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January 24, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
The food-truck business is known for grueling hours and razor-thin margins. So, when Jessica Iannuzzi was offered a windfall of free tomatoes for her Sum Pig food truck, she couldn't pass it up. Those tomatoes, though, came with a catch: The truck would become, quite literally, a marketing vehicle for Muir Glen organic canned tomatoes. "We feel that people connect with food trucks," Muir Glen's Katie Proctor said. In Philly's maturing food-truck economy, promotions tied to trucks are a booming business - but a somewhat controversial one, given that large companies are invading entrepreneurs' turf.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
So, uh, what's a Foowich? Imagine that the noble burrito was invented on some bustling Asian side street instead of in Mexico, and you pretty much have your answer. The guys at Foo take your choice of protein, lay it over a bed of aromatic jasmine rice, add some vinegary carrot-daikon slaw and cucumber slices and fold - not wrap - it all up in a flour tortilla. Land of the Foo: Head out to Drexel's food-truck mecca, at 35th and Market, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays for some Foo flavor, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, they set up shop in LOVE Park at the same time.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Paulette Myrick's husband died in 2010 of liver cancer after 32 years of marriage, she began looking for other ways to support herself, and came up with baking. She had grown up around her grandfather's bakery on 22d and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia and had developed an aptitude. On Wednesday night, she took one more step toward that goal: She finished a section of a Community College of Philadelphia course called "mobile food truck management. " "After all these years, I liked the fact that I could work for myself and not for anyone else," said Myrick, who earned a culinary arts degree from CCP in 2012 but still works as a housekeeper.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
FIVE chef-on-wheels wannabes stood in a Community College of Philadelphia driveway on 18th Street near Spring Garden, listening to Josh Kim, owner of SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork, preach his food-cart gospel. "I'm taking money from you and you're going to put something that I make in your mouth," Kim told them. "This is the most intricate transaction you can do, other than . . . " he said, waiting for the laugh and getting it. Kim was a recent guest lecturer in chef John Olsen's "Introduction to Food Truck Entrepreneurship" course at CCP, the first college program of its kind in Pennsylvania.
FOOD
May 3, 2013 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
It's the "trucker's" moment in Philadelphia's food world now - especially when it comes to lunch. That's when some of the area's most exciting new food options are making the scene, rolling in on four wheels with a griddle full of creativity and an entrepreneurial dream. Channeling a Shane Victorino craving for Super Spam musubi? Check. Tiny Poi Dog at Temple University is your new Hawaiian snack shrine. In need of stunningly rich peanut butter ice cream sandwiched between double chocolate chip cookies?
FOOD
May 9, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 8, 2013: Craig LaBan: Welcome to the Food Truck edition of our chat! I have two of my favorite food truck owners cohosting: Kiki Aranita from Poi Dog Philly, a Temple-based cart serving Hawaiian snack foods, and Alan Krawitz of Say Cheese Philadelphia, one of the "pioneers" of this generation of food trucks, whose Drexel-based truck specializes in variations on grilled cheese and...
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writervellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JAYLIN LANDAVERRY'S classmates gathered last night on a busy Feltonville corner with tears in their eyes. They lit votive candles and said a "Hail Mary," their lilting voices lifting above the din of a nearby auto-body shop. At their feet was a memorial to Landaverry, 17, steps away from where a massive fireball had engulfed La Parrillada Chapina, the food truck she had helped her mother run. After weeks of treatment for severe burns, Landaverry died late Tuesday at Temple University Hospital.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Mike Newall, and Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Every morning, La Parrillada Chapina food truck arrived on Wyoming Avenue at 7 a.m. It would stay into the evening, serving coffee to residents on their way to work and lunch to employees in the Feltonville neighborhood. And the Guatemalan fare it served was popular - long lines were not uncommon. On Tuesday evening, around 5:30, the truck's owner, Olga Galdemez, 42, was likely packing up for the night, helped by her daughter and two other family members. Witnesses would tell police that it was after that when they began to smell gas in the air. Moments later, a propane tank attached to the back of the truck exploded into flames, seriously injuring Galdemez, her daughter Jaylin Landaverry, 17, and the two family members, a 27-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.
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NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Paulette Myrick's husband died in 2010 of liver cancer after 32 years of marriage, she began looking for other ways to support herself, and came up with baking. She had grown up around her grandfather's bakery on 22d and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia and had developed an aptitude. On Wednesday night, she took one more step toward that goal: She finished a section of a Community College of Philadelphia course called "mobile food truck management. " "After all these years, I liked the fact that I could work for myself and not for anyone else," said Myrick, who earned a culinary arts degree from CCP in 2012 but still works as a housekeeper.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
First we knew him as "Johnny Mac" McDonald, the rising star chef at Snackbar tricked-out with molecular gastro powders and gels. Then we knew him as Jonathan Adams, the more mature, back-to-basics fish-and-chips master at Pub & Kitchen. Then he became a coffee roaster with a food truck - and ultimately quit restaurants altogether. These days, you'll find the father of three boys grilling toast and serving pour-overs at Rival Bros., the sleek corner cafe he recently opened with partner Damien Pileggi at 25th and Lombard.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
FIVE chef-on-wheels wannabes stood in a Community College of Philadelphia driveway on 18th Street near Spring Garden, listening to Josh Kim, owner of SPOT Gourmet Burgers, Steaks & Pork, preach his food-cart gospel. "I'm taking money from you and you're going to put something that I make in your mouth," Kim told them. "This is the most intricate transaction you can do, other than . . . " he said, waiting for the laugh and getting it. Kim was a recent guest lecturer in chef John Olsen's "Introduction to Food Truck Entrepreneurship" course at CCP, the first college program of its kind in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
So, uh, what's a Foowich? Imagine that the noble burrito was invented on some bustling Asian side street instead of in Mexico, and you pretty much have your answer. The guys at Foo take your choice of protein, lay it over a bed of aromatic jasmine rice, add some vinegary carrot-daikon slaw and cucumber slices and fold - not wrap - it all up in a flour tortilla. Land of the Foo: Head out to Drexel's food-truck mecca, at 35th and Market, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays for some Foo flavor, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, they set up shop in LOVE Park at the same time.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MOUNT AIRY IS eagerly expecting 11,000 of its closest friends to jam three blocks of Germantown Avenue tomorrow night for a street festival featuring 50 gourmet food trucks, drinks, live music on two stages and a kids' fun zone. "Folks get really packed in, which is part of the energy here," said Anuj Gupta, executive director of Mt. Airy USA, which is presenting "Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll" from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick Street and West Mount Airy Avenue.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Franziska Holzschuh, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day in the life of a Philadelphia pop-up beer garden begins hours before the suds start to flow. At 11:30 on an overcast Sunday morning, Jason Blacketer was doing battle with mulberries, clearing the spiky orange-reddish fruits that had fallen from a giant tree in the once-fallow lot tended by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society at 15th and South streets. Blacketer wiped the remnants of the early morning rain, from the tables and chairs. More unwelcome weather was forecast.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
The deal: Crepes, packed with sweet and savory ingredients that are sometimes surprising. Lime in a sweet crepe? Yes, please! The Kyra crepe with cinnamon, sugar and, yes, lime is fantastic. A best-seller is the Orlando (blend of three Mexican cheeses, guacamole, chipotle sour cream, spinach, roasted chicken). Another surprise: a saucy, cheesy pizza crepe.   We had: (And loved) the Ronnie (grilled chicken, three cheeses, tomatoes, pesto) and the Olivia (dark chocolate, strawberries, whipped cream)
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mother and daughter who were seriously injured when the food truck they were working in exploded in Feltonville have died, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Thursday. Olga Galdamez, 42, died Sunday, and her daughter, Jaylin Landaverry-Galdamez, 17, died Tuesday from the burns they suffered in the July 1 explosion. Police said they believed the truck, parked at Third Street and Wyoming Avenue, exploded because of a leak in one of the propane tanks attached to the back.
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July 25, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JAYLIN LANDAVERRY'S classmates gathered last night on a busy Feltonville corner with tears in their eyes. They lit votive candles and said a "Hail Mary," their lilting voices lifting above the din of a nearby auto-body shop. At their feet was a memorial to Landaverry, 17, steps away from where a massive fireball had engulfed La Parrillada Chapina, the food truck she had helped her mother run. After weeks of treatment for severe burns, Landaverry died late Tuesday at Temple University Hospital.
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