The Food Truck Scholar

The Food Truck Scholar

The Food Truck Scholar Podcast is a weekly discussion about all things in the food truck industry. Join your host, Ariel D. Smith M.Ed, a PhD student studying the food truck movement in the United States as she discusses food truck civic engagement and activism, ordinances and restrictions, as well as cultural and economic implications of the food truck industry with food truck owners, public policy officials and academic scholars. ... Show More

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October 7, 2019 64 min

oday we going back to The Ville, the 615. That’s right; Nashville is back in the building courtesy of Chef Rae. Chef Rae is the owner of several projects, including Beyond The Fork Food Truck. Today I learn from Chef Rae a few (remember I said that) of the projects she is working on and the importance of being a constant student and hustler as an entrepreneur despite great obstacles. I’m sure her story is going to motivate some ... Read more

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September 30, 2019 36 min

Today’s guest is Nikeisah Newton, owner for Meals For Six Inch Heels in Portland Oregon. Recently, Nikeisah has been gaining attention for not only her healthy and delectable meals, but her activism and volunteer work in the community to support those in sex work industry, Black Lives Matter, the trans community, local farmers and many others. Today, we talk about how it all got started and how she has balanced being on her grin... Read more

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Today’s guest is renaissance woman Kemi Bennings, owner of Food For Thought Cafe in Atlanta. This summer, I stopped by her pop up to try one of her carrot dogs. Now at first I was skeptical but in the end she had me wishing I got the recipe! 

Kemi is a powerhouse in her own right. A creative badass in her own words. Today she shares with me the twists and turns her life took to get her to cooking for legends such as Cicely... Read more

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We can all agree that this summer has been all types of hot and September is proving to be no different. Luckily Paula O’Reilly has some cool treats for us all. Paula is the owner of Oh So Gelato in Charleston, SC and serving creamy chilly goodness in the flavors you expect and ones you wouldn’t. And what’s great is she has amazing flavors for the vegan, gluten free, nut free, and dairy free pallet.

But that’s not all. Whe... Read more

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September 9, 2019 27 min

Today’s guest has been honored throughout New Orleans for serving dishes and education. In fact, Ms Beasley says she serves not food but medicine. Ms Dianna Beasley is the owner of Ms Beasley’s Catering and was gifted with a food truck from Ellen Degeneres a few years ago to continue the work she does in making sure her community does not just have access to healthy meals but the knowledge to prepare them for themselves. Today w... Read more

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Bonus episode! Now usually I don’t hit ya twice in a week, but breaking news sometimes requires breaking rules. 205 is in the building today and we’re celebrating the addition of another truck to the 205 family. Charles and Shirley Wilson are the owners of Smoke on Wheels Grille in Trussville, AL and are making their debut with a soft opening THIS SATURDAY with a block party in their neighborhood you don’t want to miss! Today I ... Read more

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September 2, 2019 42 min

14 years and 4 days from today. New Orleans and it’s people were changed forever when hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005. While the raging waves took much: lives, homes, memories etched in photos, and so much more, the waters could never wash away the spirit of determination, love, art, and soul that those displaced and who could return carry with them every day. It is that spirit that is evident in every dish prepared by ... Read more

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August 26, 2019 38 min

You know, if you’re like me, I need a little extra pick-me-up on Mondays to help me get started. This week, all I had to do was turn on Spotify and listen to the latest Missy and Rapsody and then head to the kitchen and pull out some peach stuffed beignets from the freezer made possible by none of than The Beignet Bar. Last week as I made my way back to Indiana after a trip home to Birmingham, I picked up some of my favorite tre... Read more

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Well it’s the first day of the fall semester for me, but just because the summer has officially ended doesn’t mean the food truck fun has to! We are exactly 2 months away from Trucklandia Food Truck Fest in Austin, TX. Last year, I visited Texas for the first time as a Taste judge for Trucklandia and had a great time!

Today, I’m chatting with the founder Case Erickson, who not only gives me the deets on this year’s fest bu... Read more

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August 12, 2019 58 min

Faith, trust, and food trucks. Today’s guest is a Pastor that is taking going to into the highways and byways to serve others quite literally. Alex Davis is the pastor of Eastside Assembly of Believers in Tacoma Washington and is feeding his community with not only the Word of God but is also feeding them great pizza from the church food truck and feeding business knowledge to those who he employs on the truck who need another c... Read more

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Well it’s back to school season and I’m sure there’s many different feelings about summer coming to an end. While many of us celebrated when school let out for the summer and headed to the closest beach, for many children in the United States, no school May mean no access to a meal. According to the USDA, 22 million children in the US receive free or reduced lunch; however, during the summer less than 4 million are able to recei... Read more

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July 22, 2019 37 min

Today we are going back to Sweet Home Alabama and this time we going to my hometown of Birmingham. That’s right the 205 is in the house courtesy of Chandra James. Chandra is the owner of the Arctic Shack and though she boasts everything from hot dogs, nachos and 21 flavors of snow cones, it’s with funnel cakes that she reigns supreme. Today we talk about these famous funnel cakes, the snow cones and how she walked away from 12 y... Read more

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Although today’s guest is based in Fishers Indiana don’t let that fool you. You may find her and her food bus--that’s right food bus anywhere in the state. Tonya Coleman aka chef TLC caught my attention in Indianapolis with her food bus named Faith and the beautiful graffiti art all around it. Today, we discuss how family and food service industry prepared her for the food bus, why she chose the bus over the usual freight liner ... Read more

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July 8, 2019 63 min

Today’s guest is the first dessert truck featured on the food truck Scholar Podcast. And y’all after being in the hot Atlanta sun all weekend and this 10hr drive back to Indiana, I wish I could get some of his pineapple ice cream right now. Leo Quinto is the owner of la delicioso helado in Raleigh NC. Leo is shaking up the scene by inviting his customers to try desserts Mexican style. Today we discuss family entrepreneurship, tr... Read more

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July 1, 2019 59 min

Today’s guest is originally from Maryland but he and his wife have made Atlanta Georgia home. Carl Johnson and his wife are the owners of Soul Trucking Good and listen I’ve seen pictures of food and I believe that’s an appropriate name. I’ll give a report when I come from the A this weekend. Carl talks with me about the food truck scene in Atlanta, the importance of business reviews, necessity of Mentorship and entrepreneurship ... Read more

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June 24, 2019 57 sec

I'm just getting home after being on the road in Detroit. No episode this week but we have a lot in store for July so get ready!!!!



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June 20, 2019 17 min

Bonus Episode!!!! Detroit River Days is partnering with World's Largest Food Truck Rally this weekend and I'm coming! Here from the director Jon Witz about what you can expect. Hope you can join me!!!



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Today’s episode is a collaboration i have been looking forward to for a minute. All roads lead to Charlotte NC where I get to share the mic with a peer Food Truck expert who is none other than James Williams aka the Charlotte food truck guy.

Today we discuss how James became invested in the food truck industry, popular misconceptions about the industry, business plans vs pitch decks, and a few exciting projects James has u... Read more

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June 10, 2019 43 min

Today's episode celebrates one year of The Food Truck Scholar brand. We're doing a year in review to celebrate all that has been accomplished this year and discuss where we expect to go in year 2.



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June 3, 2019 25 min

On this episode of #TFTSPodcast, we honor the life and legacy of the Queen of Creole Cuisine, Chef Leah Chase who presided over the kitchen of Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans. She passed away Saturday, June 1 at the age of 96



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