Elliot Maras
Elliot Maras is the editor of KioskMarketplace.com and FoodTruckOperator.com.

A mission to help leads a Texas family into mobile food

A mission to help leads a Texas family into mobile food

Starting a food truck has been an intense educational experience for a Texas family with no prior foodservice background. Entering their third year, Steve and Nanette Hutto have decided to take an active management role.

How Garbanzo's first food truck helps establish the brand in St. Louis

How Garbanzo's first food truck helps establish the brand in St. Louis

Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh launches its first food truck in the St. Louis area, tapping the services of an existing food truck operator who was also a former Garbanzo employee.

How a DJ launched a food truck business

How a DJ launched a food truck business

Having always worked as his own boss, food truck operator Keith Hill offers an excellent case study in entrepreneurial ambition.

Washington State food trucks fight for exemption from commissary requirement

Washington State food trucks fight for exemption from commissary requirement

The proposed bill supported by 12 state lawmakers would allow a mobile food vendor to be granted a variance to the requirement if the food truck has the same capability as a commissary kitchen.

Mudslides still snag Southern California; support needed for food relief

Mudslides still snag Southern California; support needed for food relief

More mudslides are expected in Southern California because many of the hills in the area were scorched by fires that burned the vegetation that would have absorbed much of the water from the rains. Relief efforts are being handled by the local food bank and government agencies.

'Grocery on wheels'  makes its debut

'Grocery on wheels' makes its debut

Self-driving vehicles that deliver fresh produce and allow consumers to place orders via an app and then physically pick their own produce could be the long-sought answer for online produce delivery.

Influencer of the Year: Keith Hill, I Love Bacon

Influencer of the Year: Keith Hill, I Love Bacon

Keith Hill believes the food truck industry is becoming more competitive and needs more educational resources to help entrepreneurs succeed. This is why he participates in industry building activities, including sharing his expertise with others.

Technology, social media topics lead top 10 stories in 2017

Technology, social media topics lead top 10 stories in 2017

Stories about social media and technology tools were the most-read articles in 2017, the inaugural year for Food Truck Operator. An analysis of the 10 stories reflects a variety of concerns as the industry continues to expand at a rapid pace.

Food trucks in pro-bitcoin New Hampshire city begin to accept cryptocurrency

Food trucks in pro-bitcoin New Hampshire city begin to accept cryptocurrency

Keene, New Hampshire, a pro-bitcoin community, already has its second mobile food vehicle that will accept bitcoin, a digital currency that is growing in popularity.

Specialty beverage truck finds healthy demand for nitro coffee, bubble teas and more

Specialty beverage truck finds healthy demand for nitro coffee, bubble teas and more

Entrepreneur Doug Hildreth found a big market for a host of niche beverages such as nitrogen-infused coffee, bubble teas, craft sodas and shaved ice in his New Hampshire town.

From food truck to 5 restaurants: one entrepreneur's story

From food truck to 5 restaurants: one entrepreneur's story

While a commissary gave David Choi the venue for his first restaurant, his food truck experience gave him the skills needed to prepare and serve food to customers efficiently and profitably.

Seoul Taco: A food truck entrepreneur success story

Seoul Taco: A food truck entrepreneur success story

A passion for food, combined with a desire to improve his lot in life and a little luck propelled David Choi, the son of Korean immigrants, to launch Seoul Taco, a small chain of restaurants and food trucks.

Chefs' inspiration: Personal experience drives the process, but other factors enter the mix

Chefs' inspiration: Personal experience drives the process, but other factors enter the mix

Menu development is a team effort consisting of culinary, financial and logistics input. A balance is needed for a menu item to succeed.

Foodservice leaders describe best practices for managing social media challenges

Foodservice leaders describe best practices for managing social media challenges

Managing social media messages is an evolving challenge for foodservice operators. A recent panel highlighted how some proactive companies are addressing the task.

Franchise or company owned stores? Successful followers of both models offer insight

Franchise or company owned stores? Successful followers of both models offer insight

The question of whether or not to franchise weighs heavily on the minds of foodservice establishments that must consider the benefits and challenges of offering a turnkey program to entrepreneurs versus having more control via expanding with company owned stores.

Investing for growth? Veterans flag top priorities

Investing for growth? Veterans flag top priorities

A panel during the Fast Casual Executive Summit at the Nashville Omni explored the questions management should ask before investing in growth initiatives.

Dickey's, Quiznos, Firenza execs: Cloud technology gives a lift, but needs advocates

Dickey's, Quiznos, Firenza execs: Cloud technology gives a lift, but needs advocates

Cloud technology enables companies to respond faster to market changes and empowers employees to perform better, but change doesn't come without pain.

Restaurateurs: 'Don’t hesitate to offer mobile payments'

Restaurateurs: 'Don’t hesitate to offer mobile payments'

While mobile orders represent a minority of orders, panelists said the ratio is shifting in their favor. A panel of restaurateurs tackling the issue at the Fast Casual Executive Summit drew an overflow audience.

'Three 15s': Career paths vary, but success requires risk and commitment

'Three 15s': Career paths vary, but success requires risk and commitment

Speakers at the Fast Casual Executive Summit demonstrated the importance of taking risks to discover their own unique attributes, and to commit themselves to personal growth.

How foodservice leaders predict global menu trends

How foodservice leaders predict global menu trends

Menu experts predict global menu trends at this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit.

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A mission to help leads a Texas family into mobile food