Often I wonder how many new food trucks are hitting the road, on any given day, for the first time. When I am out visiting food truck operators I will occasionally ask them what they think. The answers have varied from as low as 1 to as high as 25. Not at all a scientific analysis but it would mean that the industry is growing at a pace of 365 to 9125 mobile food vendors per year. Last week I happened upon two of those new food trucks. On Monday in Providence the Sprout Vegetarian Food Truck rolled up to Brown University for its first lunch service. Not only was it their first day of service but Sprout is the first vegetarian truck in Providence. By our estimation there are roughly 100 or so trucks/stands/carts in the country specializing in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. I am sure the progressive Providence patrons will be happy that Providence now has its own vegetarian truck in Sprout. Sprout is operated by Ayla who is committed team of partners that are bringing original, fresh, tasty, vegetarian offerings to the streets of Providence. I thoroughly enjoyed the tofu pot pie.
On Tuesday Sweet Tomatoes Pizza Truck hit Boylston St. in Boston for day 1 of many. It is hard to imagine that in the city the size of Boston that Sweet Tomatoes is the first pizza truck, and this is not just any pizza. The pizza truck is run by the team of Elysha, Justin, and Hedy, and uses the same pizza recipes at the three bricks and mortar shops by the same name. Admittedly I am a bit of a pizza snob always looking for the perfect thin crust pizza with just the right amount of crunch. Sweet Tomatoes delivered (well at least through the window), a perfect slice of pizza!