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Food Trucks Sun Apr 01 2012

Tiny Tots to Take Over Loop Monday


Hard at Work at Tiny Tots' Prep Kitchen.

As office workers spill out of buildings in search of a quick lunch on Monday, the newest addition to the food truck community will be opening for its first day in business. Will it be empanadas? Korean barbecue? Cupcakes?

No. This truck will sell grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And it won't be a truck--this business runs on Big Wheels and Radio Flyer wagons.

Tiny Tots, the brainchild of Matty Jeffries and Katrina Bell, is the first child-run mobile food service in Chicago. Jeffries and Bell, who met in second grade at a suburban elementary school, saw a missing option in the burgeoning food truck scene: simple food delivered by a simple mechanism that doesn't waste gas and cleverly circumvents current food truck laws. On a test run conducted earlier this week, Bell pulled a wagon of her wares down a West Loop street, her dog Rufus at her side. "Mac and cheese bites, five dollars!" she yelled, as people approached her wagon, dollar bills in hand. After one hour, she had sold out, hardly to her surprise. "My mom makes good food," she said. Tiny Tots' future plans include using locally grown produce for their taco lunch platter, as well as opening a lemonade stand.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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