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Feb 26, 2014
Kim Rivers

Food truck discussion moves forward, reality is months away though – WBTW

The Horry County Planning Commission will work on drafting a new ordinance allowing mobile food trucks. At this time, there’s no deadline in place as to when the draft will be completed.  Lisa Bourcier, spokesperson for Horry County, tells News13 when it’s complete, it will go back to the Infrastructure Regulation Committee to review and they will make a recommendation to full council.  

After that, council will have to pass three ordinance readings before it becomes final. If it passes, council would revisit the ordinance a year later for review.

Bourcier said the entire process of approval is still several months away, but things are moving forward. 

The idea came to council in December 2013.  

In the past food trucks have only been allowed at festivals, construction sites or when tied to catering services, but if the county writes the new ordinance it would make way for full restaurants on wheels.

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Feb 25, 2014
Kim Rivers

February 24 Food Truck News and Schedule for Dallas


Highlight of The Week: Hard Working Owners

Typically, I’ve tried to highlight one of our better food trucks or a great upcoming event.  Today though, with better weather approaching, I highlight the hard working owners by looking back at many of the food trucks that didn’t survive over the last 3 years.  All of those logos up there?  To my best knowledge, they are all out of food truck business (since they are mobile, you can never tell if they are truly completely out of business).  Some of these were outstanding food trucks: Hot Box, Munch Box, and Yellow Belly were all very good.  Green House has morphed into a brick’n’mortar and City Street Grille‘s owner is focusing on food truck buildouts for other operators.   Some owners declared to me that it’s too difficult to run a food truck when you are past the age of the “young invincibles”.

In general though, the three key flaws with many (but not all) of these operations included (1) the belief that “build it and they will come, (2) complete and utter lack of financial and business sense, and (3) plain, hard work.

In the first case, I’ve seen many operators get all excited about leasing a truck, getting a logo designed, getting the wrap put on, and getting their menus designed.  Then, complete failure in launch execution.

Many of these had good food, but they could not put together a business plan and execute on the financials involved.  Several paid very large monthly lease fees and some didn’t understand the commissary fees.

For most though, it came down to plain, hard work.  They got the truck wrapped, menu designed, Facebook page built, and web site done (well, mostly).  But then they learned that working in a 120 degree tin box in July in Dallas is not an easy thing.  Or that customers don’t necessarily come out in 35 degree weather in winter.  In decent to good weather, food trucks need to be out a minimum of 4 lunch servings and 4 dinner services.  It takes time and energy to cultivate locations, other food truck owners, update social media, write events contracts, and yes, submit the schedule to SideDish so that you know where you can find them.

So this week, we highlight the hard, hard working food truck owner/operators.  A few of the hardest working in Dallas include Easy Slider, Pompeii, Tutta’s Pizza, Guava Tree, Rock’n’Rick’s, and Cajun Tailgators.

Here’s your schedule.  Always check Facebook and Twitter before venturing out.

MondayMonday LunchMonday Dinner
MondayBellaTrinoGreen Spot Market 702 South Buckner, Dallas 3:30-9
MondayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
MondayBombay Street FoodDallas Art District
MondayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-DarkKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-Dark
MondayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206
MondayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
MondayGandolfo’s #23811 Turtle Creek
MondayRockn’ Rick’sAafes Nat’l HQ 6950 Walton Walker Dallas TX (11-2PM)TBD
MondayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
MondayTBS 2Private Event
MondayWhats Cook-N ChefPrivate
MondayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-4
TuesdayTuesday LunchTuesday Dinner
TuesdayBellaTrinoWatermark Community Church – The Porch 6:00-9:00
TuesdayBobaddiction10:30AM-2:30PM, SMU Campus, 3300 DyerPrivate Event
TuesdayBombay Street Foodtbd
TuesdayCajun TailgatorsTBDWatermark Church 7540 LBJ Freeway 6-9:30
TuesdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-3p
TuesdayEasy Slider14651 Dallas Pkwy 11a-1:30p
TuesdayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206Truck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206
TuesdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
TuesdayGandolfo’s #2Trinity Industries3701 grapevine mills parkway, grapevine 5-9
TuesdayGuava TreePrivate lunch
TuesdayParrotIcceSMU Flag Pole Lunch (11:00am — 2:00pm) 312 Boaz Lane
TuesdayPompeiiTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9
TuesdayRockn’ Rick’sTruck Yard 5624 Sears Dallas TX (11-9PM)Windy Lane and FM 741 Forney TX (5-730PM)
TuesdayRuthie’s CreperieSMU
TuesdayRuthie’s Grilled Cheese5800 Tennyson Parkway
TuesdayRuthie’s Too3811 Turtle Creek
TuesdaySimply DosaDallas Art District
TuesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
TuesdayTBS 215725 Dallas Parkway, 11-27540 LBJ fwy Dallas. 5:30-9:30
TuesdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
TuesdayTutta’s PizzaLet’s Celebrate at Rockbrook Elem – 2751 Rockbrook Dr, Lewisville 6-:730p
TuesdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-2 Thistle Hill @ 1509 Pennsylvania Ave, FW
TuesdayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-9
WednesdayWednesday LunchWednesday Dinner
WednesdayBellaTrinoGateway Tower 8111 Lyndon B Johnson 11:00-1:30Sigel’s Liquor – Greenville Ave. 5:00-9:00
WednesdayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
WednesdayBombay Street Foodtbd
WednesdayCajun TailgatorsPrivate EventTBD
WednesdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-3p
WednesdayEasy SliderDallas Arts District (2403 Flora) 11a-1:30pSigels (5757 Greenville) 5p-8p
WednesdayEasy Slider15601 Dallas Pkwy Addison 11a-1:30p
WednesdayEat Jo DawgsTruck Yard – 5624 Sears St, Dallas, Texas 75206Sigels – 5757 Greenville Ave. Dallas
WednesdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayGandolfo’s #2Stevens Transport
WednesdayGuava TreeArts District, 2300 Flora, 11-1:30Sigels on Greenville Ave. 5-8pm
WednesdayNammi #1Dallas Arts District, 11am-1:30pm
WednesdayNammi #2Truck Yard 11-3pm
WednesdayPompeiiSigels 5757 Greenville Ave 5-9
WednesdayRockn’ Rick’sAafees Nat’l HQ 6950 Walton Walker Dallas (11-2PM)TBD
WednesdayRuthie’s CreperieKlyde Warren PArk
WednesdayRuthie’s Grilled CheesePrivate: Oakridge School
WednesdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
WednesdayTBS 210925 Estate Ln, Dall 11-2
WednesdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
WednesdayWhat’s Da ScoopKlyde Warren Park 11-9
ThursdayThursday LunchThursday Dinner
ThursdayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
ThursdayBellaTrinoComerica Bank Building – 114 MacArthur Irving 11:00-1:30
ThursdayBobaddiction10:30AM-2:30PM, SMU Campus, 3300 DyerPrivate Event
ThursdayBombay Street Foodtbd
ThursdayCajun TailgatorsPrivate EventPrivate Event
ThursdayCoolHausKLYDE Warren Park 11am-3pm
ThursdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-DarkKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-Dark
ThursdayEasy SliderSMU Flagpole 11a-1:30p
ThursdayEasy Slider3890 W NW Hwy Dallas 11a-1:30p
ThursdayEat Jo DawgsArts District – Dallas 11am – 2pmDeep Ellum Brewery
ThursdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
ThursdayGandolfo’s #2Private eventTexas Burrito Company Launch Party!
ThursdayGuava TreeMultiview, 7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Irving, TX, 11-1:30pm
ThursdayLabThanksgiving Square 1627 pacific ave 11-2Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 3-8
ThursdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-3pm
ThursdayNammi #2Private Event
ThursdayPompeiiFirst United Methodist Church
ThursdayRockn’ Rick’sLSG Sky Chefs and Conexis 6191 Hwy 161 Irving TX (11-2PM)Windy Lane and FM 741 Forney TX (5-730PM)
ThursdayRuthie’s CreperieKlyde Warren PArk
ThursdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseFirst Choice
ThursdayRuthie’s TooTruck Yard
ThursdaySimply Dosatbd
ThursdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasTexas Burrito Company Launch Party!
ThursdayTBS 2Private Lunch4755 Gramercy Oaks Drive, Dallas 5-9
ThursdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
ThursdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-2 Thistle Hill @ 1509 Pennsylvania Ave, FW
ThursdayWhat’s Da ScoopPrivate EventTexas Burrito Company Launch Party!
FridayFriday LunchFriday Dinner
FridayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayBellaTrinoBent Tree Office 17300 North Dallas Parkway, Dallas 11:00-1:30
FridayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
FridayBombay Street Foodtbd
FridayCajun TailgatorsTBDTBD
FridayCoolHausKly4e Warren Park 11am-3pm
FridayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-DarkKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-Dark
FridayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
FridayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayGandolfo’s #2Private CateringDallas Eagle Bar 10pm-230am
FridayGuava TreeTBD
FridayLabKlyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8
FridayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-3pm
FridayNammi #2Dallas Arts District, 11-1:30pm
FridayPompeiiTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9
FridayRockn’ Rick’sDallas Arts District 2400 Flora Dallas TX (11-2PM)TBD
FridayRuthie’s Creperieprivate lunch
FridayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren ParkPrivate
FridayRuthie’s TooKlyde Warren ParkPrivate Party
FridaySimply DosaTruck Yard 5624 Sears St, DallasTruck Yard 5624 Sears St, Dallas
FridayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
FridayTBS 23811 Turtle Creek, Dallas
FridayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
FridayWhats Cook-N Chef11-9 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW11-9 Clear Fork Food Park @ 1541 Merrimac Cir, FW
FridayWhat’s Da Scoop3811 Turtle Creek 1-3
SaturdaySaturday LunchSaturday Dinner
SaturdayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayBobaddiction9-1PM, 5K and Food Truck Fest, JJ Pearce HS1:30-5PM, Food Fest, Singley Academy, 4601 N. MacArthur Blvd
SaturdayBombay Street Foodtbd
SaturdayCajun TailgatorsTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9Truck Yard 5624 Sears St 11-9
SaturdayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-8pm
SaturdayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8pKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8p
SaturdayEasy Slider6255 E Mockingbird 10a-2pPrivate Event
SaturdayEasy SliderPrivate EventPrivate Event
SaturdayEat Jo DawgsLakewood Brewery
SaturdayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayGandolfo’s #2JJ Richardson Eagle Mustang and 5k 9-1
SaturdayGuava TreeTruckyard 11-9pmTruckyard 11-9pm
SaturdayLabKlyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8
SaturdayMaui WowiAll Out TrinityFestival-Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge 10AM-6PM
SaturdayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-8pm
SaturdayNammi #2Raft Event at Trinty River, 11-6pm
SaturdayParrotIccePrivate Event (12:00pm — 2:00pm) Grand PrairieSMU Patriot Cup
SaturdayRockn’ Rick’sRAFT Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Dallas TX (10-6PM)RAFT Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Dallas TX (10-6PM)
SaturdayRuthie’s CreperieKlyde Warren PArk
SaturdayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseSt Rita’s CarnivalSt Rita’s Carnival
SaturdayRuthie’s TooTrinity River EventPrivate
SaturdayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SaturdayTBS 2Spring Market @ St. Thomas Aquinas Lower School 11-3
SaturdayThe Pickled Carrot11am-2pm @ Earthwise Produce 728 N. Elm St., Denton, Tx. 76201
SaturdayWhats Cook-N Chef11-8 Ft Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW11-8 Ft Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW
SaturdayWhat’s Da ScoopSMU Stadium 11-9
SundaySunday LunchSunday Dinner
SundayTrailercakesKlyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayBobaddictionPrivate EventPrivate Event
SundayBombay Street FoodTruck Yard 5624 Sears St, DallasTruck Yard 5624 Sears St, Dallas
SundayCoolHausKlyde Warren Park 11am-6pm
SundayCrazy FishKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8pKlyde Warren Park 1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy # 560, Dallas 11a-8p
SundayEasy SliderThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9pThe Truck Yard (5624 Sears) 11a-9p
SundayEasy SliderPrivate EventPrivate Event
SundayEat Jo DawgsTBD
SundayGandolfo’s #1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayGandolfo’s #2Private Event
SundayGuava TreeDeep In The Heart Expo, Southside Lamar, 1409 Lamar, 11am-3pm
SundayLabKlyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rogers 11-8
SundayNammi #1Dallas Klyde Warren Park 11am-6pm
SundayPompeiiTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11am-9pmTruck Yard 5624 Sears St 11am-9pm
SundayRockn’ Rick’sTBDTBD
SundayRuthie’s Creperieoff
SundayRuthie’s Grilled CheeseKlyde Warren Park
SundayRuthie’s TooTruck YardTruck Yard
SundaySimply Dosatbd
SundayTBS 1Klyde Warren Park, DallasKlyde Warren Park, Dallas
SundayTBS 2Private Event
SundayWhats Cook-N Chef11-8 Ft Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW11-8 Ft Worth Food Park @ 2509 Weisenberger, FW
SundayWhat’s Da ScoopPrivate party

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Feb 25, 2014
Kim Rivers

Chance coming Tuesday to shape food-truck rules

Clintonville residents who want to weigh in on proposed new rules for mobile food vendors operating in the neighborhood and elsewhere in the city will have an opportunity Tuesday, March 4.

The Clintonville Area Commission’s mobile food vendor committee will meet around 8 p.m., or immediately following the zoning and variance committee session, March 4 at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave.

The meeting will include an overview of Columbus’ mobile food vendor program, discussion of the city’s proposed legislation and public comment, CAC Chairman Daniel B. Miller wrote in an email announcing the agenda.

Miller appointed CAC District 5 representative Dana K.J. Bagwell to head up the one-person mobile food vendor committee in July.

She said last week she has been participating in an ongoing series of meetings between city officials and food-truck owners and operators to hash out the new regulations.

The proposed legislation, which Bagwell said already was supposed to have been before City Council for final approval but now may not be considered until March or April, addresses issues of licensing, inspection and fees, along with eventual implementation of a requirement that the restaurants on wheels fit into a 25-foot parking space.

The updated code also would require mobile food vendors to provide trash receptacles and ban external power sources.

“Most of the concerns and questions that have been brought to me by the community have been answered by the legislation,” Bagwell said.

Food-truck operators, who have at times been at odds with city officials over the enforcement and interpretation of regulations, have been participants in developing the new rules, the committee chairwoman said.

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Feb 25, 2014
Kim Rivers

The Modular Food Truck Is Back, Better than Ever

themodularunit1.jpgPhoto courtesy The Modular UnitWith a new paint job and a menu full of hits, this restaurant on wheels is really going places.Though incredibly popular and well received by critics, The Modular food truck (actually a trailer) had a surprisingly short run. It opened in 2011, helmed by Joshua Martinez and Lyle Bento. At the time, Martinez was fresh off a stint as general manager of Kata Robata, and Bento was an up-and-coming chef who’d recently left Feast. Bento eventually moved to Underbelly, and Martinez made the slow transition from food-truck owner to restaurant owner when he opened Goro Gun in early 2013. The move was gradual, with the truck still coming out to play at events every now and then, though Martinez was focusing most of his attention on Goro Gun. Then, one day, The Modular returned to the commissary, where it remained for far longer than anyone would have liked.

Now that Goro Gun is thriving, Martinez doesn’t need to be there as frequently, so he’s brought The Modular back to life, along with help from Mark Parmley and a motley crew of guest chefs. The trailer, which was previously referred to as the “Tin Can” due to some unfortunate metal siding, has been replaced with a truck that’s been completely revamped and now features a bright new paint job by Houston graffiti artist Daniel Anguilu. And it’s now called the “Goro Gun Modular Unit,” as it incorporates menu items from both eateries.

themodularunit2.jpgPhoto by Kaitlin SteinbergThe menu will change frequently, but that lobster risotto isn’t going anywhere.It’s a vibrant addition to Houston roads and food parks, and the food, so enticing and unusual it was once featured on the Cooking Channel’s TV show Eat St., is as wonderful as ever, too. A few old favorites are back (lobster risotto, anyone?), and a few new inventions are sure to keep Houstonians on the hook.

And in March, the food truck will be serving more than just Houston.

Martinez has told us that The Modular has been invited to serve the South by Southwest music festival as one of the trucks curated by Austin celebrity chef Paul Qui. The Modular with be in Austin for a few weeks serving up lobster risotto, General Tso sweetbreads and Goro Gun’s famous Hustle Sprouts to crowds of hungry music fans.

This story continues on the next page.

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Feb 25, 2014
Kim Rivers

Philadelphia Food Truck Makes List Of Country’s Best

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thrillist has released a roundup of the country’s best food trucks, and only one Philadelphia truck made the cut.

The digital lifestyle brand included Philly’s Mac Mart, a mac and cheese truck, on its list of the 21 best trucks.

The list recommended Mac Mart for its stellar mac with add-ins such as cornbread, barbecued chicken and (of course!) Philly cheesesteak.

Other top trucks from around the country include San Fran’s Bacon Bacon and New York’s Korilla BBQ.

To see the full list, click here.

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Feb 25, 2014
Kim Rivers

Boulder Valley looking to serve up high school lunches via food truck

The Boulder Valley School District is poised to jump on the food truck trend, thanks to a $75,000 donation from Whole Foods.

The donation, which needs the approval of the school board at its meeting on Tuesday night, will pay for a pre-owned food truck that the district plans to rotate around its five large high schools — Boulder, Fairview, Monarch, Centaurus and Broomfield — potentially adding in smaller high schools as the schedule allows.

“It really fits in with our healthy eating program,” said Ann Cooper, Boulder Valley’s food services director. “Instead of leaving campus, (students) can come to the truck and get really great hamburgers or whatever it is we’re going to serve.

“I’m really, really excited about it. It showcases what we do and will promote the school lunch program to the community.”

The goal is to up the appeal of school lunches, boosting the district’s high school numbers. Now, less than 20 percent of the district’s high school students buy hot lunches at school.

“High school students are our biggest challenge,” Cooper said.

A few districts around the country have added food trucks of their own, while others are fighting to keep outside food trucks away from their schools.

In Colorado, the Jefferson County School District uses a food truck in its summer food program. But, so far, no other districts in the state appear to have tried a mobile lunch option during the school year, said Brehan Riley, nutrition program supervisor at the Colorado Department of Education.

“With the high schoolers especially, it’s a great idea,” Riley said. “Food trucks are very popular. It’s something different.”

The donation was a good fit for Whole Foods, a longtime partner in Boulder Valley’s efforts to make its school lunches healthier, said Ben Friedland, an executive marketing coordinator for the grocer.

“A food truck is going to help them continue to serve healthy lunches to kids throughout our community,” he said.

Using products ‘in a different way’

Boulder Valley’s Cooper said the truck will be self-supporting and, hopefully, generate a small profit. The food will be based on the same ingredients as those used in the school lunch program, but modified to be finished to order and appeal to high schoolers.

She’s still working on a menu, but said possible items include quesadillas with ingredients such as ancho chicken; a bacon, lettuce and tomato grilled-cheese sandwich; and hamburgers grilled on a charbroiler — they’re baked in school.

“We’ll be using products we already have, but maybe in a different way,” she said.

Cooper said she would like to start testing out a truck in April and May, with a full schedule starting in the fall.

‘I’ve never been in the cafeteria’

Students at Boulder’s Fairview High School, who aren’t within walking distance of restaurants and have to drive or take the bus to eat off-campus, responded to the idea with enthusiasm, saying they would at least give a food truck a try — more than most of them have been willing to do with regular school food.

“It’s definitely a really good idea,” senior Maddie Wells said. “I’ve never been in the cafeteria.”

Students, most of whom eat in the school’s student center or halls to avoid the cafeteria, said they want fresh-made food, sandwiches and deli items.

Other requests included sushi and ice cream.

“It sounds like it would be better than what we have here,” sophomore Edna Collins said. “I would try it.”

Contact Camera Staff Writer Amy Bounds at 303-473-1341, or

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Feb 25, 2014
Tim Lester

We want street food quarter

We want street food quarter

Sue Forbes, of the Free Ranger, based in Culver Street West.

MARKET traders want a “street food quarter” in Colchester.

Stalls selling food in the town centre are not grouped together and do not have permission to have tables and chairs.

Street food chefs want Colchester Council, which designates pitches, to turn Culver Street West into a food quarter.

Ken Flatt, who runs a curry stall, said: “I’ve been here for six years. We’ve been on our own for a long time.

“It would be better for all the food stalls to be together.

“The key is to have variety – having three burger stalls in a rowwould be bad for business.”

Mr Flatt wants the council to allow stallholders to put out a small number of tables and chairs for customers.

Sue and Alex Forbes, who run the Free Ranger, a specialist burger and hot dog stand, said: “The council should have us all together.

“It makes such a difference – you just have to look at how it’s done in London.

“If you had half a dozen stalls here in their own gazebos, it would start to turn into a real food area.

“Add some seating into that and I think we’d be going in the right direction.”

Sarah James and Nick Tolhurst’s stall, Bellota, is new to Colchester.

The pair travel to food festivals around the country, as well as to “food streets” in London.

Miss James said: “Food streets would work here.

“It would mean extra competition, but at least we would know everyone in the area would be looking to eat.

“It works in London – there’s no reason why it couldn’t work here.”

Holly Cork, who runs Traditional Pie and Mash, said: “It would be a good thing for us.

“It would appeal to people more if there was a type of food quarter.

“They would know where to go and if there were more stalls in one place, there would be more footfall and it would definitely create an atmosphere.”

A Colchester Council spokesman said: “Residents and visitors will have seen a growth in the number of food stalls in Colchester market and Colchester Council is keen to support customer demand.”


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5:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14



I really like this Idea, I can appreciate Colchester council will need to examine all the pro’s and con’s, ie:- how the present food outlets will react to the extra competition, security presence, street cleaning etc.
Culver st.. Long short wire St and the immediate area, would be ideal,
80% of Our town already boasts a Traffic free zone, .
Maybe we can make a start by introducing a Sunday food market, we can have our very own ‘Brick Lane’ food market, .just like London.
With this new venture, I’m sure Colchester will attract visitors from far and wide. ‘Bring it on..

I really like this Idea, I can appreciate Colchester council will need to examine all the pro’s and con’s, ie:- how the present food outlets will react to the extra competition, security presence, street cleaning etc.
Culver st.. Long short wire St and the immediate area, would be ideal,
80% of Our town already boasts a Traffic free zone, .
Maybe we can make a start by introducing a Sunday food market, we can have our very own ‘Brick Lane’ food market, .just like London.
With this new venture, I’m sure Colchester will attract visitors from far and wide. ‘Bring it on..


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Feb 25, 2014
Tim Lester

St Mary’s Market turns its focus to street food

To market, to market, a gallop a trot.

Edinburgh has an increasing amount of markets popping up across town from the farmer’s edition every weekend to the world village stalls on Castle Street.

But now, there will be a dedicated food market in the city centre.

The small market outside St Mary’s Cathedral has been dishing up a range of hot food options alongside local arts and crafts since 2011.

Edinburgh Markets

Over the past month, the market has been giving customers a taste of what to expect bringing a few street food vendors along to their offerings ahead of the full launch on March 8.

So why after three years did they decide to mix up their offerings with a food-only event?

Market Operator Vicky MacDonald said: “As Market Operator, I regularly ask customers to complete feedback questionnaires and tell us what they would like to see more of at St Mary’s Market and it was always more food.

“Due to our location in the city centre, the majority of our customers are aged 26 to 35 and they are in town shopping or visiting friends.

“They are interested in new types of fast food as they pass through the market so we wanted to encourage more quality street food stands to join the market by offering them a street food open day so they could try it out.”

Edinburgh Markets

The market will invite new and small businesses along to showcase their menus served from their unique food trucks.

From Auld Black’s three wheeled Piaggio to Big Blu’s Citroen van with a wood fire oven, the market have scoured Scotland looking for the latest pop-up food innovations.

The space can hold up to 19 traders and Vicky is still looking for submissions for the open day taster.

Pitches are available for £50 and they are looking for those who can sell something different that is under £5 a portion allowing customers to grab a taste of something new without breaking the bank.

Edinburgh Markets

Vicky added: “Customers can expect a range of hot food inspired by flavours from all over the world, including Italian, French, Scottish and Asian, as well as our regular fresh produce stalls, though we still have room for a few more so we’re still receiving applications.”

Puddledub Buffalo and Edinburgh-based restaurant Three Birds will also host stalls at the market.

The street food open day will run from 11am to 5pm on March 8.

Following the launch, the market plans to run on the second Saturday of each month.

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Feb 25, 2014
Tim Lester

Top 10 restaurants and street food in Peru

Chez Wong, Lima

Chef Javier Wong taught me the essence of ceviche. He started his restaurant in the garage of his house and it has expanded from there. He is the only chef in the kitchen and his restaurant has no menu. He only cooks using sole and he only offers these options: hot or cold, sweet or sour. It opens for lunch only and you should book in advance. You could as easily find yourself sitting next to a top Peruvian politician or the plasterer working at the building site next door.
Calle Enrique Leon Garcia 114, +511 470 6217, Average meal $50

Amaz, Lima

This place is run by Pedro Schiaffino, who in my mind is the most pioneering chef in Peru right now. Malabar, his first restaurant, is ranked in the 100 of the worlds best restaurants and at Amaz he focuses entirely on Amazonian food. This is a groundbreaking restaurant, offering one of the most exciting types of cuisine. I once had an incredible hollowed-out bamboo with prawn ceviche roasted inside. But its not all so theatrical its mostly about the ingredients. Try chonta, which looks like a thin, silky pasta but is a type of palm.
Avenida La Paz 1079, +511 221 9393, Average meal $83

La Nueva Palomino, Arequipa

Peruvian food has Inca and pre-Inca traditions at its base, and since then waves of immigration Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, African have helped create a unique cuisine. This family-run restaurant, in Perus second-biggest city, takes Peruvian food back to its origins, and in a way I have never seen before. The restaurant dates back to the 1890s and the owner is more of an historian than a chef. Everything is cooked by hand, on log fires. Instead of an electric blender, they use a batn, like a pestle and mortar. Try the chupe de camarones (prawn chowder) with quinoa. Or the rocoto relleno: stuffed chilli peppers, with mince beef and pecans.
Leoncio Prado 122, +51 54252393. Average meal $33

El Mercado, Lima

Avenida La Mar is known as the street of the ceviche and it is always packed in the middle of the day. Ceviche is historically a lunchtime dish and although that has changed this restaurant keeps to old habits by only opening for lunch. Run by a top chef and author Rafael Osterling, it offers flavourful fine-dining at accessible prices. The food, presentation and service are all of a very high standard. Although it calls itself a ceviche restaurant, it offers much more. Try the grilled octopus and the fish roe sandwich.
Hiplito Unanue 203, +511 221 1322, Average meal $66

La Tia Grimanesa, Lima

Grimanesa Vargas started as a humble street cart many years ago and her anticuchos (beef-heart skewers), a traditional dish that came from African-Peruvians, became known as the best in Lima. With a marinade perfectly blending smokey chilli, red-wine vinegar and garlic, she had queues forming round the block. Demand was so great, she even started to take bookings on her mobile. This led to her own restaurant, which is thriving. She has now become a cult hero in Lima, as popular as any pop star.
Jr Ignacio Merino 466, +51 99 849 3137, Average meal $17

Maido Restaurante, Lima

The fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine is no flash in the pan. In 1899, the first Japanese migrants sailed to Peru and soon created their first restaurants. The hybrid cuisine that followed even earned its own name: Peruvian nikkei. Mitsuharu Tsumura is one of the best of a new breed of chefs taking nikkei forward. His playful fusion dishes are the centrepiece of his tasting menu, which I consider to be one of the best in the world. Its quite unlike anything in Japan, perfectly refined using European fine-dining techniques and presentation skills, alongside Japanese and Peruvian traditions.
Calle San Martn 399, +511 446 2512, Average meal $108

El Rincon Que No Conoces, Lima

This place was started by Teresa Izquierdo, who sadly passed away in 2011, and who was affectionately known as the mother of Peruvian food. This lunchtime restaurant serves Perus traditional dishes at a high level of quality for locals and travellers. The carapulcra an African-Peruvian dish of potato, peanut and pork is legendary. Its coriander lamb stew is also delicious, as are the picarones (pumpkin doughnuts).
Calle Bernardo Alcedo 363, +511 471 2171, Average meal $42

San Pedro Market, Cusco

The ancient Inca city of Cusco is the jump-off point for Machu Picchu and the Sacred valley. Dont leave without spending some time at the indoor market. Its packed with great food stalls and has a really exciting atmosphere. The juice vendors have a mind-boggling array of fruits (my favourite is the tropical guanabana) and theres a trend to fill them with all manner of additional ingredients, from quinoa to stout. The breads are great too: try the ones twisted into the shape of a child, with a marzipan face. If you visit, consider giving an extra tip to, an organisation doing great work to help local people, especially street children.

Al Frio y Al Fuego, Iquitos

The best ceviche Ive ever eaten was not on the coast of Peru but in Iquitos, in the heart of the Amazon. It was made of paiche fish (a fish now being called by many the new black cod). I havent been to Al Frio y Al Fuego but Ive heard great things, so travellers heading that way should certainly add it to their list. As well as offering great river seafood, the location is incredible; its actually a floating restaurant on the river Itaya and to get there you have to travel by boat. If you go to Iquitos, make sure you also check out Belen market for tasty juices and fish dishes.
Avenida La Marina N 134-B, +51 65 607474, Average meal $42

Main Street, Lurn

Chicharrones (confit pork belly) are a street-food favourite in many parts of Peru but the district of Lurn is said to have the tastiest. Its less than an hours drive from Lima and is conveniently placed on the way to the southern beaches, just off the Pan-American highway. Its well worth stopping off. Its hard to pick a favourite; try any of the simple roadside restaurants and prepare for the amazing mix of pork, sweet potato and salsa criolla (a blend of onion, lime, chilli and coriander), with or without a crusty roll.

Martin Morales is founder of Peruvian restaurantsCevicheandAndinain London

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Feb 25, 2014
Tim Lester

Berlin Currywurst Plans To Open German Street Food Stall In Grand Central …

Photo courtesy of Berlin Currywurst on Facebook

Grand Central Market is still slowly rolling out their revamp in Downtown L.A., bringing in new dining options for city dwellers like Sticky Rice, Valerie Confections, GB Coffee, Horse Thief, DTLA Cheese and Eggslut. The latest addition, a German street-food stall serving currywurst, is planning on opening next month*.

Berlin Currywurst first made a name for themselves at their Silver Lake and Hollywood locations, slanging sausages in a unique ketchup curry sauce with slices of hearty bread. The post-WWII invention is also usually served with an order of fries and beer, naturally.

It’s also known for being sold at road stoves or in subway stations, so the new location seems to be a particularly good fit.

In addition to the standard sausages, the GCM location will also be serving breakfast. That’ll include dishes like Fleischkaese Broetchen, a German breakfast meatloaf served on bread with an over-easy egg on top. (Even in Germany it’s de rigueur to “put an egg on it.”)

Berlin Currywurst won’t be the only one opening up within the coming weeks. Olio Pizzeria, Wexler’s Deli and The Oyster Gourmet are also slated for March openings.

You can follow them here for more updates on the opening.

*Eds. note: a previous version of this post said that Berlin Currywurst is already open, but in fact, it is scheduled to open next month.

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