Friday, February 25, 2011

Is Altadena Food Truck Unfriendly?

WOW, here we go again. A City/County that is looking to shut down a successful monthly gathering. WHY? because one person had a complaint. No matter hundreds were thrilled. When voting make sure you find out if the candidate is for food trucks or against and make your own decision.

Food trucks bring in tax money, jobs and good family friendly fun.


"Monthly Food Truck Event Could be Cancelled Because of Code Violation

One of the event's planners, Meredith Miller, says with county officials investigating the event, she doesn't know whether it will be happening this month.

By Dan Abendschein | February 24, 2011

Altadena's newest monthly event, Fancy Food Truck Fridays, is at risk of being shut down due to a potential county code violation, according to one of the event's organizers.

The news was first reported Thursday morning on the Altadenablog, and organizer Meredith Miller, the co-owner of Webster's Community Pharmacy confirmed it.

Miller said that she is still trying to get in touch with the right person in the county to discuss the issue, which she said has to do with parking.

She said she was told that the county received a complaint from somebody in Altadena.

"One person who complained and it was enough to get the ball rolling unfortunately," Miller said.

The event, which kicked off last month, featured four food trucks in the parking lot behind Webster's along with tables for people to sit. Most at the event had to park on the street to attend.

She said it is too soon to say whether the second food truck event, scheduled for March 11, will still go forward, but said she believes she may need to apply for a conditional use permit, which would be very costly."

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Janice Rutherford SB Supervisor wants Gourmet Food Trucks

This is great news a politician that thinks outside the box and looks to do whats right for her constituents. Gourmet Food Trucks supply much need jobs, tax revenue, experience for young chefs and a jumping board to new brick and mortar restaurants. THANK YOU Janice Rutherford and The Press-Enterprise for supporting our way of life.

"S.B. COUNTY: Supervisor suggests allowing food trucks

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County may try to get a bite of the increasingly popular gourmet food truck business.

Supervisor Janice Rutherford said Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting that she would like to look at legalizing the businesses -- which are banned -- in the county's unincorporated areas.

"We need every opportunity to create jobs and give people an opportunity to create their own jobs," she said.

Rutherford said she plans to discuss the issue with the county's environmental health department, which regulates food establishments, and interested businesses before introducing an ordinance.

She described the industry as a "perfect opportunity" for those seeking a low-overhead business venture.

Food trucks featuring gourmet menu items such as Korean tacos, Indian dosas and crepes have exploded in popularity in Los Angeles and Orange counties, with dedicated followers tracking their locations on Twitter."

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

SUPPORT Candidates That Support Our Way of Life

Everyday when I'm talking to Gourmet Food Truck Owner/Operators and their customers, someone usually asks "What can I do to help?" The answer has been to make your voice heard with city officials, by sending emails, making phone calls, generally just speaking up.
Well now is our chance to really do something. We can show "City Hall" that we do have a voice and we know how to use it. We can SUPPORT Candidates that support our way of life.

"LA City Council Candidate Supports FOOD TRUCKS – Support Stephen Box Candidate for L.A. City Council

by Stephen Box for formally announces it’s endorsement of L.A. City Council candidate Mr. Stephen Box!

LA County has more than 4000 Food Trucks on the streets but it is the 400 specialty trucks that trigger the latest version of the traditional LA celebrity sighting. Foodies regularly Tweet the locations of their favorites and follow the rock star Trucks such as Don Chow, India Jones, Coolhaus, Dosa, Nom Nom, Buttermilk and the wildly popular Grilled Cheesed Truck".

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To contribute to Stephen Box and Keep Food Trucks Legal in Los Angeles:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Westchester Loves Gourmet Food Trucks First Friday

It's crazy only a few miles from Abbott Kinney in Venice is "Trangle Buisness" section of Westchester, yet they are worlds apart.
I have been to all three of the Westchester First Friday events. It is such a breath of fresh air compared to the crowded streets of Venice. The shop owners are happy to have the gourmet food trucks and the families that come to enjoy a fun evening. The customers are wonderful, some waiting in long lines for AWESOME trucks like The Greasy Wiener and Shrimp Pimp Truck which are regular fixtures on First Friday. Other trucks rotate in and out to keep things fresh. Last week Rosa Bella Cucina was there. They bring some of the best Italian food this side of Italy.
Westchester has turned out to be a true win win for everyone. Come on out next month, I'll be walking the streets visiting the shops and eating from the trucks. Read the great article by The Argonaut.

"Triangle merchants seek to give neighborhood more awareness with First Friday community events

(Created: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 3:03 PM PST)

Fridays are winding down a little later than usual one night each month on at least one Westchester street.

Along this stretch of W. 87th Street between Truxton Avenue and Sepulveda Eastway, in an area known to locals as The Triangle, businesses are keeping their doors open later into the evening on the first Friday of every month, when visitors can be seen mingling among friends and neighbors and sampling some of the popular food truck offerings.

The concept of First Friday has been practiced in recent years in at least one other local community, Venice, where the eclectic Abbot Kinney Boulevard has drawn scores of people from throughout Los Angeles with its bars, establishments and visiting mobile food vendors."

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Great story on how Gourmet Food Trucks affect so many aspects of our daily life.  Most of the affects are positive; helping charities, opportunities for new young chefs to earn their way, variety of food choices to the work place creating a better work environment, etc.

This story unfortunately is about the Jealousy from brick and mortar restaurants and waste of not only tax payer money but possibly lack of critical services while unfounded complaints are being investigated.  

CLICK HERE -- Read the Story by Mobile Cuisine News -- CLICK HERE