Hot dog, hot dog! We had a great episode of Hot Dog Vendor Radio and Street Food Vendor TV last night. I was joined by Jason Brown (Love Food Truck Company) and we answered some questions about the street food business from current and future business owners. Can I Start a Food Business Without a Cart? and more... Here are some of the questions we covered in this street … [Read more...] about Street Food TV / Hot Dog Vendor Radio #160
How do street food vendors stand the heat? Open food carts are exposed to the sun and weather, and you need to consider things like that when you're planning your street food business. Even an enclosed food truck or food trailer can get really hot inside, because you don't have the benefit of catching the breeze. Often, enclosed food trucks have exhaust systems that suck out … [Read more...] about How to Work the Hot Dog Cart in the Heat
Howdy, hot dog slingers and street food vendors! We had another great episode of Hot Dog Vendor Radio and Street Food Pro TV! Hot Weather Vending Cart Tips I received an email from a street food vendor with questions about working in the heat. How do you work over a hot food cart during the summer and stay safe and cool? I shared some tips here. Topics in today's street … [Read more...] about Hot Dog Vendor TV/Radio #159
If you have a hot dog cart and want to take your business and profits to the next level, you might consider adding lobster rolls to your menu. This doesn't have to be a regular part of your menu, but works great for special events, "limited time" specials or catering opportunities. With a great recipe and great buzz, you can bring in lots of money doing lobster rolls. Get a … [Read more...] about Lobster Roll Recipe Preview
Hi folks! If you have wondered what it's like to run a food truck, there's no better way to find out than to go behind the scenes with a pro. Jason is a top notch street food entrepreneur, and I got inside his food truck to see how it works. You can see him serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and pulled pork nachos to customers. It's amazing! From taking the order to food prep and … [Read more...] about What’s It Like to Work a Food Truck?
I had a great time doing this week's show from pro hot dog vendor and caterer Jason Todd Brown's house! We teamed up to answer questions about street food vending and running a successful hot dog business. Some of the topics we covered: How to find a commissary How to start a street food business selling prepackaged snacks Making your own chili and root beer from … [Read more...] about Hot Dog Vendor Radio/TV #158
So you're selling hot dogs, working hard to make your business succeed. Do you wonder what you could be doing to make more money? Maybe even while working fewer hours? How to Keep Records the Easy Way I know nobody really enjoys the paperwork part of running a hot dog cart. Well maybe somebody likes it, but most people don't. Heck, most people probably would rather scrub … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t You Keeping Records?
Hey, folks! Here's the latest episode of Hot Dog Vendor TV/Radio. I love helping hot dog vendors, caterers and street food pros! I have some great questions for this show. Here are some of the topics I cover. What about serving Kosher hot dogs? How about a cart with just a sink and counter for drinks? Selling lemonade can make big money What does it mean if my local … [Read more...] about Hot Dog Vendor TV/Radio #157
Lots of people dream of starting a business and taking control of their lives. I love it when I can be involved in helping a motivated, hard-working entrepreneur get started in the street food business! How Chef Jose Got Started Selling Hot Dogs Here's an interview I did with Jose, who is an executive chef working 6-7 days and about 70 hours a week. Listen to him explain … [Read more...] about How to Start a Hot Dog Cart with Almost No Money
This is one of my top questions just about every day: Which hot dog cart should I buy? Let me give you a quick explanation of this important decision! How to Choose a Hot Dog Cart Things to consider: Steam table space Bells and whistles What you think you want vs what you really need Don't get cart accessories you can't use or can't get approved Watch the … [Read more...] about Which Hot Dog Cart Should I Buy?