Category archives for: Birmingham

Birmingham, AL: A New Food Truck, a New Barbecue King, a Chef Leaves; Here’s your Birmingham Food Beat Week in Review

Zoe's Kitchen, the fast-casual Mediterranean-style restaurant chain that was founded in Birmingham, had a big opening day on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. (AP photo/Richard Drew)

Another food truck hit the streets, one of Birmingham’€™s rising-star chefs moved away, and the Alabama tourism folks crowned a new state barbecue king.

Birmingham, AL: Food Trucks Hit Speed Bump at the Birmingham City Council

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This week, the Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance that establishes a general operating permit fee for food trucks, creates “food zones” where trucks can set up, requires that the trucks be parked at least 150 feet from existing restaurants, and limits the hours of truck operation from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with some exceptions.

Birmingham, AL: Birmingham City Council Delays Food Truck Vote Due to Council President Maxine Parker’s Illness

Customers line up at the Cantina on Wheels food truck during the Trucks by the Tracks benefit at Railroad Park in September. (Tamika Moore/tmoore@al.com)

The issue of how to regulate Birmingham’s growing food truck scene has been simmering at Birmingham City Hall since July 2012, when some restaurants complained the trucks and push carts were taking away their business.

Birmingham, AL: Feast on Food Truck Fare at Trucks by the Tracks in Birmingham’s Railroad Park

People line up for food at the Trucks by the Tracks food truck festival, Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Railroad Park. (Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com)

Organizers have worked to improve on last year’s festival by increasing participation and blocking off 1st Avenue South. Many vendors have backup plans for when food inevitably dwindles

Birmingham, AL: Food Trucks Return to Birmingham’s Railroad Park for 2013 Trucks by the Tracks festival

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The food trucks are rolling back into Railroad Park on Sunday for the second Trucks by the Tracks festival.

Birmingham, AL: New Food Truck Aims to Encourage Healthy Eating

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The idea of a food truck is popular in Birmingham, especially for the middle-of-the-day, lunch crowd.

Birmingham, AL: Food Truck Fresh Off the Bun Plans kitchen near Railroad Park

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Food truck Fresh Off the Bun is one of the tenants slated to lease space in the Tillman-Levenson Annex Building near Railroad Park, owner Brad Wardlaw told me today.

Birmingham, AL: Grilled Cheese and More from Melt Birmingham

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According to the self-described “cheesy chicks,” it is the cornerstone in the partnership between Pizitz, a certified matchmaker with experience in her family’s frozen-yogurt business; and Reis, who co-founded and helped run the restaurants Ocean and 26 for 10 years

Birmingham, AL: UAB hosts Food Truck Festival to Celebrate National Nurses’ Week

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It was part of a food truck festival to celebration UAB nurses during National Nurses’ Week

Birmingham, AL: Shindigs Catering, The Food Truck Folks, To Open Lunch and Juice Counter at Downtown Birmingham YMCA

The new Shindigs Juice Cafe will serve lunch at the downtown branch of the Birmingham YMCA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. (Photo courtesy of Shindigs Catering)

Shindigs Catering, the always-on-the-go catering company that runs the popular Shindigs food truck in Birmingham, will open a lunch and juice counter starting today at the downtown branch of the YMCA.