food trucks http://kut.org en Austin is Making It Easier For Food Trucks to Recycle and Compost http://kut.org/post/austin-making-it-easier-food-trucks-recycle-and-compost <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/BatonCreole" style="line-height: 1.5;">Baton Creole</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> food truck owner Lynzy Moran has been cited twice by the City of Austin for trying to be more environmentally friendly.</span></p><p>Once it was for collecting grease to be recycled into biodiesel. Another time it was for trying to compost food waste. Now she drives the hot oil she uses to clean her fryers from her East Sixth Street location to a commissary for disposal.</p><p>"I'm literally having to travel with hot oil in my car every night, which is also very dangerous and pretty scary," Moran says. "[I've] definitely burned myself a few times."</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 16:05:29 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10336 at http://kut.org Austin is Making It Easier For Food Trucks to Recycle and Compost New Food Truck Court to Open on Barton Springs Rd. http://kut.org/post/new-food-truck-court-open-barton-springs-rd <p>A new food trailer court is slated to open on Barton Springs Road in March, creating a new home for well-known mobile food vendors such as <a href="http://www.mightycone.com/">The Mighty Cone</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turf-N-Surf-Po-Boy/364351950938">Turf N Surf Po’Boy</a> and <a href="http://electriccock.com/">Ms. P’s Electric Cock.</a></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thepicnicaustin">The Picnic</a>, as it's to be named, will occupy one-third of a three acre site <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/9BDPh">between</a> <a href="http://www.chuys.com/">Chuy's</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/BabyAcapulco">Baby Acapulco</a>&nbsp;where the&nbsp;Manor Mobile RV Park used to be. The other two thirds of the site is being developed as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coldwateraustin.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Coldwater&nbsp;Luxury Apartments</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Unlike some food trailer courts that are located on undeveloped sites while landlords rent space to offset property tax until they can build something on the lot, the Picnic aims to be a long-term facility.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:50:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9683 at http://kut.org New Food Truck Court to Open on Barton Springs Rd. New Documentary: 'Dog Days' for Vendors Missing Food Truck Boom (VIDEO) http://kut.org/post/new-documentary-dog-days-vendors-missing-food-truck-boom-video <p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.</strong></em></p><p>Food trucks are white hot in Austin – and the story’s similar across the country.</p><p>Mobile restaurants feed a trend of quickly-served, affordably-priced gourmet food – perfect whether you’re at the bar, or barely have time to leave your office for lunch.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9049 at http://kut.org New Documentary: 'Dog Days' for Vendors Missing Food Truck Boom (VIDEO) After SoCo Food Park Closes, No Shortage of Alternatives http://kut.org/post/after-soco-food-park-closes-no-shortage-alternatives <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95777384&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=1ab9ff" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The food trailer park on South Congress <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/south-congress-food-trailers-have-leave-may-25">just closed down</a>, and a lot of people were upset about it. But there is still a big food-truck scene here in Austin with a wide range of cuisines; you just have to know where to look.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:06:59 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8029 at http://kut.org After SoCo Food Park Closes, No Shortage of Alternatives Austin's Food Trailer Migration: South Congress to South Lamar http://kut.org/post/austins-food-trailer-migration-south-congress-south-lamar <p>The food trailer park on South Congress was one of Austin’s most popular. But the trailers <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/south-congress-food-trailers-have-leave-may-25" target="_blank">had to clear the lot this week</a> to make way for a hotel and retail space.</p><p>Four food trailers made the <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;q=south+lamar&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=0x8644b4cdb7c2ac45:0x737138a1f89c150f,South+Lamar,+Austin,+TX&amp;gl=us&amp;ei=azGmUfT9PIPq8gTh1oCgBQ&amp;ved=0CHsQtgM" target="_blank">two-mile move</a> to a vacant <a href="http://www.sola-bluebonnet.com/" target="_blank">lot at South Lamar and Bluebonnet Lane</a> – including <a href="http://www.austinfrigidfrog.com/" target="_blank">Austin Frigid Frog Shaved Ice</a>.</p><p> Thu, 30 May 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Laura Rice 7920 at http://kut.org Austin's Food Trailer Migration: South Congress to South Lamar City Looks for Feedback on Austin's Food Scene http://kut.org/post/city-looks-feedback-austins-food-scene <p>For the uninitiated, Austin food isn’t exactly orthodox. Like any big city, the culinary range is vast and eclectic – from tapas to tandoori, gourmet donuts to the ubiquitous breakfast taco.</p><p>But while Austin’s food scene may be a draw for taste buds here and abroad, it’s also a preeminent moneymaker – with an economic impact of over $4 billion, according to a<a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/economic-growth">&nbsp;study</a>&nbsp;released last month. The city may savor that tax revenue, but it’s also asking citizens for ideas to improve Austin’s food culture as foodies look forward. Mon, 27 May 2013 17:38:12 +0000 Andrew Weber 7889 at http://kut.org City Looks for Feedback on Austin's Food Scene The South Congress Food Trailers Have to Leave by May 25 http://kut.org/post/south-congress-food-trailers-have-leave-may-25 <p></p><p>It was perhaps the most well-known food trailer park in Austin, but now the mobile food vendors on the 1600 block of South Congress have been given a date by when they’ll have to leave: May 25.</p><p>SOCO&nbsp;ATX&nbsp;Development notified vendors last week. The company plans to build a three-story hotel on the lot, according to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/684337-s-congress-hotel-121221-data.html">documents filed with the city</a>. The building will include space for retail and a two-story underground parking garage.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:55:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7361 at http://kut.org The South Congress Food Trailers Have to Leave by May 25 An Uncertain Future Awaits the South Congress Food Trailers http://kut.org/post/uncertain-future-awaits-south-congress-food-trailers <p>South Congress could be missing some visitors by the end of this weekend, and not just because the last of Austin’s South by Southwest&nbsp;visitors have fled to the airport: the land between East Milton and East Monroe streets on South Congress Avenue where nearly a dozen food trailers are parked each day could be vacated any day now. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>When&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;News visited the park on Friday, almost every trailer offered a different closing day: “this Sunday,” “by the end of March,” “sometime around April” or “nothing is certain yet.”</p><p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:39:10 +0000 Marissa Barnett 6978 at http://kut.org An Uncertain Future Awaits the South Congress Food Trailers Houston Wants to Follow Austin's Food Truck Lead http://kut.org/post/houston-wants-follow-austins-food-truck-lead <p>While food trucks have been embraced in Austin and can be found clustered throughout the city, Houston food truck owners are struggling to change city ordinances that impose limits on their operations.&nbsp;</p><p>Yesterday, dozens of food truck operators and enthusiasts <a href="http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Food-truck-fight-hits-speed-bump-3875607.php" target="_blank">came before the Houston City Council</a> to petition for changes in mobile food unit ordinance, which bans food trucks that use propane stoves and grills from operating in the busy downtown area.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mfuhouston.com/" target="_blank">Houston Mobile Food Unit Collective has proposed</a> that the mobile food unit ordinances be amended to allow trucks with propane tanks under 40 pounds to operate downtown, eliminate the required 60 feet of space between trucks and permit food trucks to provide up to three tables and six chairs for patrons. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5104 at http://kut.org Houston Wants to Follow Austin's Food Truck Lead Development Pushes Out Another Food Trailer Court http://kut.org/post/development-pushes-out-another-food-trailer-court <p>Several food trailers downtown were told Tuesday night they have to move by June 10, to make way for a J.W. Marriott hotel that will be built there.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s upsetting,&rdquo; said Martin&nbsp;Berson, co-owner of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.snapkitchen.com/index.php/site/locations/snap_austin/">Snap Kitchen</a>, one of the food vendors on the site&nbsp;at Congress Avenue and Second Street. &ldquo;My hope is that we&rsquo;re not going to have to move out of downtown.&rdquo;&nbsp;Berson&nbsp;says he&rsquo;s been offered lots in north and south Austin, but is trying to find another spot downtown. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Other food vendors at the site include&nbsp;<a href="http://www.patikacoffee.com/">Padika&nbsp;Coffee</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austinkebab.com/">Kebabalicious</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://austinfoodcarts.com/2010/04/07/turf-n-surf-poboys/">Turf &lsquo;n&rsquo; Surf&nbsp;Poboys</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chilantrobbq.com/">Chi&rsquo;Lantro</a>.</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 17:22:03 +0000 Nathan Bernier 4319 at http://kut.org Development Pushes Out Another Food Trailer Court Food Trucks Become Corporate Ads at SXSW http://kut.org/post/food-trucks-become-corporate-ads-sxsw <p>One of the trends at this year&rsquo;s edition of&nbsp;<a href="http://sxsw.com/interactive">South by Southwest</a>&nbsp;involves major national brands using food trucks to create a kind of interactive marketing experience. But they&rsquo;re relying on Austin eateries to inject some local flavor into the mix.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:00:55 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3825 at http://kut.org Food Trucks Become Corporate Ads at SXSW Will the Gypsy Picnic Redeem Itself This Year? http://kut.org/post/will-gypsy-picnic-redeem-itself-year <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="225" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/21995441?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="425"></iframe></p><p>It&#39;s time again for the <a href="http://www.gypsypicnic.com/">Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival</a>, which takes off this Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm at Auditorium Shores.</p><p>Last year&#39;s picnic was anything but. Long lines (up to an hour for a donut), nightmare parking, vendors running out of food, and massive crowds soured many attendants.</p><p>The festival received a <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/gypsy-picnic-trailer-food-festival-austin">two-star rating</a> on Yelp!, and led John Kelso of the <em>Austin American-Statesman </em>to <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/local/like-traffic-and-standing-in-line-austins-your-1031647.html">quip</a>: &quot;If you wanted something to eat, it would have been quicker to sit on the corner with a tin cup, collect change and grab a tuna sandwich at a convenience store. Or bag a possum and build a fire.&quot;</p><p>This year promises to be different, according to Festival Marketing Manager Lindsay Hoffman of <a href="http://www.c3presents.com/">C3 Presents</a>, which is producing the festival.</p><p>&quot;Last year was the first year of the festival, so everything was unknown. We couldn&#39;t even anticipate those kind of numbers,&quot; she told KUT News.</p><p>&quot;This year we&#39;re working with those kind of [anticipated] numbers, so it&#39;s a lot easier to work with the food vendors and prepare them to get their menu out faster,&quot; Hoffman said. &quot;We&#39;ve taken in all the feedback from last year.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:21:10 +0000 Terrence Henry 2804 at http://kut.org Austin's Food Truck Market Saturated? http://kut.org/post/austins-food-truck-market-saturated <p><object height="319" width="425"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157626999304505%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157626999304505%2F&amp;set_id=72157626999304505&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157626999304505%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkutaustin%2Fsets%2F72157626999304505%2F&amp;set_id=72157626999304505&amp;jump_to=" height="319" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>There&rsquo;s no question that Austin&rsquo;s food truck scene has grown over the past five years. Travis County had fewer than 700 mobile food vending permits in December 2006. Today, the official count is above 1,300.</p><p>But a closer look at county data obtained by KUT News through an Open Records Request shows the number of mobile food vending permits has remained relatively stagnant since mid-2009. While that number doesn&rsquo;t tell the whole story, it may raise questions over whether the city&rsquo;s food truck market is approaching saturation.</p><p>The county changed how it counts mobile food permits in September 2010 to include delinquent permits. Those are permits that have expired in the last six months. It makes comparing 2006 to 2011 difficult. Fri, 05 Aug 2011 17:34:49 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2148 at http://kut.org Austin Food Trucks Get Politically Organized http://kut.org/post/austin-food-trucks-get-politically-organized <p>The number of food trucks and trailers in Austin continues to expand rapidly. Now a new organization has popped up aiming to organize the hundreds of mobile food vendors in the city to confront issues ranging from permitting issues to what to do with used grease.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.foodtrailersaustin.com/food-trailer-alliance/">Food Trailer Alliance </a>is largely organized by <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/foodtrailersatx">Tony Yamanaka</a>, a marketing guy at Austin&#39;s Better Business Bureau. We called him up to find out more about his organization.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 17:00:04 +0000 Karina Vallejo 1612 at http://kut.org Austin Food Trucks Get Politically Organized In Last 6 Months, 253 New Food Trucks Opened In Austin http://kut.org/post/last-6-months-253-new-food-trucks-opened-austin <p>Today's bone chilling winds are <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/austins-1000-plus-food-trucks-brace-chill-business">no friend</a> to the city's food trucks, but occasional bad weather is not stopping <a href="http://austinfoodcarts.com/">the rapid growth</a> of mobile food vendors in Austin.</p><p>Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services, which runs food permitting and restaurant inspection, says 386 permits were issued since August 2010. Of those, 253 permit holders have actually opened new mobile food establishments.</p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 17:06:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 768 at http://kut.org In Last 6 Months, 253 New Food Trucks Opened In Austin Austin's 1000-Plus Food Trucks Brace For Chill In Business http://kut.org/post/austins-1000-plus-food-trucks-brace-chill-business <p>Temperatures are expected to <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=78712">dip into the upper teens this week</a> as an arctic blast bares down on Central Texas. The deep freeze will make life tough for <a href="http://kut.org/items/show/23720">homeless people</a> and <a href="http://austin.ynn.com/content/top_stories/276069/homeless-pet-program-gets--cold--shoulder">their pets</a>, and Austin's food truck entrepreneurs have also been suffering from winter weather.</p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:33:05 +0000 Nathan Bernier 700 at http://kut.org Austin's 1000-Plus Food Trucks Brace For Chill In Business