Reporter- Chicago Business Journal
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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; email@example.com; @greggstanley
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.
Unbelievably critical behavior, just as you’d design from a arrange of association whose employees leave $0 tips on $170 sandwich orders.
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.
Find a strange essay by Rob Beschizza at BoingBoing.com here
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Food trucks will begin whetting appetites Thursday at three preordained downtown Las Vegas locations.
Through a city lottery conducted Monday, serving times and dedicated parking spaces were doled out to 16 participating food trucks. Their rotations begin Thursday.
The lottery system was created after the Las Vegas City Council decided in October that all food trucks must operate at least 150 feet away from existing brick-and-mortar restaurants.
Jace Radke, a city spokesman, said the pilot program would run from August to January. After the six-month trial period, the city will review the program and make any necessary improvements.
A single food truck will be allowed daily at three reserved downtown locations: at 100 Bonneville Ave., near the Bonneville Transportation Center; 1 Lewis Ave., behind City Hall; and in the 400 block of South Third Street, in front of the Regional Justice Center.
A1 Mobile Catering will be among the first food trucks to operate under the new system. Owner John Mergaretis said it was too early to tell whether the lottery system would be beneficial or detrimental for business but said he was willing to participate.
“It’s worth a try, though. It might be well,” Mergaretis said.
A complete calendar of food truck operating hours can be found on the city’s website.
Over a past 3 years a SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association has assisted 11 other food lorry associations form. They have supposing guidance, bylaws and assistance with 501(c)(6) filings for non distinction status. They do this since they trust that clever advocacy national furthers their means in California and since they trust that everybody deserves a voice.
They’re expanding their beginning to assistance fledgling food lorry associations. If we need assistance formulating or organizing a new food lorry association, email them and they’ll do their best to assistance out.
The initial step in removing an organisation together is removing a applicable parties (truck owners) into a room to plead a issues. The initial assembly should be used to brand a many critical issues confronting a attention in your area. Create a list in sequence of importance. Typically lists include: bans, time extent restrictions, travel vending restrictions, private skill bans, etc. Once a list is together a plan can be grown to grasp your goals.
They will assistance we each step of a way.
You can find their site at: http://socalmfva.com/
About a Southern California Food Vendors Association: We are a organisation of tiny business entrepreneurs who have set about changing a food landscape in Southern California by providing a different and heterogeneous accumulation of high peculiarity food during an affordable price, from a mobile platform. The SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association was a initial food lorry advocacy classification in a new epicurean food lorry industry.
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