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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.

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.

Location:

United States

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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.

Language:

English

Contact:

765-205-1905


Episodes

Season 2 Finale and Season 3 Sneak Peek!

12/30/2020
This is the season 2 finale of the show and I’m so excited to look back on all the great moments we’ve had together and share some achievements you may not know about. I’ll also drop a little bit of the deets for season 3

Duration:00:34:44

Giving Never Tasted So Good: Hip Hop Smoothies

12/21/2020
What’s up, everybody! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from The Food Truck Scholar Podcast!!! This time of year always makes us reflect on the year and push us to really get into the spirit of giving and holiday cheer. And with the year 2020 has been, some of us could use a little cheer and perhaps even a reminder to there is always an opportunity to love our neighbors through giving our time, our talent, and other resources. And I couldn’t think of a better way to end our interviews for...

Duration:00:17:26

USPTO Trademarking Fee Increase

12/18/2020
Fast Friday Tip! If you haven’t protected your intellectual property, you might want to do it soon. Visit USPTO.gov

Duration:00:03:52

Being a Part of the Solution: Lee Lampert and Queen City Food Truck Events

12/7/2020
Well y’all, just one more episode remains before the season finale of the show but don’t worry! Season 3 premieres March 2021 and I’m so excited about all the people you get to meet. If you want to be a guest on the show, stay tuned at the end of this interview for more details. Today’s guest is someone who is solution-oriented and all about advocating on behalf of food trucks. When we sat down to interview in 2019, we had no idea what was around the corner in 2020. The efforts of Lee...

Duration:00:26:58

Exploring Purchasing New Food Trucks: Bob Trewyn & Greg Knox

11/23/2020
I get this question a lot: is it better to buy a new or used food truck? Granted, this answer varies on the person and we’ve had several guests who have discussed purchasing used trucks, but we haven’t tackled the pros of buying a new food truck for those who want to weigh their options. Bob Trewyn and Greg Knox with Russell Barnett Ford of Tullahoma stop by to give us insight on the benefits of purchasing a new food truck, and specifically food trucks built with a Morgan Olson Chassis. We...

Duration:00:38:02

Educational Resources for Food Truckers: Chas Kaplan

11/9/2020
If you’ve been rocking with me since the first season, you’ve probably heard me reference a mobile food conference called the Columbus Mobile Food Conference and Expo I attended last year and all the information I learned there. When I recorded this interview, I was making plans to hop on the road and go back to that conference to collect more gems, but Covid-19 had different plans. Lucky for me and all of you, the conference (now called Learn Mobile Food) has decided to go virtual and I...

Duration:00:52:45

Legal and Business Tips for Food Truckers: Attorney Eric Guster

10/26/2020
Today we have a special guest on the show, attorney Eric Guster, founding attorney of the Guster Law Firm in Birmingham, AL. Guster is known in Birmingham for his commitment to educating the masses, and this episode was actually birthed from one of those moments. There’s been some recent tension between food truck owners, brick and mortar restaurants, and lot owners in Birmingham (sounds like many cities we know doesn’t it), and Eric Guster found himself a part of it but is using the moment...

Duration:00:46:28

Chelsea Rowel: Branding Tips & Strategies During/Post COVID

10/12/2020
For those of you who participated in our Black Food Entrepreneurship webinar series this summer, you are in for a treat! Chelsea Rowel, founder of Culinistics stopped by to share with us branding strategies food entrepreneurs, or as she says foodpreneurs, can utilize to grow and sustain their business in the midst of the pandemic and beyond. With 10+ years of corporate + operational experience, Chelsea has had the opportunity to work with brands that are making waves in the foodservice and...

Duration:00:32:22

Dwayne Thompson: Big Daddy Sauces

9/28/2020
Today’s guest maybe new to the podcast, but not to the The Food Truck Scholar. For those of you who have been rocking with me since my Instagram live days, you may remember my interview with New Orleans native-turned-Alabama resident Dwayne Thompson, owner of Big Daddy Sauces. When I first talked to Dwayne he had already launched a catering company and had his sauce on shelves at the grocery store but now, he’s back with a food trailer of his own and some more news up his sleeve. Today we...

Duration:00:58:28

Phillip Gardner: Danville Public Schools

9/14/2020
Today is a rewind episode where I talk with Phillip Gardner, Director of Child Nutrition Services for Danville Public Schools. The pandemic has changed a lot about school, including the guarantee of a meal for many students across the country during the school year. According to the USDA at the time of the original release last year 22 million children in the US receive free or reduced lunch. This number is possibly higher given our current circumstances. More schools have decided to use...

Duration:00:19:05

Tanesha Sims-Summers: Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co

8/31/2020
This week’s episode is on and popping because Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co is the house representing the 205. That’s Birmingham is representing today so you already know how we do when Bham folks get together. Today, we sit down with the Chief Executive POPhead herself, Tanesha Sims-Summers to learn how she started her popcorn journey, her signature flavors, and lessons she’s learned along the way

Duration:01:01:58

Drew Ballard: Rolling Indulgence

8/17/2020
Today’s guest knows how to serve up mouthwatering burgers in 1950s diner-style food truck that are probably way more decadent than the average diner burger. Take one look at those 6oz patties and no matter what diet you’re on, you’ll be tempted to indulge. Today’s guest is Drew Ballard, owner of Rolling Indulgence and the top 3 contestants of season 10 of The Great Food Truck Race on Food network. Today, I sit down with Drew to talk about not just life on and after the show but to also...

Duration:01:01:22

Adam Vaught: Oops Creamery

7/27/2020
I scream you scream, we all scream-oops??? No, I didn’t make a mistake there. Today’s guest is someone known for taking unexpected mishaps and turning them into delicious ice cream. Adam Vaught is the proud owner of Oops Creamery in Detroit Michigan and the mastermind behind a few ice cream flavors I can wait to get my hands on in this summer sun. Today, we discuss some of our favorite memories with cake and ice cream, a 90s slow jam, and his plan to enter into the food truck industry

Duration:00:54:56

Hope Green: Emojis Grilled Cheese Bar

7/13/2020
This episode of The Food Truck Scholar Podcast is brought you by Bitten Magazine --a collection of lessons and light from experiences in shared community. Digital and print copies are available at chanelbeebe.com Today’s guest is someone I met when I first launch the brand and I’m so excited to have her on the show! Today I’m taking you to Austin, TX to meet Hope Green, founder and CEO of Emoji Grilled Cheese Bar. And though it probably sounds cheesy and cliche, it’s certainly true: Hope is...

Duration:00:40:48

Rick Coleman, Sr: Jackpot Chicken Food Truck

6/29/2020
Today I’m taking you to Cleveland, OH introduce you to a food truck owner who says his chicken so good it’ll make you feel like you’ve hit the lottery! Rick Coleman, owner of @jackpotchickenfoodtruck , knows a thing a two about entrepreneurship. From starting a sports bar, to successfully running a food truck to publishing his first book in the middle of quarantine, Rick has a few pointers about hustling for your business while keeping your personal life afloat. And he wants to share some of...

Duration:00:35:32

Juneteenth with Patrick Lanier

6/15/2020
This week in the midst of everything that reminds the Black community of the freedoms and rights that have not been recognized, as we celebrate Juneteenth this week, we at The Food Truck Scholar will celebrate the freedoms that Black people have fought for and created in spite of the obstacles in front of us. When I think about the guests I’ve had on the show, Patrick Lanier is easily a person who comes to mind who has fought hard to forge a new path for not only himself and his family, but...

Duration:00:32:54

Derek Kirk: soulPhoodie

6/1/2020
Black lives matter. Period. And the state of the Black food and beverage industry matters as we watch the current pandemic change business models practically overnight. Today’s guest has 20 years of experience leveraging consumer insights, analytics, and technology to drive incremental revenue using menu and product strategy coupled with innovative customer engagement. He is none other than Derek Kirk, the founder of Soulphoodie. Soulphoodie highlights the stories and showcases the talent of...

Duration:00:36:22

Ben Hewitt: Smolder BBQ

5/25/2020
Happy Memorial Day to everyone and especially to the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. This is a holiday celebrated with BBQ and while some of you are stuffed from your to-go plate, others are probably looking to catch a plate this weekend too. If you’re in the Greater Lafayette, Indiana area, I got a truck for you. The pandemic may have delayed the start of the food truck season for Ben Hewitt, but the pitmaster of smolder BBQ returned to the scene to provide some...

Duration:00:30:06

Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman

5/11/2020
P. Gabrielle Foreman is the founding director of the award-winning Colored Conventions Project and co-directs the Center for Black Digital Research (#DigBlk). She is a Professor of English, African American Studies, and History at Penn State where she also holds an endowed chair. Buuttttt, before all of that, she was a teenager working on a food truck at the very beginning of the food truck industry we know today. Today, we talk all about how that experience on a food truck and subsequent...

Duration:00:26:04

The State of the Food Truck Industry in Pandemic

4/27/2020
Many of you have asked what trends am I noticing across the country with food trucks after my interview with Deundre Zachery and if I thought food trucks would survive the pandemic. This episode, I address your questions! If you have other questions or comments, call 765-205-1905 to leave a message on my voicemail and I'll play it either on the next show or during an Instagram livestream.

Duration:00:28:12