Food Truck

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The Meatball Truck from Rochester was voted the best food truck during the penultimate day of the New York State Fair.

The Meatball Truck beat out 17 trucks from across the state to win the People's Choice Award in the Taste NY Food Truck Competition. Trucks were allowed to serve a sample of one item during the competition, and voters chose the truck's meatball in a cup entree. 

In this show, we look at the food truck scene in western New York. It's growing, but there is a near-constant debate over what is appropriate. Cities like Portland have a permanent food truck culture; cities like Rochester continue to discuss how many food trucks should be allowed to operate, and where. We'll hear from food truck operators Lizzie Clapp and Katie Conroy, plus we'll hear from Brett Burmeister of Food Carts Portland, a site that covers the Portland, Oregon food cart scene. We will also preview upcoming events, and hear from Rochester lawmakers on where they stand.

On this edition of Need to Know Rochester:

  • Current community-wide efforts to alleviate racial disparities and structural inequities in Rochester
  • A round-table discussion on the rising food truck craze in Monroe County and the potential impact of a new food truck pilot program in the City of Rochester
  • World-renowned sculptor Albert Paley takes WXXI inside his studios as he creates his latest work which will be installed on Park Avenue in New York City