So You Want to Open a Food Truck

ccp-food-truck-940The Community College of Philadelphia is offering classes on how to own and operate a food truck. The course, Mobile Food Management: Introduction to Food Entrepreneurship, begins on Wednesday, September 2nd and according to CCP, it is the only such course offered by an accredited institution anywhere in the United States.

The course is broken down into three sections, each costing $249.

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Drexel Food Truck Bill Tabled

spot-burger-400In June, Councilperson Jannie Blackwell introduced legislation to limit food truck numbers and movement on and around Drexel University’s campus. Earlier this month critics called out the legislation for its potential to kill the area’s food truck culture, as it would limit competition and mobility. Josh Kim, owner of SpOt Burger has been a particularly vocal critic of the plan, citing the staleness of the food truck landscape at Penn which has similar restrictions to what was planned for Drexel’s campus.

An online petition to combat the legislation was signed by more 3,000 people this month. And there has been success. Yesterday, Blackwell took to Facebook to announce that the bill would not go forward.

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Food Trucks And Craft Beer: Two Upcoming Events That Bring Them Together

In what's being billed as a pub crawl for grown-ups, the popular Craft Beer Express returns this Saturday. This all-day event is for those who enjoy the art of beer and want to share that passion with friends and other beer drinkers alike. A dozen local bars and eateries will share their finest ales, including Johnny Brenda's, Standard Tap, Kite and Key, and more. Saturday, March 14th, 11 am, $10-15, various locations throughout Philadelphia.

Around here we all go gaga for our food truck fests and our craft beer events. But do you realize that although you can usually find a food truck or two at a beer festival and craft beer at a truck festival, there are almost no events in the nation that actually give the two equal billing?

Well, that’s changing in our area, where we now have two food-truck-slash-craft-beer festivals to look forward to.

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Tonight: Cocktails And Food Trucks In Manayunk (And Also Some Other Stuff)

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Know what those are? Those are tater tots. Those are tater tots from The Tot Cart, which will be on the streets in Manayunk tonight for their recurring Thursday night street party, Stroll The Street.

Sure, there’ll be artists and crafters, antiques, sidewalk sales and blah blah blah. But if you’re here, you care about two things most of all: the fact that there will be food carts, and the fact that there will be $5 cocktails to sip while you stroll.

Yeah, we’ve got the list, right after the jump.

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New Legislation Could End Drexel’s Food Truck Culture

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Legislation would limit and lock down Drexel food trucks.

When Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla’s legislation to modernize Philadelphia’s code regarding food trucks and carts passed earlier this year, the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association saw it as big first step to making Philadelphia, the East Coast’s most food truck friendly city. But now, new legislation from Jannie Blackwell looks to stifle food trucks in the area the movement began, on and around Drexel University.

The bill, which was introduced on June 18th, would create a special Drexel University District which would limit the number of vendors and lock them to a single spot. The legislation would keep the number of trucks and carts on and around Drexel’s campus to 25 and would require them to vend from a single spot and requiring continuous operation—stifling the churn of food trucks which is so much a part of food truck culture, and a big reason for the success of locations like 33rd and Arch. Additionally, each truck would be charged an annual fee of $2,750 to cover the loss of parking spaces and the cost of regulation.

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Spotburger Showing Off a New Sandwich Today

spot-jawn-940Last night, Josh Kim, the owner and operator of the SpOt Burgers cart posted about his latest creation, the JAWN. It is a Frankenstein-ian combination of ribeye, sloppy Joe, cheez whiz, onions and fries, all served on a burger roll. Though French fries on a sandwich may have some thinking Pittsburgh, the ribeye and cheez whiz make this a force to be reckoned with in Philadelphia.

If you need this in your life, SpOt Burgers is at 33rd and Arch today from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and then at Headhouse Square from 6 to 9 p.m. It will also be available tomorrow back at 33rd and Arch.

SpOt Burgers [Foobooz]

A Chance To Be Food Truck Royalty At Mt. Airy’s Street Fare

Last year's Street Fare in Mt. Airy.

Last year’s Street Fare in Mt. Airy.

Back for another year, Mt. Airy’s Street Fare is coming this September (the 27th to be exact) to bring everything from notable local restaurants, to craft brews, to award-winning food trucks all to Germantown Avenue.

But there’s a catch. Lacking local funding this year, the organizers have a new plan: an Indiegogo page now allows you to donate and help fund the event. And they’ve got a bunch of perks to offer in return.

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Healthy Food-Truck Finds

Banh Mi Xiumai at Kung Fu Hoagies | Photo via Kung Fu Hoagies

Banh Mi Xiumai at Kung Fu Hoagies | Photo via Kung Fu Hoagies

*Welcome to our occasional feature, The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly. We’re on a mission to find the most delicious, indulgent restaurant dishes for every kind of dieter—whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, raw and more. We’re all about occasional splurges, and that’s what this series is all about. We’ll talk to foodies to find out their favorite eats, but feel free to add yours in the comments. Bon appétit!

Like many cities, our city has a love affair with food trucks. They’re quick, convenient, reasonable, and can showcase some of the trendiest cuisine around. While often guaranteed to be tasty, many food-truck offerings are definitely not guaranteed to be a paragon of health and nutrition. I personally realized this two weeks ago at The Food Trust’s Night Market Callowhill. I was surrounded by a ton of Philly’s food trucks, overwhelmed by mouthwatering choices but starved (pun intended) for something I could be sure was figure-friendly.

Inspired by that experience, I went on the hunt for the most delicious healthy food-truck items in Philly, and who better to consult than some of our local health-minded, food-loving registered dietitians? Below, Philly dietitians dish on their favorite healthy food-truck finds and prove you don’t have to avoid the food truck to have a nutrient-packed lunch. Read more »

Vendy and Burger Brawl Winners

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Back-to-back for Blue Duck.

This week saw two big food competitions go down in Philadelphia. On Saturday, Philadelphia’s food truck scene was saluted with the Vendy Awards. The “Oscars of food trucks” named Foolish Waffles the best food truck; SeoulFull Philly as the rookie of the year; and Underground Donuts for Best Dessert.

Then on Sunday, the Burger Brawl took over the parking lot adjacent to Xfinity Live as 54 restaurants competed for the title of best burger. There were three awards on the line, the Judges Choice, the People’s Choice and new this year, a cocktail competition.

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Discount Code for the Vendy Awards

vendy awards phillyTomorrow, Saturday, June 13th is the 5th annual Philadelphia Vendy Awards. The event is happening on the JFK Boulevard in front of 30th Street Station. There will be 15 food trucks competing for awards including the Vendy Cup, Rookie of the Year and Best Dessert.

The event runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and we’re able to offer $10 off the all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink ticket. Just use the code STREETFOOD for the discount.

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Vendy Awards Philadelphia [Official]

 

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