Duarte Food Fair

Duarte High School is having a Gourmet Food Truck Fair on June 26th from 11am-6pm.  The event is $5 and it raises money for a school field trip. Finally, the East Side get’s their own Food Truck Event.  Surfer Taco, Del’s Lemonade, The Buttermilk truck, Tropical Shave Ice, La Galette Creperie, Flying Pig, Fresh Fries, Slice Truck, and Komodo Food (we may add more) will be dispensing their delicious eats.  Parking is FREE and plentiful.

Congrats to Betsy Butler

Congratulations Betsy Butler for winning the Democratic primary.  We appreciate your support for the food truck industry!   http://laist.com/2010/06/09/food_trucks_candidate_wins_primary.php

Summer food!

Things have been busy at the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors’ Association.  The Silver Lake Jubilee was an amazing success and we would like to thank the Los Angeles Arts and Athletics Alliance (LAAAA) for including the SoCalMFVA.  The LAAAA did a great job with the organization, promotion and logistics of such a huge event.  Jack Martinez (LAAAA) pulled it all together.  I hope we get to work with them again next year.

We’ve got lots on Sunset. West Hollywood has decided to allow trucks in their great city for the first time in six years.  They will be positioned down Sunset Blvd on Saturday evenings from 8pm-12pm.  Schedule. The numbers next to the trucks on the schedule represent the address where they will be.

The Little Tokyo lot on Judge John Aiso St. will be open mid June… PROMISE!

I need your help! The Association is backing Betsy Butler.  We believe in her and she is a strong supporter of the Food Truck movement.  She has been unfairly attacked by some really unsavory groups: –read The election for the 53rd Assembly District is on June 8th.  If you live in the District, please vote.  If you don’t, please help us get the word out via Facebook, twitter and word of mouth.

I was at the National Restaurant Association’s convention in Chicago this past weekend.  One thing is clear, food trucks are sweeping the nation and Los Angeles is the envy of every city.  I sat on a panel with Ludo Lefebvre, Aaron Novashen (food truck operator SF), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Tiffany Kurtz (Cupcake truck- Chicago), and Ray Villaman (Mobi Munch).  We discussed the growing popularity and some of the regulatory hurdles.  It was a great time.

Thanks for supporting the food truck movement.

Matt

picture from Chef Phillip Foss

Lots of lots

I’ve been getting quite a few emails suggesting lots in various places. A lot of the requests are from people in the Valley. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to make the trip out there to investigate. It’s hard to follow up on all the leads, especially when I don’t have phone numbers for the lots in question. If you see a lot in an area where you would love to have trucks, AND you can get me a phone number, I will follow up and do my best to secure that lot.

If you help me find lots, I’ll get them filled with trucks ASAP! Thanks.

What's going on?

This Summer is going to be a big one for Food Trucks. Good weather plus amazing food, equals happy Los Angelinos…  We’re continuing to look for new locations, lots and events for the trucks to be a part of.

Our Century Lot is doing great. We’ll have six or seven trucks there every Tuesday. The Gateway to LA Business Improvement District makes this more of an event by setting up tables and chairs and having a band play. If you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out!

The SoCalMFVA is working with the organizers of the Silver Laker Jubilee (May 22 & 23) to provide 40 trucks per day for their event.  This will be the largest collection of trucks (check the month of May for all the trucks attending) ever assembled for a festival.

Councilmember Koretz sent two staffers to the Century Lot on Tuesday.  We talked about food trucks, lots and the now infamous quote. They didn’t think that our email campaign was justified considering that it was an off the cuff remark and not a “press release.”  Despite some disagreements, they do seem willing to hear us out and take a closer look at all the benefits Food Trucks have to offer.  I’ll keep you updated.

We’ve got a state election coming up, and I’ve asked some of the candidates running for seats in the Los Angeles area their views on Food Trucks… So far, no response.

Thank You!

Over the past 10 days the food truck supporters and followers have really come through for the food truck industry with emails and calls to Councilman Koretz. Paul Koretz commented on our campaign in an interview with LAist.com.   I’m still not completely satisfied with his “nuisance” comment, but I am happy that he has clarified his previous statements and recognized that food trucks have many advocates.  I will be inviting the Councilman and/or his staff to join us at the Century Lot next week.  We will keep you updated on our progress with City officials.

There is a community meeting tonight at 7:00 pm in West Los Angeles at the Felicia Mayhood Community Center on the south west corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Corinth Ave (a couple of blocks west of the 405) involving produce/food truck business owners and the community members who oppose them.  Meeting is mediated by City Attorney representatives.  If you are in the neighborhood please come by and show your support.  I’m trying to get a food truck there so we have a place to eat after the meeting.   (thanks to Alley Cat Mag for the heads up).

You don't call… You don't write…

Last Thursday, we started our email campaign to let Paul Koretz know how many supporters the Food Truck industry in Los Angeles has.  So far, he has not responded to anyone.  The only emails back are generic auto-response emails that have nothing to do with the Food Trucks.  Today I’m going to call and see if I can get someone to talk to me about the Councilman’s position.  I’ll even invite them out to one of our events or lots.  If they don’t want to discuss this issue with us, we’re going to have to organize a group of supporters to go down to the Councilman’s office.  We’ll bring a food truck so everyone gets fed.

If you have some extra time today, please give a call to the Councilman’s office and ask to speak to Christopher Koontz or Emily Kane about the Councilman’s position.  They can ignore emails, but it’s much harder to ignore phone calls.  The number is 213-473-7005. Let’s DEMAND that they listen to the will of the people…. Long live consumer choice!