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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 is defined as the first stop you should do before assembling your mobile catering business. They find and select those vehicles vintage only to meet specific customer demands. Restauran, rehabilitan, implement the mechanical service and install a professional kitchen excellent finish, all according to their website. After completing this process, They ensure that it is delivered seamlessly to the 'door to door’ the customer needs.

On the other hand, but without deviating from this line, We are Rufina and Hijas, their vans can conform to any format event or celebration in two formats. Rufina and Daughters they rent their vans and you can do with them what you want, within the public order and decency. We also offer to rent the van and with it offer a cook, barista or pinchadisco. In the first case, with Vintage Food Trucks were referring to sale of vans. In the second case, rental.

Anyway, observing the models that these two companies offer us, go back to the past. Two of the most commonly used to achieve vintage style models are the Citroen HY and the famous Volkswagen T1.

Although also often they use the Metro or Van Renault Estafette:

And you can not say that this takes us back to other times but remember this picture:

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

Even so, Styles of food truck there are many:

The Americans: those who have seen both series and movies, classic trucks parked on sidewalks.

The futuristic trailer: Airstream caravan continues to impress as much as the years pass. At present many are prepared to become food trucks.

classic caravans: ancient caravans that have seen much of the world, o no, adapted to serve food with bohemian style.

bus: They are useful both American flashy yellow buses, ‘school bus’, how London classic two heights. Some even fit top with tables and chairs, so they become mobile cafes, beware of serving the glass too full.

trucks: modern, military, firemen's…

vans: vans always perfectly adapted

British horse carts elegance:

Have you decided the style of your food truck? There are many varieties and ideas as permits and approvals you can think. If you want more ideas, Here we leave a link to help you decide or that costs you a little more. Luck and rolling!

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aythami Pérez

Journalist Master in Digital Communication. Curiosa since birth. Always with a notebook and a book in the backpack. Fascinated investigate novel and interesting topics related to Social Media restauranting. Burgos, specifically, Salas de los Infantes.

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