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Mar 14, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Wars back, to continue mobile trend


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By Steven Ryzewski |
March 14, 2013

It’s a movement that is trending upward and one that doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

The explosion of food truck culture during the past few years has been hard not to notice, and that culture will be front and center at the Oviedo Mall once again for the second annual Oviedo edition of Food Truck Wars on March 23.

Forty food trucks from across the state will compete at the event, which is free to the public, for five awards. Liz Otts of Food Truck Crazy, which puts on Food Truck Wars events across the state, says the scene has exploded in part because it’s a mutually beneficial situation for both consumer and seller.

“It’s a less expensive way for people to enjoy eating out,” Otts said. “It’s helping the economy by virtue of the fact that it’s an inexpensive way for people to create a business.

“The advantage is all the way around.”

Keith Esbin, an executive chef at Bar Harbor Seafood who will be a judge at this year’s event, said a lot of the success of food trucks in recent years boils down to one of the business world’s simplest principles: location.

“The crucial point in any business is location, location, location,” Esbin said. “What happens if you pull up to a crappy spot? Let’s pull up and go somewhere else – that’s the beauty of a food truck.”

Esbin, who holds an annual charity event in Maitland to raise money for retired racing greyhounds called Greyt Plates, traces the movement back to Los Angeles.

“The food trucks, years ago, everybody called them roach coaches – pretty much late-night, stick-to-your-ribs food,” Esbin said. “There was a guy in Los Angeles named Roy Choi and he started doing Kogi barbecue and Korean tacos … it took a while for it to catch on, but once it did, it just spread east like wildfire.”

Part of the success of Choi’s venture in California and the subsequent success of the industry has been rooted in the usage of social media. Esbin credits Choi as one of the first to send out updates via Twitter and Facebook of where his truck would be, acknowledging that that ability to create an online following is crucial to some of the more successful trucks.

“I think [social media] makes a big impact – some of these [food trucks] have 20 to 30 thousand followers,” Esbin said. “It’s the best form of advertising that’s practically free.”

This year’s event in Oviedo won’t be limited to just food trucks. Entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day from noon to 6 p.m., with singer/songwriters Jordyn Kane (American Idol Season 11) and Bailey Callahan performing, as well as the Oviedo School of Rock.

The judging panel will also include a familiar face to some, with celebrity chef Paul Joachim helping to sort out the winners.

For those who want to get in on the competition, a Battle of the Bellies will be open to the public for a $10 entrance fee. The contest will pit competitors against one another in a race to finish a massive pie. The winner will be awarded $200 to be donated to a charity of his or her choice, in addition to receiving Orlando Predators tickets and a Food Truck Wars T-shirt.

This year’s event will also feature a Beer Garden run by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club. All in all, Otts said, the goal is to improve upon the surprising success of last year’s event.

“What we’re hoping to do is give people a reason to stay longer,” Otts said. “It’s more of a festival than your average food truck event.”

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Mar 14, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Wars back, to continue mobile trend


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By Steven Ryzewski |
March 14, 2013

It’s a movement that is trending upward and one that doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

The explosion of food truck culture during the past few years has been hard not to notice, and that culture will be front and center at the Oviedo Mall once again for the second annual Oviedo edition of Food Truck Wars on March 23.

Forty food trucks from across the state will compete at the event, which is free to the public, for five awards. Liz Otts of Food Truck Crazy, which puts on Food Truck Wars events across the state, says the scene has exploded in part because it’s a mutually beneficial situation for both consumer and seller.

“It’s a less expensive way for people to enjoy eating out,” Otts said. “It’s helping the economy by virtue of the fact that it’s an inexpensive way for people to create a business.

“The advantage is all the way around.”

Keith Esbin, an executive chef at Bar Harbor Seafood who will be a judge at this year’s event, said a lot of the success of food trucks in recent years boils down to one of the business world’s simplest principles: location.

“The crucial point in any business is location, location, location,” Esbin said. “What happens if you pull up to a crappy spot? Let’s pull up and go somewhere else – that’s the beauty of a food truck.”

Esbin, who holds an annual charity event in Maitland to raise money for retired racing greyhounds called Greyt Plates, traces the movement back to Los Angeles.

“The food trucks, years ago, everybody called them roach coaches – pretty much late-night, stick-to-your-ribs food,” Esbin said. “There was a guy in Los Angeles named Roy Choi and he started doing Kogi barbecue and Korean tacos … it took a while for it to catch on, but once it did, it just spread east like wildfire.”

Part of the success of Choi’s venture in California and the subsequent success of the industry has been rooted in the usage of social media. Esbin credits Choi as one of the first to send out updates via Twitter and Facebook of where his truck would be, acknowledging that that ability to create an online following is crucial to some of the more successful trucks.

“I think [social media] makes a big impact – some of these [food trucks] have 20 to 30 thousand followers,” Esbin said. “It’s the best form of advertising that’s practically free.”

This year’s event in Oviedo won’t be limited to just food trucks. Entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day from noon to 6 p.m., with singer/songwriters Jordyn Kane (American Idol Season 11) and Bailey Callahan performing, as well as the Oviedo School of Rock.

The judging panel will also include a familiar face to some, with celebrity chef Paul Joachim helping to sort out the winners.

For those who want to get in on the competition, a Battle of the Bellies will be open to the public for a $10 entrance fee. The contest will pit competitors against one another in a race to finish a massive pie. The winner will be awarded $200 to be donated to a charity of his or her choice, in addition to receiving Orlando Predators tickets and a Food Truck Wars T-shirt.

This year’s event will also feature a Beer Garden run by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club. All in all, Otts said, the goal is to improve upon the surprising success of last year’s event.

“What we’re hoping to do is give people a reason to stay longer,” Otts said. “It’s more of a festival than your average food truck event.”

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Mar 12, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Mania Set for March 14 in Downtown Roseville

You’ll find mini burgers, street tacos, pizza slices and hot dogs all served up in Downtown Roseville Thursday, March 14 for Sacramento Mobile Food’s, or SactoMoFo, Food Truck Mania. 

In August 2012, the city approved an agreement with SactoMoFo to host monthly Food Truck Mania events.

Vernon Street becomes a pedestrian-only mobile food fest every second Thursday of the month with food trucks like Krush Burger, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and Annie’s Sno Biz making the stop. 

Here’s this month’s food truck lineup, according to SactoMoFo’s Facebook page:

Food Truck Mania
When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14
Where: Downtown Roseville at the corner of Vernon and Washington streets
Info: SactoMoFo’s Facebook page and the flyer above

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Mar 4, 2013
Tim Lester

Pinto Mexican street food takeaway to open in Glasgow’s Gordon Street


During a typical lunch break it can be a toss up whether to munch on a sandwich, savour some soup or splash out on a pizza or burger.

But now there’s even extra choice as Pinto prepares to launch another two street food restaurants in the city.

The Mexican sit in and takeaway has been serving up burritos, tacos, nachos and yucatan chilli con carnes on Queen Street for the last 18 months.

The owners of Pinto will be spreading Mexican mania across the city when a new takeaway style eatery opens on Gordon Street on March 12, and the franchise will expand even further with a third restaurant to follow in the financial district.

The burrito bar is the brainchild of Paul Sloan, who witnessed a fast food revolution when he lived in the USA for 20 years.

And it’s something he says Glaswegians are now catching on to.

He explained: “One of the reasons for its success is it’s difficult to find a place with our value for money, you can pay £7 for a drink and dinner – that’s difficult to beat in the sector of fast casual dining.

“If you step of the door of your office in the city centre you have either got the choice of pizza, pasta or sandwiches, we offer quesadillas and Mexican sandwiches, common street food.

“It’s an exciting time, once we open Gordon Street, we’ll be opening in the financial part of the city, and then going back to redesign Queen Street.

“I have been involved in the Mexican food service for a long time, and for my cousin Mario and I from the Di Maggio’s Group, the food business in our blood.”

To coincide with Pinto’s expansion the restaurant is appealing for people to put forward their ideas for a viral campaign.

Any suggestions should be kept top secret and the campaign will publicise the launch of the third store. Proposals should be emailed to marketing@pintomexican.com.

But Pinto won’t just be exclusive to Glasgow, Paul whose business partner is Mario Gizzi of the Di Maggio’s Group, says he is looking to introduce Mexican street food to Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh.

The Gordon Street takeaway, which is employing ten new members of staff, will be open from 8am in a bid to tap into the breakfast market and the menu will include quesadillas and Mexican sandwiches known as tortas.

Iain Gallie the manager of Pinto, said: “The whole concept is that it’s the biggest growing food industry in America but it’s taken a while to catch on over here.

“People are now opening up and wanting try something new – there’s definitely been a Man v. Food effect. There’s also been a growth in casual dining, people don’t have the same time as they used to.

“You can takeaway food for £5 and the food is 100% fresh, even the salsa is made on site. People don’t have the same time as they used to to sit around getting their lunch.

“The most popular thing on the menu is the chicken burrito, but pork is just a close second.”

For more information go to the Pinto website or Facebook page.

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Feb 14, 2013
Jim Benson

Ann Arbor’s Lunch Room vegan food cart will open as restaurant in June

The Lunch Room vegan food cart from the Mark’s Carts courtyard in Ann Arbor is graduating to a bricks-and-mortar place this summer.

Owners Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo plan to open their Lunch Room restaurant in June, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and weekend brunches in a space in the Kerrytown Market Shops.

Their restaurant menu will feature new entrees including veggie burgers, tacos, roasted root veggie pasties, tempeh reubens, and udon noodle seitan stir-fry, they say, in addition to many of the items that made their food cart so popular.

Contact Sylvia Rector at 313-222-5026 and srector@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @SylviaRector.

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Feb 12, 2013
Kim Rivers

A Must-Try Food Truck in Todos Santos

When I met my husband more than 15 years ago, he was living on the Pacific Ocean in Todos Santos, an agricultural and fishing village cum surf mecca on the lower Baja Peninsula. I started spending time there in the mid ’90s, and found not only striking natural beauty but a foodie paradise, thanks to the various street tacos, the huevos rancheros at pretty much any local café, and, most surprisingly, one extraordinary Italian restaurant, Cafe Santa Fe (started by an Milanese expat and his glamorous American wife) which has garnered much well-deserved attention over the years.

Until recently, there’d been plenty of pioneering Italian and Californian chefs, but a notable absence of those from other regions of Mexico. This winter, though, I noticed that this is beginning to change. Edurne Ferrer and Daphne Moyorga (from Mexico City and Michoacan, respectively) have opened an ultra-stylish food truck, La Chulita, that serves the best ceviche I’ve ever tasted. Their ingredients are not only the freshest possible (I’m sure their considerable charm does not hurt relations with the local fishermen) but also inventive and insanely delicious.

 

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Vote for a 2013 Food Truck Taco of a Year

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Seafood, Korean, and normal tacos being served from a food truck were a bulk of a over 1,000 votes expel in part 1 of a best food truck taco contest started 2 weeks ago. Today we are opening adult partial two. The poll.

We received votes from around a world, though for this check we could usually name a food trucks with a 10 many votes submitted. We will be using this check for a subsequent dual weeks and will tighten it out on Friday, Mar 1st during 12 PM (midnight) Central Time. The winning lorry will be profiled here during Mobile Cuisine and will reason a pretension of Best Food Truck Taco for 2013.

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Please note, if we have issues voting with a polling software, we can contention your vote to contest@mobile-cuisine.com. We will usually concede one vote per particular and from time to time, a program can retard users from voting formed on their ip address.

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Feb 1, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck of the Week: Salsa Truck Earns Mobile Food Preparer License

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Food Truck of the Week: Salsa Truck Earns Mobile Food Preparer License


All we have to say is, “finally!” Ordinances passed over six months ago that allow Chicago’s food trucks to apply for a mobile food preparer license. Then northing happened. As reported by DNA Info, the first truck, The Salsa Truck, passed final inspections yesterday.

They did not face the same setbacks as the hundred-plus trucks that unsuccessfully applied for a license. Roadblocks such as improper ventilation systems for gas ranges and other modifications requiring thousands of dollars in alterations before they can meet regulations. The salsa truck, however; jumped that barrier by cooking tacos and quesadillas on electric grills. They are served with homemade salsas, hot sauces and guacamole. They plan on rolling out on Tuesday, with food prepared onboard for the first time.

In addition to the food truck, owner Dan Salls, is working on a brick-and-mortar location called The Garage. The Garage acts as a home for the truck, kitchen and will soon house more trucks. According to their website, “It will be Chicago’s only food truck centric commissary- featuring other local food truck entrepreneurs working alongside The Salsa Truck.”

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Which Food Truck Serves a Best Taco?

In 2008 a mobile food attention jumped onto a inhabitant theatre when a immature cook named Roy Choi came adult with a thought of holding a a normal taco served from many loncheros in a LA area and mixing it with flavors from Korea. Choi’s Kogi lorry became an instant success and given afterwards has sparked many immature culinary entrepreneurs to try to compare this success around a world. Taco trucks are typically a initial form of food lorry to enter a marketplace when a laws are mutated to concede food trucks to work on their streets. Besides a normal Mexican style, there have been many forms of alloy styled tacos attempted, some have failed, though many some-more have succeeded.

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Because of this, we have motionless to open a new competition to find out that food lorry is portion a readers favorite taco. This competition will open currently and will be run in dual stages. For a subsequent dual weeks (we will accept emails submitted by 12 PM Central Time on Friday Feb 8, 2013)  we will give a readers to contention their choices around email, and once a information is collected, we will open a check (Monday Feb 11, 2013) to concede voting from a tip 10 email submissions.

To be authorised for a final poll, a food lorry needs to have non-stop before Jan 2013 and contingency frequently offer a taco plate from their truck, transport or trailer. The mixture of a taco can be any multiple of flavors (traditional or fusion), or cuisine and a taco can be served in a tough or soothing shell. The trucks can be located in any nation so feel giveaway to contention choices from outward of North America.

We demeanour brazen to receiving your submissions. Food lorry owners are giveaway to contention their possess trucks for care and electorate might opinion as mostly as we wish. The usually ask we have is that we contention one entrance during a time and embody a name of a truck, a taco name as good as a city  or area a food lorry operates in.

The winning lorry will be profiled here during Mobile Cuisine and will reason a pretension of Best Food Truck Taco for 2013.

So let a voting begin. And remember, opinion early and opinion often.

 

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Jan 23, 2013
Kim Rivers

Jan. 23 Food Truck Dinner Lineup at Cerritos Babies R Us

These chilly SoCal night’s pave the way for wonderful opportunities to dine under the stars! Start your 2013 dining experience right by enjoying the food truck dinner gathering in Cerritos-Artesia every Wednesday night.

Join locals at the Atomic Eats food truck dinner rally outside of Babies R Us in Cerritos at 11540 South St. every Wednesday night and splurge on a variety of food truck favorites. The weekly feast takes place in the store’s parking lot  every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Motorists in the lot are reminded to always be cautious of pedestrians.

The Jan. 23 dinner lineup includes:

Editor’s Note: Patch will be posting the local food truck dinner list every week. For a look at menus, prices, and payment options, visit each truck’s website through the links provided. Participating trucks and schedules are subject to change without notice.

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