Food Truck Frenzy: Another Festival Announced

Another food truck fest is coming to Stereo Live in Houston on Nov. 9.

Click here to see a slideshow from the food truck fest held at Stereo Live in May.

2Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis Jerry Naunheim With themed dinners like Dr. Seuss Night and Low Carbon Diet Day, WashU is at the top of their game in terms of dining hall entertainment. This university takes the extra step to make sure their students are not only satisfied with what their dining services offer, but also what they can get from it. By hosting more than five events per week, including interactive cooking classes and chef demonstrations in Studio 40, its clear that providing their students with a top-notch dining experience is a major priority for the school. Under Bon Appetits management, WashU features dishes like orange pork stir-fry, an exemplary fresh fruit bar, and deliciously satisfying barbecue, not to mention the Bears Den stocked with two carefully tended tandoori ovens. And if that wasnt impressive enough, their dining service program is completely committed to sustainability: turning their wasted oil into biofuel, composting food, and only sourcing their ingredients from local vendors. With facilities like these, its easy to understand why students at WashU have so much school spirit. 3Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech Virginia Tech is no stranger to landing at the top of collegiate food service rankings. Through their award-winning dining plan, this university showcases outstanding dishes like polenta with spicy vegetables, Buffalo chicken pizza, and whole-wheat pasta with sun-dried tomatoes.

9. Following the success of a food truck fest at Stereo Live in May , event producer NightCulture Inc. announced Wednesday that the facility will host another next month. The Nov. 9 event at 6400 Richmond Ave. will bring together 20 of Houston’s most popular food trucks, including favorites like Chi’lantro BBQ (featured on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel), LadyBird Food Truck (winner of CultureMap’s best grilled cheese sandwich) and The Waffle Bus (also featured on The Food Network and one of the official 2013 SXSW food trucks). All food trucks will feature at least one $3 signature item in addition to their regular menus. Tickets are $12. There will be no charge for children 12 and under. Meanwhile, another food truck event a Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival, featuring 35 food trucks a will be held Oct. 11a13 at Houston Community College’s Southwest campus on the 610 loop near the Southwest Freeway. Haute Wheels’ $16-per-day ticket doesnat cover food but does include $5 of beverage coupons and a $1 donation to the Houston Community College Foundation. An adults-only kickoff party a aTruck or Treata a will be held Oct. 11 with a costume contest and a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Tickets are $20, or $30 for a VIP option.

UPDATE 2-Global food prices fall to 3-year low, FAO trims crop forecasts

“There is still some room for prices to go down but not significantly,” said FAO senior economist Abdolreza Abbassian. “Anything that happens now on the negative side could push up prices again,” he said. FAO is due to hold a second ministerial meeting to discuss food price volatility at its Rome headquarters on Oct. 7, with 40 ministers expected to attend. Its first meeting last year was organised to tackle the third spike in grain prices in four years. Even though prices have fallen from their peaks, FAO said it wanted to hold another meeting as markets were still vulnerable to supply shocks. The agency said it had slightly trimmed its forecast for world cereal output in 2013/14 to 2.489 billion tonnes, 3 million tonnes lower than a previous estimate, but still 8 percent higher than production in 2012. It cut its forecast for world wheat output to 704.6 million tonnes from 709.8 million, mainly due to poorer prospects for the South American crop. Excessive moisture is also hampering the harvest in the Black Sea region and affecting planting for 2014, Abbassian said. He added that exportable supplies in major wheat exporters were tighter compared with last year, so any production problems could have a strong impact on international prices. World cereals stocks at the close of seasons ending in 2014 are now seen at about 559 million tonnes, down 2 percent from a previous estimate in September, though still 12 percent above their opening levels. FAO’s price index hit a record peak of 237.9 points in February 2011, when high food prices helped drive the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

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