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Undergrad Takes on Food Truck at Cal

May 23, 2012

From the San Jose Mercury News. Koh may be the first undergrad to run his own food truck at Cal, but street food fever is taking over not only cities, but also college campuses from coast to coast. Schools in Southern California, Texas, Oregon and Washington have launched their own versions of Off the Grid street food fests, bringing fleets of food trucks on campus. A trio of students at... Read More

They Seem to Like It—Food Truck Edition

May 14, 2012

97% of food truck owners surveyed answered the question—”are you happy that you are doing this?” with Yes. That’s amazing. You can read the complete article in Read More

More Food Truck Numbers

May 14, 2012

From WCTV in Tallahassee—Food Truck Boom in Tallahassee. They are riding the wave of the fastest growing business in Florida. According to Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, there are 60 food trucks registered in Leon County alone. That has more than doubled since 2008. “It’s growing tremendously. Statewide in 2008 about 2500, now about 3,000 and we are seeing people embracing this new business model and they are reaching... Read More

Have Food Trucks Gone Too Far?

May 11, 2012

I got a real kick out of this first-class rant by Los Angeles public radio commentator and performer Sandra Tsing Loh. This comes from It’s just true and funny. It reminds me of the “beer flavored beer” ads that featured Denis Leary. Tsing Loh’s radio piece, which aired on Pasadena’s KPCC station can be heard here, or you can read a transcript of the piece. Her complaints included: God... Read More

Food Trucks by the Numbers

May 09, 2012

From BusinessWeek. The new model being set by Porc Mobile in Washington and Rickshaw Dumpling Bar in New York has moved beyond hot dogs and ice cream to miso soup, lobster rolls and crepes. Mobile food- preparation businesses increased 15 percent over five years to make up 37 percent of the $1.4 billion of U.S. street vending revenue in 2011, according to researcher IBISWorld Inc. “They’ve grown aggressively,” said Nima... Read More

Tuk Tuk Electric Catering Cart

May 04, 2012

I’ve been reading and writing about Food Trucks, and came across this. From, this is an electric vehicle designed specifically for cater and food vending. What a kick. I want one. Put an oven in the back, and I could deliver pizza to our neighbors. Here is more from Design Boom. The dutch company tuk tuk factory has developed ‘e-tuk vendo‘, a fully electric rickshaw-style van for foodtrucks and mobile catering.... Read More

Sew Hungry in Ottawa

May 03, 2012

From the The Spectator in Ottawa. It’s the second incarnation of Sew Hungry, a food truck and restaurant rally sponsored by the Ottawa Street BIA. They say it will be the biggest such rendezvous ever held in Canada, with 15 trucks from all over southern Ontario in one place at the same time. And yes, wood-fired pizza from a truck. Sew Hungry takes place May 4 along Ottawa North between... Read More

More on Pizza Amore in Buffalo

May 03, 2012

Here is a follow-up article on Pizza Amore (that’s a portable Forno Bravo oven) in They are getting some good press, and, as the article is quick to point out—the line was 10 people deep when the reporters go there. That’s nice. Though I have to agree with the reporter—the pizza could have stayed in the oven for a couple of more seconds to get a better char (and... Read More

Food Truck Economics

May 02, 2012

I listened to a good Podcast on Food Trucks in NYC today from NPR’s Planet Money. Did you know that 3,000 food trucks converge on the city every day? each jockeying for the best positions—and that a good parking spot can be the difference between success and failure. And with all the different zoning and land use laws, it is basically illegal for a food truck to park just about... Read More



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