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Considering the growing popularity of food truck culture in the Houston scene (and the City of Houston’s inability to revise ordinances that restrict their operations in downtown), it was only a matter of time before someone followed in the footsteps of Austin entrepreneurs to create a food truck park where all could exist in harmony.
And so it goes: Houston Food Park will make its debut at 1504 St. Emanuel St. with a grand opening event beginning at 3 p.m. on June 22, just in time for the official start of summer. Expect Yummy’z Kitchen, Coreanos, POCKet to Me and Betton’s Comfort Food to be among the mobile eateries serving up treats at the event.
Owners Jack Gillett, Ponce Tirzo and Miguel Villegas tell 29-95 that they can accommodate eight or nine food trucks at a time on the parking lot beside the former Meridian Club, which may eventually be converted into a concert venue with a rooftop bar, according to Swamplot.
The owners also plan to utilize a nearby parking lot to expand food truck capacity to as many as 20 during monthly special events, like tailgating for Houston Texans away games, as well as a Retro Fest and a Beyond the Black Top street food bazaar (which are already in the works).
“We want to bring an urban festival scene to the city,” Tirzo said. “We want to celebrate arts, food and music in a setting that reflects Houston as the melting pot it is.”
Let’s hope that there won’t be any actual melting beginning on Monday, June 24, when the park will begin lunch service day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
HUNTERSVILLE – The 2013 Rural Hill Food Truck Rally will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 26.
Admission to the rally is free, but food pricing will vary per truck menu.
The food truck rally will feature live music by The Moonshine Racers, a kid’s zone, corn hole, hayrides around the property (fee applies), hiking, local merchants and living history experiences.
“Due to the amazing response to our first Food Truck Rally last year, we are doing it again!” commented executive director Jeff Fissel. “We have a growing list of trucks that will be taking part and our musical guests this summer are a crowd favorite, The Moonshine Racers.”
No stranger to Historic Rural Hill, the Moonshine Racers have played at the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival as well as last year’s Food Truck Rally.
At the time of announcement, food trucks on board include Sal’s Roadside Eatery, Herban Legend, Sunrise Grill and Sandwich, Southern Cake Queen, Wingzza, The Roaming Fork, Gourmet Goombahs, Roots Farm Food, Auto Burger and Fry Guys, The Homegrown Crepe, Smoke and Go, Turkey And, Maki Taco and King of Pops (handcrafted popsicles).
Each Food Truck will sell and set their prices for food and drinks. Craft beer will be for sale from Highland Brewing and wine from Shelton Vineyards, as well as Midas Spring Water.
Complete event information can be found at www.ruralhill.net.
Have you seen the new food truck in Saugerties at 208 Ulster Avenue? I was in Saugerties on Wednesday running an errand when I remembered that I wanted to try out the new food truck which sits right across from the Lumber Yard. I met the husband and wife team, George and Emily, who own the Shack Chef Food Truck at the Monday Night Groaning table at Duo Bistro. George invited me to try a lunch special.
Their menu has something for everyone. It is mostly New American gourmet cuisine. I ordered their quarter pound of smoked salmon on a bed of greens. (You have the option of having it on a house-baked brioche bun instead.) The $7.50 lunch specials include fries and a drink. My husband had the smoked chicken apple salad on greens with fries and a drink. The man who shared our picnic table with us said he was very pleased with his grass-fed burger. It was his second lunch at the Chef Shack Food Truck.
Emily and George are passionate about their food and their new business, and it shows. The quality of the food is very good. I think it is comparable to a dish you would eat in a restaurant. Chef Shack, Better Than Your Average Fare, 208 Ulster Avenue, Saugerties, NY (845) 453-2675. They do get busy at lunch time so if you are pressed for time on your lunch break, I’d phone your order in. They are only open Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 3pm at the moment.
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When Somerville passed a new food truck ordinance in October, 2012, many hoped it would encourage the mobile eateries to do business in the city.
But one local food truck operator who’s been doing business in Somerville for years stopped operating Monday as soon as he received application materials for a license—a requirement under the new ordinance.
Dave Stewart, a Somerville resident who runs Moe’s food truck at Trum Field, hopes his hiatus will be short-lived, and if the Somerville Board of Aldermen has it’s way, he’ll be back in business in the upcoming week.
As part of the application process called for in the new ordinance, food trucks need to prepare their food in a professional kitchen, Stewart said.
Moe’s sells hamburgers, sausages and hot dogs, and “it’s all cooked on board,” he said. He doesn’t operate out of a professional kitchen. He cleans his equipment at home.
Stewart fears he could face fines of $100 a day if he’s found in violation of the new ordinance, and “I don’t make $100 a day,” he said.
He spoke to Alderman At-Large Dennis Sullivan, who proposed a measure at the Board of Aldermen meeting Thursday to grandfather in food trucks that were already operating in the city when the new ordinance passed. Sullivan said that amounted to two trucks.
“We didn’t want to hurt vendors” who were already doing business in the city, Sullivan said about the new ordiance passed in October, adding that the Moe’s truck is always very clean.
“Moe’s has been there for a long time,” said Ward 7 Alderman Robert Trane.
“Unfortunately, I think we’ve hurt a local businessman,” he said.
The aldermen asked the city’s Inspectional Services Department to take up the matter immediately so Moe’s isn’t out of business for too long.
Stewart said he was pleased the aldermen took up his cause and he hopes to be operating soon.
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Fly-By, as it’s called, fills the void for two other city food parks that recently closed.
Photo by Alexandra Olivia
Local artist Jadon E was commissioned to hand-paint this graffiti art on The Crazy Pig food truck at the Food Truck Festival in Arlington.
DALLAS On Friday, a new, permanent food truck park will open at the corner of Maple Avenue and Mockingbird Lane, just blocks from Dallas Love Field Airport. Aptly named Fly-By Food Park, it fills the voids left by two other food park closings in Dallas.
On Fridays and Saturdays from 5-9 p.m., Fly-By Food Park will offer a rotating lineup of local food trucks alongside a vendor booth for beer and wine. Guests can dine on picnic tables located around the parking lot or take refuge from the summer heat in an air-conditioned building on site. (Heads up, that’s where the alcohol will be sold.) The park will only be open on weekends at first, according Heather Kelldorf, venue management director for U.S. Food Trucks, the company managing the park. Kelldorf hopes to eventually extend park hours and days of operation to include lunch and breakfast throughout the week.
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Fly-By Food Park has a 48-foot by 29-foot air-conditioned building for diners to use during the uncomfortably hot and cold months.
Fly-By is hosting two soft opening weekends June 14-15 and June 21-22, with free beer during the first. The grand opening celebration is slated for the following weekend, June 28 and 29, when there will be live music and more free beer. Trucks that will be present during the grand opening have yet to be confirmed, Kelldorf said.
The preliminary lineup of rotating food trucks includes Eat Jo Dawgs, Little Greek, Tutta’s Pizza, Oink and Moo, Parrot Icce, Crazy Pig, Enticed, The Butcher’s Son, and The Lab of The Streets, as well as musical entertainment by the Durty Laundry Truck. Up to eight food trucks can fit in the lot, however Kelldorf said between four and five will be stationed in the area at one time.
Because there is no grass at the site, Fly-By Food Park is not a pet friendly venue. Also, there is no parking on-site, but Kelldorf said there is an available lot at an adjacent building as well as street parking on Fielder Court, behind the park. (See map for details.)
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Another food truck concept is going brick and mortar — kind of — with the opening of Sandy Witch Sandwich Company in the kitchen at Grand Prize Bar. (Eric Sandler of Eater first broke the news.)
This is the latest concept from Anthony Calleo, owner of the irreverently distinctive Pi Pizza Truck. ”I fucking love sandwiches, man,” Calleo told Eater. “I think I have something to offer.”
From attendee feedback at a tasting dinner, those offerings include choices like chicken parmesan, pulled pork and Philly cheesesteak, all named after witches — think occultist Madame Blavatsky, Marie “Queen of the Voodoos“ Laveau and Aleister Crowley, the English mystic and magician.
The sandwich shop expects to open in July after a kitchen upgrades and decor changes at Grand Prize, but Pi Pizza hinted that it will be serving up limited supplies of Sandy Witch sneak peek menu items in the meantime.
Photo by Ted Eytan
Following on a D.C. Council session last week in which city legislators approved a chunk of the District’s proposed regulations over food trucks while empowering themselves to tweak the rest, Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) plans to introduce some modifications next week.
Orange, The Washington Post reports, intends to propose an emergency bill at the Council’s legislative meeting next Tuesday that will loosen some of the restrictions on food trucks operating in downtown D.C. The bill comes after Orange, who chairs the Council’s Business, Regulatory, and Consumer Affairs Committee, met with representatives of industry organization representing both food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants.
The proposed food truck regulations, in their fourth revision since the regulatory process began more than three years ago, were met with heavy resistance from the Food Truck Association of Metropolitan Washington over a few key provisions. The trade group mounted widely visible opposition to a proposal of lottery-designated “mobile vending zones” which would be awarded through monthly drawings and would prohibit trucks that do not win spots from operating within a 500-foot radius. The food trucks also oppose a requirement that they only park their vehicles along sidewalks that are at least 10 feet wide.
According to the Post, Orange’s bill would reduce the radius around the lottery zones to 200 feet, and the sidewalk rule to six feet, which is the city’s minimum required width for sidewalk cafés. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, which strongly backed the food truck regulations as originally written, says it can live with that.
The Food Truck Association has not yet weighed in on Orange’s proposed alterations, but after last week’s vote, it praised the Council’s move to separate out the proposed regulations to which it was most opposed.
If Orange’s bill is passed, it will certainly be cutting close to the June 21 deadline for the food truck regulations to be adopted.
“It was tough,” Orange said about trying to reach a compromise on the vending regulations. “It was like being a dentist pulling teeth.”
Earlier this month, the council approved an emergency bill to pass the noncontroversial sections of the vending regulations and grant the legislative body the authority to amend the rules that will guide street vending in the District. Before the council passed the emergency legislation, it could by law only approve, reject or take no action on the proposed vending regulations.
With a June 22 deadline looming to decide the fate of the remaining regulations — most of which deal with food trucks — Orange hammered out what he hopes will be an acceptable compromise. One part of it deals with the proposed “mobile roadway vending” zones, where food trucks that win a monthly lottery would be allowed to sell for four continuous hours without violating parking laws. No other food trucks would be able to park within 500 feet of the zones. Orange will propose shrinking that buffer to “200 feet or directly across the street,” as a way to open up more of the Central Business District to trucks that don’t win a lottery space.
Orange also wants to soften a proposal that would prevent food trucks outside the vending zones from parking anywhere in the Central Business District where there’s less than 10 feet of open sidewalk next to the curb. The food truck association has argued that the rule would block vendors from most of downtown. Orange’s amendment would decrease the amount of required space to six feet.
Andrew Kline, legislative consultant for RAMW, said Thursday that the restaurant association would support Orange’s compromises. “He was persuasive that it’s time that we have something in place,” Kline said, “and we agree with that.”
“The six-foot [sidewalk] provision mirrors the absolute minimum for a sidewalk cafe, so at least there is consistency for a minimum, and we support that,” Kline added.
Che Ruddell-Tabisola, political director for the food truck association, said the group would not issue a public comment until it had time to study the regulations and amendments. The association had wanted to eliminate both the 500-foot buffer and the 10-foot sidewalk rule, arguing the former was anti-competitive and the latter was found in no other city in the country.
The association also wanted the District to revamp the lottery system to determine which trucks vend in the specialty zones; further, the group had asked city officials to develop criteria for how they would select locations for mobile roadway vending zones and determine the number of trucks in each. Orange’s emergency amendment deals with none of those issues.
The food truck association will meet with its directors Thursday night and talk to its full membership Friday to decide whether to support the regulations before the council.
If the regulations pass the council on Tuesday, Mayor Vincent C. Gray still has to sign them into law before the June 22 deadline. Pedro Ribeiro, spokesman for Gray, said the mayor’s office had not seen Orange’s amendment and would not have a comment. Gray has repeatedly said that he thinks the proposed vending regulations are good as is, without any amendments.
“We have always said that we thought our regulations struck the right balance with all the parties,” Ribeiro said.
The world is their lobster.
The Daily Meal has voted Red Hook Lobster Pound’s lobster-mobile the best food truck in America for 2013, after examining 450 trucks in over 40 cities.
Unsurprisingly, New York City dominated the list, with the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck coming in fourth, The Cinnamon Snail at eight, Schnitzel Things in 11th place and Wafels Dinges at lucky number 13. Red Hook Lobster Pound moved up from 11th place last year.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Lobster Pound owner Susan Povich told The Observer. “It’s great to be recognized for the hard work that we do. We have a great staff, and we work hard to maintain our product, our quality and our authenticity.”
The Daily Meal compiled the list by examining such factors as Twitter and Facebook followers, menu innovation, concept, and geography. Also, only full-fledged trucks were considered. Per their website, “If it needed something to pull, drag, push, or carry it, if it wasn’t on four wheels and couldn’t move on its own power from parking ticket to parking spot? Gone.”
Om nom nom. (Flickr)
Ms. Povich’s truck serves the Lobster Pound’s famous lobster rolls, served Maine style (cold with celery, spices and homemade mayo), Connecticut style (warm and slathered in butter), or Tuscan style (tossed in basil vinaigrette on a bed of greens). They also offer shrimp rolls, a lobster BLT, lobster Mac and Cheese, New England clam chowder, and other deep-sea delectables.
Ms. Povich boiled down her secret to food-truck success for The Observer.
“You just gotta keep true to what you do,” she said. “I always tell people who ask me about opening food trucks that unless you’re serving fabulous food, it’s not a good business. You have to stand out by what you serve and how you serve it. It’s all about the food and the relationship with the customers.”
Their truck, nicknamed “Big Red,” is at 46th and 6th Avenue today, in case you want to take a crack at it. Tomorrow is National Lobster Day, after all. What better time to shell out?
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Food Truck Invasion roars into downtown next Thursday
by Jonathan Bender
on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM
- Facebook: Wilma’s
- Wilma’s Real Good Food is bringing Americana cuisine downtown.
The Beatles had America. Kansas City food trucks have 12th Street and Walnut. The Food Truck Invasion arrives next Thursday, June 20. Wilma’s Real Good Food (fried bologna and a bacon version of crab Rangoon), Cajun Cabin (gumbo and jambalaya) and Indios Carbonsitos (tortas) will be parked in the BMO Harris parking lot on Walnut between 11th and 12th streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A rotating cast of three food trucks will be offering lunch to downtowners on the first and third Thursday of each month. The Food Truck Invasion joins the Truck Stop in the Crossroads (at the intersection of 21st Street and Wyandotte on First Fridays) as the latest gathering spot for mobile kitchens.