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FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Tue, 09/27/11 12:06 PM
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Ok, Jody, and Lorna wanted a section just for food trucks so I'm starting a thread just for links about FOOD TRUCKS.
This is not a thread for DIY how to's but a thread on the latest current links about food trucks, including, news about cities that do allow food trucks, what's being served on FTs and general information on the food truck industry.
 
Please don't post here if your wanting to know if you should start a food truck or how to start a food truck.
 
But please do post here links that pertain to the food truck industry. Give a brief explanation about the link and the link.
 
From Lorna, Latest news, Industry news, code compliance, marketing & Promotions etc, go here
http://www.mobilefoodnews.com/  
Thank you.
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Tue, 09/27/11 2:30 PM
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It's a site devoted exclusively to mobile food. It's done in a magazine format.
 
http://mobile-cuisine.com/

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Wed, 09/28/11 3:40 AM
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There are many food truck blogs out there.
They tend to deal with local area food trucks.
Here's some of them:
http://www.ilovefoodtrucks.com
http://www.findlafoodtrucks.com/blog/
http://newyorkstreetfood.com/
http://blogs.gwhatchet.com/btb/2010/09/25/where-were-eating-d-c-food-trucks/
http://www.findlafoodtrucks.com/
http://www.eattoblog.com/the-great-food-truck-odyssey/
http://miamifoodtrucks.com/
http://www.santaanita.com/specialevent/2011/santa-anita-food-truck-festival
There's plenty more.
This industry is real and will only continue to grow.
The economics of opening a food establishment will drive the business.
The variety of foods make it interesting for the consumer.
Customers are drawn to the uniqueness of it all.
Who ever thought that Twitter would play such an important role in the development of the Food Truck industry.
Tweet and they will come!!
BTW, Tweeting also drives business to B & M places too.
Are you tweeting your daily specials?
Are you working at building your tweeter followers?
Food Trucks are the most exciting thing to hit the food industry since Fast Foods.
It's that big!
So if you're in a B & M facility you better figure out a strategy to combat the competition because there will be one rolling into your turf soon!
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Wed, 09/28/11 8:21 AM
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Beyond the Food Truck: Six Ideas for Mobile Food Businesses

Even when you don't have a lot of money or time, you still want a tasty meal, and mobile food businesses are uniquely positioned to provide it. Whether serving crepes from a splashily painted food truck,
 
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220401

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Wed, 09/28/11 8:43 AM
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This site covers our scene here in Atlanta. They sponsor about half of the Food Truck Events and where very instrumental in developing the street food culture in Atlanta.
www.atlantastreetfood.com/
There is another non-profit group that holds about 3 Food Truck Events each week.
I hope to start with this group next Monday.
 
I checked out some of the other sites. My computer is a little slow and it took awhile for all the advertisements to load.
 

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Wed, 09/28/11 9:05 AM
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I'd like to see links for where to purchase things like cabinets and shelves for inside food trucks...

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Wed, 09/28/11 3:21 PM
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THE WILD DOG

I'd like to see links for where to purchase things like cabinets and shelves for inside food trucks...

That's why God Created Google! Use that.

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Wed, 09/28/11 9:47 PM
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Foodbme


THE WILD DOG

I'd like to see links for where to purchase things like cabinets and shelves for inside food trucks...

That's why God Created Google! Use that.

 
HAR HAR  yeah don't you think i'd have already done that instead of just posting the question. Just in case you didn't know.. yes i've searched high and low on the web and even google images.. :-)

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Wed, 09/28/11 10:39 PM
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Food Truck or not as long as it is clean and "healthy" I can still eat it with much gusto. 
 
Find Out What Is The Best Way To Cook Lamb Recipes, Lamb Shanks Recipes, How To Cook Lamb The Most Delicious Way… in 



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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Wed, 09/28/11 10:39 PM
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Food Truck or not as long as it is clean and "healthy" I can still eat it with much gusto. 
 
Find Out What Is The Best Way To Cook Lamb Recipes, Lamb Shanks Recipes, How To Cook Lamb The Most Delicious Way…   



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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Thu, 09/29/11 2:04 PM
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I have a food "trailer", am I allowed in?

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Thu, 09/29/11 2:18 PM
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Southernsmoke

I have a food "trailer", am I allowed in?

Sure! Why not. The only difference is what moves it. The concepts are the same. Same Basics apply.
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Thu, 09/29/11 2:59 PM
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Foodbme


Southernsmoke

I have a food "trailer", am I allowed in?

Sure! Why not. The only difference is what moves it. The concepts are the same. Same Basics apply.

 
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sat, 10/1/11 8:22 AM
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Southernsmoke, trailers are OK, including ours there are at least 5 others who operate out of food carts (that’s what we like to call them) with the other food trucks in Atlanta. We did one of our first events last night at the Howell Mill Food Truck Park in Atlanta. There were 5 trucks of various sizes and shape plus our cart. We are definitely going to have to think about better graphics. Next week we have been invited to set up outside a bar / concert hall. It has a small area for the food trucks and fortunately we fit in due to our size.
 
The Wild Dog, a lot of the cabinets and counters, shelves, etc in food trucks are fabricated on site by the builder. I am not sure of the area you live in, but you might be able to find a local fabricator who can make them for you. I am talking with one about redoing my counter space and adding shelving that will hold items will in transit. Right now I am using stainless steel prep tables and have flat shelves. When I move I have to remove everything and place it in boxes. Big PIA…

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sat, 10/1/11 8:49 AM
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Jody,
1st I understand at an event like this your busy but try and take some pictures next time.
Jack

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sat, 10/1/11 11:07 AM
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yes pics !!

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 10/3/11 9:18 AM
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 10/3/11 9:43 AM
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 10/3/11 10:06 AM
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What’s up with the name Grilled Cheese Patrol?
It’s pretty simple, really. Our mission is to serve grilled cheese sandwiches that are so tasty, they should be illegal. Lucky for you, they’re not.
 
http://roaminghunger.com/grilled-cheese-patrol

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 10/3/11 10:31 AM
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Nouvelle food trucks make fast food with slow values A New York minute is understood to be the interval of time between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy in the car behind you honking his horn. 

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 10/3/11 6:39 PM
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If this is the place to post this, this is our new BBQ trailer, we have been vending for 2 years now and just picked up our new trailer about a month ago
 
It is a 8X16 with 8X10 being enclosed and a 6 foot porch for the smoker
 



 

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 10/3/11 8:39 PM
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Very cool what type smoker are you using?

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Tue, 10/4/11 5:16 AM
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Dr of BBQ


Very cool what type smoker are you using?

 
We are using a Ole Hickory CTO, we started out with a Lang 84 the first time but being it is not NSF we knew we would have to buy a different smoker so we went with a FEC100, then needed something a little bit bigger and bought the CTO

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Tue, 10/4/11 9:11 AM
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I usually post photos on our Face Book Page: Atlanta Tropical Breeze / Sandwich X Press.
 
We did a small Food Truck Event last Friday in Atlanta. We had a great time, didn’t make a lot but gave us some exposure. The event is held on an old vacant lot. There is enough room for about 7 food trucks.  They have about 8 picnic tables set up and a lot of the locals also bring out folding chairs. We where supposed to do another one last night at a bar in Atlanta. We got prepped and showed up but the event had been cancelled and no one told us. I guess there are some similarities between food truck events and festivals.
 
The key to being successful in the food truck business in Atlanta is to have a sponsoring restaurant and find your own locations. You really need about 2 to 4 great locations to set up during the week and fill in the gaps with the local food truck park promoters. After last nights debacle we are beginning to think there may be more food truck parks then food trucks or that some of the trucks know more about an event then we do. Outside of the bar scene or the neighborhood food truck parks most of the trucks make their living serving the lunch crowd.  This is the direction we want to go. Prep in the morning, serve lunch, cleanup and head to the house. We will still be able to do select festivals and some catering. If all else fails we can do what we did a few years back and promote our own festivals or food truck parks (We actually promoted a few markets) to create a venue for ourselves. It definitely creates more work for us but may be feasible.
 
The bottom line is if you are permitted, 100% legal, (Insurance, business license. Etc) and have locations or a route then you are in controlled of your destiny. Those of us who have being doing the festival circuits and working with promoters know that Murphy’s Law does exist.  

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Thu, 10/13/11 4:27 PM
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Foodservice families' heirs launch food truck company October 12, 2011 | By Ron Ruggless

Jon Wagner, chief executive of Two Trucks LLC, and Dain B. Pool, company president, at The Butcher's Son truck  

Read more: http://www.nrn.com/article/foodservice-families-heirs-launch-food-truck-company?page=0,1&ad=growth-concepts&utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=jack%40drofbbq.com&utm_content=NRN-News-NRNam-10-13-11&utm_campaign=Darden%20buys%20two%20seafood%20brands%20for%20%2459M#ixzz1ahBJcxyi
 
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sat, 10/15/11 6:42 PM
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How to open a successful food truck http://www.msnbc.msn.com/...od-truck/#.TpoL83KmOl4

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sun, 10/16/11 11:32 AM
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Food Truck Blogs (14)

Blogs about food trucks. Includes local sites and review sites as well.

DFW Food Truck Foodie - An adventurer and foodie taking you along on the Dallas Fort Worth food truck scene.
 
Houston Food Trucks - Listing of Houston's Top 100 Food Trucks
 
Mobile Cuisine Magazine - The complete online resource destination for the food truck industry
 
Food Trailers Austin (TX) - Austin's guide to food trailers, food carts and mobile eateries!
 
Food Trucks DC - Washington, DC - One Man. One City. One Year. Hundreds of food trucks. The journey begins...
 
Food Carts Portland - A definitive guide to the plethora of food carts and trucks in the Portland, OR area.
 
I Love Food Trucks - Online guide and reivews about LA's food trucks.
 
Food Truck Times - Food Truck Blogger Arianna tells it like it is when it comes to reviewing LA's food truck scene.
 
Food Truck Fiesta - Real time Washington, DC food truck tracker plus news and commentary.
 
The Food Trucker - All things food truck, with a focus on Southern California.
 
MobiMunch - Directory and information about a wide variety of food trucks and concepts from around the U.S.
 
Chicago Food Trucks - A site to help gather support for an ordinance that will allow mobile food trucks to operate within the city limits of Chicago.
 
Roaming Hunger - Find and track your favorite street food vendors and food trucks with Roaming Hunger, the hub for all things street food. Use the interactive city map to find out where your next meal is parked or browse through our list of tasty vendors.
 
Find LA Food Trucks Blog - Blogging and reviewing the Los Angeles food truck scene.
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sun, 10/16/11 11:50 AM
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Congratulations to Fry Captain was FoodTruckTalk.com’s Food Truck Of-The-Week!


However The Fry Captain is not currently operational.


The Fry Captain became a super hero among their many Washington, DC followers by serving a simple menu, but with incredible perfection.
 
The menu at it’s most basic level is simple, French Fries and Milk Shakes.  What the Fry Captain has been able to do is take their simple concept to a very high level through the use of creative ingredients and preperations.
 
Let’s start with the fries.  They offer reguar fries, sweet potato fries, and the ultimate duck fat fries.  If you have never tasted a french fry cooked in duck fat than your life is far from complete as the duck fat adds an incredible consistency and taste to the french fry.
 
French fry traditionalists prefer their fries unseasoned and plain.  No objections from us, but the Fry Captain let’s you decide by providing an extensive selection of dips and seasonings.  From watching movies we know those crazy Europeans like to dip their fries into mayonnaise, and the Fry Captain complies with spirachi/sesame mayo, curry mayo, Jamaican jerk mayo, horseradish mayo, and mango chutney mayo.

Other dipping sauces include truffle ketchup, chili ketchup. sweet and sour mustard, ranch dressing, nutella, marshmellow and a variety of regional sauces such as spanish romesco sauce, korean bbq sauce, carolina bbq sauce and many more.
 
Seasonings that are available include sea salt, garlic salt, onion salt, paprika salt, hot pepper,cajun, and old bay.
 
You can visit the Fry Captain many times without getting bored by his offerings.  Mix and match the seasonings and sauces to your heart’s content.
 
What better to offset great fries than a great freshly made milkshake.  The traditional flavors are available as well as neat unusual flavors like Honey Lavender, avocado, sea salt/olive oil, and cinnamon.
 

We love the Fry Captain for taking two great food items and elevating them to a new and spectacular level.
The Fry Captain – Washington, DC
http://www.frycaptaindc.com

Twitter: frycaptain


 

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sun, 10/16/11 11:55 AM
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MexZican Gourmet one of Miami’s favorite food trucks.

The South Florida food truck scene is on a roll.  Hardly a day goes by that a new truck doesn’t hit the streets.
 
Mexican born celebrity chef Ze Carlos Jimenez’s MexZican Gourmet is quickly becoming one of Miami’s favorite food trucks. 
 
The MexZican Gourmet serves “simply authentic” Mexican food creations.  Chef Ze Carlos has a unique ability to combine a vast assortment of ingredients and spices to create healthy and great tasting dishes that remain true to his Mexican heritage.
 

The MexZican Gourmet’s menu starts with a variety of tacos. 
 
The variety begins with “Just Beef” (carne asada), “Simply Authentic” (Al Pastor), “Original Pork” (Michoacan style carnitas) and “Puebla Chicken” (chicken in a Puebla style sauce). 
 
However, the favorite is the “Legacy”, a brisket meat taco with Chorizo sausage, and Chicharron (fried pork rinds).
Other menu items bursting with flavor include the chicken or carne asada Quezadillas, gourmet chicken Toztadas and the Mexzican Sub Torta which is filled with your choice of protein along with refried beans, Oaxaca cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, avocado and rajas.
 

The MexZican Gourmet takes tacos and traditional Mexican dishes to another level with bold and flavorful food. 
 
There is no doubt that the MexZican Gourmet is a welcome addition to the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale gourmet food truck scene!
The MexZican Gourmet – Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, FL
http://www.themexzicangourmet.com


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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sun, 10/16/11 1:42 PM
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i cant believe Dan over at vendr.tv hasnt made the list yet
video blogs from around the country of different vendors and what they offer
 
 
www.vendr.tv
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sun, 10/16/11 7:37 PM
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BackAlleyBurger
i cant believe Dan over at vendr.tv hasnt made the list yet
video blogs from around the country of different vendors and what they offer
www.vendr.tv

 
From his LAST SHOW COMMENTS SECTION ?
chris says:
August 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm
happy anniversary and sorry for the death of your web show it will be sorely missed.
 
So is it dead? If so to bad.

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 10/17/11 12:28 AM
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THAT VENDR WEB SITE YOU PUT UP HAS A TROJAN HORSE VIRUS.
DON'T OPEN IT FOLKS! 

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 10/17/11 3:51 PM
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oohh wow..... i should get out on the web more often, i loved his "off the cuff" interviews, lol, and the way he shoved food in his face....
 
as far as a trojan.......not sure about that, i use to visit that site weekly and never had a problem

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sun, 10/23/11 9:14 AM
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The right equipment, layout help put food trucks on the road to success August 9, 2010 | By James Scarpa

Swarms of customers and tons of media exposure for gourmet food trucks in Los Angeles and New York have would-be truckers in many other places eager to try mobile foodservice.
But given the burgeoning segment’s novelty, guidance for creating kitchens on wheels is sparse. Most street food pioneers are traveling a road of trial and error as they outfit their mobile businesses, with some trading tips among themselves and tapping the few consultants familiar with the life of a food truck jockey.
 
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Scott Baitinger, partner in Streetza Pizza, a Milwaukee-based truck selling hand-made gourmet pizza by the slice, is one operator who did his homework. In his “700-degree oven on wheels,” as he put it, pizzas are par-baked in a compact deck oven, held in warming units and topped and finished when needed in about five to six minutes.
 
“We researched the most-compact, best-performing pizza equipment and experimented a lot with setup to get the most efficient workflow possible,” Baitinger said.
 
The equipment works well enough to sell between 15,000 and 20,000 pizza slices in one day at a public festival, he said.
He has an agreement with a partner to develop 26 Streetza trucks in the Midwest by year’s end.
 
However, Baitinger admits to an occasional “comedy of errors” in equipment matters as the concept was groomed. For example, the Streetza truck was initially outfitted with all-electric cooking equipment without considering the power source. That required a 15,000-watt generator that in practice was too large for the truck and uncomfortably noisy to boot. With the lesson learned, the Streetza team switched to a mix of electric- and propane-powered equipment, which is run by a much smaller and quieter generator.
 
Smoothing speed bumps


It took Farhad Assari, proprietor of the two Sauca gourmet flatbread trucks in Washington, D.C., several tries to place his equipment for optimum workflow.
 
“It sounds like we got it right the first time, but nothing is easy,” Assari said. “Initially, our placement of things didn’t make sense operationally.” For example, in practice he learned that the steamer should be next to the sandwich table.
 
“You can put almost anything that you want on a truck. You are just confined by space,” said Ray Villaman, a veteran restaurateur and co-founder of Mobi Munch, a Los Angeles-based company that operates food trucks in collaboration with chefs and designs and builds rigs for other operators.
 
Mobi Munch’s first collaborative effort is the Ludo Fried Chicken truck in collaboration with celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre in Los Angeles.
 
Naturally, choosing fancier equipment, a sturdier chassis or a more powerful generator will run up the tab. While a Mobi Munch truck with basic equipment like a griddle, fryer, steam table and cold table runs an estimated $125,000, Villaman said, a more customized vehicle like the Ludo truck, which includes four high-capacity fryers for Lefebvre’s signature fried chicken, cost $160,000.
 
“You can go to $200,000 easily,” Villaman said.
 
Villaman advised truck operators to plan the menu well and use it as a guide for selecting equipment. “And the kitchen should be designed with some flexibility because it is expensive to yank equipment out of trucks if your sales mix changes,” he said.
 
Cruising
In Los Angeles, restaurateurs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken have purchased a second Border Grill gourmet taco truck to join the leased taco truck they launched last year.
 
In contrast to the leased truck, which is equipped like a basic L.A. short-order taco truck, according to director of facilities Peter Barrett, the new, custom-designed vehicle is more conducive to the partners’ modern Mexican-inspired fare. The kitchen includes a 36-inch griddle with underneath oven, two open burners, a deep fryer and a larger sand-wich table.
 
The refrigerated sand-wich table is particularly handy for storing the ingredients and garnishes used in the cuisine. “Every one of our tacos has two or three chilled ingredients that go on that are different from the next one,” Barrett said.
 
Seeking green flags


The scene is quite different in Chicago, still waiting for its first truck-cooked meal, because city ordinances prohibit cooking aboard trucks. However, food truck entrepreneur Matt Maroni is trying to change that.
 
Maroni is working with members of the Chicago City Council and city health authorities on revised regulations to allow onboard cooking. He is hopeful that the measure will be adopted this summer.
 
“We have 95 percent support,” Maroni said. “It would do a lot for job creation in this economy.”
 
Meanwhile, as the wheels of municipal government grind on, he is selling gourmet flatbread sandwiches called “naanwiches” out of a small storefront eatery called Gaztro-Wagon. Ultimately, he intends it to be the home base for a truck concept of the same name.
 
A former private club chef, Maroni has no illusions about what he is getting into.
 
“A food truck is cheaper than opening a full-scale restaurant, but it’s just as much work, if not more,” he said.



Read more: http://www.nrn.com/article/right-equipment-layout-help-put-food-trucks-road-success#ixzz1bbsn42GC

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sun, 10/23/11 2:25 PM
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Dr of BBQ

The equipment works well enough to sell between 15,000 and 20,000 pizza slices in one day at a public festival, he said.

 
Haha that is most likely the max capacity of their dreams/nightmares, not typical sales volume.
 
Or a typo and more like 1,500 to 2,000 slices a day.

At the pizza shop I manage, we had a big 30th anniversary party and sold pizzas for 1971 prices. I think it was $1.30 for a large pepperoni. Anyways, we made 900 pizzas which is double our busiest. And that would be about 7,200 slices. We had a crew of at least 20, and it was impossible to keep up with the demand. About 7 minutes to cook a pizza from scratch in our electric conveyor oven.
 
The deck ovens take 2 or 3 times as long. If they can actually sell 1900 to 2500 pizzas in a day from a truck, I'd be amazed.

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Thu, 11/10/11 2:47 PM
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Where to buy items such as Cabinets and Shelves for Food Trucks?
 
There is a company named Simplicity Innovations that builds custom base cabinets, over head cabinets for food trucks and trailers. They can build to customer specs shelving and countertops for these Food Trucks. As well as supply Concession trailer Windows and Door for VENDING. This company has a great reputation for supply quality parts for Concession Trailers and Food Trucks. I am supplying there number below and website.
Simplicity Innovations . com
574-870-8058

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Thu, 11/10/11 3:08 PM
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Where to buy items such as Cabinets and Shelves for Food Trucks?

There is a company named Simplicity Innovations that builds custom base cabinets, over head cabinets for food trucks and trailers. They can build to customer specs shelving and countertops for these Food Trucks. As well as supply Concession trailer Windows and Door for VENDING. This company has a great reputation for supply quality parts for Concession Trailers and Food Trucks. I am supplying there number below and website.
Simplicity Innovations . com
574-870-8058

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 11/14/11 6:33 PM
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Use a generator, here are power Calculations and formulas for quick power conversions. Watts to Amps and others.

http://www.jobsite-genera...power_calculators.html


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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 12/12/11 2:15 AM
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Just saw my first Chain Restaurant Food Truck TV Commercial today!
A Jack in the Box Commercial featuring their "Munchie Mobile" Food Truck. Other Fast Food chains are bound to follow!
http://www.jackinthebox.com/commercials/
Click on Jacks Munchie Mobile (Left Side) 
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 12/12/11 12:09 PM
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I have noticed that no one ever mentions that some places have a Max length for a food vending unit. I know Franklin, NC had a size limit for street vending. It was part of the reason we did not keep the 14 ft cargo trailer we had. I forget what the size was or if that included the tow vehicle, but the little cart we have PLUS the Jeep as the TV is a handful themselves. We just changed campgrounds and they had a hard time finding a space that would handle the 40 ft bus PLUS the Jeep and cart all on the same site. Good thing we don't have a longer setup.

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 12/12/11 1:51 PM
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I ran across this at: http://www.gcpvd.org/2010...r-take-on-food-trucks/
 

Photo (cc) stu_spivack
I’ve been watching the slow emergence of Food Truck culture in Providence and have mostly been happy about it. The Food Trucks popping up thus far have good food, they bring a certain cachet to the city, they are hip, young, fun, all the things Providence wants to be. However, in the back of my mind, I’ve been thinking about some of the things I don’t like about the Food Truck movement.
Payton at west north articulated my reservations pretty well:
I’m know it’s so very trendy, but I really don’t understand the fascination with littering Chicago with food trucks. I’ve found them quite annoying in NY and LA:
  • they don’t pay rent for the valuable public space they take up
  • they unfairly compete with fixed-premise restaurants, particularly since Chicago suffers from many miles of empty storefronts
  • they only go to trendy areas which already have lots of shops and foot traffic, thereby merely overcrowding existing transient hotspots and potentially preventing new areas from emerging
  • they leave clouds of diesel fumes and noise in their wake, since they run generators even when idling
  • they generate mountains of trash in said areas’ already-overflowing trashcans, since there’s no capacity for onboard dishwashing and few sidewalk recycling bins
  • they’d be yet more unwieldy vehicles careening through the streets, killing people in crashes.
I certainly don’t dispute the overall goals to have broadly available, inexpensive food and easing the way for entrepreneurs to open foodservice businesses. However, these goals frankly have nothing to do with adding more smelly trucks to already choked streets
Payton has a follow-up post expanding on his points above which I encourage you to read.
 
Like I said, there is something that really pleases me about the Food Truck movement, but the points Payton brings up bother me. Really, the biggest part is that we have so many vacant storefronts. A truck pulls up, creates some excitement and leaves. An occupied storefront contributes to the street activity always, think Farmstead on Westminster.
 
There are of course real barriers to opening a food based business in a brick and mortar location in Providence, which probably contributes to the quick adoption of food trucks here. One is regulation. Everyone I’ve talked to who has opened a business in Providence, or those whose business it is to get businesses to come to Providence, agree that the regulation is confusing and onersous, and discourages business creation. I’ve heard people who have located businesses here from away say they would never do it again and would tell others not to, not good.
 
The other barrier is the spaces themselves. Especially Downcity, but throughout town, there really aren’t many small hole in the wall retail spaces available. The kind of space where someone who runs a Food Truck might opt to settle down permanently. A counter and a few stools, those spaces don’t exist. So would-be restauranteurs are forced to pay rent on greatly outsized spaces that they don’t need.
 
I’m not saying Food Trucks should be banned, far from it. What I would like to see is, the city thinking about ways to encourage other forms of street food, be they micro-storefronts, push carts, Food Trucks, or something else.
 
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Fri, 03/23/12 1:01 PM
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I'm from Brazil, and would make a restaurant in a bus. I count on the help ofmembers of this forum.
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 03/26/12 5:35 PM
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Hey all not sure if I should post this here or not, but I did travel to Challenger Door this past Thursday and returned on Friday with my window and shelf. I installed them on Saturday it was very easy to install. Challenger Door came highly recommended by Dr. of BBQ and a couple others here on the forum so I gave them a ring picked out a window design and it was ready in about 9 days I just couldn't leave the restaurant to travel to get it until last weekend.
 
Ok so my experience very nice people a little shy but nice, service was good, product is good, prices are good to me as well. I could take pictures from the door but they would not allow me to go walking through the factory....so far as pricing they stated you must contact a salesman to give more information on what you are trying to purchase from them to quote prices they do not have a standard price for ___ window or door because it is made to order with certain design and size...My salesperson was Doug Zook very nice guy easy to get a hold (responds to email quickest) This is a large factory 4 buildings and land a lot of production happens here, not a mom and pop shop......DR. of BBQ I did tell them you will be to see them in August or October I could not remember when it was (5 am once I got there) on to the pictures i will not make this thread lengthy with lots of pics I posted them in my flickr......I will be taking additional pics of my window and shelf installed tomorrow if anyone wants closer pics of the craftsmanship just let me know my walls are going up Wed. or Thur.





 
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http://www.flickr.com/pho...ets/72157629300411714/

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 03/26/12 6:03 PM
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Is that a lock that I'm seeing in your window frame?
They are shy, but it's a religious thing, if I'm not mistaken. They are Amish. I didn't discuss that with them but I couldn't arrange a pick up after 5:00 pm and they finally found a gal that would stay the extra 15 minutes. But that's cool. And I'm glad things went well for you I'm anxious to see your install pictures.
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 03/26/12 9:24 PM
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yes it has locks on either side of the window(came with 2 keys), didn't come with handles but I found 2 at walmart  1.50 each alum screen door handles 4" long, one for outside and one for inside the inside one will be hard to reach tho without a hook to grab it by I am fall out of the window it's a bit of a stretch for me I'll post the inside pics tomorrow afternoon I'll post them on my thread so I don't take to much post time on this one

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Mon, 03/26/12 9:37 PM
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Is the purple in the pics...your Purple Cheetah color?

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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Thu, 09/6/12 10:36 PM
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So recently I've been putting alot of man hours into working on my 2nd food truck. And I have seen alot of posts that people are having problems like me on their trucks. So I wanted to offer as much advice as I can. Since I have been getting good advice myself from here and other sites I thought pass it on. I did not have alot of money for this project and just purchased an old food truck and put new tires on it. Mechanically its sound that is a major plus for me. Looks I can fix, mechanics no way. As you can see below I have the cutout for the new window and ordered a custom concession window and a serving counter from a place I found online in Indiana. Price was obviously important to me and they were the best price I found. It arrived in a crate I posted it below. The outside serving shelf is wedged down in the crate so will have to post later. I will post pictures of it installed later also. I'm planning on working on it next week for SURE.  I purchased it from a place called Simplicity Innovations. You can buy on the site but they did not have the size I needed so I had to call in. As for Simplicity Innovations run down goes, nice people I never met them but they were nice on the phone even though there was some phone tag. But they always called me back so with that I would say good service. My truck is white so of course I went with WHITE. I have posted pictures of my first food truck and the concession window was the very first I bought from them. I have on order cabinets from these guys which are scheduled to be shipped later this month for my new truck. I will post these also, im just excited about this. Anyways like everyone else I dont mean to go on but I'm just really proud of my truck and want everyone to see. So here are some pics to share. Let me know what you think.








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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Thu, 09/6/12 11:13 PM
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Tony good post, great looking job on the window. You need to continue to post more pictures as you continue your new build.
Again great post, but if you get a chance post the web address and or phone number for Simplicity Innovations. That way RF builders will have 2 companies that they can work with.
Challenger Door in Indiana.... 574-773-0470, with a report just above your thread.
 
Hey I found this is an older post
Where to buy items such as Cabinets and Shelves for Food Trucks?
 
There is a company named Simplicity Innovations that builds custom base cabinets, over head cabinets for food trucks and trailers. They can build to customer specs shelving and countertops for these Food Trucks. As well as supply Concession trailer Windows and Door for VENDING. This company has a great reputation for supply quality parts for Concession Trailers and Food Trucks. I am supplying there number below and website.
Simplicity Innovations . com
574-870-8058
http://simplicityinnovations.com/
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Re:FOOD TRUCK LINK THREAD - Sun, 09/9/12 3:04 PM
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no my purple is darker