Galbi w/Rice and Short Ribs

Food Truck serving Korean BBQ Taco Fusion - @koreanbbq_2011

Lobster Roll

Monsta Lobsta is a lobster roll buisness that sells delicious lobster rolls that are affordable, nutritional and delectable! - @MonstaLobsta

YumYum CupCakes

The Yum Yum Cupcake Truck is Orlando's first cupcake truck! - @yumyumtruck_fl

Cheese Tequenos

Tastebuds-catering a Latin American flare food truck - @Tastebuds4you

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

3rd Annual Baldwin Bark Charity Dog Wash

Oct. 8th 2011, 10am - 4pm 

On October 8, 2011 thousands of Central Floridians will gather on New Broad Street in Baldwin Park for the 3rd Annual Baldwin Bark Charity Dog Wash. This year's beneficiary is the organization Kids Beating Cancer. Kids Beating Cancer reaches out to children currently in treatment and focuses on registering
people for the National Bone Marrow List. They also assist children who are receiving bone marrow transplants.

The charity event will host both pet and non-pet related street vendors, live music & pet adoptions from local rescue groups. Guests will enjoy a beer garden and delicious food from some of Orlando’s favorite eateries. In the middle of it all is a giant dog wash! Pups can choose from three SPAW experiences.

The Spa Diggity Dog - Includes a Spa Diggity Dog Scrub, blueberry facial and blow dry - $25 donation

The Pampered Pooch Package - Includes the Spa Diggity Dog Package plus a Mani & Pawdi and ear clean. - $30 donation

The VIPooch Package - The ultimate in luxury! Combines the Spa Diggity Dog package with the Pampered Pooch Package and also includes a massage and aromatherapy treatment. - $35 donation

*Advance reservations are STRONGLY recommended for dog wash appointments*

The event is family friendly and for the second year in a row, Playground Magazine is sponsoring an amazing children's play area. The Central Florida Blood bank is bringing The Big Red Bus and will be collecting blood donations. Kids Beating Cancer will perform screenings for the National Bone Marrow Registry. For more information about the event, call (407)893-6868

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Great Food Truck Race ~ Vote for Orlando's Food Trucks


The Food Truck receiving the most votes through September 12 will be named America's Favorite. Simply search for your Food Truck by location or name, click on the Truck photo, and then cast your vote. 

Let the race begin!

VOTE for your Favorite Orlando Food Truck

Go Vote HERE!

You can vote 10 times a day!

Food Truck Vendor Fights Zoning Charge

Fredericksburg Patch

Food Truck Vendor Fights Zoning Charge

The owners of the Got Beach Fries to appear in court to argue that Fredericksburg officials are taking too-hard of a line against restaurants on wheels.

Richard "Eddie" Crosslin and his wife Kim spent thousands of dollars to create a mobile beach fries and crab cake vending truck,  but says their business could be hurt by an interpretation of city laws which he says stifle an increasingly popular business option. Today, Crosslin and his company Got Beach Fries, go before the Fredericksburg General District Court on a zoning violation for operating his food vending truck without permission on the corner of Fall Hill Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway. 
Crosslin says that he had been operating at that location since May. "It turned into a good spot for us," said Eddie. He lures customers with a bright orange delivery truck and Twitter tweets to devoted followers who go out of their way to find the truck.
Crosslin, who lives in the White Oak area of Stafford County, was arrested for violating section 78-964 of the Fredericksburg code on July 25. The law prohibits any site-improvement activity from happening until the owner obtains permission from the zoning administrator. The law also prohibits changing the use of a property or structure until an occupancy permit is issued. 
After being charged with a zoning violation for his business activities, Crosslin decided to hold a small protest. On July 26, he set up at the corner of Fall Hill and Jefferson Davis, but did not sell a thing. Instead, they gave out free lemonade and the phone numbers of the Fredericksburg Planning and Community Development Office to would-be customers hungry for crab cakes and fries. Incensed at being unable to munch on surf and turf, dozens of customers called into the planning office on the spot to lobby for their beloved food truck. 
Kim Crosslin was surprised to see her husband's name in the daily Fredericksburg City Blotter on July 27.  Having not been detained, they thought he had only been issued a ticket to appear in court and nothing more. 
"Although he was released on a criminal summons on the day in question, he was in fact arrested," wrote Natatia Bledsoe, public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department, in an email. "I think people often misunderstand that."
Arrest aside, pointing to health and fire permits as well as a itinerant merchants license issued by the city, Crosslin argues that he has the necessary documents to operate his business.
Ray Ocel, director of Fredericksburg's office of Planning and Community development, disagrees. He says that the itinerant merchant's license only allows Crosslin and other mobile vendors to set up shop at special events, defined in the city code as things like a "fair, street fair, show, exhibit or celebration open to the public." The only exception, he says, is the Fredericksburg Farmer's Market, of which Crosslin is a member. 
"Zoning wise, you cannot set up on private property or in the public right of way," said Ocel in an interview.
City zoning laws do not mention food vending trucks specifically, says Ocel. Eddie Crosslin says that needs to change, noting that food vending trucks can be a low-cost way to start a business. Ocel says that his office is not currently exploring any options to revise city code to address food vending trucks. 
Should Fredericksburg allow food vending trucks to operate more liberally in the city? If so, how and where?