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Jun 6, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Fest to roll through Kendall Square

The first-ever Cambridge Food Truck Festival will drive into Kendall Square from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, helping to raise money for the American Red Cross of New England.

The festival, which will kick off the Food Truck Festivals of New England’s six-city summer tour, will feature more than 20 food trucks from around the greater Boston area.

Since launching its first festival in 2011, the FTFNE continues to expand. “When we first started, we could only find eight food trucks in the entire Boston area. Now we have hundreds,” said the event’s Executive Producer Anne-Marie Aigner.

This year, they’re adding stops in Cambridge, Natick and Cape Cod.

“Cambridge seems like the right place to be. We are so excited to be in Kendall Square — it’s a whole new, phenomenal area,” she said.

For some trucks, this weekend will not only be the first festival in Cambridge, but their first food truck festival to date. Michael Leviton of Cambridge restaurant Area Four will be bringing his A4 truck, which launched this April.

“It’s a baby, really,” said Leviton. “The more we can get the truck out there, hopefully the more successful it will be. We’re certainly excited to be a part of this and hopefully it becomes an annual event in Cambridge.”

Other trucks are old pros at the festival, including Kickass Cupcakes. “We try to get involved in as many different festivals and things as we can, especially since food trucks are pretty new. We like to be adventurous,” said owner, Sara Ross.

While there’s no way of knowing how many people will fill Kendall Square this weekend, last year’s stop in Worchester drew between 6,000 and 8,000 people.

With trucks serving everything from lobster and whoopie pies to grilled cheese and tacos, Aigner said there will be a variety of choices for everyone.

Festival-goers will be able to taste over a dozen of Kickass Cupcake’s new flavors, including Boston Crème Pie. The A4 truck will be serving varieties of a traditional Italian street food sandwich, the piadina.

For those who like what they taste, trucks like Kickass Cupcakes will be following the festival to cities like Brighton and Worchester. Others like Area Four and Bon Me have restaurant locations in Cambridge, in addition to their roaming food trucks. 

 “It’s a lot of fun, and we recommend people wear comfortable shoes and elastic waistbands,” said Aigner. “It’s really a day to eat.”

A portion of the ticket price will benefit the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.

Originally, organizers had wanted to pay tribute to fallen MIT Officer Sean Collier, but his family requested that the focus be on the Red Cross.

“We’ll be thinking about him on Saturday, though,” said Aigner.

Wristbands for the event can be purchased for $7 online or for $10 at the festival; wristband-wearers will receive a discount of around $3 on food items.

For information, call 617-254-9500 or visit www.foodtruckfestivalsofne.com.

 

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Jun 5, 2013
Tim Lester

LA Street Food Fest 2013 Gathers Hidden Gems To Rose Bowl (PHOTOS)

As a foodscape, Los Angeles can be a little overwhelming at times. Between chasing down the Big Gay Ice Cream truck and keeping tabs on Eataly LA’s latest developments, being a foodie can be a never-ending quest to find the latest and greatest.

Which is why we’re so grateful for the Los Angeles Street Food Festival. Now in its fourth year, the June 29 fest brings hidden gems and new concepts from all over the Southland to the Rose Bowl stadium for one massive day of feasting and drinking. The summer tasting event features over 100 food vendors, a Singha beer garden, an ice cream social and desert area and a concert stage. Tickets cost $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP entrance, and the number of spots is capped to 5,000 to make sure the festival doesn’t turn into one massive line.

If the ticket prices seem a little steep for street food, consider this: Where else would you get the chance to try local treasures like World Empanada, a father-and-son catering business that operates out of the back of a Burbank liquor store?

The event also features Jonathan Gold favorites like Lazy Ox Canteen, Starry Kitchen and Guelaguetza, as well as tried-and-true spots like Yuca’s, the Grilled Cheese Truck and the Lobos Truck.

Add ceviche tostadas from Bell Gardens restaurant El Coraloense and a fancy donut from the delivery-only company Donut Snob, and you’ve got an only-in-LA potluck.

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A ceviche tostada by El Coraloense in Bell Gardens.

The Huffington Post was invited to a little preview of the stadium picnic on Monday. Take a look at some of the note-worthy foods and people from the event.

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  • Ceviche Project

    Husband-and-wife team Octavio and Shannon Olivas have been running this ceviche pop-up for more than a year, staging at SoHo House, Esparanza and Dominic’s.

    Plans are currently in the works for a brick-and-mortar ceviche bar.

    emPictured: Shrimp ceviche with uni habanero salsa and avocado mousse. /em

  • El Coraloense

    It’s a family affair at this Bell Gardens restaurant. Maria Curie (right), with her children Marco and Natalie Curie, serve up a shrimp ceviche dish called emcamarones ahogados/em.

  • Donut Snob

    Janeen Gudelj is passionate about LA’s status as the donut capital of the nation. Her year-old delivery and catering business Donut Snob is thriving, she said, because people are loving her elevated versions of the fried cake.

    True to her company’s name, Gudelj sniffed at our inclusion of two baked donuts in a a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/best-la-donuts-just-in-ti_n_3356033.html” target=”_blank”list of the best donuts in Los Angeles/a. After tasting her donuts, we don’t blame her.

  • Yuca’s

    Leilani Lopez (l) and Gloria Caceres stand proudly behind the restaurant’s signature dish, cochinita pibil. The pork is slow-cooked and served over tortillas.

    “We make this better than anyone else in the world, said owner Dora Herrera (not pictured) to HuffPost. “You could go to Yucatan and come back and you’d say this is better.”

  • Casa Oaxaca

    Husband and wife team Rogelio and Angelica Martinez operate a restaurant in Santana, Calif. and said they were proud to bring a taste of Oaxaca, Mex. to Los Angeles.

    emPictured: fried squash blossom with quesillo, surrounded by an espazote huitlacoche sauce. /em

  • World Empanadas

    Father-and-son team Matthew (l) and Carlos Hirtz run their empanada catering business out of the back of a liquor store in Burbank.

    They’ll be serving carnitas, Santa Fe Chicken, beef, quinoa and lentil empanadas at the Street Food Fest.

  • Short Order

    Short Order at The Farmer’s Market is keeping it sweet and simple with these cups of pickles and pimiento cheese.

    emPictured: Pickles and toast with pimiento cheese./em

  • Chunk-n-Chip

    Claudia Gonzalez worked in corporate marketing before she started Chunk-n-Chip in 2007. Her menu for the Street Food Fest features three signature (and wacky) ice cream sandwich flavors.

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Jun 4, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck? Try Fashion Truck



Will fashionistas shop from a fashion truck.

Will fashionistas shop from a fashion truck.









We’ve seen people selling gourmet Indian cuisine, authentic gyros and delictable grilled cheese from trucks parked around the city, but how about a little black dress?

The women behind Smak Parlour in Old City plan to open a “fashion truck” that will be complete with hardwood floors, dressing rooms and track lighting, said CBS Philly.

Weekdays the truck will be parked on 40th Street between Spruce and Locust Streets.

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May 30, 2013
Kim Rivers

Cambridge Food Truck Festival announces vendor lineup

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The lineup for the the first-ever Cambridge Food Truck Festival was announced yesterday.

Over 20 grub trucks will roll into Kendall Square on June 8. They include Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Frozen Hoagies, Baja Taco Truck, the new Area Four food truck, and Pennypackers, fresh off their Food Truck Throwdown recent victory.

The Cambridge fest will kick-off the Food Truck Festivals of New England season, which includes six festivals throughout Massachusetts and a final festival in Newport, RI in October.

Menu items for the Cambridge fest will be announced next week. It will run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets will cost $7 in advance, and $10 on site.

Check out the full list of trucks:

Area Four

Lobsta Love

Baja Taco Truck

Mei Mei Street Kitchen

Bon Me

MM BBQ Ribs

Boston Super Dog

Newburyport Crab Cake Company

Chubby Chickpea Mobile

Pennypackers

Compliments

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

The Dining Car

Sweet Tomatoes

Frozen Hoagies

Taco Party

Fugu Trolley Dogs

Grilled Cheese Nation

The Whoo(pie) Wagon

Kickass Cupcakes

The Sweet Truck by Flour Girls Baking Co.

 

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May 27, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Wars draws more than 31K to Monmouth Park – The Star-Ledger

OCEANPORT Two days and more than 31,000 people later, the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars has ended, with winners announced in seven categories.

Day one of the event drew merely 10,000 people, as cold temperatures and rain rolled through the area. But by Sunday, sunshine attracted the crowds with more than 21,000 people on the final day of the festival.

Pete Genovese, of The Star-Ledger, deliberated with five other judges to determine the winners of the Food Truck Wars. The judges included James Conroy, of chefjamesonline.com, Cara DiFalco, a traffic anchor at News12, Nick Messina, co-host of the morning show on 90.5, Kristin Federico, manager of Internal Communications for Catalent Pharma Solutions, and Gina Glazier, of ahungryteacher.blogspot.com.

The trucks brought the judges a dish, which was judged for Best Guilty Pleasure, Best on a Bun, Cutting-Edge Cuisine, Ethnic Excellence, Most Seductive Sweet and Top Truck. Festivalgoers also voted over the two-day event for the People’s Choice award.

The eating took place over several hours on Sunday, and deliberations took about 30 to 45 minutes, Genovese said. Ten trucks were in the running for Top Truck, but it was ultimately awarded to Morris Grilled Cheese.

“The food trucks, they’re so hot,” Genovese said. “People unfortunately associate them with the grease trucks, roach coaches, these are not the trucks you’re going to find on your typical university campus.”

The winners of the other categories included Gozen Yogurt for Seductive Sweet, Pizza Vita for Ethnic Excellence, Cow and the Curd for Guiltiest Pleasure, Fork in the Road for Best on a Bun and Amanda Bananas for Cutting-Edge Cuisine.

“There’s just a lot of great food coming out of the trucks,” Genovese said. “I just wish there was a more active food truck scene in New Jersey.”

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The People’s Choice award went to Bacon on Wheels.

Chef Jimmy Vena, of Bacon on Wheels, said he built the truck after Hurricane Sandy. He said he tried to come up with a different concept for his truck, and ultimately wants to serve late-night food outside of bars in the Asbury Park and Belmar areas.

“As far as I know I’m the only one in Jersey with a bacon truck right now,” Vena said, adding he sold out both days before 5 p.m. “Bacon is a hot item.”

Friends Lauren Case, of Long Branch, Kate Rochford, of Tinton Falls, and Sherie Killingback, of Eatontown, said they enjoyed the food at the festival, but were disappointed at the long lines.

“I thought it was delish,” Rochford said. They also all agreed the pizza and grilled cheese “was really, really good.”

The trio said they were hoping to try the Bacon on Wheels truck, but it sold out before they could get to it. Ultimately they split up in different lines and were able to try five different trucks. They also hope the festival happens again next year.

“Come back again food trucks,” Case said.

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May 26, 2013
Kim Rivers

Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars: It’s a beautiful day to visit the track! – The Star-Ledger

Forget yesterday; today’s the day to visit Monmouth Park and the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars.

Beautiful, sunny weather and an all-star lineup of gourmet food trucks: that’s a recipe for a great day!

The event, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., features 30-plus food trucks from New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia. They’ll be offering lots of tasty food for sale – and will be vying for Top Truck honors from a panel of judges.

Trucks include defending champion Red Hook Lobster Pound; heralded vegan truck the Cinnamon Snail; Ahh! La Cart; Amanda Bananas; Bacon on Wheels; the Burger Box; the Cow and the Curd; Cupcake Carnivale; El Lechon de Negron; Empanada Guy; Fork in the Road, Gozen Yogurt; Max’s Hot Dogs; Morris Grilled Cheese.

Also, Pizza Vita; Rickshaw Dumplings; the Surf and Turf Truck; the Thai Elephant Truck; The French Quarter; Tony Baloney’s; the Mustache Mobile; and Wafels [cq] and Dinges, which won the People’s Choice award for best truck last year.

The Munchmobile and Munchmobile driver Pete Genovese will be on hand today; come on over and say hi and register for a chance to win a limited-edition Munchmobile t-shirt!

Before or after eating, you can take in heart-pounding thoroughbred racing at the track.

Admission is $3; children 12 and under are free. Parking is $3. Food is extra.

The Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars is the first of three Star-Ledger-sponsored food events at Monmouth Park. The prestigious Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off will be held August 17 and 18, while the BBQ Craft Beer Fest is Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

For more information on Monmouth Park, visit monmouthpark.com. For a complete listing of the food trucks, visit jerseyshorefoodtruckwars.com.

Monmouth Park is located on Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, just off Exit 105 of the Garden State Parkway.

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May 24, 2013
Tim Lester

Street Food Cinema Returns Tomorrow

SFC_060212_092.jpglisarosephoto.comThe showing of Ghost Protocol at Street Food Cinema last yearStreet Food Cinema will begin a new season of weekend events where film meets food with a showing of the 1986 classic Stand By Me tomorrow at Exposition Park. The event company recently tweeted that Grilled Cheese Truck, Don Chow Trucks, Trailer Park Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, Good Greek Grub, PerKup Coffee Tea, Sweet Arleen’s, and Green Truck are among those scheduled to provide food and drink options.

And, fittingly, the evening will start with a live musical performance by Corey Feldman, who was one of the four leads in the coming-of-age tale.

The movies slated to show in the oncoming weeks range in genre, era and subject matter. There’s the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, surreal comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and a family-friendly animated film, with Escape from Planet Earth. Nearly halfway into the season, there wil be a double feature of ensemble dramedies: St. Elmo’s Fire and Reality Bites. Newer movies — Pitch Perfect and Silver Linings Playbook — are also in the schedule.

During its run, Street Food Cinema will take place every Saturday at Exposition Park — although there is an occasional switch to other locations, such as Grand Hope Park and L.A. State Historic Park. The last date listed so far is August 17, with the showing of Skyfall, and more dates to the lineup will be added. Food trucks and musical performers will vary at each event.

At each event, the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the musical performance will take place at 6:30 p.m.; and the movie will be shown at 8:30 p.m. General admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child ages six to 12. More info on how to purchase tickets can be found at Street Food Cinema’s website.

And in related news:
- Memorial Day Weekend Food + Drink Specials
- 4th Annual L.A. Street Food Fest Coming in June


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May 24, 2013
Tim Lester

Street Food Cinema Returns Tomorrow

SFC_060212_092.jpglisarosephoto.comThe showing of Ghost Protocol at Street Food Cinema last yearStreet Food Cinema will begin a new season of weekend events where film meets food with a showing of the 1986 classic Stand By Me tomorrow at Exposition Park. The event company recently tweeted that Grilled Cheese Truck, Don Chow Trucks, Trailer Park Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, Good Greek Grub, PerKup Coffee Tea, Sweet Arleen’s, and Green Truck are among those scheduled to provide food and drink options.

And, fittingly, the evening will start with a live musical performance by Corey Feldman, who was one of the four leads in the coming-of-age tale.

The movies slated to show in the oncoming weeks range in genre, era and subject matter. There’s the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, surreal comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and a family-friendly animated film, with Escape from Planet Earth. Nearly halfway into the season, there wil be a double feature of ensemble dramedies: St. Elmo’s Fire and Reality Bites. Newer movies — Pitch Perfect and Silver Linings Playbook — are also in the schedule.

During its run, Street Food Cinema will take place every Saturday at Exposition Park — although there is an occasional switch to other locations, such as Grand Hope Park and L.A. State Historic Park. The last date listed so far is August 17, with the showing of Skyfall, and more dates to the lineup will be added. Food trucks and musical performers will vary at each event.

At each event, the doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the musical performance will take place at 6:30 p.m.; and the movie will be shown at 8:30 p.m. General admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child ages six to 12. More info on how to purchase tickets can be found at Street Food Cinema’s website.

And in related news:
- Memorial Day Weekend Food + Drink Specials
- 4th Annual L.A. Street Food Fest Coming in June


Want more Squid Ink? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. Follow the author on Twitter at @chrstnchiao.

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Exposition Park

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Category: General

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May 22, 2013
Kim Rivers

Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars at Monmouth Park this weekend – The Star-Ledger

The Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars at Monmouth Park last year was a runaway success.

This year’s event promises to be better.

The event, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, features 30-plus gourmet food trucks from New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia.

They’ll be offering lots of tasty food for sale – and will be vying for Top Truck honors from a panel of judges.

Which one is your favorite? Vote using the poll below!

Trucks at this year’s event include defending champion Red Hook Lobster Pound; heralded vegan truck the Cinnamon Snail; Ahh! La Cart; Amanda Bananas; Bacon on Wheels; the Burger Box; and the Cow and the Curd.

Also, Cupcake Carnivale; El Lechon de Negron; Empanada Guy; Fork in the Road, Gozen Yogurt; Max’s Hot Dogs; Morris Grilled Cheese.

Red Hook Lobster Pound will be back to defend its Top Truck crown.  

Also, Pizza Vita; Rickshaw Dumplings; the Surf and Turf Truck; the Thai Elephant Truck; The French Quarter; and Tony Baloney’s Mustache Mobile.

And don’t forget Wafels and Dinges, which won the People’s Choice award for best truck last year.

The Munchmobile and Munchmobile driver Pete Genovese will be on hand Sunday; come on over and say hi and register for a chance to win a limited-edition Munchmobile t-shirt!

Before or after eating, you can take in heart-pounding thoroughbred racing at the track.

Admission is $3; children 12 and under are free. Parking is $3. Food is extra.

The Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars is the first of three Star-Ledger-sponsored food events at Monmouth Park. The prestigious Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off will be held August 17 and 18, while the BBQ Craft Beer Fest is Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

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For more information on Monmouth Park, visit monmouthpark.com. For a complete listing of the food trucks, visit jerseyshorefoodtruckwars.com.

Monmouth Park is located on Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, just off Exit 105 of the Garden State Parkway.

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May 22, 2013
Kim Rivers

Baltimore food truck on the market for $115000



The GrrChe food truck is on the market for $115,000.

The GrrChe food truck is on the market for $115,000.










Sarah Meehan
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One of Baltimore’s flagship food trucks is looking for a new owner. Rick Willard, the retired policeman who initially got the GrrChe Grilled Cheese Truck rolling, is looking to sell the truck so he can focus more energy on a startup venture.

He recently launched InterProtectGroup, which provides security services, investigations and processing services.

“It’s doing very well and the food truck is doing very well and it’s like I can’t give full attention to other,” Willard said.

GrrChe has events booked through November — everything from wedding receptions to biweekly food truck gatherings — so Willard said a new owner would have no problem keeping busy.

The asking price for the food truck is $115,000 on BizBuySell.com, which lists $250,000 in gross income for the truck and $95,000 in cash flow.

GrrChe was one of the first food trucks in Baltimore. As more food trucks fill Baltimore’s streets, Willard said it would be easier for a new owner to take over the existing truck than start one themselves.

“It’s a business where it’s getting saturated in some ways, so it’s very hard to be a new truck in the city,” Willard said.

He cautioned it’s not easy, though.

“It takes a lot of work, it takes a lot of time, a lot of patience,” he said. “You’re in it for the long haul.”

At the same time GrrChe is selling, Gypsy Queen Cafe, another top-ranked food truck, is looking to add a third truck to its fleet.

There are about 40 food trucks in Baltimore, and at least 20 of them will face off against Washington, D.C.’s trucks at the second annual Taste of Two Cities on June 1 at Rash Field.

Sarah covers hospitality/tourism, minority business, marketing and new media

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