Thursday, February 21, 2013
More than 35 different trucks will gather in the South End during this year's SoWa season.
The organizers behind the SoWa market have been busy this winter. The 2013 SoWa Open Market will feature its usual open market, vintage market and farmer's market, and this year, will include an expanded lineup of food trucks, featuring more than 35 different food vendors and restaurants on wheels. The open market, which will be celebrating its ten year annivesary this year, is open every Sunday from May through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with several different locations up and down Harrison Avenue in the South End's SoWa district. The 2013 season will begin on May 5th. The farmer's market is located at 500 Harrison Avenue and features produce from local farmers and specialty food vendors. The open market, at 460 Harrison Ave. …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The city's food truck program that launched in 2011 is gearing up for the spring 2013 season.
More trucks in more places. That's the takeaway from the upcoming spring 2013 food truck season in Boston, when hungry Bostonians will welcome 56 new trucks to the city's streets to serve up everything from short-rib infused grilled cheese to tempeh tacos. In just a year and a half, Boston's Mobile Food Truck program has gone from a pilot of 15 vendors to a full-fledged fledging industry, with more than 50 different vendors occupying 18 public sites, and hosting events like a Boston vs. New York Food Truck Throwdown. Just in the last year, 16 new trucks have launched, according to the city: Benny's Crepe Café Boston's Baddest Burgers, Boston Super Dogs, Captain Marden's Cod Squad, Chicken & Rice Guys, Chubby Chickpea, Cookie Monstah, …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The first food truck competition between the rival cities took place Saturday. It drew 10,000 people to downtown Boston.
The Boston-New York sports rivalries have tilted a bit recently toward our obnoxious neighbor down I-95. So what? On Saturday, Boston won where it counts: The Food Truck Throwdown. The daylong competition pitted seven food trucks from Boston against seven food trucks from New York City as contestants vied for the title of Best Food Truck. The idea for the event came from Sara Ross, owner of Kickass Cupcakes, and was supported from the city of Boston, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and the Boston food truck community. Ross gives a recap of the competition in this Herald video. Boston Contenders included: Bon Me, Kickass Cupcakes, Lobsta Love, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Staff Meal and Cookie Monstah. Bon Me has been a …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Food truck owners gathered in City Hall yesterday to participate in the lottery for prime spaces organized by the City of Boston's Mobile Food Truck Committee.
Different trucks are competing for shifts in high-traffic areas, and the Back Bay has some of the spots that are most sought after. Room for these trucks is limited, though, and the City took steps to prevent any 2012 turf wars by organizing a lottery among food truck owners for the best food truck locations. A letter from the City of Boston to food truck owners explained the rules of the lottery, which gives food trucks with who meet the highest levels of the city's "Good Standing Criteria" priority in their choice of spot, but rotates through the entire roster of trucks, including those who are new to Boston this year. While it hasn't been published yet who is going to be in the Back Bay and when, plenty of trucks were excited about…
Friday, January 20, 2012
And, are there any you want to chase OUT of the neighborhood?
Back Bay's recent history as a food truck magnet is set to continue, according to recent articles in the Globe and on UniversalHUB. In particular, at least one truck co-owner, Adam Gendreau of the Staff Meal food truck, says that the food truck industry is hampered by its inability to cluster-park different food trucks in the Back Bay, and seeks to change the rules. So, if more food trucks are coming to Back Bay, who do you want in the club? Is there a truck you track religiously on Twitter, or one that brightens your day every time it drives by? Leave a comment letting us know who is the best, and we can get a discussion going on what trucks Back Bay folks want to see more of. To refresh your memory, here are a few of the food …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
It's summertime in Boston. Here are some of the things I love right now about living in the city.
Living in the city can often lead to feelings of anxiety, stress, and grumpiness, especially during the dog days of August. Therefore, I thought I’d be the optimist for once and mention several of the things that are making me happy right now (well, mostly), courtesy of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the good people at City Hall. Food trucks – There are now fifteen food trucks located around the city. Food trucks serve hot, tasty food similar in quality to what you'd find at any two/three-star restaurant in Boston; in other words, these are definitely not glorified ice cream trucks. I've seen five or six of the trucks located around the city and they often seem to gather a good-sized crowd. The Kick-*ss Cupcakes truck was on Boylston …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard and city officials will discuss food truck plans for the neighborhood.
Today is Tuesday, July 26. Here are five things you need to know today. 1. Food trucks: You've got questions about where that one destined for the Navy Yard has been and city officials (hopefully) have answers. You can hear from them this Wednesday during a special meeting at the Constitution Inn/YMCA. Reps from the city and the Friends of the Navy Yard will be meeting on the fifth floor at 7 p.m. to go over the food truck plan for the neighborhood. The meeting is open to the public. 2. Have you lost a black cat? Fran Roberts posted on Patch yesterday that one has been roaming backyards around Hancock Street. Feel free to respond here if the cat's yours, and I can get you two connected. 3. Been wondering about next steps for the Rutherford…
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Many were nowhere to be seen on launch day.
Yesterday was the first time 15 food trucks were scheduled to grill up some "wicked good food" at locations in Boston neighborhoods - including six spots in the Back Bay. But Boston.com reports "at least nine" of the trucks were a no-show, leaving residents with cravings for things like Red Bones in Somerville, and various kinds of cupcakes. The businesses blamed it on truck repairs, delays in permits, and needing more time to prepare - like installing a GPS system and printing on-the-go menus. The city reminded people that this was a "soft launch" to be rolled out gradually.