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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
It's a full weekend of dining events.  The Soft-Shell Crab Celebration concludes on Sunday. Some two dozen Baltimore restaurants are adding special soft-shell crab specials to their menus for Baltimore's fifth annual dining promotion. A packed weekend festival schedule kicks off on Friday night with the regular Friday night food-truck rally known as the Gathering, which returns to McHenry Row. The musical guest is Shook. But that's just a prelude to Saturday's big food-truck event, the second annual Taste of Two Cities . Baltimore's and Washington's fleets of food trucks will be squaring off this time on Rash Field, competing for the coveted Mayor's Trophy, presented to the best food truck as decided by a panel of judges.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
About a dozen schoolchildren at the Willows Apartments in Glen Burnie queued up curbside as the Anne Arundel County school bus pulled up. Some kids were flanked by parents and toddler siblings who appeared just as excited to see the bus; the moment had all the trappings of the first day of school. But that's a few weeks away. Instead, the bus had come with a mainstay for students in the area: healthy meals. School officials opened the rear of the bus and set up tables with some of the same food offered during the school year, feeding not only the schoolchildren but siblings who won't begin classes for a couple of years.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
For the second year running, Gypsy Queen bested the competition at the Tastes of Two Cities event pitting Baltimore food trucks against their Washington rivals. Baltimore's El Cuervo, which serves tacos and Korean fried chicken, earned second place, and D.C.'s Feelin' Crabby took third at Rash Field -- the new home for the event, which had its inaugural outing last year on the Westport waterfront. Souper Freaks was the winner of the United Way's Golden Carrot, a first-time award for the food truck with the healthiest item on its menu , the Five Seeds Farms Bronze Fennel and Carrot Soup, sourced entirely from local ingredients.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
On sunny Saturday in mid-May, Caitlin Moran kicked off summer early, with friends, cocktails, and a busy grill. Moran, an Annapolis-based stylist and editorial director of the lifestyle website The Glitter Guide, is an expert party hostess - so even her backyard barbecues are handled with extra care and extra flair. At her party in May, she served sparkling sangria and instead of standard-issue burgers on the grill, she created a make-your-own gourmet pizza bar, with a variety of cheeses, meats, and fresh vegetables available as toppings.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
Baltimore and Washington's food-truck armadas will square off at A Taste of Two Cities a blow-out food-truck gathering on Saturday, June 23. A Taste of Two Cities will gather together 20 food trucks from each city at the Westport Waterfront, the venue for last spring's Cirque du Soleil. Organizers of the June 23 event are hoping to draw thousands of food truck-fans for the friendly competition, which is scheduled for the same weekend as the Washington Nationals visit to Camden Yards.
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July 23, 2013
Baltimore County is poised to pass laws to keep food trucks from operating within 300 feet of restaurants ("Balt. Co. Planning Board passes new food truck laws," July 18). That would be a mistake. Food trucks create jobs, serve delicious food to happy customers and provide "eyes on the street" that keep neighborhoods safe. Further, establishing proximity restrictions between food trucks and restaurants is unconstitutional. Protecting businesses from competition is not a legitimate use of government power, which is why the Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, challenges these regulations nationwide.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
The producers of The Taste of Two Cities, Baltimore's annual food-truck festival and competition, have announced a date and site for the third go-around. And this year, for the first time, food trucks from Philadelphia will join those from Baltimore and Washington. The event, which has been renamed a Taste of Three Cities, will be at Lots B & C at M&T Bank Stadium. Producers are promising over 50 trucks at the event, which they're billing as "the largest food truck event ever in the state of Maryland.” Details about times and ticketing will be released soon.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
A handful of new food trucks are circling Baltimore's streets. We're catching up with them in advance of A Taste of Two Cities , the big June 23 Baltimore vs. D.C. food truck rally. Here's Hula Honey's Hawaiian Shave Ice . Billed as "Charm City's littlest dessert truck," Hula Honey's vehicle was designed by and custom-fabricated for owners Momi and Ramsay Antonio-Barnes on a Bajaj auto rickshaw (known in India as a tuk-tuk , and similar to the Piaggio Ape of Italy)
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by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
Meet Wheyich, Baltimore's newest food truck. Specializing in "artisanal cheesy sandwiches," Wheyich rolled off the line in mid-December and started to hit the streets regularly right after the first of the year. Wheyich (pronounced "which") is from Ashwini Persaud, a recent transplant to Baltimore.  In an email, Persuad wrote, "I was an employee of Morgan Stanley for over seven years. As time grew on, I started considering changing career paths. I considered staying in finance but felt that doing what I loved, cooking and feeding everyone, would be a more enjoyable task.
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By Richard Gorelick | October 4, 2012
No baseball tonight? No problem! There's a perfectly timed food truck rally tonight. Baltimore's food trucks are rallying for a special Thursday night Gathering . This time, they're headed to Coldspring, at the Sinai Hospital Campus, 5051 Greenspring Ave. (across Greenspring Avenue from Sinai's ER). Proceeds will benefit the Brain Injury Programs at LifeBridge health and the Brain Injury Association of Maryland. • Dinergram: Reader restaurant photos Share your Instagrams from area restaurants by using #bmorediner on Twitter or Instagram, and your photo could appear in the Sun on Sundays.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
I scream, you scream.... OK, we can all stop screaming now.  Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream today.  A truck promoting the company's new flavors will be parked at 500 W. Baltimore Street at 2:30 this afternoon, according to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office. The mayor helped make Baltimore a stop on Ben & Jerry's summer promotional tour, according to the news release.  Keep that in mind at election time. The latest Ben & Jerry's flavors feature a core of gooey yumminess, such as salted caramel, peanut butter fudge or raspberry jam. The truck will be parked in a designated food-truck area.   The City Council recently approved legislation expanding the areas in which food trucks can park.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Baltimore's food truck industry will be able to petition Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration for additional places to sell their fares, under a bill approved Monday by the City Council. The legislation calls on the Department of General Services to create new "food truck zones," while also allowing the mobile vendors to operate on streets throughout the city as long as they adhere to meter restrictions, said Babila Lima, a special assistant who is guiding the process for the city.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The Baltimore City Council gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would allow the city's growing food truck industry to operate in more places. The rewritten bill is an about-face from an earlier version of the legislation, which sought to limit the vendors to specified "food truck zones. " The bill backed Monday still would create new zones for the trucks but continue to allow them at meters on streets throughout the city. Damian Bohager, president of the Maryland Mobile Food Vendors Association, said the group fought hard to make sure opportunities weren't limited.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
Food trucks from Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia selling everything from crab cakes and cheese curds to cupcakes and cookies were the featured attraction at Baltimore's third-annual food truck festival, held on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. The event, which began in 2012 as a Taste of Two Cities, had a different name this year - a Taste of Three Cities. Joining trucks from Baltimore and Washington for the first time was a contingent from the Philadelphia area, including the festival's only crab cake specialist.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
The producers of The Taste of Two Cities, Baltimore's annual food-truck festival and competition, have announced a date and site for the third go-around. And this year, for the first time, food trucks from Philadelphia will join those from Baltimore and Washington. The event, which has been renamed a Taste of Three Cities, will be at Lots B & C at M&T Bank Stadium. Producers are promising over 50 trucks at the event, which they're billing as "the largest food truck event ever in the state of Maryland.” Details about times and ticketing will be released soon.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
A City Council committee considering new regulations for Baltimore's growing food truck industry plans to hold work sessions as members evaluate more than 50 proposed amendments. Councilman James B. Kraft, chairman of the committee, said he's been inundated with letters as major parts of the legislation remain undecided. During a meeting Tuesday on the legislation, Kraft told a crowd of vendors that he received a pro-food truck petition with 700 signatures from across the country.
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by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
Update, Dec. 7: This event has been canceled, due to inclement weather. Baltimore's food truck rally returns to McHenry Row on Dec. 7 for a special Christmas event, featuring the lighting of the McHenry Row Christmas tree. The event will include live music, photos with Santa Claus with pets and children. Beer and wine will be sold -- guests can purchase a $15 unlimited drinks wristband. The McHenry Row Christmas tree lighting and food truck rally will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 7 at 1514 Key Highway.
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by Richard Gorelick | October 15, 2012
The food truck trend has rolled onto the campus of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Set to debut sometime during the week of Oct. 15, the Artist's Palate will ply the university's Bolton Hill campus, bringing students breakfast sandwiches, late night snacks and meals in between. The newest truck in Baltimore's fleet of mobile vendors is one of the country's first for a university setting, according to Christopher Bohaska, the MICA's director or operation services. “A food truck is an idea that we've had for a while,” Bohaska said.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Food truck operators packed into Baltimore City Council chambers on Tuesday to testify on an administration bill that would change the way food trucks operate in the city. The food-truck vendors told the Judiciary Committee they are concerned about new parking restrictions and other provisions in the bill, which would turn over turn over the supervision of food trucks to the city's department of general services. But they said their biggest concern was that the legislation was just too vague.
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