What Kind of Trendy Food Are You? An Official FoodtoEat Quiz

By Emily Collins

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Whether it’s foraged mushrooms or kale salad, New York City is all about food trends. At FoodtoEat, we love trendy food, so why not make a quiz dedicated to them? Click here to find out whether or not you’re froyo or quinoa!

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

 

Coming Soon: The Vegan Reality Food Truck Show

By: Gabby Zilkha

Coming soon: the Vegan Reality Food Truck Show!
Coming soon: the Vegan Reality Food Truck Show!

The Squeeze has a dream to make it on the big screen! Yes, that is right! One day, the raw vegan food truck the Squeeze will have its chance at stardom.

You may be saying, “It’s a truck eat truck world”! “The Squeeze better have an agent”! But don’t you worry, owner and founder of the Squeeze Karliin Brooks used to work in the Entertainment industry and this is actually what she had in mind when she started the truck back in May of 2012.

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Karliin wants to create the first Vegan based reality TV show. She saw an opportunity in Food Trucks to bring that idea to life. She could travel around the country and provide juicing and healthy foods to people all across America.

Currently, Karliin says that she is focusing on establishing the food truck business and maybe even a wholesale network.

What makes this truck so special you may ask? Well it offers a large array of cold press juice cleanses in delicious flavors. (fun fact: cold press juicing is super cool and keeps all of the enzymes alive longer as opposed to the more common centrifugal juicer which has a enzyme life of 15 minutes) .

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They also have super awesome flavor combinations! The “Stand and Deliver” has kale, celery, cucumber, spinach, swiss chard, and dandelion. The “Sweetest Revenge”, one of the more popular for the less juice heavy person has fennel, clementine, and lemon. I don’t know about you but I feel refreshed just thinking about that!

So next time you’re around Union Square W and 17th Street, make sure to give it a try!

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

Green Carts Provide an Oasis in Food Deserts

Street vendors come in all shapes and sizes, including the 500 vendors that participate in New York’s Green Cart program. Green Cart’s are an initiative to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income areas with limited options for healthy food. Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick has plenty of fast-food options but no grocery stores, until a produce cart moved in with general fruits and vegetables and specialty items for the Latino community in the area.

New York’s Green Cart program is intended to encourage the consumption of healthier food to combat obesity and diet-related diseases. Although Green Carts are only one initiative aimed at improving the diets of New Yorkers, many other cities are starting to catch on to this initiative. Now over 70 million Americans suffer from obesity, and green carts provide a convenient means to get fresh food to Americans.

At first the Green Cart initiative faced considerable pressure in New York City, as sidewalk congestion became an issue and small grocers objected to mobile carts competing against their brick-and-mortar businesses. Despite these problems, 1,000 permits were granted to vendors to sell fresh produce in underserved areas in 2008. The Green Cart program has required much less time and investment than other initiatives, with a low cost to entry and vendors applying through the same process they would to maintain a hot dog cart.

Despite the strict rules for sidewalk vending and slim profit margins, vendors in the Green Cart program have it comparatively easier than other vendors. Many vendors have begun to accept federal food-assistance benefits, with wireless devices given to them to accept payments. This way, customers in low-income areas can spend more on healthier alternatives, producing a win-win for the customer and the vendors.

As other cities begin adapting New York’s Green Cart model, they are noticing similar trends in how to execute them. One of the most important factors for these carts is where they’re located; those with the heaviest foot traffic and one indoor cart had the most sales over the course of a year. One cart in particular, inside the atrium of a children’s hospital got the benefit of having entire families heading past their location. Philadelphia is now considering working with hospitals to scale the program in a way to reach many families with limited incomes.

The end goal of these initiatives are to make fresh food more accessible in ‘food deserts’ and provide more jobs for immigrant vendors, unemployed youths and seniors. In some areas city officials are branching out by letting vendors sell fruit cups or chopped and bagged vegetables to increase the convenience of healthy food.

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