The quick answer is YES. Some people might think this is a no-brainer, but others may not have given much thought to it. How to Succeed as a Street Food Vendor In this video, I talk about how you represent yourself as a business person. It may not seem politically-correct, but it's true. How you look can affect your street food business. Not only that, but a few bad … [Read more...] about Does Your Appearance Affect Your Business?
What do you do when your local health inspector says you need something expensive and unnecessary? This happens frequently for hot dog carts and mobile food vendors, and I have some thoughts on the subject. How to Explain Things Nicely When Health Inspector is Wrong This case is from a vendor in California, but the information can be used by street food vendors and … [Read more...] about Ben Educates California Health Inspector
Ben's Walking Chili Dog Walking tacos are a crowd pleaser and have a huge profit margin. I love the ease of serving because I can make 3 to one of these to a Chicago Dog. No ripped buns, no waste, just fun in a bag with lots of profit. The walking chili dog is easy and very profitable too. I used the above and will provide links to where I purchased everything. You … [Read more...] about Walking Chili Dog
Mini Sin Dip Hot Dog "Eat these on Saturday and repent Sunday morn'n" I love mini hot dogs for multiple reasons but one vendor recently shared how she's gone mini dogs all the way. You can get a premium price which increases your margins. You know White Castle or Krystal burger chains right? Well, for about 22% of the cost they sell a burger that for the larger size and … [Read more...] about Serving Mini Hot Dogs And Buns
CAN YOU RUN A HOT DOG CART AT AN INTERSTATE REST AREA? Hey, folks! I just love answering questions about the mobile food business because I meet so many interesting people, and if I help a few find success along the way... It makes my day! In the last live Q&A episode, we covered topics such as: How to set a price on walking taco or Frito pie? Which hot dog … [Read more...] about #146 Hot Dog Cart At An Interstate Rest Area?
Howdy howdy! One thing about street food vending that can seem hard is finding a commissary. A commissary is a commercial kitchen, because most places don't want you using your home to prepare food and stuff for the public. But how do you find a commissary, and how do you ask permission to use it? Here's How to Ask To help you figure out what to say, I'm sharing a script -- … [Read more...] about How to Ask to Use Somebody’s Commissary
Keep Chili Hot Without Burning Hi, folks! I got a question about the best way to keep and serve chili from a food cart. There is more than one way to do it, but I wanted to share my preferred method. Chili can be tricky sometimes, because you need to keep it hot, but not scorch it on the bottom. So watch this video for my advice. More Answers and Ideas for Food … [Read more...] about How to Keep Chili on Cart, Popcorn and more
Howdy, folks! Every day, I get dozens of phone calls, emails, and messages, from people with questions about hot dog carts and the mobile food business. Some of them are basic questions that are easy to answer. But some of them are really personal and heart-wrenching. I got one of those today from a fellow who needs a way to make ends meet. It's never easy to hear a story like … [Read more...] about Full Time Income Working Part Time
Hey, folks! Welcome to Street Food Vendor TV/Radio #147! Questions About the Street Food Business? I had a great time talking about hot dog carts and mobile food vending. It's always fun helping people learn more about the business. Here are some of the topics I discussed with the street food vending community: Who to ask about setting up a food cart on the … [Read more...] about #147 Getting Permission To Vend On Roadside
Today we have some hot dog cart wisdom from top dogger Michael Wood, aka Duggs Doggs! What Items are Needed on a Food Cart (that you never think about): Here are some things you might not remember until you need them! Consider adding them to your prep list. Salt and Pepper for customers. (People ask for this all the time) Hot Sauce for the customers to use as needed. … [Read more...] about Don’t Forget These Cart and Catering Essentials