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Sep 29, 2014
Tim Lester

Food truck association to host street food festival

The Cincinnati Food Truck Association will host its first event, the CFTA Food Fest, from 4 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Washington Park. The event will feature beer, live music and food from 19 CFTA members.

CFTA members can be found at events all over the city, as can non-CFTA members. But this is the first time for a CFTA-exclusive event. All members were invited to Food Fest, but some won’t be there due to prior commitments.
 
“CFTA members have been wanting to do our own festival since the beginning,” says Elizabeth Romero, president of CFTA and co-owner of SugarSnap! “We’re hoping the event will increase the buzz around town and give people a chance to try new and different trucks.”
 
Traditionally, Washington Park has been a great place for food trucks to set up for events like the City Flea and LumenoCity. So it made sense to have the CFTA event there too.
 
“It’s a great place to bring the community together,” Romero says. “It brings great vibes, and it has the room for a large number of trucks.”
 
Food Fest will feature beer served by 3CDC, music spun by D.J. Nate the Great, cornhole and giant Jenga.
 
CFTA members will be serving up everything from pizza and burgers to cupcakes and ice cream. Trucks that will be at the event include: Bistro de Mohr, C’est Cheese, Cuban Pete, East Coast Eatz, Eclectic Comfort Food, Falafel Mobile, Mobile Coldstone, Panino, Pizza Tower, Quite Frankly, Red Sesame, Streetpops, SugarSnap!, Texas Joe, The Chili Hut, Ricco Food Truck, Roll With It Café, Waffo and Wiggy Dip.  
 
CFTA’s goal is to host two events per year, and possibly make Food Fest an annual tradition in Cincinnati. The group also hopes to work with local bands, breweries and nonprofits in the future to give their events a wider scope.

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Sep 28, 2014
Tim Lester

British Street Food Awards 2014: The word on the street? It’s delicious!

Many of the dishes in contention had witty titles: joining the chapasty were a feastie boys’ box of fish’n'chips, and the ham shank redemption sandwich.

To rate the six categories, the judges – who include Coronation Street actress Gaynor Faye, chef Ed Baines and Lisa Markwell, editor of The Independent on Sunday – will have to eat and drink 39 different entries… all before 12.15pm.

The event in Millennium Square, Leeds, takes place today between 11am and 5.30pm. Tickets cost £6.

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Sep 28, 2014
Tim Lester

Oakland street food: The documentary (Part 2)

“Comida Mobile” explores the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland.

Activist Emilia Otero has championed pushcart vending in Oakland for 17 years, fighting to legalize mobile food and providing immigrants a chance to expand their businesses when few job opportunities were available.

Part 3 of the film is forthcoming. Watch Part 1 here.

To learn more about Oakland Local’s initiative on “Street Food: Meet the people who make it” click here. Read the previous installment about the daily life of vendors and the community they’ve cultivated here. Oakland Local staff members Barbara Grady and Simone Larson contributed to this story.

For more stories about Oakland’s street food vendors, follow Oakland Local on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation at #foodundocumented.

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Sep 28, 2014
Tim Lester

Oakland street food: The documentary (Part 3)

“Comida Mobile” looks at the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland.

Miguel Montiel grew up supporting his family’s fruit cup stand. Now helping manage the business, he remains grateful for his parents as he pursues higher education.

View part one here and part two here.

To learn more about Oakland Local’s initiative on “Street Food: Meet the people who make it” click here. Read the previous installment about the daily life of vendors and the community they’ve cultivated here. Oakland Local staff members Barbara Grady and Simone Larson contributed to this story.

For more stories about Oakland’s street food vendors, follow Oakland Local on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation at #foodundocumented.

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Sep 27, 2014
Tim Lester

Empanadas Aqui: Latin street food on Cincinnati’s streets

 

Empanadas Aqui

Where: Varies – check Facebook and Twitter | 513-399-7028.
Website: http://empanadasaqui.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/empanadasaqui
Twitter: @empanadasaqui
Food: Empanadas
Prices: $3 – $4 per empanada (assorted flavors)

Signature dishes

If, around town, you should spot what looks like a short green school bus flying a Venezuelan flag, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. You’ve just hit the empanadas jackpot.

Empanadas Aqui, with its signature green food truck (converted from a short school bus), offers a wide variety of authentic and whimsical empanadas, enough to make any empanada lover happy. Empanadas are Latin American turnovers, and a first cousin of the Italian calzone.

On the menu: Savory and sweet empanadas. On the savory side, The Bad Girl leads the pack. This empanada is made with roasted and shredded chicken, punched up with roasted onions and peppers (red, yellow, orange and poblano), flavored with a house seasoning, and then mingled with cheddar cheese.

If beef is more your speed, try the Spicy Beef empanada. This popular empanada is made with slow-roasted and shredded beef, laced with hot cherry pepper, pepperoncini, and hot sauce.

The Cincy-Zuela packs in the best of Cincinnati and Venezuela. This fun-loving empanada is made with beef hot dog, Cincinnati style chili, and cheddar cheese — pretty much a cheese coney in an empanada shell.

How about “empanada pizza?” You’ll find classic pizza ingredients in The Zah: Pepperoni, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Other savory empanadas on the menu are: So Cheesy (white cheese), Domino (black beans and white cheese), Carne Molita (ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, red peppers and house seasoning), and Carne Mechada (shredded beef, tomato-based sauce, red peppers, onions and house seasoning).

Empanadas Aqui sources its white cheese from Eduardo Rodriguez, the local artisan cheesemaker behind My Artisano Foods.

RELATEDMy Artisano Foods, where a master cheesemaker is at work

Don’t forget to drizzle your empanadas with a sauce of your choice at the pickup window. Help yourself to any of the three sauces: “Pink sauce” (mayonnaise and ketchup), garlic mayonnaise, and hot sauce.

On the sweet side, the Emporeo boasts a goodness of crushed Oreos and cream cheese, topped off with a sugar glaze. The Guava + Cream Cheese empanada is as its name suggests – a fruity hint of the tropics. These empanadas are a little bit like cheesecake, in a personal and portable pocket.

Become a WCPO Insider to read about how the truck started more than 2,000 miles away, and learn more about the owners.

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Sep 26, 2014
Tim Lester

Roy Choi Debuts Street Food on CNN

The Kogi chef’s new TV show offers an offbeat tribute to L.A. starting Oct. 13



September 26, 2014




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Chef, author, and food personality Roy Choi is quickly becoming one of the most prolific figures in the culinary world—a modern Renaissance man who deals in sauce-covered quesadillas and tofu hot pots. The latest feather in Choi’s cap is a new web miniseries titled Street Food with Roy Choiwhich will comprise of eight five-minute episodes that will all take place in Los Angeles.

In the show, Choi hits the town along with personalities from across the cultural spectrum, including Anthony Bourdain, Jon Favreau, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, and chef Michelle Phan. Though the show will involve food—including stops at Tsujita L.A. and Mariscos Jalisco—it will also take a larger view of the city and its multi-cultural inhabitants.

All eight parts of the miniseries will debut at once on Oct. 13 and will be available online. Check out a promo clip from Street Food with Roy Choi below.

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Sep 26, 2014
Tim Lester

Oakland street food: The documentary (Part 3)

“Comida Mobile” looks at the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland.

Miguel Montiel grew up supporting his family’s fruit cup stand. Now helping manage the business, he remains grateful for his parents as he pursues higher education.

View part one here and part two here.

To learn more about Oakland Local’s initiative on “Street Food: Meet the people who make it” click here. Read the previous installment about the daily life of vendors and the community they’ve cultivated here. Oakland Local staff members Barbara Grady and Simone Larson contributed to this story.

For more stories about Oakland’s street food vendors, follow Oakland Local on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation at #foodundocumented.

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Sep 26, 2014
Tim Lester

Fulton Street Food Hall Debuts at Harrah’s

Taking its cue from the street outside their own Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, the 24 hour Fulton Street Food Hall has arrived on the Strip at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Revealed by Eater Vegas back in June, the upgraded food court takes over empty space after the resort shuttered Asian restaurant Ming’s Table and their coffee shop, The Café.

The 11,940-square-foot, open plan, nine different cuisine station concept was created with an estimated $3.5 million construction budget.

Options include pastries, pies, muffins and cakes enticing guests next to an adjacent coffee bar. A frozen yogurt station invites choose-your-own toppings. The pizza station is stocked with on-site built pies featuring Harrah’s “signature pizza crust and sauce.”

Homemade soups and baked potatoes accent a “create your own” salad bar. A large sandwich selection or heartier dishes like lasagna can be found at the “comfort food corner.”

The sushi bar offers daily specials and bento boxes to go and the noodle bar menu includes 10 pan-Asian noodle dishes and soups including ramen or wonton soup.

The resort is also advertising a “sit-down, off-the menu breakfast from 6 to 11:30 a.m.”

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Sep 26, 2014
Tim Lester

Soon You Can Binge-Watch All of Roy Choi’s Street Food Episodes on CNN

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Yesterday, Roy Choi and Anthony Bourdain held court at Pot, Choi’s Koreatown hot pot restaurant, to talk about what they’ve been up to at CNN. (Yes, much food was served; and yes, Bourdain wore an apron.)  As you may recall, Choi and Bourdain have worked together before, with Choi appearing on Bourdain’s L.A. episode of Parts Unknown and Choi’s first book, L.A. Son, coming out with Bourdain’s line of books at Ecco.

As for what’s going on now, the fourth season of Bourdain’s Parts Unknown premieres this Sunday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. And in even bigger news, at least in this town, Choi’s new show, Street Food, will be released on CNN on Oct. 13.

Here are a few things to consider before you find your clicker.

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  • Choi and Bourdain in Chinatown

Because the eight episodes of Street Food will be released across CNN’s digital platforms all at once, you can binge-watch it. Kind of like House of Cards, but with a lot better food — well, except for that D.C. rib joint Kevin Spacey likes so much. 

The episodes of Street Food are NOT hour-long mediations on strange food in strange lands (unless you consider L.A. a strange land, which many people still do), but 5-minute clips of vintage Choi. Yes, just five minute each. Because you can cram a lot of Choi into five minutes. (Here’s a clip.) The L.A. chef will be interviewing people, including Michelle Phan, Jon Favreau, Mike D., Sage Vaughn and Bourdain himself. And he’ll be talking not only about food, but the wider cultural scene as well, with subjects that will be familiar to those who’ve followed Choi’s career and interests over the years: hip-hop musicians, low-riders, the homeless, street artists, and more. “It all starts on the streets,” says Choi about his subject material — and his show itself.

“There will be food,” reassures Choi. Among the places he’ll visit in the first episodes? Mariscos Jalisco in East Los Angeles and the Tsujita L.A. ramen shop on Sawtelle. And yes, he and his crew got into the kitchen at Tsujita. “A lot of Asian kitchens don’t want you in there,” points out Choi. “‘I gotta get to work; why you in my way?’” And yes, the first eight episodes are all set in L.A. “We had to start in L.A.,” says Choi. “It’s where I’m from. And there are a lot of misconceptions about our city: We’re not what you want us to be.” As for the format, “It’s a kind of long-play look at a city, from many different angles.” A lot of people. A lot of 5-minute segments. The next city? Choi likes Detroit, also Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle. “As many cities as I can.”

Bourdain’s fourth season kicks off in Shanghai. Perhaps “the most aesthetically beautiful” of the cities Bourdain has so far visited on his show, and where our casual definition of foodie has little meaning: “Just about every Chinese person is a ‘foodie.’” What other places are coming up? Africa, Vietnam, the Bronx — and Iran. This last one was years in the making, says Bourdain. Years. Plural. “Iran is one of those subjects you can’t speak sensibly about without pissing people off,” Bourdain says. “Television doesn’t translate complicated issues well.” Indeed.

Another issue Bourdain will cover in the upcoming season: heroin. In one episode, he returns to Massachusetts, where he once spent time cooking in Provincetown — and once did his fair share of drugs. His most personal episode? “Well, I guess so. All the shows are about me.” 

So what advice has Bourdain given Choi on the occasion of the L.A. chef’s first cooking show?  ”I would never presume to tell Roy anything,” Bourdain says. Choi, on the other hand, apparently finally explained to Bourdain why L.A. doesn’t have the fine dining scene of, say, New York. It’s because New York is traditionally European, says Choi, whereas L.A. is and has long been Latino and Asian. Totally different cultural backgrounds, and thus completely separate dining trajectories. 

Finally, a brief message from Bourdain. He is not a journalist. Yeah, yeah, he has his own show on CNN and trails camera crews to Iran and Libya, but he’s not. He’s an essayist; he tells stories, from his own point of view. If you want journalists, they’ve apparently got those on CNN too. He’s just saying. 

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  • Michelle Phan grabs a selfie with Roy Choi.


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Sep 25, 2014
Tim Lester

Street Eat’n newest addition to food truck scene

Sioux Falls will soon get a taste of its newest food truck, a large, year-round venture called Street Eat’n Mobile Eatery, that aims to please both foodies and those looking for a quick lunch break from work.

“I love street food,” owner Peter Chang said. “We’re street food with bold flavors. We made the food concept a little generic so we could do whatever we want.”

Chang, who has varied experience, from running a group of Greek restaurants in Denver to his own photography and DJing businesses, will run Street Eat’n with his son, Philip.

“The family has always wanted to open a restaurant,” Chang said. “And with a food truck you get that liberty to go broader with flavor and with pricing.”

The menu will rotate, with some staples of global street food always on the menu. One thing for sure: Gyros. Which seems a good time to bring up the kitchen: it’s pretty huge in comparison to many I’ve seen. Equipped with two friers (great for those who are vegetarian), a stove, oven, flat top grill and a Gyros machine, Chang says they’re prepared for any inspiration.

Other regulars, and this I’m really excited for, will be dumplings and possibly ramen. Chang’s says his recipe for dumplings, like many of his recipes, is very authentic and comes from family meals.

“That’s (dumplings) what I lived for as a child,” Chang said.

Only finalization of a city peddler’s license stands between Street Eat’n and being open. And while the truck is insulated, has a generator and the Changs plan to operate the truck year-round, they plan on using this winter as a long-ish soft opening.

Chang says they will be doing events, have talked to some of the places we’ve become used to seeing food trucks at (Wiley’s, outside Avera, outside Wells Fargo, etc.) and plans to be open lunches and late nights.

You can find Street Eat’n on Facebook, at @StreetEatn on Twitter and on Instagram here for a leg up on knowing where and when they’ll be open.

And you can also always count on me to tip you off as well here on Food Falls, or on Twitter @sigepcory.

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