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Food trucks, the history of food trucks

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If you have walked a festival or event lately you've probably encountered one of those vans style vintage they offer you something to eat. A new business model in terms of gastronomy refers? Absolutely, we will see more of these vans going back to the beginning.

If you are reading this you are one lucky, You've exceeded the summer, festivals and performances without being run over by a food truck. And in our country it has sparked the furor over these food stalls, although in some cases the provisions do not deserve such status, with a refined appearance that can range from modern, the vintage, etc., the condition is that is attractive. In this quest to be the most striking we can forget some details like quality, cleaning, sanitary control, respect the rules when placing it… Definitely, mount food truck It does not involve only meet the aesthetic and attractive food offer.

Here we try to reel off more than a business that goes back, not the past century, but the nineteenth to not feel so disoriented if you want to undertake in this area or, simply, you want to eat in one of them. In the end, We are talking about more than 100 years of experience we can learn something.

The need for fast food and street arose at the same time were forming big cities. It happened in Japan, with those carts selling sushi, also in New York with wheels pushed carts through the streets selling food since 1691.

The history of food trucks in the United States goes back many years. Mobile canteens and street food have been part of the eating habits of Americans since the late seventeenth century, when they can be found in many large cities of the East Coast. Since then, hawking trucks have taken a back seat to the world of street served American food and, now, They are part of a food revolution in progress.

In the XIX century, food carts had two important developments. The first is that They became essential for jeans with 'Chuck Wagon’. A rancher in 1866 he prepared to move a lot of cattle across the desert, so there was no way to get food. So Chuck, so he knew the farmer, He mounted a box for storing utensils and condiments. The meals were simple but comforting.

On the other hand, in big cities the old trams that fell into disuse preyed to improvise small cafes. Some even decorated in period style vintage. These restaurants were losing their wheels and became famous diners. The trucks They evolved by leaps and bounds in the twentieth century. In 1936, the brand Oscar Mayer began selling its products in sausage-shaped cars and in 1950 the first ice cream makers emerged trucks.

Sausage vendors used to sell their products outside the dormitories of students at major universities in the eastern United States as Yale, Harvard, Princeton y Cornell, these cars became known as 'dog wagon'.

This type of business has found its boom early twenty-first century. For 2004 had already been created even Vendy Awards, awards to the best Food Trucks, the Oscars of these businesses. Even, last year the film was released Chief Jon Favreau. In the film, Carl Casper is a chef who loses his job for refusing to accept the demands restaurant owner. So begins a project to sell food in a truck with his ex-wife and his best friend. Movies about food trucks, prizes for the best food trucks, It indicates that this is a trend.

Meanwhile, the Comidista, in one of his articles, explains in it was in the year 1872 when Walter Scott came up I could sell pastries and sandwiches on the streets of Providence (Rhode Island) in a horse cart. In the nineteenth century US restaurants closed at eight pm and, Besides, so Walter could go where their customers were. This explains Richard J. S. Gutman, director and curator of the Museum of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence and one of the greatest experts in the world food trucks Jordi Luque, author of the article. As it is obvious, Carriage horses were displaced by the engine of a truck and the idea spread to other cities and supply sophisticate. In 2008, Kogi's Roy Choi conquered Los Angeles with Asian barbecue tacos, hito que, in the opinion columnist, marks the birth of food trucks current.

In Spain the furor erupted in mid 2013 and did so with the characteristics of a gastronomic bubble, “haphazardly but with excess moderneo and intrusiveness”, in the words of The Comidista. There are currently no shirt or beard hipster not dirty at some food truck very cuqui some festival. In Spain these caravans often go behind a hipster clientele which does not happen in the United States.

In summary, three-minute video about the history of these 'food trucks’ who they have been serving cheap food from the time of transporting livestock in the American West:

Here 30 samples bakeries or bread truck between 1930 Y 1950: (Vintage Everyday)

Between thirty and fifty, in those days when housewives were ordered milk and baked goods, drivers of this union are those delivered in uniform. Bakeries sent vans door to door offering American average rate half century which children nationwide were raised.

Bread truck Mrs. Karl, about 1940

Pan-de-walnut-de-butter-with-your-truck

Butter pecan bread with his truck

The home where was born the nut bread butter

The home where was born the nut bread butter

Bread Dugan and his van

Bread Dugan and his van.

pan van de Cassou, decade of the 50

pan van de Cassou, decade of the 50

Truck fleet Mary Jane, decade of 1950

Truck fleet Mary Jane, decade of 1950

Truck-de-pan-de-Sunbeam,-decade-de-los-50

Sunbeam Bread truck, decade of the 50

Milk-Fischers-in-the-decade-de-los-40

Fischers milk in the early 40

pan drive Bond, decade of the 40

pan drive Bond, decade of the 40

Bricker bread truck, decade of the 40

Bricker bread truck, decade of the 40

Bricker bread truck, decade of 1920 and early 1930

Bricker bread truck, decade of 1920 and early 1930

Weber bread van

Weber bread van

Stocks bread van, 1935

Stocks bread van, 1935

Bricker bread van

Bricker bread van

Bond van bread, gasolinera Deep Rock

Bond van bread, gasolinera Deep Rock

Dugan bread truck, Pelican Island, New Jersey, aprox. mid-decade 1930

Dugan bread truck, Pelican Island, New Jersey, aprox. mid-decade 1930

Furgoneta de pan Pepperidge Farm

Furgoneta de pan Pepperidge Farm

Fleet of vans Pepperidge Farm bread

Fleet of vans Pepperidge Farm bread

Furgoneta de pan Wards Tip-Top, John Longwood, 1947

Furgoneta de pan Wards Tip-Top, John Longwood, 1947

Welsh bread van, Virginia City, Nevada, September 1958

Welsh bread van, Virginia City, Nevada, September 1958

pan Furgoneta J.J. Nissen, pan Holsum, Portland, Maine, decade of 1950

pan Furgoneta J.J. Nissen, pan Holsum, Portland, Maine, decade of 1950

Paul pastel car, subway, Ontiaro, Canada, about 1952

Paul pastel car, subway, Ontiaro, Canada, about 1952

Bond bread van, approximately 1940

Bond bread van, approximately 1940

Bread van Taystee, furgoneta Chevrolet Step, approximately 1959

Bread van Taystee, furgoneta Chevrolet Step, approximately 1959

Schaible bakery truck, Easton, PA, about the end of the decade 40, of the early 50

Schaible bakery truck, Easton, PA, about the end of the decade 40, of the early 50

Royer bread van, Denver, PA, approximately 1941

Royer bread van, Denver, PA, approximately 1941

Ford Panel Van, Burry cookies, about early 40

Ford Panel Van, Burry cookies, about early 40

Chevrolet Panel Van, bakery van Juction City, Oregon, approximately 1935

Chevrolet Panel Van, bakery van Juction City, Oregon, approximately 1935

Furgoneta Ford Delivery, Food products of the brand Castleton, approximately decade of the 40

Furgoneta Ford Delivery, Food products of the brand Castleton, approximately decade of the 40

We know that when we embark on a successful business food truck It does not depend solely on aesthetics, although it must be a pretty important detail when there are companies that have emerged on this basis. They seek or are with old vans and are responsible for its restoration for cooks, Caterers, the entrepreneurs can rent or buy. Vintage Food Trucks is one of them.

Vintage Food Trucks se define como la primera parada que debes hacer antes de montar tu negocio de catering móvil. Ellos encuentran y seleccionan esos vehículos vintage únicos para satisfacer las demandas específicas del cliente. Restauran, rehabilitan, implementan el servicio mecánico e instalan una cocina profesional de excelente acabado, todo según su página web. Una vez completado este proceso, se aseguran de que es entregado sin problemas a este ‘puerta a puerta’ que necesita el cliente.

Por otro lado, pero sin desviarnos de esta línea, nos encontramos a Rufina e Hijas, sus furgonetas se pueden amoldar a cualquier formato de evento o celebración bajo dos formatos. Rufina e Hijas te alquilan sus furgonetas y tú puedes hacer con ellas lo que desees, dentro del orden público y las buenas costumbres. También te ofrecen alquilar la furgoneta y junto con ello te ofrecen a un cocinero, barista o pinchadisco. En el primer caso, con Vintage Food Trucks estábamos refiriéndonos a venta de furgonetas. En el segundo caso, alquiler.

De todas formas, observando los modelos que estas dos empresas nos ofrecen, retrocedemos al pasado. Dos de los modelos más utilizados para lograr el estilo vintage son la Citröen HY y la conocida Volkswagen T1.

Aunque también se suelen emplear las Metro Van o las Renault Estafette:

Y no se puede decir que esto no nos remonta a otros tiempos sino recordemos esta imagen:

Carro de pastel de Paul, Metro Van, Ontiaro, Canada, alrededor de 1952

Aún así, estilos de food truck hay muchos:

Los americanos: esos que tanto hemos visto en series y películas, los clásicos camiones aparcados en las aceras.

El remolque futurista: la caravana Airstream sigue impresionando por mucho que pasen los años. En la actualidad muchas están preparadas para convertirse en food trucks.

Caravanas clásicas: antiguas caravanas que han visto mucho mundo, o no, adaptadas para servir comida con estilo bohemio.

Autobuses: son útiles tanto los llamativos autobuses amarillos americanos, ‘school bus’, como los clásicos londinenses de dos alturas. Algunos hasta adaptan la parte superior con mesas y sillas, por lo que se convierten en cafeterías rodantes, cuidado con servir el vaso demasiado lleno.

Camiones: modernos, militares, de bomberos…

Furgonetas: las furgonetas de siempre perfectamente adaptadas

Carros de caballos de elegancia británica:

¿Has decidido el estilo de tu food truck? Existen tantas variedades e ideas como permisos y homologaciones se te puedan ocurrir. Si quieres más ideas, aquí te dejamos un link para ayudarte a decidir o que te cueste un poco más. Suerte y ¡a rodar!

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Periodista con Máster en Comunicación Digital. Curiosa desde que nació. Siempre con un cuaderno y un libro en la mochila. Le fascina investigar sobre temas novedosos e interesantes relacionados con el Social Media Restauranting. De Burgos, concretamente, Salas de los Infantes.

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