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sarahbonf May 20, 2014 09:34 AM

Hi everyone,

I am a high school junior from Somerville and I am doing a project on food trucks in Boston.

My teacher told me this was the place to go, so hopefully I am not being a bother.

I know about a few of the trucks from visiting them with my dad, and I have read the online schedule, but I am looking for a few suggestions on the ones to check out.

I have been to Clover, Roxy's, Bon Me, and Mei Mei.

I am looking to find a few trucks that won't find talking to me annoying (I plan on emailing, not approaching during hours).

Thank you for any help you might be able to give me!

Sarah

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    TimTamGirl RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 09:55 AM

    Hi Sarah,

    What an awesome project! I don't know enough about the people who run the food trucks to be able to say who'd be most willing to talk to you, but a good way to find ones that interest you might be to hit up some of the places that host multiple food trucks at once, such as SoWa every Sunday or the Greenway sites Monday-Saturday. This would allow you to see a lot of them at once, see what aspects of them appeal to you and/or are most suitable for your project, and come up with a longer list of trucks to contact.

    1. Small Plates RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 10:02 AM

      What a great project. Best of luck in your research - you sure have a fun topic. Here are a few links that may be of help - the Boston Food Truck Schedule: http://tinyurl.com/BFTruck and another website - Hub Food Trucks, that covers the food truck scene: http://hubfoodtrucks.com/

      Good luck! I bet anyone you approach will be more than willing to help you out. Food people are generally generous with their time and their help! :)

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        BostonZest RE: Small Plates May 21, 2014 03:26 AM

        I would also contact Steve who runs the Hub Food Truck site. He is a great guy and knows as much about the Boston food truck scene as anyone. I'm sure he would meet you at a truck if you could match a time.

        You might also want to interview someone from the City for that perspective.

        Naturally you will have to pick slow times to talk with the operators. These people work flat out when the lines form and at places like SOWA.

        Penny
        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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        Gordough RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 10:32 AM

        You might be interested in this very recent thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9747...) that contains a link to a NY Times article that states that food trucks have their origins locally.

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          devilham RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 10:43 AM

          I have found almost all the truck vendors to be incredibly friendly and talkative, I don't think you'll have a problem there. As far as trucks to check out, I am fond of the Chicken and Rice guys, Tenoch Movil (always super busy though, might want to contact them directly via their facebook page and see if you can't nail an interview), and Clover (who have always been chatty, so I'd bet you'd get some good info from them). Good luck, hope you get an A!!!!

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            sarahbonf RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 03:54 PM

            Hi!

            Thank you so much for the suggestions.

            I looked at the list and these are the ones I am most interested in but I do not know anything about them: Moyzilla, Sweet Tomatoes, The Bacon Truck, and Stoked Pizza?

            I have to write about the use of social media in my paper so I hope I am heading in the right direction.

            I have never eaten at any of these but my dad said he will take me to any of them next week!

            Thank you everyone,
            Sarah

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              CportJ RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 04:04 PM

              An interesting angle might be to compare those who've gone from truck to restaurant (Bon Me, Mei Mei, Roxy's) with restaurants that have started a truck (Redbones in your hometown, Sweet Tomatoes, Captain Marden's, Zo).

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                Parsnipity RE: CportJ May 21, 2014 11:31 AM

                Pennypackers- also a Somerville truck-to-bricks and mortar example

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                  maillard RE: Parsnipity May 22, 2014 01:59 PM

                  The Pennypackers guys are also super friendly and chatty. At least they were the one time I was at their truck.

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                CportJ RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 04:07 PM

                I think Clover's truck came first, but they have so many locations now that I can't remember. It's funny, it wasn't very long ago.

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                  C. Hamster RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 05:01 PM

                  The sweet tomatoes people that I have encountered on their truck are super nice. They have 3 restaurants in Newton/Needham.

                  The Bacon Truck is ironically based out of a health club, at least for right now. My gym, the Boston Athletic Club in Southie. But I've never tried it.

                2. jgg13 RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 04:17 PM

                  You might consider sending the trucks you're interested in a note on Twitter. If they're interested in chatting, they'll respond.

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                    mvi RE: sarahbonf May 20, 2014 04:54 PM

                    GREAT project. Consider going to a place like Dewey Square just after the lunch hour rush. You'll find many of them assembled in one place. It could make things more efficient for you. Definitely contact them ahead of time.

                    I think you should film your interviews. I'd watch them.

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                      crimsonca RE: mvi May 21, 2014 05:58 PM

                      The People that run own the dining are very friendly, you could try them.

                    2. C. Hamster RE: sarahbonf May 23, 2014 01:00 PM

                      The Bacon Truck guys are here at my health club cooking up a storm of bacon.

                      I chatted with them (Sam and JJ ) and I asked them if they would answer your questions and they said SURE! Contact them through the "contact us" feature on their website.

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                        CportJ RE: C. Hamster May 23, 2014 01:05 PM

                        That doesn't sound like the best place to sell bacon.

                      2. greygarious RE: sarahbonf May 23, 2014 01:14 PM

                        I suggest you consider interviewing the customers, too.
                        Of course you'll have to ask, politely, if they'd mind assisting you in your project. And talk to them while they're on line, not while they're eating. Make a list of questions to ask each responder, including whether they patronize the trucks on weekends, during the work week, or both. Are food trucks their choice for workweek lunches, and if so, where did these people eat before the trucks came to the area. You might also talk to brick-and-mortar eateries in the vicinity and ask how the trucks have impacted THEIR business and bottom line.

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                          allfti RE: sarahbonf May 23, 2014 09:04 PM

                          If I can assist you in any way let me know. I own www.foodtrucksin.com

                          1. tatsu RE: sarahbonf May 24, 2014 11:23 AM

                            I know a Harvard student who did exactly what you are doing for her senior year thesis. Could put you in touch.

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