Update- Props to @EaterBoston for naming Boston Super Dog food truck of the year as a tip of the hat in memory of Gregg Gale.
I hear that the 2 trucks that Boston Super Dog owned, are being put up for sale. Without Speed or Gregg, I guess you really can't have that special dog.
Chef TJ's has posted to sell their truck on Craigslist.
Thanks to the folks who voted on the Mobile Cuisine best food truck blog poll. I think I ended up 4th behind Nashville, Honolulu and Austin (but ahead of NY and LA :) ). I hope to do some redesign and improvements on the site for 2014.
There is a new truck out in Boston, Meng's Kitchen. Can't find them on Twitter or Facebook. The Sampan website wrote a nice little review of their Chinese steamed buns. You can find them at breakfast, Mon-Friday outside the China Trade building and also lunch there on Wednesdays.
Before you know it (January), there will lotteries for the 2014 Boston and Greenway seasons. I have significant concerns over the number of trucks that may be involved, versus the number of quality spots. I'm also curious if Boston will create some new prime spots and clusters.
I had a nice time at Food Truck Bash in Providence, getting a chance to try some food from the very active PVD scene. Empanadas from Radish were a hit. I enjoyed steak and salsa egg rolls from the Fugo truck. And there is no way I would skip out on the Portugese hot dog from Portu-Galo. The other required stop was to New York's famous Wafel's & Dinges.
Very sad news that Gregg Gale, owner of Boston Super Dog, passed away suddenly. There are a lot of tweets and Facebook posts talking about Gregg and how much he's going to be missed. Gregg worked for Speed Anderson, the original owner of then Speed Dogs, and took over the business after Speed's retirement. Gregg was all set to launch his new truck this Sunday at the Newport Food Truck Fest. If you knew him, you were aware he was working on getting this truck for a couple years. Everyone in the food community I'm sure sends their condolences to family and friends.
The city of Boston Office of Food Initiatives held a lottery to fill some spots, beginning October 1st. Some were made available by the demise of Grilled Cheese Nation and Lobstah Love. Some are just adjusting to the Fall season versus Summer. There is one new truck coming on the scene Rhythm 'N Wraps, which looks to be vegan, based on their posted menu. Makin' Jamaican, which had been in Malden Center only, has added a couple of Boston spots. Both Mother Juice and Chef TJ's are off the city schedule. Burke Weston of Sheherazad reports that he may wait until 2014 to jump in to the mix.
I attended my first Food Truck Fest of NE event on Cape Cod. My feelings haven't changed; it's a good opportunity to try some food trucks from folks you may not get a chance to try. I don't think it is worth the value to purchase their wristband. Basically, the trucks charge their normal price if you have a wristband, And $1-2 more if you don't. In advance, the wristband is $7 plus a fee of a buck and change. They're $10 at the gate, and $1 goes to the Red Cross. Question becomes, how much are you going to eat? Get 3 entrees at $2 more and you are still ahead. As I've said, you can go to SoWa, have about as many trucks there, and pay normal price. And there are more things to do at SoWa. Food Truck Fest of NE had bands playing, a face painter and a couple promo booths from vendors.
As for food, I would say a mixed bag. My pulled pork slider from Gabi's Smoke Shack (pictured on the right) was good, with some nice smoke and bark to it. They don't add sauce, they leave it to you to do that, which is good. Captain Quahog was a disappointment, especially as the only seafood representative for a Cape Cod truck fest. The clam chowder suffered from lack of seasoning. The broth was thin with clam favor to it, but needed help. The clam cakes were terrible, very little clam to be found in them. I think they had a long line because they were the only seafood truck, but were not well prepared with only 2 people and ran out of things by mid-afternoon. Super pumpkin spice ice cream from Lewis Bros, representing Cape Cod. Jerk Chicken from Irie Bites got a thumbs up, especially the crispy, tasty skin. Good job by Mad Batter on their cupcakes too.
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Many of the new and existing trucks use Craigslist to find employees, you can check out the listings on Craigslist to see whom.
I might add some info about Providence area food trucks. My Twitter list has over 20 trucks on it, you can subscribe to it here- twitter.com/StevenL57/pvd-trucks . My Boston list has over 50 members in it and you can see it here- twitter.com/StevenL57/bostonfoodtrucks .
I'm a big fan of Level Up in Boston, many food trucks are using it. The last BFTA meeting was in their new offices, and they're very supportive of the trucks. Sign up for them at this link - TheLevelUp.com and use my referral code 24315 and we both get $5 credit. As I said, many trucks use it and there is usually an additional buck or two credit the first time you use it at a place. Sounds like a win!
Have you missed any of NECN's Food Truck Fridays? Go back & check them out here.