go-around. And this year, for the first time, food trucks from Philadelphia will join those from Baltimore and Washington.
The event, which has been renamed a Taste of Three Cities, will be held May 31 at the Gameday Warehouse, which has been the cold-weather headquarters for The Gathering, Baltimore’s series of recurring Friday night food-truck rallies. Producers are promising over 50 trucks at the event, which they’re billing as “the largest food truck event ever in the state of Maryland.”
Details about times and ticketing will be released soon.
The first Taste of Two Cities event was held in June 2012 at the Westport Waterfront. The second edition was held in June 2013 at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor.
Both the Taste of Three Cities and the Friday-night rallies are produced by The Gathering Baltimore.
Starting April 1, some Boston food trucks will begin operating until midnight (fingers crossed it isn’t some cruel joke). Local truck Bon Me, which offers bold Vietnamese food from scratch, is one of 10 named in Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposal for extended food truck hours. In honor of all-hours snacking, here are some of Greater Boston’s tastiest food truck offerings.
New York City cured meat royalty Katz’s Delicatessen has spent 125 years building its name as the top pastrami slinger in the city, so owners weren’t keen on some upstart trying to horn in on their brand. The legendary restaurant has filed a lawsuit against a group of pastrami-selling food trucks dubbed “Katz Dogz” who the real Katz’s say are ripping off their name, according to the Post.
“It has taken over a century of dedication, hard work and consistent customer satisfaction for Katz’s Deli to become famous,” notes the trademark-infringement suit; the restaurant worries customers won’t realize they’re not getting “the same Jewish deli foods” they’d find at the Houston street original. Besides the obvious name ripoff, the food truck sells a “Reuben Orgasm” sandwich—now why does that sound so familiar?
This lawsuit comes after some back-and-forth between the two parties, including an offer by Katz’s Deli to pay for the food trucks to be repainted without the Katz name. Talks failed and the restaurant filed a $1 million dollar lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday against the Brooklyn-based TMA Trading Inc., which operates the trucks. Katz Dogz did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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