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Daily Dining News: Food Trucks, Restaurants Reach Agreement

Mobile food vendors and brick and mortar restaurants met on Friday and have hammered out a tentative agreement to allow the two to thrive in the city, reports Catherine Enfield on Munchie Musings.

Currently the situation is that trucks can only be at a street location for 30 minutes at a time. They have not been allowed on private property at all - even if the owner gave the O.K.

The City has been split into zones. There is a long swath through the Grid of J, K, and L streets.  In that zone they can stay 1.5 hours and must be 400 feet from another restaurant. The rest of the Grid and City is 2.5 hours on the street, with distance differences per zone.

Regarding private property, they can now go (with owners permission) for 5 hours total and no truck can return to that location for 72 hours. If there is a special event, there can be waivers.

Here's the one I have been championing since the beginning - food pods! There will be a pilot of up to 5 food pods throughout the City. For those unfamiliar, it's like a food court for trucks.

Read the entire post on Munchie Mushings and a clarification in a subsequent post. Video via Fox 40.

More News:

A few thoughts on extraordinary ice cream at Ginger Elizabeth - Just the other day, I tasted one of the greatest ice creams I've ever had. The flavor? Lemon custard with Graham crackers and blueberry jam, $9 for a pint at Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates (1801 L St. #61, Sacramento). In the past, I've praised many things about this small midtown business -- the macarons, the hand-crafted chocolates, and the incredible ice cream sandwiches. And I've told you about the proprietor, Ginger Elizabeth Hahn, who has been named one of the top 10 chocolatiers in the country by "Dessert Professional Magazine." Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Mangia – from the creators of Paesanos – to replace Java City in Midtown - A new cafe from the owners of Paesanos is scheduled to go into the old Java City spot at 19th and Capitol by the end of the month. Mangia – Italian for “eat” – is going to be a different concept from Paesanos, with counter service and an assortment of coffee drinks, sandwiches, salads and other food items, Director of Operations Dana Scarpulla said. Brandon Darnell in Sac Press.

Celebrate cheesy day with burger battle - On National Cheeseburger Day, which is Sept. 18, Raley Field will be the site of a local burger cooking contest. Rodney Blackwell, the blogger behind the serious hamburger review site, is organizing the event as a fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will go to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Mark Anderson in Sac Biz Journal.

Restaurants and marketing part III: The Eatery in West Sac - Which leads us to our focus today - The Eatery in West Sacramento. It's a newcomer on the culinary scene that has made its mark and is beginning to carve out its identity as a place with seriously good food that doesn't take itself too seriously. When I reviewed The Eatery (very favorably) eight months ago, marveling at one point about the size of the double burger and the now-famous (or infamous) "Disco Fries Ryan," the owners responded by offering to create a wall of fame for anyone who ate the double burger and fries in a single sitting. Not only was the contest fun (and potentially life-threatening), it led to more positive publicity. I ended up interviewing the first victor, Ryan Newbold, who turned out to be a great guy (who promptly went on a diet after his out-sized eating achievement). Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.

Audio: Food Friday With Kitty O'Neal Featuring Drizzle Cupcakes - We all love cupcakes...they have risen wildly in popularity in recent years. And as you know, they're not the kind you make out of a box mix and put in a muffin tins....cupcakes today come in a variety of flavors and designs. One local online cupcake business -- Drizzle Cupcakes in Rancho Cordova -- is so good and creative the baker is competing in Cupcake Wars on television's Food Network! And he's got a charity event attached to his competition. Rob Porter is the owner and pastry chef of Drizzle Cupcakes. On KFBK.


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