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Earlier this month, WaHo started bringing plates of joy to disaster stricken areas with a new food truck specialized for disaster relief. The company contracted David Ford of Food Trucks South to create a truck that would not only hold the ambience and productivity of a brick and mortar location but also could be used to assist areas affected by natural disasters. Recently, we got in touch with Ford for more details about the truck and how it will be utilized.
If you see a food truck parked anywhere south of I-20, chances are good that it ran out of gas on its way to Westside Atlanta, Inman Park or any of the other half-dozen places in town where people have come to expect to be able to get lunch from a mobile kitchen.
Could anyone have guessed that a posh Buckhead family would be the ones to roll out the city’s first gourmet Korean taco truck? I met Rebecca Young, who runs Rebecca Boutique on Cains Hill Place, last year when I started organizing meetings to jump-start the kind of vibrant street food scene in Atlanta that already thrives in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Portland, Oregon. Rebecca had done research on the subject with her son, Carson, a handsome graduate of Woodward Academy and Ole Miss who doesn’t let the fact that he is deaf interfere with his social or professional life. Carson accompanied Rebecca on buying trips to Los Angeles: Rebecca would shop for merchandise, while Carson would drive around and explore the city’s gourmet food truck culture. He finally took his mom to the famous Kogi truck that serves Korean tacos. They looked at each other as they devoured lunch and agreed: Carson should introduce this experience to Atlanta.
ATL Food Chatter: August 9, 2010 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter) Councilmember Kwanza Hall, whose District 2 encompasses Downtown and several adjacent neighborhoods such as the Old Fourth Ward, has also been one of the driving forces behind allowing food trucks in Atlanta to become mobile in their operations. When I heard that Atlanta’s first food truck permit had been granted, I reached out to the Councilmember (pictured right with Shaun Doty) to ask him about how he got involved in the food truck issue, and what are some of his future plans regarding the issue.
ATL Food Chatter: February 8, 2010 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter) While we wait impatiently for food trucks to finally be permitted by the City of Atlanta’s licensing bureaucracy, one pair of entrepreneurs is gaining ground in the street food department. Streatery, a partnership between former tech industry-types Dave Liniado and Mike Fuller, sells quality hot dogs out of food carts positioned in various locations downtown. The duo navigated government red tape by partnering with General Growth Properties, a company that operates malls around the country and was recently hired by the city to help launch a new street vendor program (the program involves kiosks, not mobile food trucks, as detailed in this document).
Food trucks were one of 2009’s hottest food trends—in other cities. Ventures such as Korean taco sensation Kogi barbecue in Los Angeles and Washington DC’s Sweetflow frozen-yogurt-stand-on-wheels have captured fans and dollars. If local entrepreneur Andrew Capron can secure a license, Atlanta may see his barbecue truck with a racy name on the streets by mid-spring 2010.
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