Capital City Food Truck Convention!

How do I start a food truck?

The Capital City Food Truck Convention is a two day mobile vending conference for food truck operators, suppliers and public health officials that will be held on March 12th and 13th of 2016. (For more info click here: http://www.dmvfta.org/convention/) The most asked question on the comment section of this site is, “How do I start a food truck?” The answer: “Educate yourself.” The Capital City Food Truck Convention curriculum covers everything that the aspiring mobile vendor needs as well as connecting suppliers with the new industry.  The convention is organized, attended and supported by food truck operators and Food Truck Associations. Many of the other conventions are not organized by an actual food truck association or even a food truck operator. The two day conference utilizes speakers and panels from industry professionals to educate and inform the mobile vending industry.  Because the curriculum is curated by actual food truck operators and associations, the information is the most relevant to new and current food truck operators. All of the sessions have a Q & A component and attendees are encouraged to participate in the discussion.

The inaugural Capital City Food Truck Convention was last year in DC.  Attendees and speakers came from all over the Country to discuss mobile vending issues, regulations, advocacy and special events.  The discussions did not end at the end of the day’s speakers sessions, rather they continued on into the evening informally.  This year National Food Truck Association will partner with the District Maryland and Virginia Food Truck Association to add a workshop for aspiring food truck association organizers.

The food truck industry is seeing monumental growth.  However, since the industry issues are so regional it’s sometimes hard to focus on the bigger picture. With a conference like the Capital City Food Truck Convention, food truck operators and associations can get together and discuss issues going on nationwide. This gives individual operators and potential operators a better understanding of what they may face in the future as well as some solutions to issues they face now.  As cities start opening up their streets to food trucks, it’s nice to see how the other areas of the country have adapted. Discussions with representatives from some of the older markets can really prepare newer trucks and regions to deal with issues that will arise.

Please come talk to me during the conference and at the planned evening events. I would love to hear all about your food truck, your city issues and anything else you’d like to discuss.

Matt Geller
SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association
National Food Truck Association

 

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No Time Limits for Food Trucks in Los Angeles

Lately I’ve been receiving some disturbing complaints about overzealous enforcement officers claiming that the City of Los Angeles has time limits on how long a food truck can vend.  It is true that in the Los Angeles Municipal Code there is a code section, 80.73 b(2)F that expressly forbids vending longer than 30 minutes in a residential area and 60 minutes in a commercial area. However, this code should not be enforced as per the instructions of the Chief of Police.  The memo to “All Sworn Personnel” outlines the reasons for suspension of enforcement.

From the memo: “On June 5, 2009, an appeal of a parking citation was heard in Superior Court. The parking citation was issued by the Department of Transportation employees to a catering truck which was dispensing food in violation of Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) Section 80.73(b)2. F, which regulates the amount of time a catering truck may park in residential and commercial locations.  As a result of the appeal, LAMC 80.73(b)2.F was rendered invalid and no longer enforceable.”

The memo is very clear.  There are no time limits for food trucks in Los angeles outside of the posted signs and painted curbs.  If a Department of Transportation officer, a police officer, or a code enforcer tells you that you must leave due to time limits, please give them the attached memo.  If you are still having an issue with an enforcement officer call: LAPD Legal Unit, Risk Management Group-213-978-8300.

You are still required to follow the time limits of the posted sign and painted curb.  

Please see and download this memo.  Keep it with you:  LAPD 80.73 memo

On a side note, remember that Yellow Curbs are safe to park at after 6pm, Monday – Saturday and all day Sunday.  The code section is 89.38 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.

Know your rights!

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Catering your next event

Catering your next event

Food trucks are a great option for your private party!  Their ability to cook onsite ensures that your food is made to order.   We can connect you up with food trucks of any cuisine and take the hassle out of organizing food for your event.

Please contact us at 424-229-2874 or socalmfva@gmail.com

 

Larry Bressler: Rest in Peace

Larry Bressler: Rest in Peace

Larry Bressler became a dear friend of mine since the 1st day we met in July 2010. We met one morning when I showed up for a scheduled tour of Chefs Center, of which Larry was the General Manager. Upon meeting we realized were both old Dead Heads that also shared the same love for New Orleans and it’s funk music scene, both having been at and many times in the same rooms for concerts during 10 straight years of Jazz Fests.

Larry and Denise were married at Jazz Fest. Larry was a huge proponent of all things food and was a big help to many food trucks early on in the burgeoning “Gourmet Food Truck” scene. Larry helped out with all aspects of trying to navigate the waters for trucks needing a commercial kitchen space. His insight and ideas, are too many to list. Larry was the Man who lobbied his supervisors to allow me to organize Gourmet Food trucks for Chefs Center’s Artisnal Marketplace on Friday evenings in the summers of 2011 and 2012. Anyone who was around back then remembers these nights. Words cannot express the sadness brought by this tragic end to a bright life. I will miss my LA Runnin Partner dearly.

Tom Miller
Slammin Sliders Food Truck

History of Food Trucks (check out 2010)

History of Food Trucks

History of Food Trucks

RIVERSIDE COUNTY:

Supervisors ease food truck restrictions

BY JEFF HORSEMAN

Food trucks, a streetscape fixture in other parts of Southern California, can open daily and roam throughout Riverside County after county supervisors eased decades-long limits on the rolling restaurants.

The 5-0 vote made Tuesday, Dec. 10, sets up a framework to ensure mobile food vendors follow the latest health regulations as they travel. Cities can restrict where food trucks can go, and they may eventually be barred from Temecula Valley Wine Country and Idyllwild.

Previously, the county allowed food trucks to operate only as part of festivals. The restrictions dated back to the 1980s, when county officials dealt with reports of unsanitary conditions from what were derogatorily referred to as “roach coaches.”

Since then, the mobile food industry has changed to embrace a foodie culture eager to sample such diverse cuisine as crabmeat tacos, gourmet grilled cheese and bacon-flavored cupcakes from colorful trucks. Two food truck festivals held this year outside the County Administrative Center drew diners who waited in lines that stretched around the parking lot.

Leading the push to change food truck rules was Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, who took office in January after promising during his campaign to “free the food trucks.” Allowing food trucks the same flexibility enjoyed elsewhere will boost the economy and give residents more dining choices, said Jeffries, whose district includes most of Riverside, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

Matthew Geller, CEO of the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association, said food trucks don’t go where they’re not wanted and provide a way to enter the restaurant business “for guys that don’t have $500,000.”

Riverside County is breaking new ground because its trucks will be subject to California’s strict new food-safety standards, Geller said.

Trucks will be subject to inspections in the field and will need a permit from the county Department of Environmental Health. There will be a one-year phase-in period allowing trucks to continue operating at festivals while they adjust to the new regulations.

The new rules faced opposition from owners of traditional restaurants, who fear food trucks could offer unfair competition by parking near their establishments.

Read the rest of the article here: 

Eating LA

Eating LA event, December 15, 2013

The SoCalMFVA is very excited to be a part of the Eating LA event: 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica 90404 on Sunday, December 15, noon-5pm.

The Eating LA marketplace features a variety of handmade delectables by some of LA’s finest cottage and artisan food makers. The forum offers 2 panel discussions (1PM & 3PM) about ways to grow our local food system and features change-makers such as Larry Santoyo (Earthflow Design Works), Rick Nahmias (Food Forward), Elliott Kuhn (Reedley St. Farms & TreePeople), Mud Baron (Muir Ranch), Rafael Quezada (The Waters Wheel), Megan Hanson (RootDownLA), and Erin McMorrow (Kiss the Ground),Matt Geller (SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Assn.) plus restauranteurs and chefs such as Flynn McGarry (teenage protégé and chef of Eureka), Tom Elliott (Venice Alehouse), Stefano De Lorenzo (La Botte Ristorante), Matthew Geller (SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Assn.), and Cristina Urioste (Rasa Foods).

 

Chef Gino will be cooking with the kids and the Master Food Preservers will teach you how to make preserves at home. Plus, Ray Cirino will be baking pizza in his dragon pizza oven.

 

EarthWE will screen the new documentary Growing Cities at 5:30, so stick around for a movie and popcorn. La Botte Ristorante will offer a special menu that evening highlighting local food from LA’s urban farmers, gleaners, wild-food foragers.

 

The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP at:

www.earthwe.com/events/detail/eating-la

Event site:

https://www.facebook.com/events/377285192402846/?ref=br_tf

 

Eating LA

Eating LA event