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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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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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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 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 | 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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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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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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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 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 | 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 Luke Broadwater and Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2014
The Rawlings-Blake administration is proposing new regulations for the city's rapidly growing food truck industry - setting up zones for the mobile chefs to sell their designer grilled-cheese sandwiches, spicy tacos and decadent cupcakes. The legislation, which a City Council committee will consider Tuesday, was written to encourage the vendors while also limiting where they operate to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants. But some truck operators expressed concern the new limits would hurt their business, and the city's proposal was in flux Monday night.
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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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By Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
You can still cut the tension with a knife … which there are plenty of, because it's "Top Chef. " We join the chefs recapping what went down last week with Nicholas' immunity debacle. Some chefs are pissed and other get that this is a game and would have done the same thing. This is a game, after all. Back in the "Top Chef" kitchen, the cheftestants are joined by Padma and Chef Roy Choi to announce this week's QuickFire Challenge. Chef Roy (aka the King of food trucks) explains how he started the food-truck revolution in Los Angeles and how they become known for their tacos.  In NOLA, their street food of choice comes in the form of a good old Po' Boy. For this week's challenge, the chefs have 20 minutes to create a unique and personalized Po' Boy of their own. The winner will get immunity, which, as we learned last week, is now more important than ever for remaining on the show and for getting everyone mad at you. After the quick 20 minutes are up, Padma and Roy visit each chef to see what they have come up with.  Nicholas makes a shrimp Po' Boy with fennel and pancetta.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | January 15, 2014
Towson restaurant owners and food truck advocates said during a Baltimore County Council work session Tuesday that they support a proposed bill that would establish a pilot program to regulate food trucks in downtown Towson. "Food trucks would like to be a part of Towson as it grows and goes through its redevelopment," Damian Bohager, president of the Maryland Mobile Food Vendors Association, told the council. "We think it's a great idea as a pilot program and we look forward to revisiting it in a couple years.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
The Gathering, Baltimore's traveling food truck rally, is meeting tonight at Stratford University in Little Italy. The event runs 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A new all-you-can-eat VIP option, which the event's organizers had planned to introduce at this rally, will now debut on Nov. 1, when the Gathering returns to McHenry Row. For more information about The Gathering , and a link to buy all-you-can-drink tickets, go...
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September 29, 2013
The Food Network's “The Great Food Truck Race” series has its finale airing tonight in an episode that was filmed in June in Annapolis. The Food Network's website describes the show as "a multi-week showdown that challenges food truck teams to outsell one another in a coast-to-coast road trip.” The three teams in the finale were Tikka Tikka Taco from St. Louis, Aloha Plate Truck from Hawaii and Samboni Boys from Philadelphia. The winning team in the contest gets $50,000 and its own food truck.
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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 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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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
It's the Wacky Races. It's Cannonball Run III. No, it's just The Gathering. More and more, those Baltimore food-truck rallies known as The Gathering are meeting not just on Fridays but two or three times over a weekend. Food trucks will be rallying three times this weekend - in Mount Vernon on Thursday, on McHenry Row on Friday and in Canton on Saturday afternoon. The Thursday night Gathering, a first for Mount Vernon, is on the parking lot of the Maryland Historical Society , 201 W. Monument Place, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The regular Friday night rally returns, for the first time since July, to McHenry Row in Locust Point.
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