WBEZ | food trucks http://www.wbez.org/tags/food-trucks Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago's street food vendors get a shot at legalization http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicagos-street-food-vendors-get-shot-legalization-110169 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Fruit-cup.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On a typical morning in Chicago&rsquo;s Little Village, you can find a vendor named Maria waking early and packing her cart full of watermelons, mangoes, melons, pineapples, cucumbers, jicama, limes and more.<br />&nbsp;<br />Throughout the day, she&rsquo;ll take them out of the cooler and slice them into colorful fruit cups that are finished with a shower of fresh lime and spices.&nbsp;<br /><br />From her little corner stand, Maria also sells bags of potato chips and artificial pork rinds.<br /><br />But can you guess which one of her snacks the city considers the biggest threat to public health?</p><p>If you guessed fried chips, you&rsquo;d be wrong.<br /><br />According to Chicago Department of Public Health, cutting fresh fruits and vegetables on a cart constitutes a health code violation.</p><p>&ldquo;Once the fruit is cut, it becomes adulterated,&rdquo; said the department&rsquo;s Brian Richardson. &ldquo;In order to serve, it must be kept stored at the right temperature and it must have been washed using the same methods that they would at a brick and mortar restaurant. And most carts are not equipped with handwashing at the levels that are required by the health department.&rdquo;</p><p>This issue has long prevented the legalization of Chicago eloteros (corn on the cob sellers) who&rsquo;ve worked Chicago streets for decades, but always with a cloud of uncertainty.</p><p>&ldquo;Every time they go out to sell, they&rsquo;re scared,&rdquo; said Vickie Lugo, vice president of the Asociacion de Vendadores Ambulantes (mobile vendors association). &ldquo;They are scared that they might be stopped by the police or get ticketed or even get arrested, which has has happened several times in the past. And the fines have been up to $1,000, and in certain occasions, up to $1,500.&rdquo;<br /><br />Despite years of pushing cart legalization efforts, the city and pushcart vendors have remained at a decades-long impasse.<br /><br />Enter the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, a civil liberties law firm that works out of the University of Chicago law school. Earlier this month, IJ director Beth Kregor unveiled a compromise plan.<br /><br />&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve written up an ordinance that would allow vendors to sell all manner of food as long as they&rsquo;ve prepared it in advance in a proper kitchen and as long as it has been licensed and inspected by the city,&rdquo; Kregor said.<br /><br />The proposal would require all food to be pre-packaged rather than prepared on the street and it would include licensing fees of about $250 a year. That&rsquo;s all before the kitchen rental expenses.</p><p>Kregor said says she&rsquo;s been working closely for months with aldermen and the Health Department to tackle their concerns early in the proposal process. The proposal, to date, lacks a aldermanic sponsor to introduce it in the City Council, but Kregor says several have shown their support.</p><p>Chief among them is 20th Ward Alderman Willie B. Cochran, who has been part of the legalization effort for years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Having safe dining options is must, but it is also a must to ensure that people are given the opportunity to develop business and provide for themselves and make it convenient for people who are looking for quality food products,&rdquo; Cochran said. &ldquo;It will give us an opportunity to expand kitchens that can support these products and (to) businesses and it will give an opportunity for the employed to be employed.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Cochran is referring to the hundreds of licensed prep kitchens that would need to spring up all over Chicago to accommodate the current crop of vendors who number around 1,500. Kregor says this could bring in new revenue to existing facilities like churches whose kitchens could help fill the void.</p><p>Lugo admits that the legalization comes with drawbacks: the licensing and rental fees, the waste possibly created by pre-package products that may not sell, and the loss of the live cooking demonstration that ensues each time a fruit cup is ordered.&nbsp;<br /><br />While these changes may be necessary to get a ordinance passed, some question its importance for public health. The Chicago Park District has licensed these same vendors to operate on park property without incident for years. &ldquo;But,&rdquo; as Kregor noted, &ldquo;across the street from a park on the sidewalk it&rsquo;s completely forbidden.&rdquo;<br /><br />Still, for Maria, the compromise may be worth it.</p><p>&ldquo;This license will allow us to sell our products without being bothered by the police and being ticketed,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s good.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br />With warm summer days on the horizon, more vendors will be returning to their regular Chicago corners. And Kregor says they could be doing it legally by the end of the year if she finds a sponsor.<br /><br />Although the current focus is on eloteros and vendors who sell fresh fruit, Kregor and her IJ colleague Michael Lanahan says their proposal would legalize all sorts of small food cart vendors.</p><p>&ldquo;It might be dumplings, It might be cookies, corn on the cob or tamales,&rdquo; she said at a recent Rogers Park meeting to gather support for the plan.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;As long as it meets the baseline of being prepared in a licensed kitchen, packaged and kept at the right temperature, then flavors away anything can happen,&rdquo; Lanahan said.<br /><br />So why does Chicago still lag so far behind Chicago on street food offerings?<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve struggled to understand why it&rsquo;s so hard for Chicago to embrace street food when every other city in the world thrives on street food,&rdquo; Kregor said. &ldquo;What would New York be without roasted chestnuts in the winter? What would Paris be without crepes on the go?...Chicago seems to be abnormally obsessed with keeping the streets clean, but its really hard to understand.&rdquo;<br /><br />If passed, Kregor says her proposal could deliver a fresh new smorgasbord of legal street food to city. And, to many, that would be a welcome change over the same stale impasse that has branded fruit cups as contraband for far too long.<br /><br /><em>Monica Eng is a WBEZ producer and co-host of the Chewing The Fat podcast. Follow her at <a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng">@monicaeng</a> or write to her at meng@wbez.org</em></p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 10:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicagos-street-food-vendors-get-shot-legalization-110169 Suit against food truck ordinance moves forward http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/suit-against-food-truck-ordinance-moves-forward-107687 <p><p dir="ltr">Food truck owners and their customers had a small victory in court today. A judge will hear their request to operate in more parts of the city.</p><p dir="ltr">Currently, Chicago&rsquo;s food truck ordinance includes a ban on operating a food truck within 200 feet of a restaurant and a requirement that all food trucks have GPS Devices so the city can track their location. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">Two food truck business, Schnitzel King and Cupcakes For Courage challenged the ordinance. The city asked for the complaint to be dismissed but a judge is allowing it to move forward.</p><p>Laura Pekarik is the owner of Cupcakes for Courage.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This is exactly what we were hoping for. We can present our case with evidence and facts,&rdquo; said Pekarik.</p><p dir="ltr">The judge asked for more information from both sides of the case before the next court date. He suspects the 200 feet restriction could keep food trucks out of huge swaths of Chicago, including the Loop and wanted a map of where food trucks could legally operate.</p><p dir="ltr">The judge also asked the city to prepare information on how they would protect against misuse of GPS data.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Shannon Heffernan is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/shannon_h">@shannon_</a>h</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/suit-against-food-truck-ordinance-moves-forward-107687 When breakfast and lunch fall in love: Brunch with the next generation of underground dining and food trucks in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/when-breakfast-and-lunch-fall-love-brunch-next-generation-underground <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sdcbbdrinks.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Sunday Dinner Club Bloody Mary with Bang Bang candied bacon and pickled chard stem, Rare Tea Cellar Smoke Bomb salt rim; Bang Bang iced coffee (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">It takes a village to raise the lovechild of a former underground dining club and what was once just a plucky little pie truck.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In breaking food truck news, <a href="https://twitter.com/KingSchnitzel" target="_blank">the Schnitzel King</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/CourageousCakes" target="_blank">Cupcakes for Courage</a>, and the <a href="https://twitter.com/IJ" target="_blank">Institute for Justice</a>&nbsp;just scored a big win in court today. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peter Flynn has ruled that they can move forward contesting the 200 foot rule and GPS requirement. They will meet again in 30 days.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sdcbbgreens.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Spring peas, market green beans, fried spring onions, breakfast radish, buttermilk dressing, and farm greens (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">This past weekend, <a href="http://sundaydinnerclub.com/"><u>Sunday Dinner Club</u></a> and <a href="http://www.bangbangpie.com/"><u>Bang Bang Pie Shop</u></a> hosted brunch in a lofty perch above the corner of Elston and Roscoe. They invited me to join three dozen other guests, all from SDC&#39;s email only list.&nbsp;The space is above their highly anticipated <a href="http://www.honeybutter.com/"><u>Honey Butter Fried Chicken</u></a>, opening this August if the City of Chicago inspection gods are kind. We were seated at a trio of communal tables.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sdcbbbiscuits.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Bang Bang biscuits and fennel gravy with country fried pork, farm egg, pickled fennel, and herb salad (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">In communal table news, critically <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/huntress-gatherer-cuisine-102176" target="_blank"><u>acclaimed Elizabeth restaurant </u></a>(born from chef/owner Iliana Regan&#39;s former underground restaurant One Sister) announced this week they&#39;re swapping out their communal tables for conventional seating. Evidently we don&#39;t like communal tables in Chicago.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sdcbbpie.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Bang Bang rhubarb pie with Sunday Dinner Club sour cream ice cream (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">I missed including in the brunch class photo Sunday Dinner Club partners&nbsp;Jen Mayer and Chris Jennings. Graphic <a href="http://www.kitemath.com/">designers of Kitemath</a> by day, they created the keepsake newsprint menus. SDC&#39;s now permanent home showcases an <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/9034899786/"><u>interactive and growing gallery</u></a> of their stunning menu work.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">Yes, meet the new generation of moms and pops in Chicago.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sdcbbteam.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Dave Miller, Megan Miller, Christine Cikowski, Josh Kulp, Michael Ciapciak (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div></div></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/when-breakfast-and-lunch-fall-love-brunch-next-generation-underground First look: The Salsa Truck cooks on board, and the shortcomings of Chicago's new food truck stands http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/first-look-salsa-truck-cooks-board-and-shortcomings-chicagos-new-food-truck <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8450896714/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/salsatruckquesadillataco.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Bottled Coke, cameron quesadilla, and carnitas taco from The Salsa Truck in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Chicago&#39;s first food truck with the new Mobile Food Preparer license, allowing cooking on board, hit the street Tuesday at lunch. During prep,&nbsp;<a href="http://thesalsatruck.com/">The Salsa Truck</a> owner Dan Salls said on <a href="https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/130205-morning-shift-seg-f">WBEZ&#39;s <em>Morning Shift </em></a>that he&#39;d make quesadillas and tacos at the food truck stand at 600 W. Chicago Ave.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8450916568/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/salsatrucksalsaguacamole.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chips with Salsa de la Casa and guacamole from The Salsa Truck in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Just after noon, a line about a dozen deep stretched across the sidewalk, ringed by three television camerapeople and two food bloggers, including yours truly.&nbsp;</p><p>Food was cooked on board, including <em>cameron</em> quesadillas, &quot;shrimp marinated in homemade achiote with pineapple&quot; so says the menu, and carnitas tacos, &quot;rubbed in our signature spice blend and braised.&quot;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8450922264/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/salsatruckline.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="The Salsa Truck line in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">But not quite at the two-truck food stand at 600 West, as the location is commonly known among food truckers. The stand is actually located on Kingsbury between Chicago and Larrabee, or more importantly, in front of Groupon HQ.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8449870041/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/theroosttruck.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="The Roost at food truck stand on Kingsbury at Larrabee in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://theroostfoodtruck.com/">The Roost </a>and <a href="http://www.bbfft.com/">Beyond Borders</a> trucks were already there. The former serving southern comfort food, and the latter &quot;farm to food truck&quot; fare and actually the mobile unit of <a href="http://cityfarmsgrill.com/">City Farms Market &amp; Grill</a> &mdash; a so-called brick and mortar restaurant.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8450945536/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/beyondborderstruck.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Beyond Borders at food truck stand on Kingsbury at Larrabee in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Anyone notice the length &mdash; or lack thereof &mdash; of the food truck stand? Which again, is supposed to hold two trucks at a time. Anyone else ever get ticketed for having an inch of bumper beyond a No Parking sign?</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Good luck food truck friends. You&#39;ll need it in this city.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8449845557/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/600westtrucks.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Food trucks standing in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/first-look-salsa-truck-cooks-board-and-shortcomings-chicagos-new-food-truck RIP food trucks: top 5 trends for 2013, plus one wish http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/rip-food-trucks-top-5-trends-2013-plus-one-wish-104644 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8328370989/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/foodtrucksice3.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Ice3, aka ice-cubed, food truck with family and ice pops at Fischman food truck night in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>RIP Chicago food trucks</strong></p><p>How many food trucks have been licensed to cook on board in Chicago? Answer: zero. My colleague <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-food-trucks-cooking-20130102,0,2704292.story">Monica Eng reports</a> 109 truck owners have applied for the new Mobile Food Preparer license, but none have been approved, since the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/go-northwest-young-food-truck-jefferson-park-next-wicker-park-bucktown-%E2%80%94-or">city passed the ordinance</a> back in July. While the <a href="http://www.ij.org/chicagofoodtrucks">Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit</a>,&nbsp;and produced a <a href="http://youtu.be/C4gNfcxiBiY"><em>Game of Thrones</em> inspired video</a> on behalf of food truck owners in November, this could be the end of so-called chef-driven food trucks in Chicago as we&#39;ve barely known them.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8337254321/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/friedchickenhoneybutter.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px;" title="Honey Butter fried chicken and kale salad at WBEZ Sound Opinions End of Summer BBQ 2012 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>World War KFC</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In a nerd nod to the upcoming film&nbsp;<a href="http://www.worldwarzmovie.com/"><em>World War Z,</em></a>&nbsp;based on the book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307346617?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;creativeASIN=0307346617">World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War</a></em>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/eat-mor-hot-dogz-101237">Chick-fil-A story</a>&nbsp;will rise again &mdash; but there&#39;s hope! In a world where factory farmed, fast food, fried chicken is the norm, there are not one, but two local, sustainable fried chicken restaurants opening in Chicago this year:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.honeybutter.com/">Honey Butter Fried Chicken</a>, from Sunday Dinner Club chefs/owners&nbsp;Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, and&nbsp;<a href="http://leghornchicken.com/">Leghorn by chef Jared Van Camp</a>, with his &quot;socially conscious chicken sandwiches&quot; and aggressive manifesto. Winner, winner, fried chicken lunch and dinner, indeed.</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8337271981/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/yushotofugcm.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Yusho robata tofu at Green City Market Chef's BBQ 2012 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><strong>FREE food!</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: center;">As in gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, but far from free.&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.nextrestaurant.com/website/faq" style="text-align: center;">Next restaurant</a><span style="text-align: center;">&#39;s 2013 menus include &quot;Vegan&quot;;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://senzachicago.com/" style="text-align: center;">Senza</a><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;was one of the most quietly celebrated&nbsp;modernist openings of 2012 and happens to be gluten-free; the venerable&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.veggiediner.com/" style="text-align: center;">Chicago Diner&nbsp;</a><span style="text-align: center;">took over the Logan Square Kitchen space for its second location; and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/RosesWheatFreeBakery/posts/486051291438221" style="text-align: center;">Rose&#39;s Wheat Free Bakery &amp; Cafe in Evanston was saved from closing on Christmas Eve</a><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;by Marcus Lemonis, who&#39;s appeared on the reality show&nbsp;</span><em style="text-align: center;">Secret Millionaire</em><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;and CEO of Camping World, which reports &quot;revenues exceeding $1.7 billion annually&quot;.&nbsp;This is not your hippie mom and dad&#39;s co-op health food.</span></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8329684700/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/oxtailsoupbutcherlarder.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Oxtail soup at The Butcher &amp; Larder in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>This IS your grandfather&#39;s diner food</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">When restaurant kingpin Brendan Sodikoff announced he was opening a&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/restaurants-bars/15957866/brendan-sodikoff-opening-dillmans-a-jewish-deli-probably">Jewish deli to be called Dillman&#39;s</a>, leapfrogging his BBQ and ramen shops, he instantly created a trend, or rather continued refining the trend of classic comfort foods with better ingredients and technique. As I mentioned on&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/louisa-chu-and-lauren-viera">WBEZ&#39;s Afternoon Shift with Rick Kogan</a>, also look for simpler drinks,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/12/26/167615838/the-rebirth-of-rye-whiskey-and-nostalgia-for-the-good-stuff">like whiskey neat</a>, like your grandfather used to drink.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8338592652/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/salmonsitkafestival.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Roasted wild sockeye salmon with carrot coriander sauce by Emmer &amp; Rye chef/owner Seth Caswell at the Sitka Seafood Festival in Sitka, Alaska (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Frankenfish</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-13/pink-slime-really-bad-97262">Pink slime</a>&nbsp;was so last year. This will be the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/why-fdas-frankenfish-salmon-report-fundamentally-flawed">year of Frankenfish</a>.&nbsp;You may have missed this story, buried on the Friday before Christmas weekend, but the FDA has finally opened the floodgates for&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AquAdvantage_salmon">AquAdvantage salmon</a>, genetically modified to grow twice as fast. By the way, it&#39;s the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292">FDA that bans Kinder Surprise</a>&nbsp;chocolate eggs in this country.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>My top wish for 2013: Mission BEZ Food</strong></div><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/eat-mor-hot-dogz-101237">Vienna Beef has a cafeteria</a> open to the public. The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/currywurst-yes-there-ketchup-hot-dog-and-curry-too-104155">Christkindlmarket has souvenir boot mugs</a>. Imagine a WBEZ cafeteria at Navy Pier, open to the public, with drinks or soup served in WBEZ souvenir mugs and good local food, with a charitable donation from each purchase, like <a href="http://www.missionchinesefood.com/">Mission Chinese Food</a>.</p><p>It&#39;s a new year. One can wish.</p></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/rip-food-trucks-top-5-trends-2013-plus-one-wish-104644 Go Northwest, young food truck: Is Jefferson Park the next Wicker Park-Bucktown — or Austin, TX? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/go-northwest-young-food-truck-jefferson-park-next-wicker-park-bucktown-%E2%80%94-or <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fischmanfoodtrucks.jpg" style="height: 398px; width: 600px; " title="Food trucks at Fischman Liquors &amp; Tavern in Jefferson Park (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Is Chicago&#39;s Jefferson Park the next Wicker Park-Bucktown?&nbsp;It could be, if&nbsp;<a href="http://ward45.org/">45th Ward Alderman John Arena</a>&#39;s big plans work out.</p><p>Arena cast the only vote against the controversial new food truck ordinance, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/chicago-city-council-approves-food-truck-ordinance-101192">approved</a> by the City Council Wednesday. &quot;I think restraint of trade is what this ordinance serves up,&rdquo; he said just before the vote. &ldquo;A brick-and-mortar restaurant lobby got a hold of it and it was stuffed with protectionism and baked in the oven of paranoia.&quot;</p><p>I attended and live-tweeted the hearing, which you look back at starting&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu/status/228162978053226496">here</a>.</p><p>Ald. Arena likely meant the cost of new required GPS and doubled fines for all.&nbsp;Yes, food trucks can now cook on board, but at what cost?</p><p>The mystery substitute ordinance was finally <a href="http://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1143317&amp;GUID=36D8C889-ABEC-4474-8991-6BAA0B4085D5&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">posted</a> on the City Clerk&#39;s website after the vote, so let&#39;s take a moment to talk about what it says. What you won&#39;t find in there are any details on the new GPS system &mdash; like cost &mdash; or the new food stands &mdash; like locations.&nbsp;The new ordinance was effective immediately except the new doubled fines, which take effect within ten days.&nbsp;</p><p>As expected, the existing 200-foot rule still stands, but has been clarified, meaning a food truck can&#39;t park within 200-feet of a restaurant&rsquo;s street-level principal customer entrance. So no more questions about how to measure for a highrise or pedway restaurant. But food trucks can now serve&nbsp;within 200 feet of a church, school or school playground while school&rsquo;s in session, which were all previously banned.</p><p>And, as <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/how-sausage-made-grinding-food-truck-news-100995">added</a> in the committee hearing last week, food trucks can&#39;t run from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. or on vacant lots &mdash; or evidently on lots of vacant buildings, which I discovered on careful reading of the ordinance.&nbsp;Food trucks can run within 200 feet of a restaurant, between midnight and 2 a.m. &mdash; for now.</p><div>But back to the Northwest Side.&nbsp;I spoke with Ald. Arena after Wednesday&#39;s meeting to discuss this calzone of protectionism and paranoia.&nbsp;Here&#39;s some of what he had to say.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>On why he voted against the ordinance</strong></div><p>&ldquo;Like I said, it&#39;s restraint of trade. [Rich]&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leye.com/about-us/partners/bios/richard-melman">Melman</a> can plunk down a million bucks to open a restaurant anywhere. But that&rsquo;s not how small guys operate. This ordinance favors big guys with big bucks who can withstand the losses.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;But independent food truck operators are still investing 50, 60, $70,000 on their trucks. And the cook-on-board trucks can cost $100,000.&nbsp;These are people who do still have $50,000 for a food truck, but maybe not $150,000 for a brick and mortar.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;<a href="http://www.keefersrestaurant.com/glenn-keefer.html">Glenn Keefer</a>&rsquo;s a guy who&rsquo;s got more money than ten people I know. That&rsquo;s who I think we&rsquo;re competing with. Keefer wants to degrade the industry and talk about where they&rsquo;re going to go to the <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120510/NEWS07/120509756/chicago-deserves-better-rules-on-food-trucks">bathroom</a>.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;If I&rsquo;m taking my wife out to a steak dinner, I&rsquo;m not going to say, &lsquo;Sorry hon, we&rsquo;re going to a food truck and eat on a park bench instead.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;The big guys say you can just jump on a truck and start slapping down burgers. Well, I just think, &lsquo;You&rsquo;ve got to be kidding me, right?&rsquo; This is coming from a powerful lobby.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got to give food trucks one or two days downtown for lunch. If you don&rsquo;t give them that base they&rsquo;re going to fold. These are business owners. A lot of the ones I&rsquo;ve talked to have between six and 15 employees.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I can say, &#39;Come up to 45th ward.&#39; But why don&rsquo;t they do that with the bricks and mortars? It&rsquo;s because I don&rsquo;t have the density you have downtown &mdash; and you need to be there when people are eating.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a market up here for specific times, but there&rsquo;s no lunch crowd. It&rsquo;s not going to make your operating costs.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On what he heard from the other aldermen</strong></p><p>&ldquo;A lot of aldermen said yes, it&rsquo;s restrictive, but it&rsquo;s a balancing act and we&rsquo;re giving them the ability to cook on the truck. I say, yeah, we give them that ability but we restrict them. We&rsquo;ve tailored the industry to the big guys, not to the little guy whose bread and butter depends on how to figure those things out.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Instead of looking to California, all I heard was &lsquo;<a href="http://www.cityofboston.gov/Images_Documents/Ordinance%20Promoting%20Economic%20Development%20and%20the%20Food%20Truck%20Industry%20in%20Boston_tcm3-25610.pdf">Boston, Boston, Boston.</a>&rsquo; They have like 30 food trucks, but even there the restriction is like 50 feet.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re saying, &lsquo;You&rsquo;re not allowed to do business where I do business.&#39; This has been challenged in other areas. We&rsquo;re going to get sued and we&rsquo;re going to lose.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>What about the doubled parking fines? Minimum $1,000, max $2,000</strong></p><p>&ldquo;If you serve a bad sandwich it&rsquo;s only 250 bucks. Something&rsquo;s upside down there.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>What about the food truck nights at <a href="http://www.fischmanliquors.com/">Fischman&#39;s</a>?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Fischman&rsquo;s is on the block where my ward office is. It&rsquo;s the kind of innovation we want to foster. It&rsquo;s brick and mortar bringing in new business. Before this the sidewalks were barren. Gus had to beg food trucks to come out the first time. Now they&rsquo;re scheduled through September.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a party in the street every other week. And this is a guy who&rsquo;s <a href="http://nadignewspapers.com/stories/new-restaurants-in-chicago's-jeff-park-area.html">building</a> a restaurant. He asked me to put a food stand in front of his restaurant. This is a guy who gets it.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I invite food trucks up. I&rsquo;m going to open up city lots to jamborees. We&rsquo;re going to celebrate. But I&rsquo;m single family homes. I&rsquo;m not highrise office buildings. The point is, why not give them a chance to operate and expand opportunity?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been to Austin and Boston. In Austin, they have cupcakes and tacos in a cone, wonderful corrals with picnic tables, a planter or two, and folks playing guitar. It&rsquo;s a whole experience.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;At <a href="http://www.jefffest.org/">Jeff Fest</a> we&rsquo;re going to have food trucks there and, get this, I still have food vendors coming &mdash; with the food trucks coming in. None of those food vendors complained. This is natural competition. We&rsquo;re getting better results.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Every food truck is welcome in the 45th ward. We&#39;re happy to help business innovate. I think we can create jobs this way. Tonight we&rsquo;re having an <a href="http://ward45.org/ward-office-art-show/">art opening</a> in my office.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>So when are you opening these food truck corrals?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to plan for the beginning of September. I thinking right across from the <a href="http://copernicuscenter.org/">Copernicus Center</a>. There&rsquo;s an unimproved lot &mdash; the city owns it. We could put up fencing, park benches. It&rsquo;s steps from the Jefferson Park terminal.&rdquo;</p><p>But the new ordinance says no food trucks on vacant lots even with the permission of the owner. What happens if the owner is the city?</p><p>Stay tuned...</p><p><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/101066758/New-Chicago-Mobile-Food-Ordinance" style="margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block; text-decoration: underline;" title="View New Chicago Mobile Food Ordinance on Scribd">New Chicago Mobile Food Ordinance</a></p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.772727272727273" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="800" id="doc_96689" scrolling="no" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/101066758/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=list&amp;access_key=key-1f8iatzzvr56mcheojtz" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/go-northwest-young-food-truck-jefferson-park-next-wicker-park-bucktown-%E2%80%94-or How the sausage is made: Grinding food truck news http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/how-sausage-made-grinding-food-truck-news-100995 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/browntroutfalafeldog.jpg" title="Not all sausages are alike: Chicago falafel dog by Browntrout chef Sean Sanders at Green City Market BBQ 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p style="text-align: left; ">&ldquo;Legislation in Chicago is sometimes harder than making sausage,&rdquo; said <a href="http://ward32.org/">32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://ward32.org/tag/food-trucks/">food truck</a>&nbsp;legislative&nbsp;<a href="http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=OG">OG</a>,&nbsp;at yesterday&rsquo;s City Council License and Consumer Protection Committee meeting, which approved the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/new-food-truck-ordinance-go-full-chicago-city-council-101045">controversial new food truck ordinance</a>. Now, with committee approval, the ordinance goes up for vote in front of the full City Council, probably at the next meeting, this coming Wednesday July 25.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Where&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/Bill.html">Schoolhouse Rock!</a>&nbsp;when you need them?</p><p style="text-align: left; ">To reduce the risk of turning this into a law blog,&nbsp;I <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu/status/225989747909210114">live-tweeted</a> all four meeting hours, with emotional testimony from both sides. You can read select tweets on WBEZ&#39;s Twitter stream which <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZ/status/226046975865413632">culminate here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Evidently on meeting eve,&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=60983&amp;GUID=8548C5C9-027C-4D76-BF1B-01D73B8D12DE">Committee Chairman/37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.44thward.org/">44th Ward Alderman&nbsp;Tom Tunney</a>&nbsp;worked late into the night to make a few key changes to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-06/start-your-engines-mobile-food-news-100491">Mayor Rahm Emanuel&#39;s ordinance</a>: food trucks would be completely prohibited from operating between 2 a.m. to 5 a.m., as well as on vacant lots even with the permission of the owner. The committee discussed the difference between vacant and open lots, where food trucks are allowed, and defined as the former being &quot;uncared for&quot; and &quot;overgrown.&quot;</p><p style="text-align: left; ">As WBEZ&#39;s own Quinn Ford <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/new-food-truck-ordinance-go-full-chicago-city-council-101045">reports</a>, yes, food truck owners could cook on board but despite that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacGuffin">MacGuffin</a>, the current 200-foot rule still stands, with the new and higher $1,000 minimum fine, and the new GPS requirement.</p><p style="text-align: left; "><a href="http://ward45.org/">45th Ward Alderman John Arena</a> was the only committee member to vote against the new mystery substitute ordinance. Arena did however help <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-07/its-curtains-churchs-plan-purchase-historic-portage-theater-101050">save the historic Portage Theater</a> yesterday, as WBEZ&#39;s architecture blogger Lee Bey reports.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">After nearly two hours of hearing those opposed to the ordinance testify, including 10 food truck owners, Chairman Mitts immediately called for a vote. There was no discussion. But before the commitee could take a vote, roughly half of its members had to be called back in to the room to form a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quorum">quorum</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">After the vote I spoke with <a href="http://www.ij.org/clinic">Institute of Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship</a> Director Beth Kregor, who testified in opposition, &quot;I think we all know this was a <em>fait accompli</em> from the very beginning.&quot;</p><p style="text-align: left; ">I also asked Kregor to please explain to my failing live-tweeting brain the committee calling the city&#39;s <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dol.html">Corporation Counsel</a> in when Liberty Justice Center&#39;s Jacob Huebert <a href="http://libertyjusticecenter.org/2012/05/jacob-hueberts-testimony-on-legalizing-produce-vendors/">testified</a> that the 200-foot rule was unconstiutional.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">&quot;The city does not have the right, under the constitution, to do whatever they want with the public way,&quot; said Kregor, &quot;They have the right to regulate city buses, but we all know from a very painful history that they cannot tell some people to sit in the front and some people to sit in the back.&quot;</p><p style="text-align: left; ">&quot;The fact that the area is one in which the city can regulate does not mean they can do anything they want.&quot;</p></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/how-sausage-made-grinding-food-truck-news-100995 Legislative speed bumps keep Chicago food vendors parked http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/legislative-speed-bumps-keep-chicago-food-vendors-park-90913 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Street Vendor.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The city of Chicago makes life difficult for those who want to sell food on the move--that's no secret. But <a href="http://www.ij.org/about/3994" target="_blank">one group</a> argued Chicago has among the worst mobile food vending laws in the country - quite a distinction! And it was not just established or wannabe food trucks feeling the pinch; individual street vendors- selling anything from tamales to fruit salad- often found themselves on the wrong side of the law.</p><p>To find out more <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>was joined by <a href="http://ij.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=618&amp;Itemid=165" target="_blank">Beth Milnikel</a>, director of <a href="http://www.ij.org/clinic" target="_blank">The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship;</a> she heads the grassroots campaign <a href="http://www.ij.org/about/3800" target="_blank"><em>My Streets! My Eats!</em></a>, which advocates for reform of the restrictions placed on Chicago's mobile chefs.</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/legislative-speed-bumps-keep-chicago-food-vendors-park-90913 Changing Gears: Midwest food trucks hit legal roadblocks http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-18/changing-gears-midwest-food-trucks-hit-legal-roadblocks-86692 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/dim-and-den-sum Changing Gears.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Food trucks are a hot trend in cities from LA to Denver. They’ve transformed the way people think about the restaurant business. But when it comes to Midwestern cities, so far food trucks have been stuck in idle.</p><p>The Midwestern economy series <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/" target="_blank"><em>Changing Gears</em></a> decided to find out why. Ida Lieszkovszky starts off with food trucks in Ohio.<br> <br> On a recent Monday afternoon in Cleveland, dozens of people mingled in a parking lot filled with trucks serving gourmet tacos and mac and cheese topped with kimchi, a spicy Korean condiment.</p><p>“We’ve isolated a few items off every menu and we’ll be hitting them all as long as lines don’t get too long,” said Russ Miller, one of the customers.</p><p>Many of those tacos were made by Oleh Holowatyj, chef of the <a href="http://www.dimanddensum.com/" target="_blank">Dim and Den Sum</a> food truck. According to Holowatyj, these meals on wheels are small business incubators.</p><p>“It’s a launching pad for people who are passionate about food and maybe they eventually they want to get into the brick and mortar business too.”</p><p>Dim and Den Sum is launching a second food truck soon. That will mean hiring about ten more people. They also want to open one of those brick and mortar restaurants at some point. But they almost shut down in April, because they were not allowed to operate downtown at lunch time. Restaurant owners had been complaining that the food trucks are unfair competition.</p><p>Rini Meader, owner of City Street Deli in downtown Cleveland is less than thrilled about area food trucks – especially Dim and Den Sum ever since this past St. Patrick’s Day.</p><p>Rini Meador, owner of City Street Deli in Cleveland says she doesn't mind food trucks, as long as they don't park too close to her restaurant.</p><p>She had hired extra help for the day, and bought plenty of extra supplies to meet the demand of hungry parade goers who wander into her establishment. But Dim and Den Sum foiled her plans when they parked right across the street from her deli.</p><p>“I don’t mind for any innovative ideas coming to this city,” Meador said. “I’ve been here 11 years, I’m all about this city. But what I don’t appreciate is a food truck coming 20 steps from my door.”</p><p>Meador said it costs more to run a regular restaurant than a truck because of rent, taxes, and food licenses. According to the Ohio Department of Health, food truck licenses in Ohio run from $50 to $250. Licenses for regular restaurants usually start in the low 100’s, but could run owners more than a grand.</p><p>“I don’t think it’s fair for them to pay so little to the city and be able to be parked in front of a restaurant that’s paying top dollar,” she said.</p><p>Dim and Den Sum Chef Oleh Holowatyje doesn’t buy that argument.</p><p>“I really don’t think that if you’re going to a steakhouse, let’s say Johnny’s to buy a $35 or $30 steak that you’re going to say ‘omg there’s a taco truck that’s selling a taco for six bucks. Forget our reservations!’ Let’s go there instead!”</p><p>Since then, Cleveland City Hall has passed legislation allowing food trucks to operate in the city at certain spots and during certain hours. Holowatyj said that’s keeping them in business, but he’s still annoyed the law is only temporary; it sunsets at the end of November.</p><p>Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman helped pass that legislation. He said he’s really excited,”the hot dog guys are not. I’m hearing from them constantly, but monopoly isn’t something that city council protects.”</p><p>Cimperman said that by November, City Council will have plenty of data and experience from a summer’s worth of food truck sales to help them write a better, permanent law, one that keeps food trucks away from restaurant entrances but still gives them plenty of time and space to operate.</p><p>Food trucks in Chicago are having their own problems. A 20 year old Windy City law forbids the production of food on a vehicle.</p><p>“We don’t even have hot dog stands in Chicago. There’s no street vendors in Chicago either,” pointed out Matt Maroni. Maroni is chef/owner of&nbsp; <a href="http://www.gaztro-wagon.com/Gaztro-Wagon/Home.html" target="_blank">Gaztro Wagon</a>, one of about 20 gourmet food trucks in Chicago. Compare that to Los Angeles, which boasts almost 10,000 food trucks. Since he can’t cook his food on this truck, Maroni has to pre-assemble his specialty, the naanwich – sandwiches of lamb and other meats made with Indian naan bread – in advance. He also has a storefront restaurant where a similar menu is sold.</p><p>Maroni thinks the law in antiquated, and his product “is diminished a little bit by having to prepackage it. But you have to make do with what you’ve got here in Chicago until the ordinance gets changed.”</p><p>Maroni is working with lawmakers to change that rule, and Chicago’s new mayor, Rahm Emanuel has promised to make things easier for food trucks.</p><p>People line up outside Darcy's, one of Mark's Carts on its opening day.</p><p>Things seem to be going better in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Mark Hodesh recently launched a food cart courtyard in a back lot of <a href="http://www.downtownhomeandgarden.com/" target="_blank">Downtown Home and Garden</a>, his store.</p><p>He calls it Mark’s Carts, and he said for most of the eight independently operated carts, it’s their first business. “It’s really inexpensive.” Said Hodesh, “They don’t have to sell the farm and sign a ten year lease and huge deposits; they can get in business for small money. They buy the cart, and show up here.”</p><p>Hodesh said he’s actually gotten a lot of support from local officials and neighbors. The biggest obstacle Mark’s Carts faces isn’t bureaucratic; it’s Mother Nature. Once the snow starts falling, the carts will have to close but nearby restaurants will stay open.</p><p><br> <strong><em>Changing Gears</em> explores the future of the industrial Midwest.&nbsp; The series is a public media collaboration between WBEZ, Michigan Radio, and Ideastream in Cleveland.</strong></p><p><strong>Support for <em>Changing Gears</em> comes from the <a href="http://cpb.org/" target="_blank">Corporation for Public Broadcasting</a>.</strong></p><p><em>Music Button: Trombone Shorty, "Right To Complain", from the CD Backatown, (Verve Forcast)</em></p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 13:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-18/changing-gears-midwest-food-trucks-hit-legal-roadblocks-86692 Video: What to expect from the Chicago food scene in 2011 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/video-what-expect-chicago-food-scene-2011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Grocery Store Shelves Getty Oli Scarff.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><iframe height="364" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18279286?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d"></iframe></p><p>What should we expect from the Chicago food scene in 2011? Food trucks, butcher shops and seafood, for starters.&nbsp; Justin Kaufmann sat down with me to get a sneak preview of the stories, trends and predictions to watch in the year ahead.</p></p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/video-what-expect-chicago-food-scene-2011