1691 – New Amsterdam (now known as New York City) begins regulating street vendors selling food from push carts.
Mobile Food Carts
A mobile cart unit is a truck, trailer or cart where food or drink is prepared, served or sold. A base of operation must be from a licensed food service facility.
The cart style is determined principally by the type of food and drink to be served. Food carts come in two basic styles:
1.) Carts that allow the vendor to sit or stand inside and serve food through a window.
2.) Carts where the vendor stands next to the cart, while all the room in the cart is used for storage and to house the cooking machinery,
A food cart is a mobile kitchen set up on the street to prepare and sell street food to passers-by. Food carts are often found in cities worldwide selling food of every kind.
A license must be obtained prior to operating. The application and fee are to be submitted at least 10 days prior to an event. The mobile unit must pass an inspection before it can be licensed.
A base of operation must provide: A source of potable water, potable water hoses and clean connections. A method of disposal of sewage acceptable to the approving authority. Clean, adequate, and covered trash receptacles. Refrigerated and dry food storage areas, if needed. Storage area for single service articles.
If necessary, utensil washing facility.
1866 – The Chuck wagon is invented by Charles Goodnight to feed cattlemen and wagon trains traversing the old West.
1936 – Oscar Mayer rolls out the first portable hot dog cart The Weiner Mobile.
1950’s – Ice cream trucks begin selling their frozen treats.
Raul Martinez is credited with opening the first taco truck, in 1974. This connection with the working class persisted, even as workers from Mexico migrated up the coast into what is now California. However, the variety of ingredients available in the U.S. expand the traditional taco in many ways.