April 1, 2012 |
Dan Pennachietti is a three-meatballs-are-better-than-one kind of guy, usually from an eating perspective. But lately, the Italian American food vendor in Philadelphia is applying his strength-in-numbers point of view beyond gastronomic cravings. His goal is to improve the business climate in the city for his burgeoning industry. Pennachietti has cofounded the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association (PMFA), incorporated as a nonprofit organization in February, to coalesce the concerns of a diffuse group of independent business owners into one influential voice.
January 16, 2012
Sizzling with fresh ideas about food trucks and carts, Andrew Gerson is a foodie on the move. A cofounder of Philadelphia's Mobile Food Association, which held its first meeting last month, Gerson has worked in restaurants, on gourmet food trucks, and with the healthy corner store initiative of the Food Trust, a Philadelphia organization that works with community groups to teach healthful snacking and expand access to fresh food. A resident of Mount Airy, Gerson, 29, graduated from Skidmore College in 2005 and has a master's degree in sustainable agriculture from Italy's University of Gastronomic Sciences.
December 15, 2011
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online blog: C.L.: We did a mega-blow-out package in last Thursday's food section on the burgeoning new food truck scene in this town ( http://www.philly.com/foodtrucks ) - cooking serious food on four wheels from LOVE Park to Drexel and Temple. So I invited the cooks and entrepreneurs behind three of the best trucks I came across to discuss the phenomenon. "The grandpa" of the movement - 29-year-old Tom McCusker of Honest Tom's; the wood-fired, dough-tossing crew from Pitruco Pizza, Nathan Winkler-Rhoades, Jonah Fliegelman, and Eric Hilkowitz; and the duo behind the relatively new Yumtown truck on 13th Street on Temple's campus, Lanie Belmont and Andrew Tantisunthorn.
December 9, 2011 |
The sound of Sonny Rollins' sax and the sizzle of grass-fed meat were wafting through the open window of the Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck the other day. And the sensory combo wafting over the hungry crowd gathering at LOVE Park was so potent, the first customer in line was moved to ask: "Are you guys on the Food Network yet?" "Not quite yet," said Matthew "Feldie" Feldman modestly. "We've only been open five weeks. " But if anyone appreciates life in the fast lane of Philly's accelerating food truck scene, it would be Feldman.
December 8, 2011
Menu: All vegetarian, mostly Middle Eastern, totally filling. Two locations: 34th Street between Walnut and Spruce, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Spruce between 35th and 36th, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Look for: A dark-green awning and a line about 10 deep. How long: Family-owned and -operated since 1984. Web: magiccarpetfoods.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Magic-Carpet-Foods/130251873665043 . The old-fashioned way: 215-334-0948. Order: Magic meatballs.
December 8, 2011 |
A rainy, windy forecast is a day to sleep in for many food truck owners. But the weather didn't deter Jonah Fliegelman, Nathan Winkler-Rhoades, and Eric Hilkowitz, the owners of Pitruco, a two-month-old, Ferrari-red pizza truck, from serving lunch recently at 33d and Arch Streets, one of their regular spots. (Eric gets there at 8:30 a.m. to snag the space.) Jonah called out to a customer, "Would you like an umbrella? We have some you can borrow. " He turned back to manning the truck's centerpiece, a wood-fired oven where pizzas puff up to golden goodness.
December 8, 2011 |
The design came to her in a dream. Just as Keith Richards came up with the riff to "Satisfaction" in his sleep, Cupcake Lady Kate Carrara woke up one Sunday in 2009 and quickly grabbed crayons to record her vision of a cupcake truck. When she brought the drawing of the white box truck sprinkled with giant jimmies and lined with a metal flounce to a car detailer, he said he could do everything except the giant cupcake springing from the roof. "Go under an overpass and you'll knock that thing right off," she remembers him saying.
November 17, 2011
The Mini Trini Menu: Hearty, spicy and sweet Trinidadian fare. Find it: LOVE Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays. Look for: A bright, red-with-black-stripe Trinidadian flag on wheels. How new: About a month and a week. Web: www.theminitrini.com . Twitter: @ theminitrini . The old-fashioned way: 610-348-5401. Order: The double, two rounds of split-pea dough (way better than it sounds)
October 6, 2011 |
If you went to the Chinatown Night Market expecting oodles of unusual Asian dishes, you may have been disappointed. If, on the other hand, you went to explore unusual dishes from China, Indonesia, Mexico, the Caribbean, Italy, France and more - and enjoy beer, bubble tea, and Lion Dancing under a harvest moon, you would have been pleased. Thousands were. A crowd of 10,000 was expected at this, fourth night market planned by The Food Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing affordable, healthy food to neighborhoods throughout the city.
September 22, 2011 |
FOOTBALL, EVERYBODY from Domino's to Doritos will tell you, isn't only about winning, losing or playing the game. It's about how much junk food fans can consume from approximately two hours before coin toss until the final pom-pom wave. It's about cheesesteaks and hoagies and cookouts and all-u-can-drink beer. Garden salads need not apply. So it's seemed odd for the past eight years that when it came to handheld grub, Lincoln Financial Field never, well, satisfied. It wasn't that the fast fare wasn't there - by the end of last season, Chickie's and Pete's was selling crab fries from eight locations - it just seemed hard to find.