Joyful Noise

Our very own Souper Jenny, the queen of soup, the empress of salad, shot this little clip at last Friday’s Urban Picnic and Advocacy Day in front of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Look for the colorful trucks, listen to the reactions of the public, and help us figure out new ways to get trucks, carts, tricycles, and tables where they belong: on the street selling good food EVERY DAY!

News from All Over

Chicago Food Trucks logo

Chicago is staging a revolution of its own. Check out the cute logo, the comments, the frustration and rejoice in the movement started in a great American city pining for the same thing we so desire.

Asian Chef van

Closer to home, we received this photograph taken in Newnan by street-food enthusiast and political gal Amy Phuong showing a van and a rambling chef obviously looking for exposure.

Holy Smoke!

Pizza Truck

Look at Dan Latham’s pizza oven on wheels caught in action last Friday in front of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

Latham, who trained in New York under Mario Batali at Po’ and Studio del Gusto, owned L&M Kitchen and Salumeria (L = Latham & M = Marsh, his  wife’s maiden name) in Oxford, Mississippi, for five years.

“My lease came up last year and I needed a bigger market to operate,” he wrote us, while on the road touring farms in south Georgia. “I was inspired by a couple in the bay area who have a similar oven  and run all over the bay area making great pizza out of the farmers’ markets.”

We’ll tell you a lot more soon about L&M’s Pizza and where to track down their fabulous fresh slices!

Artists Among Us

This just in from street food enthusiast Jim Monroy who used the Kogi truck template to create a miniature version of the real deal

And an equally cute poster forwarded to us by food street maven and chic cyclist (sometimes tricyclist) Hayley Richardson at the end of the rally/picnic at the Sweet Auburn curb market.

The Street Food Revolution Has Begun

Kasim Reed

Kasim Reed

Kwanza Hall

Kwanza Hall

Hundreds of people, including Mayor Kasim Reed (in a beautiful dark suit and glorious pale blue tie) and Councilman Kwanza Hall (on his bicycle and wearing a nifty Publix backpack) showed up in the parking lot of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market to enjoy the first ever street food advocacy day and urban picnic, organized by the Atlanta Street Food Coalition to promote the cause of mobile food vending. No one fried anything, but the offerings ranging from freshly made pizza to hot soup, virtuous hot dogs, glorious salads, chocolate nachos, creme brulée, waffles, Southern veggies, gourmet coffee, and even dog treats a human could conceivably enjoy paved the way for a joyous street presence of Georgia vendors.

The market staff kept everything neat as a pin. No one got grief for cooking on a truck or selling food from a cute tricycle or a table decorated with spring flowers. NPR blessed us with its presence, and countless media types whipped out microphones and cameras to interview the day’s heroes. Look for more details soon and more vendors making their alfresco debuts in similar events.