Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 
to all of our #GFT & Foodie Friends.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gourmet Food Trucks Coming Back to First Friday Venice

Bigfoot Entertainment is helping make food trucks accessible again on Abbot Kinney

Media Advisory:

Who: Bigfoot Entertainment, the Abbot Kinney Merchant’s Association (AKMA) and the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association (SoCal MFVA)

What: Fans of Los Angeles food trucks, rejoice! Bigfoot Entertainment, a global production company with headquarters in Venice, Calif., is offering a home to the popular mobile eateries in its parking lot in the Abbot Kinney area, providing a solution to the recent parking ban instituted during the monthly First Friday event. Preserving the charm of First Fridays by reaching a compromise with both the AKMA and SoCal MFVA, this new arrangement will allow the food trucks to have a substantial presence without obstructing storefronts or congesting foot and vehicle traffic on Abbot Kinney Blvd.

When: Beginning Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Where: Bigfoot Entertainment’s parking lot, located at 1611 Electric Ave., Venice, Calif., across from The Brig

Additional Information: Formerly a regular staple of First Fridays in Venice, the AKMA moved to prohibit street parking for the food truck vendors. In November, almost 50 food trucks showed up for First Friday, occupying nearly half of all the available parking spaces. Beginning in December, the AKMA implemented a parking ban, which will remain in effect through Spring 2011. While the ban alleviates the sidewalk congestion and lack of parking spaces, the absence of food trucks struck a nerve with patrons of First Fridays, some of whom called for a boycott of the events. Bigfoot is working with the AKMA and SoCal MFVA to reach a compromise that allows patrons to enjoy the food truck craze while meeting the needs of retail members of the AKMA.

Bigfoot has also partnered with food trucks in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood, for “Dinner and a Movie” nights at Bigfoot’s Majestic Crest Theatre, allowing patrons to bring fare purchased from food trucks into the theater.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Abbot Kinney Merchants Extending First Friday Food Truck BAN!!

The Abbot Kinney merchants have elected to extend the ban on food trucks at the popular First Friday event in Venice, into spring. Hopefully The Brig will continue to host gourmet food trucks in their lot on First Friday, and not bow to pressure from the Abbot Kinney Merchant Association. We hope that you continue to support The Brig, and the trucks in their lot, but continue to boycott all Venice merchants. We can't allow cities or merchants to over-regulate the gourmet food truck industry, and by boycotting the merchants it shows the power of the dollar.

We are fortunate that the Westchester Merchants Association has invited the food trucks to their area for First Friday. We can continue to enjoy gourmet food trucks, the food and the community, at this new location.

Please share your comments below.

Abbot Kinney merchants support extending First Friday parking limits
Businesses along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice are planning to keep the shopping and restaurant corridor free of parked vehicles during the popular First Fridays events at least through early spring.

After experimenting with “no parking” restrictions for all vehicles, particularly food trucks, at this month's First Friday, the Abbot Kinney Merchants Committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce voted Dec. 7 to extend the restrictions between 4 and 11:30 p.m. at the events through March. During First Fridays, which were initiated in 2007, many Abbot Kinney businesses stay open later into the night and bars and restaurants can be seen filled with patrons.
As the events have grown in popularity among visitors from throughout Los Angeles, an increasing number of food truck vendors has descended on the boulevard. While the mobile vendors are frequented for offering convenient and inexpensive food options, merchants and community members have expressed concerns of safety issues with pedestrians traveling onto the streets to avoid crowded sidewalks.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Feed The Hungry, Eat From Gourmet Food Trucks

Starting in January 2011 there is a new opportunity to Help the Hungry while eating from Gourmet Food Trucks. Each 3rd Friday of the month, food trucks will be donating 15% of their food sales from this event @ 830 N Ross, Santa Ana to ULAOC food banks.