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Aug 9, 2013
Kim Rivers

Union Centre food truck rally to benefit Boys and Girls Club

The aromas of grilled cheese, Korean barbecue, fresh baked cupcakes and chili will attract hundreds here later this month when the township hosts its first food truck rally.

The Union Centre Food Truck Rally, planned for Aug. 30, will bring 15 food trucks to the township’s community square. Alcoholic beverage sales from the event, which is being organized by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant’s Association, will benefit the launch of the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty Twp.

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty Twp. plans to launch a Boys and Girls Club thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Community Foundation officials hope to raise enough money, eventually, to build a club complex.

Food trucks have become a popular type of eatery nationwide, said Shellie Leder, the secretary for the merchant’s association. She said the township has a strong business community to support the food truck rally event.

“We’re hoping a lot of businesses in the area bring their offices done for lunch and then come down after work (for the event),” Leder said. “West Chester, it’s a thriving city here. We do have food trucks in West Chester on a regular basis.”

Emily Frank, who operates a food truck called C’est Cheese that serves up gourmet grilled cheese in Cincinnati and greater Cincinnati neighborhoods, is one of the business owners that frequents West Chester Twp. to peddle her food. She will sell several different kinds of grilled cheese at the Union Centre Food Truck Rally.

“I’m primarily in the suburbs,” Frank said. “It’s a big misconception that food trucks are only in downtown (Cincinnati). Food trucks are not a fad, they’re here to stay.”

A variety of food will be served up at the food truck rally. Some of the trucks will serve serve desserts, such as cupcakes or shaved ice, while other will focus on main courses, including pizza, burgers and waffle sandwiches. Variety is part of the appeal of a food truck rally, Leder said.

“I have five in my family and we can’t agree on what to eat. (Food trucks) solve that problem,” she said.

The rally, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 30, will feature live music throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale and the proceeds from those sales will benefit Boys and Girls Club of West Chester and Liberty Twp.

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Aug 9, 2013
Kim Rivers

When It Comes to Providence’s Food Truck Scene, Size Matters

Can a city or town known for its brick-and-mortar food scene benefit from having a vibrant food truck scene? I believe the answer to that question is unequivocally yes! Having lived in what is arguably one of the best food scenes in the U.S. (particularly for its size) the past 10 years, I have observed the rise of the food truck scene alongside the city’s more established restaurants in New England’s second largest city, Providence, Rhode Island.

In 2013, Rhode Island had its fair share of food-related accolades when the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists were announced. Additionally, in 2012, Providence was named the top destination in the United States for “Food/Drink/Restaurants” in Travel + Leisure magazine’s “America’s Favorite Cities” poll. Providence is also home to the oldest operating American diner on wheels: Haven Brothers. Basically, this city knows food — both fine dining and casual options!

Click here to see the Providence Food Trucks Slideshow!

Providence is also home to one of the premiere culinary arts school in the U.S., Johnson Wales University. It has seen its fair share of culinary giants walk its hallowed halls, such as chefs Tyler Florence, Emeril Lagasse, Michelle Bernstein, and Aarón Sanchez, who are all alums of this school.

Over the past five years or so, Providence has also undergone a significant bump in public events like farmers’ markets, concerts in its parks, festivals, and other arts and cultural activities around the city. Food trucks have quickly become an integral part of those events. In fact, this coming September, Providence was named the host city for the Taste Trekkers conference, the nation’s first food tourism conference, and you can bet food trucks will not only be on the agenda, but on the streets working their magic.

Providence’s food truck scene is growing, but not bursting at the seams, which makes it an interesting comparison to larger cities. There are actually market force lessons to be learned. In a January 2013 article in the Huffington Post by Rachel Tepper entitled Food Truck Failures Reveal Dark Side, But Hope Shines Through, the article cites food truck association leaders stating “that 100 trucks launched in 2012 in Los Angeles and 35 failed”, and “30 trucks have gone out business since 2009” in Washington, D.C.

Providence’s food truck scene is different in that since it is a bit more compact, the bar is increasingly rising with each new truck that comes on the market (both in quality and being different from others already roaming the streets), and I also believe there’s increased room for competition. Also, unlike some smaller cities where there can be mixed reaction to food trucks, they are being woven into the fabric of the community in Providence. If there’s a public event worth being at, you can bet there will be multiple food trucks there. Additionally, with lots of activities going on, the city has helped to get many of these trucks off the ground. In other words, it’s an ecosystem thing. Providence’s ecosystem is a friendly environment for highly creative ventures, such as the ones included in the slideshow.

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Aug 8, 2013
Kim Rivers

Taquero Fusion: A pioneering Chicago food truck in action (Video)

Aaron Ramirez’s Taquero Fusion was one of the first food trucks to hit the streets of Chicago three years ago.

Aaron Ramirez and wife Marisol debuted their Taquero Fusion food truck three years ago.

Aaron Ramirez and wife Marisol debuted their Taquero Fusion food truck three years ago.

Lewis Lazare
Reporter- Chicago Business Journal

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What a great day for food trucking! Today brought mild temperatures, low humidities, and plenty of sunshine to Chicago.

And Aaron Ramirez, owner of the Taquero Fusion food truck, was making the most of the beautiful day and the lunchtime crowds jamming the sidewalks at the corner of Clark and Monroe streets in the heart of the city’s Loop business district. A steady stream of customers lined up at the Taquero Fusion window to place an order. Some paid with cash. Others pulled out a credit card, which Ramirez happily and quickly processed with a mobile device.

As customers contemplated their options on a menu placed in one of the truck windows, Ramirez repeatedly urged them to consider his special of the day — a taco with mole sauce. He also graciously told some customers about a buddy who operates a tamale truck in the neighborhood that offers, among other things, a tamale with alligator meat. One customer within earshot of Ramirez was having none it. “I’ve tried alligator before,” she noted, turning up her nose as she grimaced.

Food trucks are still a relatively new phenomenon in Chicago. But for those who don’t want to sit in a restaurant or wait in long lines at fast food chains, trucks such as Ramirez’s are fast becoming a welcome addition to the food scene in the city.

Ramirez and wife Marisol were in the vanguard of this street-focused business when they debuted their truck three years ago. “We and 5411 Empanadas and Tamale Spaceship were really the first three food trucks in Chicago,” noted Ramirez. Because the city only allowed food to actually be cooked on trucks about a year ago, Ramirez’s truck doesn’t have a kitchen on board. Instead he transports his tacos and rice and drinks in coolers and heating units inside the truck.

When it isn’t at Clark and Monroe streets on Thursdays, Taquero Fusion spends several days a week parked on East Chicago Avenue near the headquarters of Groupon and a lot of other businesses that employ large staffs of young people. That’s a crowd near and dear to Ramirez’s heart. “They get what the food truck is all about,” he said as he smiled.

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Aug 7, 2013
Kim Rivers

Winery will host food truck fest

PLUMSTED — The Laurita Winery in New Egypt will host its first food truck festival weekend on Aug. 10-11. The event will bring 14 gourmet food trucks offering selections from sweet to savory and ethnic to outrageous, according to a press release.

Wine bars will serve Laurita’s awardwinning wines and sangria. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities and live entertainment that will include License to Chill featuring Vini Lopez, The Backseat Devils, and Thomas Wesley Stern on Aug. 10, and the Half Brothers, The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Matt O’Ree Band on Aug. 11.

Crafters and artisans will also be on hand, including live demonstrations from Dan the Chainsaw Wood Carver. Children’s activities will include pony rides, face painters and more. Complimentary vineyard wagon tours will be offered both days.

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Aug 7, 2013
Tim Lester

New Westminster street food festival

It’s like New West just said ‘Let’s do this!’ and went for it. This is the year they’ve embraced street food and invited vendors to several events and on August 10, they’re holding their first food truck festival, the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest with 17 food trucks.

Here’s the press release on where, what, when:

Many of the famous food trucks in the Lower Mainland will be rolling into the heart of Downtown New West on Saturday, August 10th for the first ever Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest.

Presented by Trapp + Holbrook, Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association (BIA) and the City of New Westminster, this highly anticipated event will feature beer gardens, live music, and an assortment of delicious food on Columbia Street between 4th Street and 6th Street from 3 pm to 9 pm.

The City of New Westminster is closing the street to accommodate 17 food trucks, among the confirmed so far are Guanaco Truck, Casalinga Carts, Beljam’s Waffles, Aussie Pie Guy, Holy Perogy, Japadog, DougieDog Hot Dogs,  Vij’s Railway Express, Roaming Dragon, ReUp BBQ, Kaboom Box, and many more.

“It’s time Downtown New West joined the culinary convoy and Columbia Street makes an ideal venue”, says Executive Director of the Downtown New West BIA, Kendra Johnston, “With two Skytrain stations, great pubs, and ample street space, we’ll be able to accommodate thousands of festival goers”.

Robert Fung of Trapp + Holbrook commented, “Downtown New West continues to catch people’s attention as a great urban neighbourhood and dynamic place to live. There’s a strong sense of community here that is filled with the energy that comes from people sharing the knowledge that they are part of something special. The Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest is an amazing testimony to how progressive this town is, and how ready it is to blow the culinary and entrepreneurial doors off! Salient is really excited to be a part of this event and, with Trapp+Holbrook, to be part of the Columbia Street evolution. If you don’t already live here, get used to coming to Downtown New West for great food and a great sense of belonging. This event is a wonderful example of the atmosphere and excitement people can expect in Downtown New West.”

Mark Saturday, August 10th on your calendar and “get trucked up” in Downtown New West at the very first Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest!

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Las Vegas Food Trucks Begin Downtown Sales Program Today

LAS VEGAS, NV - Through a city lottery conducted Monday, portion times and dedicated parking spaces were doled out to 16 participating food trucks. Their rotations start today.

The lottery system was combined after a Las Vegas City Council motionless in Oct that all food trucks contingency work during slightest 150 feet divided from existent brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Las Vegas Food Truck Map

Jace Radke, a city spokesman, pronounced a commander module would run from Aug to January. After a six-month hearing period, a city will examination a module and make any required improvements.

A singular food lorry will be authorised daily during 3 indifferent downtown locations: during 100 Bonneville Ave., nearby a Bonneville Transportation Center; 1 Lewis Ave., behind City Hall; and in a 400 retard of South Third Street, in front of a Regional Justice Center.

A1 Mobile Catering will be among a initial food trucks to work underneath a new system. Owner John Mergaretis pronounced it was too early to tell either a lottery complement would be profitable or unpropitious for business yet pronounced he was peaceful to participate.

“It’s value a try, though. It competence be well,” Mergaretis said.

A finish calendar of food lorry handling hours can be found on the city’s website.

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Aug 2, 2013
Kim Rivers

Rockford’s first food truck Coley’s Cooler sets up shop

ROCKFORD — The city’s gotten its first bite on food truck business.

Coley’s Cooler parked downtown Thursday to sell hot dogs and ice cream during the lunch hour, becoming the first food truck to set up shop in Rockford since the City Council lifted a ban on such operations in June.

The truck is owned by Tom and Sherry Abraham, who have been selling ice cream in Boone County and at special events around the region for the past three years.

“We’re fully mobile, and we’re self contained so we thought we might as well try to make a living at it,” Tom Abraham said.

They sell six styles of hot dogs, including Chicago and Coney Island dogs, as well as their own Mac Daddy Dog, a hot dog topped with nacho-style mac and cheese, bacon bits and onion chive.

Supporters fought to get food trucks allowed in the city as a way to enliven downtown and help out small businesses. The council designated six lots to allow permitted food trucks to park.

Three other vendors are working through the permit process now, said Kelly Nokes, assistant operations manager for public works.

“We’ve gotten another 25 inquires,” Nokes said.

Coley’s Cooler has a month-long permit for a spot in the parking lot at 300 W. State St., just north of the BMO Harris Bank Center.

The plan is to open at 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and stay for the lunch hour.
Abraham said he’s hoping more food trucks will open soon.

“I’d like to start some kind of alliance with other trucks to move around and spend one day here and one day there, so we’re not all just at one spot every day.”

Greg Stanley: 815-987-1369;; @greggstanley

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Aug 1, 2013
Kim Rivers

Rockford’s first food truck to set up shop

Coley’s Cooler will park downtown tomorrow to sell hotdogs and ice cream during the lunch hour, becoming the first food truck to set up shop in Rockford since the City Council got rid of its food truck ban in June.

The truck is owned by Tom and Sherry Abraham, who have been selling ice cream in Boone County and at special events around the region for the last three years.

They’ll sell six styles of hotdogs Thursday, including Chicago and Coney Island dogs, as well as their own “MacDaddy Dog,” a hotdog topped with nacho-style mac and cheese, bacon bits and onion chive. Ice cream, sides and drinks will also be on the menu.

Supporters fought to get food trucks in Rockford as a way to enliven downtown and help out small businesses. Three other vendors are working through the permit process now.

The first test of the market comes tomorrow.

Coley’s Cooler will open 11 a.m. at 300 W. State St.

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Food Truck Employee Fired Over Tweet

Unbelievably critical behavior, just as you’d design from a arrange of association whose employees leave $0 tips on $170 sandwich orders.

food lorry worker dismissed over chatter comment

We know because he had to be fired, though can we suppose operative during a kind of association that would publicly accept a food truck’s apology? They wanted their prominence known, in a matter of a food lorry that was so really wrong about awaiting tips.

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