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Oct 13, 2013
Kim Rivers

Go to the Chicago Food Truck Rally This Friday

Eight food trucks will be parked at Daley Plaza from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday for the city’s first Food Truck Rally. The event is collaboration between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It’s also a really great excuse to forego that sad desk lunch you were planning on bringing to work.

Presented by City of Chicago, Goose Island Beer Company and Illinois Lottery, Friday’s food fest offers food, beer, and wine for purchase as well as two live DJ sets. Oh yeah, and then there’s the food trucks, many of which made Chicago’s food truck list back in May.

Here’s a list of the trucks that’ll be attending and a sample of their menus.

Beavers Coffee Donuts: mini donuts with regular and gourmet toppings (strawberry sauce, nutella, PBJ, chocolate and peanut butter sauce).

Bridgeport Pasty: Cornish-style pasties (chicken pot pie, pork and apples, vegetable).

Chicago Cupcake: cookies and cream cupcake, s’mores cupcake, The Motherload cupcake (chocolate cake on a pretzel and brown sugar crust, filled with peanut butter and topped with Italian buttercream).

Chicago Lunchbox: fried pork spring rolls, bahn mis, rice boxes, Vietnamese iced coffee.

The Fat Shallot: truffle fries, grilled cheese, buffalo chicken sandwich, Fat Shallot fries (topped with caramelized shallots, cheese sauce and spicy giardiniera).

Jerk 312: Jerk chicken and wings, fries, Jamaican cornbread fritters.

The Salsa Truck: tacos, quesadillas, signature salsas, chips and guacamole.

PorkChop: barbecue, delicious barbecue.

So what’s the appeal of a food truck rally? Looking at the menu above, you could ideally have a lunch comprised of mini donuts, spring rolls, fries topped with giardiniera, guacamole, and a barbecue sandwich. Or you could just eat cupcakes for dinner. Go ahead, we won’t judge.


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Oct 13, 2013
Kim Rivers

Free food truck sites in Muskegon and Oceana counties for October 2013

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Local mobile pantry truck sites in Muskegon and Oceana counties have been scheduled for October 2013.

The sites are part of Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Inc., a regional food bank in Comstock Park, according to information provided by Muskegon County Cooperating Churches. The local truck program provides people in need with “fresh produce and often dairy products, which are not usually available from a church pantry.”

The program is supported by various community groups and companies. 

Free area food truck sites in October 2013 include:

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 6 p.m., Samuel Lutheran Church, 540 Houston Ave., Muskegon, 231-722-7308.

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 10 a.m., Loaves Fishes (sponsored by Michigan Coastal Credit Union), 1086 Creston St., Muskegon, 231-726-5341.

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 10 a.m., Fifth Reformed Church (Northside), 2330 Holton Rd., North Muskegon, 231-744-4781.

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 9 a.m., First Congregational UCC, 1201 Jefferson St., Muskegon, 231-726-3254.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 5 p.m., Central United Methodist and Mt. Zion COGIC (at Huntington Bank parking lot), 221 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, 231-722-6545.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 6 p.m., Laketon Bethel Reformed Church, 1568 W. Giles Rd., North Muskegon, 231-744-1749.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 10 a.m., First Reformed Church of Ravenna, 3327 Mortimer St., Ravenna, 231-853-6621.

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, noon, Fruitland Evangelical Covenant Church, 4283 N. Weber Rd., Whitehall, 231-766-3871.

For more information, including food truck listing updates, contact 2-1-1 (or 231-733-1155) or Muskegon County Cooperating Churches at 231-727-6000 or go online to


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Oct 13, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food truck owner shot in northwest Harris County; Suspects at large


The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the owner of a mobile taqueria was shot to death Saturday during a robbery in northwest Harris County.

It happened just before 3:30pm in a gas station parking lot in the 8100 block of Fairbanks North Houston Road.

According to HCSO Homicide detectives, the food truck owner was fatally shot during a robbery. The victim — identified as Lorenzo Juan Vasqez, 53 — was dead by the time emergency responders arrived.

Detectives do not have much information on the suspects. They are described only as two Hispanic males. The suspects fled the scene and remain at large.

Officials said Vasqez’s wife was there, but she was not injured. It’s unclear whether anything was stolen.

Anyone with information on this crime can call HCSO at 713-967-5810 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Oct 13, 2013
Tim Lester

Film-making competition on VN street food launched for expats

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese, overseas Vietnamese and foreigners can submit their short films about sidewalk restaurants in Vietnam to this competition.

VN street food, film making contest, culinary

This is the first time in HCM City many organizations jointly held a short documentary film contest on the theme of street food of Vietnam.

With the maximum length of 5 minutes, contestants can use all kinds of equipment to shoot their works, such as mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders, etc. The films may have comments or not.

Mr. Buu Dien, a member of the organizing committee, said the criteria for image quality are necessary but it is not the most important factor. The organizers encourage film-makers to shoot films with simple stories about people who earn their living by selling food on the street, about typical dishes of Vietnam street food.

Dien said that the stories in films should be true stories, which can help the audience feel the friendly hospitality of the Vietnamese people as well as the beauty of the folk distinct culinary culture.

The board of judges has seven members, who are experts in the culinary field and the field of television production, including Mr. Michael Castengera (Senior lecturer at the University of Georgia, USA), Mr Chew Han Tah (Malaysian TV director), Mr. Huy Moeller (academic director of the Saigon International Film School – SIFS), Mr. Robert Danhi – culinary expert, photographer and author of several acclaimed culinary books, Mr. Max Murta (American director living in Vietnam), Ms. Bui Thi Suong, culinary expert, vice president of the Saigon professional chefs association and Mr. Chiem Thanh Long.

Mr. Max Murta said for the first time in Vietnam, he dared not eat any street food because he did not understand this food culture and was afraid of food safety. However, after a period of time living here, he was charmed by street food of Saigon.

“Vietnam’s delicacies are not only pho. I hope that through this film contest, many more cuisines will be introduced to people, particularly foreigners. Previously I never thought of eating hot vit lon but now it is a favorite dish of mine,” he said.

The competition will take place from October 7 through December 7. Total prize value is VND200 million ($10,000).

The event is jointly held by the HCM City Tourism Promotion Center, the HCM City Tourism Association and the Saigon International Film School (SIFS).

T. Van

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Oct 13, 2013
Tim Lester

How safe is food served by pop-up street outlets?

Street food is increasingly popular across the UK with a boom in outlets and festivals dedicated to the cuisine.

But how effectively is street food policed and is this sufficient to ensure public safety?

The Street Spice event in Newcastle upon Tyne in March 2013 resulted in more than 400 people reporting food poisoning, diarrhoea and vomiting as a result of raw curry leaves contaminated in Pakistan.

Presenter Chris Jackson investigates the practices at two street festivals with food scientist Jim Francis, to check their food hygiene standards.

He also asks Paula Davis, a Newcastle City Council environmental health officer, about how the council checks street food outlets which appear for a short period.

Inside Out is broadcast on BBC One North East and Cumbria on Monday, 14 October at 19:30 BST and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

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Oct 12, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Stops: October 11

Chinatown (Seventh and G sts., NW), where you’ll find Borinquen Lunchbox.

Farragut Square (17th and I sts., NW), where you’ll find Peruvian Brothers, Far East Taco Grill, DC Slices, E-Life, DC Ballers, Basil Thyme, Woodland’s Vegan Bistro. Tasty Kabob, Sweetbites Truck, and Bite2Go; Pho Junkies, and DC Ballers (nearby at 20th and L).

Franklin Square (13th and K sts., NW), where you’ll find Hungry Heart, Lemongrass Truck, Ball or Nothing, Simple on Wheels, and Taste of Eastern Europe.

L’Enfant (Sixth St. and Maryland Ave., SW), where you’ll find Cathy’s Bistro.

Metro Center (12th and G sts., NW), where you’ll find Far East Taco Grill, DC Empanadas, Cajunators, Red Hook Lobster, Fasika, What the Pho?, and Tasty Kabob.

Northern Virginia, where you’ll find Pho-Bachi, Seoul Food, Willie’s Po Boy, Brandon’s Little Truck (Ballston), Green Eggs and Burgers (Arlington Hall), Mama’s Donut Bites, Urban Bumpkin, Lemongrass Truck (Rosslyn), and Tasty Kabob (Tysons).

State Department (around 21st St. and Virginia Ave., NW), where you’ll find Captain Cookie, DC Ballers, and Rolling Ficelle.

Union Station (North Capitol St. and Massachusetts Ave., NE), where you’ll find Korean Taco Box, Hula Girl, and Neat Meat.

West End (24th and M sts., NW), where you’ll find Curbside Cupcakes, Far East Taco Grill, Kafta Mania, Cirque Cuisine, and Yellow Vendor.

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Oct 12, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Central Open Tonight

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — We told you of a new trend in Springfield last week.  Tonight, a new food truck park is open from 5-8 p.m. on Glenstone, just north of Chestnut, in the Transport Graphics Lot.

The trucks will be in place as part of the grand opening.  Among the trucks will be a juice truck and a truck that looks like a double-decker English bus.

You can also catch the trucks at odd timed during the week, but every Friday is when to expect the most activity. 

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Oct 12, 2013
Kim Rivers

Hundreds head to Daley Plaza for city’s 1st Food Truck Rally

The lunch bell rang on Daley Plaza at 11 a.m. Friday at the start of the city’s first ever Food Truck Rally.

Within minutes, hundreds poured into the plaza looking for a quick and tasty bite from one of eight food trucks.

Dan Salls’ Salsa Truck, the first in the city to begin cooking on board, was restocking its supplies within 20 minutes of opening.

Over at Jerk 312, Dion Solano was at the grill early, cooking up jerk chicken, jerk fries and corn bread fritters, excited to be reaching a new set of hungry stomachs.

“A lot of people see food trucks on TV, so they’ll stop and see our truck, and they’ll be, ‘I’ve never seen a food truck,’ and they’ll take pictures, but we need to get people more aware,” he said.

On top of the Jamaican and Mexican fare, the plaza hosted donuts, pastries, cupcakes and barbecue to name a few, celebrating Chicago Artists Month.

Music accompanied the munchies as well as some local beverages.

Even Mayor Emanuel stopped by to grab a quick chicken taco.

The Food Truck rally goes until 8 p.m. Friday. For more information, go to

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Oct 12, 2013
Tim Lester

Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine

What do restaurant chefs dream of? Most would be satisfied with a great review, a full house every night, maybe a restaurant or three of their own, a television show.

Not Roy Choi.

Choi has cut his own unconventional path to fame and success in the restaurant world, as his forthcoming book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, shows. Out Nov. 5, it’s a memoir and collection of recipes documenting Choi’s transformation from drug addict and gambler to one of Los Angeles’ most admired and charismatic civic leaders, one who is raising the bar on what it means for chefs to serve and feed their communities.

About five years ago, Choi got inspired by the Latin American food trucks of Los Angeles and decided to put his own spin on them, tapping his Korean roots and his training at the Culinary Institute of America.

His Kogi BBQ truck was an almost instant hit, thanks in part to his team’s pioneering use of Twitter as a way to get the word out. These days, several Kogi trucks roam the streets of L.A., and people line up to wait hours for his short rib and chicken tacos, drenched in sweet and spicy sauces.

Since Kogi’s launch, Choi has grown his business in all kinds of directions, with more trucks, new restaurants, and even a café serving coffee and smoothies inside a high school in South Central L.A. That project, called 3 Worlds Cafe, is Choi’s first serious foray into food justice, a theme he delved into deeply and eloquently at the third annual MAD symposium, a gathering of the culinary illuminati — the likes of David Chang and Rene Redzepi — in Copenhagen in late August.

Choi’s talk was entitled “A Gateway to Feed Hunger: The Promise of Street Food,” and it’s worth watching. In it, Choi challenged the chefs in the audience to reach out to the people who can’t afford their food. He cited the tyranny of junk food in the food deserts of the inner cities and pushed chefs to think about how they could challenge it. He asked them, “Do we have the guts, us, collectively, to break this cycle?”

We called up Choi to get him to expand a bit more on his challenge to the food world.

“The question,” Choi tells The Salt, “is how can we continue the evolution of the culinary world, avant-garde cooking, and balance that with reaching the people we’re not reaching. We’re already cooking on a high level and pushing the envelope. We can still do these things and balance it with food that’s more accessible.”

For Choi, that means chefs need to find ways to bring healthier food, with the creative flavors they’ve honed in their restaurants, to the people who will never be able to afford their restaurants.

“My dream is that in 20 years we won’t have this same society where inner cities have no options for food except fast food,” he says. “I believe we can change it because of what happened with street food,” referring to the explosive growth of the food truck movement that he helped launch. “But we have to use the same model and framework of fast food, the same economic model, the same price point, to get them there.”

And Choi argues that people who’ve been raised on junk food may not initially go for the flavors of haute cuisine. One way chefs can ease this transition, he says, is by incorporating ingredients that are familiar to the communities they are serving. For example, Choi says he uses ingredients like Spam, canned green beans and mac and cheese in the meals he prepares when he takes his food truck to disadvantaged L.A. neighborhoods, but then he adds his own twist.

“I pair it with something I would do in the restaurant — so I take an intense puree of leeks, chilies, spring garlic, and mix that with mac and cheese,” Choi says. “So they’re getting something familiar and something different, full of flavor and nutrients.”

So what’s next for Choi? He’ll be promoting his book, of course, but he has further plans to develop his food justice projects.

“I’d like to continue to evolve 3 Worlds Café,” he says. “I want to get more money invested in it, get hot food there, and I’m leveraging good purveyors to help me out. The goal is to create a café you would put in any school. It can help build a work-study program, provide jobs and nutrition. … And I’m trying to open up more projects to provide more jobs for people in the communities that really need them.”

To follow along, check Choi’s blog:

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Oct 11, 2013
Kim Rivers

Fast and furious: Houston getting another food truck park

Pictured: Chi'Lantro BBQ food truck at the Houston Food Truck Fest in MayAnother food truck park is set to open in Houston. CultureMap reports Mangum Food Park, at 2924 Mangum Road, will open Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.

Pictured: Chi’Lantro BBQ food truck at the Houston Food Truck Fest in May

Another food truck park is set to open in Houston. CultureMap reports Mangum Food Park, at 2924 Mangum Road, will open Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.

Josh Mitelman
Multimedia reporter- Houston Business Journal


Yet another food truck park is coming to the Houston area.

CultureMap reports Mangum Food Park, a former dairy farm located at 2924 Mangum Road in northwest Houston, will open Oct. 19. A grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The park currently does not have electricity, so in the beginning it will only be open during the day, CultureMap reports. However, co-owner Brent Fisk told the website he plans to add lights soon.

Earlier this month, My Food Park HTX announced it would open at 800 Highway 6 South in the Energy Corridor Nov. 2. Park owner Liz Hale told CultureMap some of the trucks lined up for the grand opening include Bernie’s Burger Bus, Pho-Jita Fusion and The Hungry Lumberjack, as well as her own dessert truck, Zeapod Cakery.

Houston’s first food truck park — Houston Food Park — opened at 1504 St. Emanuel St. over the summer.

Meanwhile, on the heels of its successful food truck festival at Stereo Live in May, event producer NightCulture Inc. said earlier this month that the facility, at 6400 Richmond Ave., will host another food truck fest Nov. 9.

The event will bring together 20 of Houston’s most popular mobile businesses — including Chi’lantro BBQ, LadyBird Food Truck and The Waffle Bus.

Tickets are $12, with all food trucks featuring at least one $3 signature item in addition to their regular menu offerings.

Local food truck lovers don’t have to wait till next month to get their festival fix. The Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival, featuring 35 trucks, will be held Oct. 11–13 at Houston Community College’s Southwest campus on the 610 Loop near the Southwest Freeway. Tickets are $16, which doesn’t include food but does include $5 in beverage coupons.

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