How to start a food truck in Memphis

Taylor Berger, president of the Memphis Food Truck Association, has submitted a detailed answer to Quora about how to start a food truck in Memphis. It’s here.

Here’s an excerpt:

Here’s a baseline summary of costs to help you decide which type of vehicle to use for your concept. Here’s a summary:

A brand new, built-from-scratch custom food truck can easily cost $150,000+ by the time you buy the truck, a generator, equipment and build it out to code.
A brand new trailer will cost substantially less. Fully equipped and built out you will spend around $60,000. Of course, you also have to have a truck to pull it.
Used trucks and trailers are available online. As with anything used you generally get what you pay for and don’t have the advantage of full customization for your concept. On the other hand this is definitely fastest way to get rolling!

One of the first things you have to decide is whether to use a truck or a trailer (with a truck). The primary advantage of truck is its ease of mobility. You can parallel park, and get to places a trailer can’t. Plus you fit more closely everyone’s idea of what a “food truck” is supposed to be. The advantage of a trailer is that it’s usually less expensive, and if your engine breaks down you can still get out on the road, as long as you’ve a friend who will let you borrow his truck.

Another really important consideration is whether the vehicle has the space and structure to handle all the wiring and plumbing and ventilation systems that are going to have to be installed to meet code. This is one of the primary reasons the most common food trucks are large “bread box” style trucks or heavy-duty rectangular trailers.

A music festival, and a food truck rodeo

Blue Tom Records, the University of Memphis’ student-run record label, is hosting a festival featuring prominent local and student acts next month.

The festival – April 6, with music starting at noon at the University of Memphis Memorial Field – is free and open to the public. Headlining the festival are Star & Micey and Fast Planet. The event also will feature a student performance competition.

For more info, here’s Blue Tom Records on Twitter.

Meanwhile, The Overton Park Conservancy and the Memphis Food Truck Alliance are presenting a food truck rodeo every Sunday this spring and summer.

Trucks will be on the East Parkway side of the park, and vendors will change regularly. Confirmed for March 24’s rodeo, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., are Fuel Food Truck, Tamale Trolley and Quincy’s BBQ Food Truck.

New free event series at Playhouse

Playhouse on the Square is introducing a new free event series.

It’s the “Four Seasons Cocktail Series,” free happy-hour events that coincide with the changing of the seasons. The theatre is hosting cocktail parties in honor of a different nonprofit each time, and the first will honor Project Green Fork this Wednesday (March 20).

The events will include light hors d’oeuvres and a special cocktail created just for the event. They’ll be at Playhouse and from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Happy birthday to Nibletz

Happy birthday to Nibletz, the tech news site headquartered in Memphis which celebrated its first birthday at South by Southwest in recent days.

The Nibletz team has been busy at SXSW this year, already having published 40 stories at the time of this writing, with a few dozen more still being prepped, shooting 100 videos, selling tickets to the next “Everywhere Else” conference in Memphis, and a lot more.

The Nibletz team will be on the road for the first part of 2013 and wrapping up a book that will be released at the end of this year. The road trip has included visiting more than 60 cities attending startup weekends, incubators, accelerators and anything else startup-related.

Bon Ton Cafe adding dinner soon

In Downtown restaurant news, Bon Ton Cafe is adding dinner items soon.

They’re asking for suggestions, if there’s anything specific you want them to add like steaks, pasta, kids items, etc.

Dansette

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