The history of AshevilleFoodTrucks.com

When I first started tracking food trucks, there were only about 5 or so in Asheville.  Now there are more than 60.  Wait a second - let me reiterate:  there are more than 60 mobile food vendors.  I believe that all mobile food vendors need to be tracked.  Don't you want to be able to find Sunshine Sammies?  Anyway ... I got tired of trying to track down the awesome food trucks for myself and found out that the domain names AshevilleFoodTrucks.com, AVLFoodTrucks.com, and WNCFoodTrucks.com were all available; so I bought them!

Let me try to explain what drives me in my work life.  Like most people my main motivator, when it comes to work, is MONEY.  But other motivators include food, entertainment, and happiness; not necessarily in that order.  Let me give you some examples of past jobs:

  • Bartender - I worked as a mixologist 'back-in-the-day'.  That job provided all four of the work motivators:  money, food, entertainment, and happiness.  (Why the hell am I not doing that, still?!)
  • Theater manager - I've been  an assistant  manager at 3 different theaters over the decades.  Those jobs provided food, entertainment, and happiness.

"Why do you do this?" - When I would first introduce myself to the food truck owners to tell them about the website and what I was doing, most of them where very suspicious.  'He says he doesn't want money.  Why would this freak spend his own money and time to track our trucks?'  The reason I do this is because I have mad respect for what these guys and gals do.  They hole up in a hot tin can and produce amazing food which is better than most brick-and-mortar restaurants!  So the main reason I do this is to help them out.  I will admit that, if they insist on feeding me, I will not turn them down; but that has never been a requirement for my services.  I have never asked for food, and I never will.

Advertising  

When I first started doing this, it was relatively easy.  It only took about 15-minutes a night and the website only costs $10 a month; so I secretly thought, 'If I get 2 meals a month and I can help these guys out - everyone is happy.'   But now that there are over 60 mobile food vendors, I am spending abut 10 hours a week on the site!  I still do not want to ask the owners for money.  These guys have to worry about fixing broken trucks and making a living, and I want to make life as easy on them as possible.  A world without mobile Peruvian, Cajun, gourmet grilled cheese, etc. would just plain suck!  I've written a lot, so let me get to the point:

Advertising is now available on the website.  It's pretty affordable and you'll reach over 3,800 people a week (and constantly rising).  So; buy some advertising, reach a lot of food lovers, and help a brother out.  The short term goal is to make enough money to pay for the website and some of my time.  The long term goal is to make the website more mobile friendly and eventually turn it into an app.  

Food will always be appreciated.

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AuthorKevin Jennings

Do you love food trucks?  Do you love live music?  I've got a prediction for you:  From Thursday to Sunday at the WNC Agricultural Center, there will be a perfect storm of food truck awesomeness and live music!  

1Luv Food & Music Festival is happening Thursday - Sunday at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road.  Click on the poster below to buy tickets and learn more about the line-ups:

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AuthorKevin Jennings

How much do you love the website that lets you know where and when your favorite food trucks will be?  Show it by going to the Media section and voting for AshevilleFoodTrucks.com in the Local Website category!  

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AuthorKevin Jennings

One of the many perks of running this site is that I get to recommend and introduce people to some of the finest food trucks in WNC!  Many times a week, I have people contact me to help them find mobile food for their private parties or events.  One of the first questions they ask me is, "How many food trucks do I need?"  While the answer is not always cut and dry, I refer them to an article written by EricW of FoodTrucksin.com - How Many Food Trucks To Hire? - Useful Tips!  You can read the entire article at the link provided, but here are a few key paragraphs:

Number of trucks that should attend an event:  Often mobile food vendors will recommend that you have one food truck for every 200-300 attendees, if the event is focused around eating. If it is not primarily an “eating” event, that ratio should be closer to one food truck for every 400-500 attendees. For food trucks to have a successful event they need to average at least 40-60 customer per hour. This number can vary depending on numerous factors, but when deciding on how many food trucks to have at your event, make sure to think not just about the overall number of attendees, but also the number of attendees you expect to actually eat over the course of the event. 
Attendance estimates:  Mobile food vendors will often begin ordering and preparing for large events days in advance.  Food trucks work hard to prep and have the proper amount of food for the number of attendees they expect to feed.  As the event date approaches, it’s important for the organizer to communicate to each truck whether the expected number of attendees has gone up or down from the original estimate. Providing these updates a week in advance and 48 hours in advance are the ideal times to do so.
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