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Aug 30, 2014
Kim Rivers

Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market founder plans Capital City Food Truck Battle for … – The Star

TRENTON — Strawberry “Margaritaville” cupcakes, “Jersey Special” hot dogs and Ratatouille pizza will be just a few things on the menu when food trucks from all over the tri-state area come to Trenton to battle it out for the title of best food truck next month.

The Capital City Food Truck Battle, scheduled for Sept. 27 at Trenton Social, will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and guests will be able to enjoy fresh food from about 10 or 12 different food trucks. At the end of the day, they’ll cast a vote for their favorite.

The Dapper Dog, from Philadelphia; Cupcake Carnivale, of Princeton; and Fired Up Flatbread Company, from Hunterdon County, are just a few of the food trucks that will be participating.

Joseph Kuzemka, who is organizing the event, said Trenton was the best area to host the food truck battle. The venue, Trenton Social, also hosted the well-attended inaugural Trenton Pork Roll Festival earlier this year.

“Food trucks are kind of a hot item right now and something that people love,” he said. “I thought Trenton was a prime area to do it.”

The event will have live music by Chalk The Beige Americans, a grassroots-organic soul-hop band from Philadelphia. Kuzemka said a farmers’ market will also be incorporated so people can buy locally-grown and homemade foods.

Kuzemka is also the founder of the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, where more than 200 vendors from all over the East Coast and more than 4,500 others come together three times a year to buy and sell vinyl records, vintage clothing, original artwork and other products.

But the flea market and food truck battle are more than just events at which people can have a good time — Kuzemka said events like these bring liveliness to cities and towns that might need a little boost.

“My goal is always to bring people into the city and have them understand that people can come here and have a good time,” he said.

“Tourism is one of the best ways to fix a city that’s a little damaged right now, and by bringing (people) in and showing them they can have a fun and safe time, they’ll keep coming back.”

Kuzemka also said he wants to show the food truck vendors that they can thrive in a place like Trenton.

About 2,000 or 3,000 people are expected to attend, Kuzemka said, and there is a $5 entry fee. All money raised will go toward his business, the Rockhopper Creative, through which Kuzemka runs the flea market and food truck battle.

“It’s been a pretty amazing experience and the event has grown,” Kuzemka said about the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, also adding that he hopes the food truck battle will grow in years to come. “I wouldn’t do it if people didn’t appreciate it.”

Amy Reynolds may be reached at areynolds@njtimes.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyE_Reynolds. Find The Times of Trenton on Facebook.

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Aug 30, 2014
Tim Lester

30-plus food trucks battle it out at Nashville Street Food Awards

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Aug 29, 2014
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Friday Fills Community

By Thomas Bunn

 

 

This past Friday, the City of Inglewood, in collaboration with KJLH Radio, launched its annual 4th Friday Food Truck Festival on Market Street.  To call it a hit, is an understatement.

 

Some of the best tasting mobile cuisine in Southern California came to Inglewood, as did residents and guests, to sample the great variety of dishes, and socialize with friends and loved ones.  Music blared and the streets buzzed in laughter and chatter.  It was amazing to see the community come alive for something we usually only see in surrounding cities.

 

I had the opportunity to speak with some of the vendors, Simone from Sista Soul said, “This is our third time being here to participate in the 4th Friday event, and we plan to be here every year.”

 

The Rollin’ Lobster truck experienced a line around the corner for a large part of the event. Owner, Pete said, “We fly our lobster from Maine every day, it’s never frozen. I get up at 5 in the morning every day and tell our distributor how many pounds of lobster we need for the day.  It’s on a boat, then a plane, and to me around 10 o’clock, so it’s as fresh as I can get it.”

 

The Rollin’ Lobster wasn’t the only truck to have some truly long lines.  Vendors like BR Burgers, Ragin’ Cajun, and Sweet E’s did really well also. On the strip as well, was Currywurst, India Jones, and even a soft served ice cream truck.

 

Our city was alive and full Friday night. If you’ve worked up an appetite, you may want to make sure you come out to the City’s next 4th Friday Food Truck Festival on September 26 from 4-9pm. See you there.

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Aug 29, 2014
Kim Rivers

UB’s first food truck to debut at football game

The menu will change every few weeks, but student and staff
favorites will carry over. Prices range between $4 and $8, and
customers can pay with cash, credit and funds on UB cards.

Big Blue will circle the North Campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays, and the South Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. CDS also
will station the truck on the South Campus on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday nights.

The downtown campus will join Big Blue’s route once
construction on the new School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences’ building is completed.

CDS will announce Big Blue’s regular operating hours
before the home opener on Aug. 30.

“As UB grows, we’re limited in physical space to
build kitchens. A food truck gives us that flexibility to serve
different areas relatively easily,” says Ray Kohl, CDS
marketing manager. “We’re going to be where food
isn’t normally readily available, so we don’t see this
being parked outside of the Student Union. They’re already
being served.”

Students can expect to find the mobile kitchen at most campus
events and athletic games as well. The truck also will be available
to students, faculty, staff and alumni for catering of on- and
off-campus events.

If Big Blue is a success, CDS plans to build a second, smaller
food truck, to be named Baby Blue.

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Aug 29, 2014
Kim Rivers

Chamber tries to boost food truck business

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce says it’s time to partner with food trucks, which are growing throughout the Susquehanna Valley.

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So, the Riverside Food Truck was born, and it kicked off Thursday morning in Harrisburg.

Two food trucks set up in the chamber parking lot. They including “The Chicken Truck,” which operates mostly throughout the Harrisburg area. The “Ice Cream Express” truck also showed up.

The chamber says that food trucks aren’t just a different way to eat, but a different way to do business in the Susquehanna Valley, which should be nurtured.

The event is trying to grow the food truck business. While the trucks get to downtown throughout the year, they usually don’t go as far north as the chamber’s location, along the 3200 block of North Front Street.

If all goes well, organizers say the event will become a regular feature. The trucks were set to be serving food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

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Aug 29, 2014
Kim Rivers

Local business Mac the Cheese enjoys the recent Gwinnett food truck trend …

Mac the Cheese employee, Scott DAngelo, prepares some of the mac and cheese while setting up for the Grayson Farmers Market on Wednesday at the Grayson Community Park. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

Mac the Cheese employee, Scott D’Angelo, prepares some of the mac and cheese while setting up for the Grayson Farmers Market on Wednesday at the Grayson Community Park. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

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The food truck trend is making its way to Gwinnett County.

For people in major urban areas like New York or Seattle, food trucks are nothing new, but recently the trend has made its way to the suburbs.

Food trucks can now be seen at events all over Gwinnett — Food Truck Fridays or Tuesdays, farmers markets, concerts, movie nights and festivals. Almost all of the trucks that participate in these events travel out from Atlanta, but Lawrenceville residents Beau and Tiffany Hodson, who own Mac the Cheese and The Atlanta Burger Truck, get to do business right in their own backyard.

The Hodsons had entertained the idea of starting a food truck for many years before they actually took the risk back in 2011 — Beau had years of experience in the restaurant industry and Tiffany had just graduated with an MBA from the University of Georgia, so the timing seemed right.

“We had done (catered) parties for friends and family, and they always told us we should do it,” Tiffany said. “When we decide to take the risk it was just starting to get popular in Atlanta. Also, we had watched the shows and thought it’d be fun and it has.”

Both menus were created by Beau, who calls himself a “food enthusiast” instead of a chef, since he doesn’t have formal training. Tiffany said her husband has such a passion and excitement for food that it’s contagious. The Hodsons originally opened a storefront restaurant along with Mac the Cheese and The Atlanta Burger Truck, but it didn’t bring in the same revenue as the trucks.

“It’s just more flexible to just have a truck because you can take it where there’s business, and we work when we work and can take a week off if needed,” Tiffany said.

The Hodsons rarely take a day off, though. During the peak months — April, May, September and October — they work about 80 hours a week.

“Since we’re local, we try to participate in as many events in our county as possible — Suwanee food truck night, Grayson farmers market, Lilburn farmers market, Snellville farmers market and Buford movie night,” Tiffany said. “We have seen such great support in our area for food trucks.”

Tiffany specualtes that the food truck trend has exploded in Gwinnett because the idea is fun and new, as well as “a great way to get fresh, local food at a reasonable price.”

The city of Suwanee was the first to host Food Truck Friday back in May of 2013. Duluth and Lilburn now offer regular food truck events, which draw in crowds of over 1,000 people.

The Hodsons enjoy participating in local events and hope the recent popularity will pave the way for a change in Gwinnett laws regarding food trucks.

“As the law currently stands food trucks are unable to be permitted for mobile food vending in Gwinnett County except for temporary events,” Tiffany said. “It’s a bummer for us because that means we have to leave the county to do most of our business. We are grateful to the cities like Suwanee and Duluth that have opened up their arms to food truck events and are excited to have us here.”

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Aug 29, 2014
Kim Rivers

An app for food truck lovers: UAH student, designer launching Foodie Radar in … – The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Harvest native Amanda Blanton was in the car searching for local food trucks with her boyfriend early this summer when a debate between the couple sparked the birth of a new business idea.

View full sizeAmanda Blanton, a UAH senior and designer at Modern Smart in Huntsville, is the brains behind Foodie Radar, a new app that gives smartphone users real-time information on local mobile food vendors and their menu options. (Contributed photo) 

The University of Alabama in Huntsville senior and graphic designer longed for an app she could open on her iPhone that showed the closest food trucks and what their menus were for the day.

“Gas is too expensive to spend the time and money looking for them,” she said. “So my boyfriend was like, ‘Why don’t you make one then?’”

A few months later, 22-year-old Blanton and local developer Trent Go are preparing to launch Foodie Radar, an app that gives iOS and Android users real-time information on mobile eateries in Huntsville and their menu options. The app also invites residents to connect with their favorite food vendors on social media.

Foodie Radar will be available to smartphone users within the next two months, while a second version with additional features, such as notifications and customer reviews, will launch next spring. As food trucks gain momentum in Huntsville, Birmingham and across the state, Blanton believes her idea will fill a hole in the local food scene.

Go got on board with Foodie Radar earlier this summer after Blanton asked for help developing the new app on Twitter. She received nearly 30 proposals and price quotes from app companies and freelancers across the globe, but she chose to work with Go because of his work experience and connection to Huntsville.

Blanton, who graduates in December with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UAH, is a multimedia development intern at Teledyne Brown Engineering and designer for Modern Smart in south Huntsville. She is being mentored by KiDebit app developers Jacob Birmingham and Radhaji Mani.

Birmingham, an information systems expert in Huntsville, launched KiDebit, a child-friendly app that educates kids on how to budget and learn the value of money, in June. He met Blanton a few weeks ago during one of his weekly mobile tech talks in downtown Huntsville.

“I think (Foodie Radar) is a great idea because it addresses a local need,” he said. “The feedback coming out of our mobile tech interest group has all been very positive.”

The app will feature local food trucks, but also include mobile vendors like Piper Leaf and farmers markets. The app will be free for customers, but businesses will have to pay an annual licensing fee to be included.

Blanton, who has received requests about developing Foodie Radar in Raleigh, N.C., Seattle and Denver, is confident the app will do well in Huntsville and beyond as more entrepreneurs trade brick-and-mortar stores for mobile eateries.

“If there’s a problem, we need a solution, so why not be a part of that solution?” she said.

Interested vendors should visit Foodie Radar’s website for details on participating in the new app. Updates about the app are posted to Twitter and Instagram.

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Aug 29, 2014
Kim Rivers

UB unveils “Big Blue,” new food truck for students, community

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The University at Buffalo is catching the food truck craze with their own creation: “Big Blue.”

The food truck from the university’s Campus Dining and Shops will travel between the North and South campuses serving up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, varieties of macaroni and cheese, and teppanyaki. It will also be spotted at special events, athletic games, and is available for catering at on- and off-campus sites.

Big Blue makes its debut during the UB football home owner on Saturday, August 30. The menu will change every few weeks, but student and staff favorites will stick around.

Some of the grilled cheese sandwiches include The Pink Goat, which features herbed goat cheese on marble rye with pickled beets and arugula; the Peanut Butter with Sideburns, a peanut butter sandwich with bacon, bananas and a hint of cream cheese; and the Plain Jane, a classic American cheese on sour dough bread.

Macaroni and cheese specials include a spicy option with jalapenos and beef on weck mac. While teppanyaki, a style of grilled Japanese cuisine, includes ramen noodles with beef, chicken, shrimp and vegetarian options.

All items on the menu are between $4 and $8, and customers can with UB Dining Dollars, Campus Cash, cash and credit.

You can follow Big Blue on Twitter @UBBigBlue.

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Aug 29, 2014
Kim Rivers

Philadelphia Food Trucks Converge On Franklin Square For ‘Food Truck Festivus’

By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It was a “Food Truck Festivus” at Franklin Square Thursday.

A half dozen food trucks lined the sidewalks of Franklin Square serving everything from meatballs to ice cream.

“I have cheese curds with sriracha, mayo and a fresh made lemonade,” one person said.

“I got the pulled pork tacos from Oink and Moo BBQ,” another person said.

“I love food trucks, I love trying new food and this gives you the perfect opportunity to try a ton of food,” said another.

People came for the food, but many stayed for the pop-up beer garden and the free games.

“We have special games, volleyball, horseshoes croquet, bocce, just makes for a fun evening.”

If you missed this event at the Square, there’s no need to panic — they’ll be hosting a Labor Day celebration over the weekend.

For more information, visit: http://historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/special-events/.

 

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Aug 28, 2014
Jim Benson

Eat Beat: 6 Great Summer Food Cart Sandwiches


Before you throw a fried egg-laden, double-grilled-cheese hamburger at my head, let me be clear: food carts are a godsend.

1. They allow potentially talented chef-entrepreneurs to share their wares with the world. Often, cart food is leagues beyond what you’ll find in a restaurant in terms of creativity and economy.

2. They are a major driver of Portland’s tourist industry. Where would Portland be without Burrasca’s Florentine grandma food, or People’s Pig’s wood-fired wild boar sandwiches?

But the low-cost, low-risk food cart blessing is also a curse. Sure, it’s still a democracy, but unlike restaurants, which require significant capital and foresight, food carts aren’t forced through the same natural selection, survival of the fittest rigmarole that keeps the brick and mortar population down.

And it’s getting worse. In our opinion, if there are 500 Portland food carts rotating in and out at any given time, maybe 10% of them are crave-worthy, thought provoking, or unique to the market. Because of the growing number, and because of their proven success (Step 1: purchase airstream trailer, Step 2: profit), the discrepancy in that ratio is getting wider. And, of course, many of the stalwarts—Lardo, Sok Sab Bai, Fifty-Licks—have abandoned their carts for greener pastures.

We are left wading through a sea of edible garbage, hunting down those rare moments of exceptional, affordable eating. Do we really need another kindergarten-level, bacon-themed cart? A greasy bahn-mi-noodle house? What about another Japanese-Chinese-Korean-Mexican taco truck?

Whose job is it to keep the carts in line? The pod owners? The general public? Should we sanction some sort of food cart oversight committee? Let us know in the comments below. 

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