FoodtoEat at BKLYN DESIGNS

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Join us today & this weekend!

We’re super excited to be partnering with BKLYN DESIGNS this year to bring the best local food trucks to feed the amazing Brooklyn community!

BKLYN DESIGNS is Brooklyn’s premier design showcase highlighting the creative economy in Brooklyn. For more information on the event, click here: http://bklyndesigns.com/

Here are the food trucks that will be there this weekend:

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FoodtoEat takes on Internet Week New York: Day 1

By Emily Collins

In case you didn’t know, yesterday kicked off Internet Week New York (#IWNY)! All week (5/19-5/22), we have the pleasure of feeding and mingling with some of New York’s finest business people, innovators and Internet all-stars. We’ll be collaborating with our vendors to provide delicious food for #IWNY. Check out some of our pictures below and on our Instagram.

Jonah Peretti, the CEO of Buzzfeed speaking about how he found success on the Internet.
Jack’s Sliders and Sushi provided the hungry people of IWNY with some fantastic eats!
The lovely ladies of SheKnows.com loved their food from mamagyro.
The IWNY cafe, sponsored by FoodtoEat!
Salad Pangea providing IWNY with a variety of awesome salads.
IWNY Cafe presented by: FoodtoEat!
Nadia’s Moroccan Kitchen provided IWNY with Moroccan meatballs over couscous today.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

Join us this Saturday for a Lower Manhattan Food Crawl!

Although it’s been more than two weeks since Hurricane sandy hit the Northeast, many small businesses are still feeling the effects of the storm. Restaurants in particular rely on small margins to remain profitable in New York City. By closing their doors even for a few days many restaurants have lost their profits for an entire month or more. This Saturday, November 17th, Foodtoeat.com is holding a fundraising benefit for downtown Manhattan restaurants that lost business during the storm.

Starting at noon, 18 restaurants and bars in lower Manhattan will offer specials until 4 p.m. for all participants of the food crawl. Registration is just $10 and all proceeds from the event will go to participating restaurants. Join the FoodtoEat team beginning at Evelyn Drinkery to pick up a food crawl map, raffle tickets and purchase your registration if you haven’t already. Then follow the map and sample the discounted specials at each restaurant and bar until the final stop at Kafana restaurant. Stick around for the great raffle prizes, entertainment and interact with foodies all afternoon.

Purchase your tickets here and bring your appetite on Saturday! The full list of venues is listed below:

Cocktail Bodega
Continuum Coffee
Evelyn Drinkery
La Lucha
Mercadito
Mezetto
Prohibition Bakery
Proto Pizza
Sons of Essex
Common Ground
Idle Hands Bar
That Burger
Maharlika
Simone Martini Bar
Yaffa Cafe
Culture Fix
Cafecito
Royale Bar
Kafana

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

Memphis Food Truck Association has a Bright Future

On Monday night the Memphis Food Truck Association officially came together and held its first meeting, marking Memphis as another food truck-friendly city to create an organization to champion food trucks’ rights. The new food truck alliance was arranged by Taylor Berger from YoLo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato, and approximately 60 people showed up to the inaugural meeting.

There are currently 45 food trucks operating in Memphis that have been approved by the Shelby County Health Department, with over 30 food truck applications still pending. Most food trucks at the meeting were only recently granted their licenses, were still waiting on the Health Department or were considering entering the business.
“The energy level was really high. It felt like a community already,” Berger said. “I hadn’t really experienced anything like that in a while – just the kind of grassroots community level enthusiasm, it was just electric.”

The group discussed several upcoming summer events and the role that food trucks could play in them. One of the major goals of this alliance came out of the frustration individual trucks felt with reaching out to parks and companies without a level of organization to fall back on. Now the food trucks are able to organize events under one banner, and work together to plan successful food truck events.

Some of the events currently being planned are food truck rallies and nightly concerts where food trucks could vend. At the Botanic Gardens a series of weekly movie screenings are being planned, where food trucks will be present to vend for a wider audience than they previously would have been able to.

You can keep up with the Memphis Food Truck Association on Facebook or Twitter.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

Prospect Park Food Truck Rallies

One of the best things about summer in New York City is the multitude of outdoor events to choose from. Prospect Park Food Truck Rallies are recurring events that feature some of New York’s finest food trucks.

Food rallies will be held on the third Sunday of every month from 11am-5pm, beginning this April 15th, and continuing until October. These rallies are organized by the New York City Food Truck Association and the park itself, as a way to bring more people to Grand Army Plaza. Following the success of last year’s food truck rallies, the trucks participating will vary by month.

Eugene Patron, a park spokesman said “It was just so popular last time. There were huge lines, even on a cold, wet day, people were just really into it.”

Although the trucks pay a fee to attend the events, the fees go mostly toward clean-up and other administrative costs. The food truck rallies are not necessarily huge money makers, but they provide publicity and entertainment, featuring different bands each Sunday.

2012’s first Prospect Park Food Truck Rally will kick off this Sunday, at 11am.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

Reno Food Truck Fridays About to Kick Off

In Reno, Nevada a new food truck tradition is about to kick off. Friday, April 6th a group of seven local food trucks will inaugurate Reno Food Truck Fridays at an old CitiCenter complex, complete with food, beer, live music and entertainment to be carried out the first Friday of every month until October.

This event is to be modeled after food truck events that have become increasingly popular in Portland, Oregon. The Reno City Council just recently passed new regulation governing the timing and location for mobile food vendors, raising awareness and garnering a great deal of media attention through the ongoing debate about food truck regulations.

Seven food trucks out of approximately 50 in Reno will be attending the inaugural Reno Food Truck Friday. Gourmelt is a grilled cheese truck known for nontraditional grilled cheese creations, such as ham, green apples and brie on cinnamon apple bread. Kenji’s Food Truck mixes Latino, Hawaiian and Asian influences, such as kalua pork or Korean-style beef tacos, quesadillas and lunch platters with two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad. The Island Ice Truck is similarly influenced by Hawaiian flavors, serving tropical-flavored ice cream sundaes with shaved ice in various flavors.

BoDawgs is actually a converted 14-foot trailer with a built in kitchen, serving a variety of hot dogs, zesty sauces and tons of toppings. BoDawgs also donates 10 percent of its gross profits to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada programs to feed elementary school children. St. Lawrence Pizza Co. has an even larger trailer, at 20 feet, is uses oka-fueled wood-fire oven to created out of the ordinary pizzas like a spicy margherita or a Southwest variation with al pastor pork, refried beans, queso fresco, onions and cilantro. Sauce Wagon is even larger, at 30 feet, and serves barbecue style meat. Because the trailer can be so difficult to park and maneuver, Food Truck Fridays present an opportunity for the truck to be just like all the others.

The ultimate goal of these events is to raise awareness for food trucks and increase the number of places they are welcome to vend in, and demonstrate to the city that mobile food can be a positive attribute. The CitiCenter location that was chosen offers courtyard seats, lights and plenty of street parking.

The owners of Gourmelt Grilled Cheese worked together with the city of Reno to find a suitable spot for Food Truck Fridays. James Schroeder, the city’s special events program manager said, “It was a natural fit. We are always excited about things and events that bring people back downtown.”

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

Tucson’s Food Truck Roundup

The growing food truck community in Tucson has recently been busy organizing events to unite the trucks and their loyal fans. While many states have already established food truck associations to raise awareness and unite mobile vendors to look out for their interests, Tucson, Arizona has a growing food truck community but no central organization structure. That’s why events like Sunday’s food truck roundup are so important.

25 mobile vendors will be in attendance, with big names in the Tucson food truck world like the Korean-Mexican MaFooco and the renowned Planet of the Crepes. Last year a graphic designer and the director of a non-profit art movement that occupies vacant spaces in downtown Tucson created a Facebook page to organize the food trucks. They planned the first event in ten days in November 2011; though only eight trucks turned up for the event, about 300 people showed up and the food trucks all ran out of food in about two and a half hours.

Another event in early January had almost 1,000 people in attendance. In the upcoming event there is some concern about a culinary clash between vendors serving similar items. However the trucks have so far worked very well together.

Event co-founder David Aguirre said, “We have three barbecue trucks coming, but I look at the menus and they’re all different.” When the owner of a popsicle bike cart wanted to design his website, the owner of MaFooco gave him a helping hand.

The ultimate goal of these roundups is to unite the public and the mobile vendors. Most vendors are very independent, occupying select areas of the city and out of reach of many people. Smaller vendors have experienced success from word of mouth after attending these roundups, and the events help to open up vacant lots, attract musicians and other entertainment, and provide great food options.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

Parked! And Other Food Festivals to Come

This Saturday was the Parked! Food Festival was held at the South Street Seaport, in which food vendors from all over New York City gathered to serve their signature dishes to throngs of hungry New Yorkers. The event has been deemed a successful one by both food truck vendors and customers who attended, remarking that lines were shorter than expected and food came rather quickly. The largest problem at these events in the past has been long waits at the more popular trucks. Some trucks complained about their placement, either on side streets with less traffic or next to direct competition from vendors selling similar products, but in the end every truck said their sales evened out and they did alright by the end of the day. Customers also were able to move between lines quickly and sample many different types of cuisines.

Some new procedures were put into effect this year which may have streamlined the event for customers and vendors. Menu sizes were reduced and orders were taken outside the trucks to maximize efficiency within the truck. All of this bodes well for food truck events, as complaints in the past had decreased their popularity.

With improvements along the way in food truck events, we have many more to look forward to in the coming weeks. All About Downtown is coming to Jersey City on September 17th, featuring ten of New York and New Jersey’s top food trucks. Among these are Korilla BBQ, Luke’s Lobster, Two Pitas in a Pod and Mamma Marci. Then the week after this event is the one we have all ben waiting for, the 2011 Vendy Awards. This year the Vendy’s will be held at Governor’s Island, and you can purchase tickets here.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com