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Nov 24, 2014
Kim Rivers

Big Star Food Truck to Sell Tacos Outside South Loop Shops on Black Friday

Shoppers can hunt for Black Friday deals with a Big Star taco in hand this year.

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CHICAGO — South Loop shoppers are in for a treat this Black Friday.

Wicker Park’s beloved taco restaurant Big Star will be selling tacos from its food truck outside of the Roosevelt Collection, a South Loop shopping complex, from 12 p.m.-3 p.m Friday, according to a news release.

There will be deals galore at all of the Roosevelt Collection shops, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., including at HM, Haberdash, lululemon, ULTA, Fleet Feet and Francesca’s along with newly opened Victoria’s Secret and The Container Store.

Some stores, like Banana Republic and HM, will open as early as 7 a.m., the release said.

Between munching on a taco and scoring a great deal on some holiday gifts, shoppers can also take photos with Santa, who will be visiting the shopping complex beginning Black Friday between 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

There will be free parking available at an on-site parking garage. 

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Nov 24, 2014
Kim Rivers

Table 301 rolls out food truck

I was intrigued by the post I saw on Facebook yesterday. Table 301 has a food truck!?


So I dug a little deeper to find out what, if anything, was going on.

Turns out, yes, its true, Table 301

is now the proud owner of an official food truck. Marketing director, Gina Boulware confirmed Monday that the company has a new addition that is currently being referred to as the “Table 301 Mobile Kitchen.”

For now, Table 301′s new addition will just be used solely for the company’s catering business.

“From a catering stand point, we’ve always talked about how we have a mobile kitchen, and we kind of do with the box truck we’ve been using for catering,” Boulware said. “But this is a real mobile kitchen.”
Table 301 has been toying with the idea of a food truck for some time, Boulware said, particularly for catering where mobile cooking is a major advantage. But still, the purchase of the truck happened very quickly.

On Friday, Table 301 owner, Carl Sobocincki, pulled the trigger on purchasing a previously-owned truck. The vehicle was formerly Heavenly The Food Truck , operated by Chef Harris Cottingham and Angell Bros. Catering. Cottingham said “the owners were just looking to go a different direction with their business.”

The truck’s addition to the Table 301 family is fortuitous with the start o the busy holiday season, when catering orders are way up, Boulware said.

“This just really allows you to have all your equipment you would have in your own kitchen and take it with you wherever you go,” Boulware said.

As to whether the truck will eventually be put to use for other, more traditional food truck-type operations, Boulware wouldn’t say.

“It was just an opportunity that arose that helped us meet a need that we had,” she said. “It made sense and happened very quickly.”

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Nov 24, 2014
Jim Benson

Police arrest man they say was selling drugs behind food cart

A popular downtown food cart could be on the way out because of a drug arrest.

Portland Police detectives said it was an employee of the cart who was arrested, however; the food cart owner said the suspect isn’t his employee.

Satay Indonesia is at the corner of Southwest 9th and Alder and police said the worker was selling heroin behind the cart.

During the lunch hour at the popular food carts on Southwest Alder, the owner at Satay Indonesia is busy cooking up his meals.

However, on Tuesday, police arrested Christopher Bartz for allegedly selling heroin from behind the cart.

“He was just a kid, a homeless kid who would work odd jobs in order to get by,” said Derek Kindschuh, owner of Satay Indonesia.

Kindschuh said he was helping Bartz out by paying him to clean his cart or take out the trash.

“I showed him how to cook a few things because he was interested in cooking. He was interested in learning a trade and I was offering to show him how to do that, but in no way was he an employee of mine,” Kindschuh said.

According to court documents, police used an informant to try and buy drugs from Bartz while at the food cart.

That informant set up a deal with Bartz over the phone to buy a gram of heroin.

As the informant was getting ready to make the deal police moved in and arrested Bartz.

“We have no association with it. The police raided our cart, tore it upside down. There were three cops in here and they found no drugs and no association with it whatsoever,” Kindschuh said.

He said he suspected Bartz was using drugs, but never knew he was selling them, let alone doing it behind his food cart.

“It’s really disappointing, here I am trying to help the homeless guy and it’s I who ends up getting tied up into this heroin selling type of thing,” Kindschuh said.

As a result of this arrest, Kindschuh is now being forced to leave this location and search for a new spot.

“It is my livelihood and I’m being forced to move out in three days and it’s kind of disappointing,” Kindschuh said.

Bartz has a long criminal history and was arrested in 2011 during the Occupy Portland movement for having drugs in the park.

In this latest arrest, he was caught with metal knuckles, which are considered a dangerous weapon.

Kindschuh is now forced to look for a place to move into and is asking for any suggestions. 

If you can help you can email him at or call him at 512-354-0363.

Copyright 2014 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Nov 23, 2014
Kim Rivers

HCSO: Man Dies After Driver Hits, Pins Him Against Food Truck Outside Nightclub – KCEN

(KHOU) —  A man faces an intoxication manslaughter charge after police say he hit and killed a pedestrian after a bizarre series of events outside of an east Houston nightclub early Saturday.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, it happened around 3 a.m. in the 15900 block of the East Freeway at the Diamante Negro Night Club.

Investigators said a man inside the nightclub had come out to the parking lot where a taco truck was in operation. He then went up to a table near the taco truck where another man and his wife were seated eating food.

The suspect asked the man for a cigarette, which he was given. The suspect then got into his Ford Taurus parked nearby, deputies said.

Then the suspect drove into the table where the husband and wife were seated, pinning the man between the car and the taco truck, deputies. He then put the car in reverse and backed into the club building.

Then several patrons in the parking lot approached the Taurus and pulled the suspect from the vehicle and began assaulting him, deputies said. He had several teeth knocked out and an eye that was swollen shut.

Deputies said he was taken to the hospital and found to be about three times the legal limit for intoxication. He will face intoxication manslaughter.

Deputies said the patrons who assaulted the suspect left before police arrived and have not been identified.

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Nov 23, 2014
Kim Rivers

UPDATE: Stolen Popcorn Food Truck Recovered

UPDATE: A bright orange food truck reported stolen from Alexandria was recovered Friday night in Forestville, Md. The loss was widely shared and followed on social media.

See anyone driving around in this bright orange food truck?

Popped! Republic
food truck, specializing in gourmet popcorn, was stolen overnight from near its headquarters in Alexandria, according to Alexandria Police.

It was last parked at the company, on S. Dove Street, which is near Duke Street and Telegraph Road.

If you see the truck, contact police at (703) 746-4444.

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Nov 23, 2014
Kim Rivers

Bagel truck steaming into mall for holiday season

Just in time for the holiday season, a popular area food truck and Indian Mound Mall are pushing full steam ahead with a radical new concept.

SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches is expected to be open for business by Black Friday inside the food court of the mall, co-founder Jay Snyder said. The truck is expected to remain in the mall until the end of March.

It is thought to be the first food truck to be operating, as a food truck, inside a mall in the country.

Snyder said he and co-founder Corey Wills were approached earlier this year by the mall about having a traditional spot in the food court. The bagel entrepreneurs weren’t interested, but they had a counteroffer: Run the food truck in the mall.

“We’re making history every single moment with this thing,” Snyder said.

Joe Williams, general manager of the mall said, “The health department can find nowhere — at least in the state — where this has been done, which is pretty neat.”

Williams described the collaborative effort between Steamroller and Indian Mound as the fulfillment of a desire to offer local shoppers, “an experience that they can’t find online. We want that 8-year-old girl to remember years from now that big blue truck in the food court,” he said.

The process of physically getting the truck into the mall earlier this week was an adventure. The truck was scheduled to go into the mall Monday night.

Snyder said the truck got within a few feet of the door before a leak in the fuel pump delayed the operation until the pump was fixed.

On Wednesday night, Snyder said the truck was once again ready to enter the mall.

“We had the most amazing experience getting it in,” he said.

Three inches of air had to be let out of each tire to lower the truck and 15 people had to be gathered to be inside the truck to compress the springs and shocks to lower it further to clear the mall ceiling as it was pushed inside.

“It was like the end of a sports movie or something,” Snyder said. “We were so close and we weren’t going to give up.”

On Thursday, Snyder was working with the mall to find a working cooler the truck can use.

The truck is scheduled to be open for Black Friday shopping and will be open most other days between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The truck will have different hours on some days because of the mall’s varying holiday hours.

Snyder said the current menu will be available to customers at the mall along with new options. SteamRoller will now have a breakfast sandwich option in addition to regular bagels with cream cheese and more chip and drink options.

The truck is located in the food court area.

SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches also is looking to hire several people to help out with the food truck. People who are interested should email

If you go

What: SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches

When: Open during most mall hours, typically 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., beginning Thanksgiving

Where: Food court in Indian Mound Mall

FYI: The food truck offers Steamed bagel sandwiches, chips and drinks.

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Nov 23, 2014
Jim Benson

Pigeons snapped chowing down at Manhattan food cart

Photo: Sarah Rodich

Photo: Sarah Rodich

Photo: Sarah Rodich

Photo: Sarah Rodich

New York, NY (WPIX) — Busy New Yorkers aren’t the only ones who stop at a street cart for a quick bite to eat.

Apparently, pigeons are fans of street meat as well.

Sarah Rodich photographed 2 pigeons dining at a food cart in the high 40s and 6th Avenue two weeks ago.

“I’m walking down 6th Avenue, I see a bunch of tourists stop to look at something and I check out to see what they are seeing and I saw two pigeons hanging out and eating on the food cart,” Rodich told PIX11.

“No one was there, they were just feasting. I waited about 10 minutes before I decided to go home.”

Pigeons are known to carry a range of diseases that can be passed to humans.

PIX11 returned to the corner to see if we could track down this food vendor and ask what happened. We didn’t find that cart’s owner, but we did find plenty of sidewalk diners and showed them the picture.

But before you completely lose your appetite, there is one man who says not to automatically judge all carts on one picture.

“That’s something that usually the workers are inexperienced and cant really take care of their location, usually that something that rarely happens it’s very rare,” said vendor Ahmed Ibrahim.

Ibrahim served up his signature dishes and explained that many of his fellow small business owners want greater regulations, and he’s pushing to have food carts get visible grades just like restaurants.

“We follow a little motto here, if you can’t serve it to your mother, you don’t serve it to the customer,” Ibrahim said.

By Ashley Edwards, Ayana Harry

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Nov 23, 2014
Kim Rivers

Popped! Republic Gourmet Popcorn Food Truck Stolen


Popped! Republic food truck owner Rich Arslan showed up at his Alexandria headquarters at 7 a.m. this morning and found his vehicle missing. He last saw the truck last night, parked in a lot on the 2381 S. Dove St., around 8:30 or 9 p.m. last night.

“It’s our primary revenue generator at the moment. It’s what put us on the map as a business,” Arslan says. “It’s what pays all our bills. It’s what enables us to hire and pay eight employees.”

He’s filed a police report, but he fears that in the worst case scenario, the truck could be sitting in a warehouse somewhere being chopped up for parts. “Every second counts in the beginning here,” he says.

DMV Food Truck Association executive director Che Ruddell-Tabisola says he’s never heard of a food truck in the D.C. area being stolen before.

If you see the truck or have any information, email

Photo courtesy Popped! Republic

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Nov 23, 2014
Kim Rivers

Food truck owner looking for more protection

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Nov 22, 2014
Kim Rivers

New food truck, ‘Wich Please, coming to Rockland

ROCKLAND — ‘Wich Please, a sassy, comfort food sandwich truck will soon be rolling up to Rockland.

On Nov. 18, and with fewer than three days to go is his crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign, local food blogger Malcolm Bedell blew through a $25,000 goal to fund his food truck project. With a handful of hours left to go, they’re on a stretched goal of $30,852 to add some decent vinyl graphics to the trailer.

Funded by nearly 400 backers, many of them from Maine, the project has built-in local enthusiasm. Bedell, who grew up in Tenants Harbor, said on his Kickstarter page, “I want to bring an obsessive level of detail to sandwich making, and sling the finished product out of the side of a trailer in a small-but-happening town in Midcoast Maine.” That “happening” town he refered to will be Rockland. According to the campaign they’ve got two spots secured around Main Street for the summer.

What can foodies expect?

Not just sandwiches. Incredible sandwiches, baked on fresh, crusty bread and filled with braised meats and locally-produced cheeses. Highbrow sandwiches made with garlic-roasted asparagus and quick-pickled onions in the summer. Lowbrow sandwiches packed with homemade lamb chili and cheese in the winter.

Within a matter of days of its launch, ‘Wich Please became a Kickstarter staff favorite. Combined with coverage by statewide press, interviews with Food Truck Empire and FoodTruckr, as well as a massive push by Mainers, Bedell’s baby was fast on its way to becoming a viral sensation.They’re currently the seventh-most-funded food truck campaign in Kickstarter history, and if they make it to their stretch goal, they will move up to sixth.

With an obsessive love of Maine’s local food scene, Bedwell and his wife, Jillian, created a blog, From Away, writing about such oddball  comfort foods as Frito Pie Grilled Cheese. The blog got some serious notice and Bedwell has gotten offers to write and take photos for Bon Appetit, Down East Magazine, The Guardian, Serious Eats, Food Wine, and L.A. Weekly, as well as appearances on NBC’s Today Show and WCSH6′s 207. From that success, they got a book deal with Tilbury House in Thomaston, and recently published Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town and On the Road.

Not content to sit on his laurels and wait for the campaign to end, Bedell was just in Las Vegas this week competing for $100,000 in the “Sandwich” category of the World Food Championships. The invite-only event was open to chefs who have competed in and won a qualifying contest sometime earlier in the year, which Bedell was able to do for the second year in a row. They had to cook in the middle of the street on an induction burner and Bedwell found it challenging, which he chronicles on his Kickstarter page.

For luck, he wore a ‘Wich Please T-shirt, illustrated in Ed Roth/Rat Fink hot rod style by Seth Mathiau, artist and owner of Atlantic Studios in Rockland.

No doubt the lines will be long when ‘Wich Please first starts to slap some sammies together. Rockland is waiting for you.

Related page: Gourmet Food Trucks in The Midcoast

Kay Stephens can be reached at

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