The Food Truck Scholar

The Food Truck Scholar

The Food Truck Scholar Podcast is where food, business, and stories collide. Each episode host and academic scholar Ariel D. Smith peels back the cultural, social, economic, and political layers of the food truck industry. From Food Network contestants and former bank executives to self-trained and formally trained chefs- The Food Truck Scholar Podcast introduces you to entrepreneurs from all walks life that are ready to feed your mind with tips to start your own food truck, stories that fill your heart, and tempting meal options to fill your stomach.

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October 19, 2021 48 min

As a food truck owner and entrepreneur, scams are everywhere- In person and digital. On Monday, I hosted a free webinar on protecting yourself again in person scams like counterfeit money and quick change schemes through programming led by Regions Bank. It was during that webinar food truck owner Narissa Saint Fleur shared her experience and questions around cyber hacks that led to me doing my own research on the topic and phone ca...

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The words “vegan,” “plant based” and “dairy free” have become buzz words in the food industry, but they often come with misconceptions about what they are and are not. And furthermore, while many of you have become cognizant of serving your vegan customers, you may be leaving out some great customers- those who are gluten-free. Lucky for you, there’s a doctor in the house that knows all about it and is here to explain it all to you...

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Today’s guest has been part of The Food Truck Scholar fam for a while, but we finally got the chance to connect, and hopefully soon I can try some of his wings with orange soda sauce!

Romeo Calloway is the owner of Pop Ups Mobile Kitchen in Bear, Delaware and has been steadily growing his brand through pop ups and catering as he works his way to a food truck.

In this episode, Romeo shares his experience about navigating the hospitali...

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Less than 10 episodes remain in season 3– can you believe it?!

We’ve had some amazing guests on the show this season and still have a few more stories to bring your way, but today, I felt it was important to update you on some exciting news that’s happening internally that will be great resources for you! Including our collaboration with Regions bank to host a free webinar on Monday October 18th

Thank you EatOkra for being our Season...

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The food truck industry is full of many challenges and losses that aren’t always talked about. But even more important are the ways many are able to rebuild from the ashes. Today’s guest has literally done just that. Asia Iqui is the owner of Iqui’s Chicken and Tacos in Indianapolis, Indiana. Last year, I reached out after her food trailer caught on fire to learn what happened and next steps. With the support of family and communit...

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Todays guest is a Canadian food historian and academic researcher that is out here living one of my dreams, collecting stories about food in a food truck!

Dr. Janis Thiessen is a History Professor at the University of Winnipeg and a principal investigator for the Manitoba Food History Project.

Today we talk about the importance of oral history and making research interactive and engaging with people at all levels within and beyond th...

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Happy Labor Day!

Now some people may like smash burgers that are all nice and thin, but for me, there’s only one way to make a burger- Thicc. Luckily, Jay Wolfe agrees with me and created Thicc Burger, a roaming burger joint that gives each customer a taste of home and a burst of flavor.

Jay has traveled the country showcasing their Thicc Burgers at popups and is now ready to roam the streets in a food trailer they are raising funds ...

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Many times when we talk about the food truck journey we focus on going from Truck or trailer to brick and mortar. But what about those who started out as home chefs and caterers who could potentially have a food truck coming to a city near you? Today’s guest is someone I’m extremely proud of because he’s a former student and colleague that is making a difference in the food scene and honestly everywhere he goes. Nadim Sammur, found...

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The Food Truck Scholar Podcast doesn’t just introduce you to your foodie cousins across the country but your family around the world. From Switzerland to Canada to Australia, the Philippines and everywhere in between folks from all over have been tuning in and sharing their stories this season with  more to come. Today’s guest is currently based in the UK but hasn’t forgotten his Brooklyn roots. John Lashley and his son Leo are the...

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I’m in the 205 at the urgent request of my baby brother and bonding time with my sister so it’s only right we rewind and bring back one of my favorite Birmingham food trucks that aren’t just poppin and making a name for themselves, but are poppin with a purpose. Tanesha Sims Summers is the founder and CEO of Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn company. With Tanesha and her husband Clem, you can count on freshly popped gourmet popcorn that...

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For many of us, access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and food products are something we take for granted. For many in the United States, neighborhoods that have no grocery store in walking distance, access to mostly processed foods and poor quality fruits and vegetables is the norm. Prosperity Market is out to change that. Stating with Los Angeles and then the Nation, founders Carmen and Kara have a vision for what a society could l...

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+1 (205) 478-5374:Today all roads lead back home to the 205. Aye this one has been a long time coming. I had this food truck back in 2016, went to their first brick and mortar a couple of years later and late last year, I sat down with the owner right before they opened their second location. I’m talking about none of than Zebbie Carney, owner of Eugenes Hot Chicken.

Zebbie has been making moves since day one in the food truck a...

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Now I have had a few guests on the show that go way back with me in terms of The Food Truck Scholar, but this guest even goes beyond that for me. Justus McGee is the owner of SoulFresh Springrolls in Durham, NC and earlier this year we sat down to talk about our journeys together, his transition from the classroom to the curbside, and the impact of Covid on his business. Soon after Justus closed his food truck due in large part to ...

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Now y’all know if there’s one thing about me, I’m going to find a food truck and all it’s cousins: food truck trailers, food carts, food buses, food 18 wheeler trucks, food pods, you name it! 

Well today, I’m bringing to you a guest I met last year that introduced me to a new possibility for the first time on the show: a food boat. Mark McGuire built his own food boat and became a trailblazer in North Carolina and is part of the fir...

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July 12, 2021 28 min

Today, I’m sitting solo at the mic- actually I’m in my car since I’m working out of state, to host a family meeting this episode so I can update the whole TFTSFam on some of the updates and changes coming to not only grow the brand but sustain it

As always, thank you to EatOkra for being our season 3 sponsors!

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Often on this show I talk about the importance of pursuing what you love and my conversation with today’s guest couldn’t capture that more. Farnesther Lafaitey aka Chef Fly is the proud owner of Grits and Things in Atlanta, GA who is known for her signature brunch specials

Today Chef Fly shares with us how she left a career path that was not fulfilling for her to pursue a passion that now is filling the hearts and stomachs of all wh...

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Today's guest is an educator at heart that has definitely made his way through kitchens in many different forms. Chef Steven McIntyre is a culinary instructor based in Birmingham, AL. To some of you, his voice will sound familiar because Chef McIntyre was first introduced to the fam last year during our Black Food Entrepreneurship Webinar Series

This week, we learn about his entry into the industry, benefits of culinary school, ...

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Today’s guest is no stranger to the food truck scholar community. From being a guest on season 1 to a moderator and regular attendee of the all things food trucks club on Clubhouse, Food Network champion Chef Darrell Johnson has been open to sharing his story and his life lessons with the community. Earlier this year we sat down to talk about life after winning season 10 of the Great Food Truck Race and how he’s taking 2021 by stor...

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Next week, June 25th is national food truck day but you know we gotta celebrate all week long right?! The Food Truck Scholar is proud to partner with Roaming Hunger and several other national partners in the food truck community and press all over the nation to celebrate YOU. That’s right, we want to celebrate each and every one of you for making the industry we all love so special. Whether you’re open for one day or the whole week...

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People often ask if I have been to every truck from the podcast, and my response is always “not yet.” While work and school are demanding by themselves, I make it a goal to visit as many as I can, no matter how far down the line it is

And that’s why I’m excited to share an episode I originally released two years ago in season 1 with Nikeisah Newton, owner of Meals for Heels in Portland, OR. Nikeisah gained national attention for be...

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