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Meet the New Truck On the Block: Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

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By Emily Collins

This month, we’re starting a new series called Behind the Food Truck, where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

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Josh Gatewood, the southern gentleman behind Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting the southern gentleman behind New York’s most patriotic food truck, Josh Gatewood. Not only does Josh have making delicious southern fried chicken down to a science; he’s got an incredible story. He chose a life on food stamps and working as a fry cook over being a broker on Wall Street – all for the dream of opening his food truck.

Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, one of the newest food trucks to hit the streets, has been a long time coming. Josh admitted he spent more time thinking about his potential business than focusing on the Series 7. He would “Walk around Wall Street quizzing people, ‘what’s a better name for a chicken restaurant? Yankee’s Chicken or Yankee Doodle Dandy’s?’ ” With a stroke of luck and a $25,000 win from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Josh was able to give his dream some momentum.

Josh’s perseverance and dedication has brought him to where he is today – owning one of New York’s only authentic southern food trucks. Josh is committed to making his food the best it can possibly be and it definitely shows.

Their Winner Winner fried chicken special is everything you would want in a southern dish – juicy, well-seasoned and best of all: big portions. Along with four incredible chicken tenders, it is served with a giant slice of  grilled Texas toast, homemade potato salad and their original Spirit of ’76 sauce. Words cannot properly describe how delicious the Spirit of ’76 sauce is with the chicken tenders and fries. Josh says, “People come back just for the sauce.” At only $8.50, this special is a total “winner.”

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Left: Love Me Tender chicken sandwich |Right: Chicken tenders with fries and Spirit of ’76 sauce

At the end of the day, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s is all about bringing southern hospitality and authenticity to New York City and hopefully expanding to other major cities. Josh said, “It was roller coaster getting here. Sometimes you have those introspective moments you feel super blessed to be doing what you’re doing.”

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

 

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Competitive Eating & Lost Potential

By: Parth Mukhi

Competitive eating is one of the most gruesome, nauseating events to witness. Yet Major League Eating (MLE) continues to makes millions of dollars, holding around 80 events every year. Unfortunately, the sports greatest rivalry of Joey Chestnut vs. Takeru Kobayashi has been stalled since 2010.

Between the two, Kobayashi & Chestnut currently hold 29 world records with the MLE. The latter of which owning 25, but this is due to the to the ongoing contract dispute between Kobayashi & the MLE. This dispute is the reason Kobayashi has not competed in an official eating contest since 2010, but his own competitions, either by himself or with subpar competitors. Meanwhile, Chestnut has been tearing up the ranks of competitive eating. He’s won the granddaddy of eating events, the Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, a record seven straight times. Thus surpassing Kobayashi’s record of six straight.

The rivalry between Kobayashi (left) & Chestnut (right) was just growing into greatness

The main issues standing in the way of the contract between the two sides is that Kobayashi believes that, “the organization that produces the event cannot be the same agency that also owns the athletes.” Meaning, the MLE is the main body which contracts all their eaters, rather than the competitors having their own separate agents, like in most other sports. Kobayashi’s wish was for more freedom. He asked to be let go of the other three events he was set to compete in, and only enter the Nathan’s events. From what Kobayashi has said, the MLE countered with a $40,000 contract for the July 2010 & 2011 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, and stated that he could not compete in any other eating events for the year in the U.S. or Canada. His sponsorships were also limited to only MLE sanctioned companies.

For the sport, this dispute is a shame. The two top ranked eaters in the world, both in the prime of their careers. MLE President George Shea remains adamant that Kobayashi was offered $100,000 for 4 events, with $25,000 guaranteed whether he won or loss. While, Kobayashi feels like he’s fighting for the future of the sport and its competitors, Chestnut continues to dominate. Upon eating 68 hot dogs at Nathan’s in 2012, he declared, “I will not stop until I reach 70. This sport isn’t about eating. It’s about drive and dedication, and at the end of the day hot dog eating challenges both my body and my mind.” The following year he would break this record by eating 69 hot dogs. This was impressive, but it had already been done. Kobayashi ate 69, two years prior, at an off-site event, with independent judges there to establish the record.

Chestnut (left) has been making light of his competition due to Kobayashi’s (right) absence

Event by event, this sport is missing out on what should be it’s “Golden Era.” This should be the time period in which competitive eating rises among the ranks, starts to hold more and more televised events, begins to make more sponsorships, and attract new fans. The rivalry between Kobayashi & Chestnut could have the equal affect on competitive eating that Magic Johnson & Larry Bird had on the NBA. Potential being wasted due to this contract dispute is heartbreaking. Hopefully either Shea or Kobayashi will eventually come together, and put the sport above their beliefs, and realize the potential for greatness that is right in front of them.

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

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Wine for Babies

By Maria Laposata

Coke flavored wine? That sounds…tasty, actually. That’s what the Haussmann Famille thought when they introduced Rouge Sucette. It’s 75% wine, only 9% alcohol, and the rest is water, sugar, and–aw yeah–cola flavor.

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Personally, the prospect of Rouge Sucette is quite exciting to this devoted $3 Trader Joe’s wine aficionado as it presents a fantastic opportunity to no longer sound like an idiot when I’m talking about wine. Finally I can abandon all of this nonsense about “oakiness.” Now I can say, “It tastes like coke.” Ah simplicity!

One might imagine in a country where 2 liter bottles of soda are considered a single serving, that this wine was born and bred in the good ole US of A. Nope! In fact, low and behold, France is the culprit.

You heard me: France.

Of course, French wine makers have a very serious reason for risking the pretentious wrath of food and wine connoisseurs: a 50% decrease in wine sales since 1960.

While sales of hard liquors and beer have increased ever-so-slightly in France, the consumption of wine has fallen and fallen and fallen. In fact, us jolly Americans are about to exceed the French in total wine consumption.

That’s right France. We’re drunker than you. Take that.

ImageThe new product comes at a time of alcoholic turmoil in France. The government is considering raising the drinking age from 16 to 18 (WHAT? You can drink legally at 16 in France?!), wants to ban high school all-night, all-you-can-drink open bars (again, WHAT?!), and is seeking to double fines against vendors who break the new laws (OK, that one makes sense). This is all in response to a 50% increase in hospitalizations for minors babies under 15 for drunkenness since 2009. Needless to say, anyone who has anything to do with selling alcohol in France is doing a nervous need-to-pee dance.

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Wasted.

So as the government tries to get children to drink less, alcohol vendors are looking for ways to keep them swirling, sniffing, sipping, and spitting (except, apparently not that last part) for fear of losing the youth market entirely. And so was spawned Rouge Sucette. (By the way, that means “red lollipop.”) Not only is it tasty enough to keep the kids drinking, it also sells for a price most allowances could manage: $3.80.

Well, well, well, Trader Joe’s. Looks like you really do have some competition.

Sources:http://digitaljournal.com/article/353870http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/07/18/203389542/oh-france-now-you-re-drinking-cola-flavored-wine

 

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