Recycled Food May Come to a Cafe Near You

Food waste is at an all time high in the United States, with anywhere between 30 and fifty percent of all food produced going into the garbage before ever touching a plate. One Tufts University student hopes to take a stab at that statistic, offering free food taken from dumpsters outside grocery stores and serving them in a café.

Maximus Thaler has already formed a Kickstarter page to finance his endeavor, hoping to raise $1,500 to open a café that will exclusively serve discarded food. In just one Massachusetts supermarket Thaler found a slew of trendy food including turkey meatballs, organic Greek yogurt and fair trade coffee.

“We believe food is a fundamental right, and should be shared freely with all,” Thaler’s group wrote on the café’s Kickstarter page, which will be called Gleaners Kitchen. The term ‘gleaning’ was used to describe collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they had already been commercially harvested. Today gleaning refers to the collection of food from supermarkets that would ordinarily be thrown away.

This café will go beyond simply serving recycled food, but will act as a community hub hosting concerts, poetry readings, lectures and one meal a day for the hungry. Thaler and his group dig through grocery store dumpsters and separate and wash the usable food. Juices can easily be made from the produce, and they even use hummus containers as Tupperware.

According to Thaler, “The Gleaner’s Kitchen is not a business. It is not the place of commerce you might think it to be, where you pay something to get something. Our aim is not to produce commodities but to foster community.”

For those looking to become a part of the initiative, Thaler has pledged to fly anywhere in the world, go dumpster diving and cook a meal for anyone who donates $1,500 or more to his Kickstarter page.

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Boston vs. New York Food Truck Throwdown

This Saturday some of the best food trucks from New York will compete against some of Boston’s finest trucks in the first ever Food Truck Throwdown. The competition will last the entire on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, and will feature seven food trucks from each city that were preselected by online voting.

The Food Truck Throwdown was dreamed up by Sara Ross, the owner of Boston food truck Kickass Cupcakes. From there Boston Mayor Thomas Menino supported it as well as the Boston food truck community. The food trucks from each city will serve food at the event and vie for the title of Best Food Truck. Admission to the event is free though guests will have to purchase all the food they eat.

“Given the rivalry between New York and Boston with sports, I thought New York was a natural choice for the inaugural event,” says Sara Ross. “And they responded to my invitation immediately with lots of enthusiasm.”

Throughout the day the trucks will compete in a series of contests to win the overall title as well as smaller wins in several categories. There will be a public ballot as well as celebrity judges, including Jenny Johnson from NECN’s Emmy award winning TV Diner with Billy Costa.

From New York some of the most popular food trucks will attending, including Bian Dang, Big D’s Grub, Fishing Shrimp, Mike N Willie’s, The Munchie Mobile, Nuchas and Wafels & Dinges.

The food trucks representing Boston will be Bon Me, Kickass Cupcakes, Lobsta Love, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Staff Meal and Cookie Monstah.

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Boston Pizzeria Introduces Alcoholic Pizza

A Boston based pizza chain called Salvatore’s may be the first to require legal identification to eat its pizza. The pizza pies are called the “21-plus pizza”, made with enough alcohol to cause such a regulation. One of the pies, the Vignola Cherry Pizza is topped with fresh mozzarella, Gorgonzola, prosciutto, orange blossom honey and Italian cherries soaked in raspberry vodka.

The recipe for these types of pizzas came about by accident, after a series of experiments in re-hydrating cherries. The chain’s corporate chef, Victor Paone was attempting to make a cherry pizza, and after finding that the dried cherries were too tough, they were re-hydrated in liquor.

“We realized that it was a great pizza, but the alcohol content was too high, so we came up with the idea of having a 21-plus pizza,” said Paone. “You don’t get that blast of alcohol where it’s too much, but you can definitely taste it.”

Surprisingly Boston does not currently have any regulations about alcohol in its food. Salvatore’s took it upon itself to set this age-restriction on its pizza, no doubt before it becomes a trend with teenagers to get intoxicated while eating one of their favorite foods. Salvatore’s employee Chick Barbato told local news channel WCVB that “Too much would be like two to three pizzas worth. So I think you’d be pretty full before you got a buzz.”

Salvatore’s alcoholic food is not the first of its kind; last year a restaurant in D.C. called PS 7 introduced a menu of “Cuptails”, seasonal cupcakes infused with alcohol. Whether alcoholic food is the next big trend remains to be seen, but vodka flavored pizza has certainly piqued our interest.

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The Battle Between Restaurants and Food Trucks Continues

The Battle Between Restaurants and Food Trucks Continues

With the rise of food trucks in major cities across America, brick-and-mortar restaurants have been angered and pressed by increased competition. As a result, several ordinances have been put in place by each city limiting the operation of food trucks and affecting business and sales. Food truck vendors have been fighting these regulations so they are able to serve their mobile meals to the public with ease, and restaurants have been pushing back to protect their economic interests and maintain their establishments. Who will win the battle? Let us know what you think!

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Meals on Wheels for Dogs

The food truck industry has grown tremendously in recent years with the introduction of ethnic foods prepared and served by innovative vendors who put their own unique spin on food from their homelands. Walking down the streets of New York, I’ve seen any and every type of food from Indian biryani to Colombian arepas.

However, the business has taken a turn down a new avenue—gourmet food trucks for dogs. The philosophy behind such an obscure idea is that dogs should be pampered with delicious meals and desserts on-the-go (during their morning walk in the park) just as we are. Fido to Go, a food truck started by dog lovers Donna Santucci and Tracy Werner, opened up last year in Chicago. Ms. Santucci, who is now the sole owner of the truck, serves doggy cookies and ice cream during the summer months in the city’s dog parks. In Boston last week, The Chef Michael’s Food Truck for Dogs rolled out with a new menu. The line of freshly prepared foods is called Carvery Creations™ and includes savory, meaty meals for canines. The owners state, “we work with animal cognition experts, nutritionists, dog behaviorists and, of course, chefs, to understand everything we can about dogs and food.” Their goal is to take dogs, which make friendly companions for many of us, on a “culinary adventure.”

Another food truck in Orlando named Poochi Sushi serves exactly what its name suggests—sushi for dogs. Hicks’ Sit ‘n’ Stay Pet Café is a mobile food vendor that prepares organic foods for dogs. Some of the items on the menu are creatively named “Ruff-ins,” “Mutt-balls, and” Pup-sicles.”

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The response among the community of dog owners has been positive so far. Many are very receptive to the idea of taking their dog out to a gourmet lunch or dinner if they had the opportunity. The idea is especially popular among dog owners whose pets have food allergies or other illnesses that affect their diet.

Nevertheless, the success of this business depends exclusively on how many dog owners exist in the city and the popularity of dog parks, where owners bring their dogs for social hour. Without this culture, a food truck serving meals only targeted towards pets will probably not last long. I’d like to see how a food truck for dogs does in New York, where people walk their dogs at all times of the day and spend much time in parks letting their dogs run free. We’ll see what the future brings for both the food truck and pet industries.

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