One thing that remains "essential" during social distancing is that we all need to eat.
Festival food vendors might not be able to bring their businesses online like their artist, crafter and musician counterparts, but many have found ways to bring their businesses out to their neighborhoods and feed families. And so many others are trying new things to stay afloat during COVID. We wanted to highlight many of our food vending members who are doing just that."Oh My Pizza Pie" in Austin, TX
offered buy one get one free pizzas. The free pizza was for anyone that could use it in this crisis time like Healthcare workers, people out of work, & older people who can't leave home. "People would drive through, put money or check in a box (we didn't make change to avoid handling money) and get the pizzas without getting out of the car. This was posted and shared many times on facebook and was successful."Garden Garlic Seasoning owner Lauren Falcione
in Broadview Heights, OH is now selling her goods wholesale to grocery stores.
"My seasonal gelato business will start in May with home deliveries using the food truck for small groups of people. Not sure when the festivals and food truck gatherings will start back up, so trying to downscale my audience with private orders." - Coppa Magica Gelato - Kathryn Kelley, Portsmouth, ME Ah’Leisha Cole (Ah’Leisha’s Cookie Co. LLC) in Prairie Village, Missouri
is baking from home and delivering or shipping items to customers relying heavily on her Facebook page. Kona Ice of Boulder's Christopher Geurden
in Erie, CO is driving around neighborhoods with his shaved ice truck.Gold Swan Lemonade
owner Brian H. Self
in Wake Forest, NC is offering Street Vending and has incorporated online ordering & delivery.Mother Truckin Pizza Food Truck owner Kellie Ride
in Jacksonville, FL is serving neighborhood family dinners from our food truck. They've added online pre orders that allow for designated pick up times to aid in social distancing.
Partnering with brick and mortar businesses is a popular option. Gess What’s Cookin owner Dave Gess in Naperville, MN
did just that. "Found a local spot with one of our Breweries, We are actually doing decent as a few of our local restaurants were closed."Stargazers Gourmet, Starla Gade in Corvallis, OR
: "Updated web site, created some specials, a few regular events promoting vendors. Local delivery & still donated about $2000 worth of fudge to several folks helping our community. So much better than throwing it out." The Cruisin' Chef, Alanna Lieber in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
: "We began creating "Heat & Eat" meals for people to preorder or pick up 3 days per week. These are full meals that simply need to be warmed in the microwave. They are delicious and just like a homecooked meal without the effort. We also designate 1 day each week for home delivery within our area for those who can not, or are afraid to, get out. We wear protective masks and gloves when in contact with any customers. The price of the meals includes tax and is a flat rate of $10 each so change is minimal. We keep all incoming cash separate and hand wash it each evening in hot soapy bleach water, rinse individually and lay out to dry. Our card reader is sanitized between each customer and we now accept checks. For days the truck is setup, we are drive through only and one of us goes out to each vehicle to take the order and deliver. Again, protective gear is worn at this time. Keeping our customers safe and fed are our top priorities." Jay Stafford of California Cuisine
in Cameron Park, CA is building a website that will offer custom spices and herbal blends.
To all food vendors getting creative and trying new things right now, our hats are off to you!
Keep truckin', and cooking up good ideas! Thank you.