NPR: Politics of Street Food

By on Friday, August 27th, 2010

Ahn Joo food truck. © Guzzle and Nosh

In the true spirit of NPR (Nothing Perfunctory or Repeated), affiliate station KCRW in Los Angeles is bringing a wide-ranging basket of food topics to the breakfast table on Good Food with Evan Kleiman. Tomorrow morning at around 11 am PT, among subjects ranging from Armenian food to Gravenstein apples, add food fights to the itinerary. Toque’s West Coast editor Elina Shatkin reports:

“Nowadays in Los Angeles, you can find luxury loncheros selling almost any cuisine or food you could want: Korean, Brazilian, Jamaican, Filipino, South African, Vietnamese, vegetarian, even kosher.

With this new wave of “gourmet” food trucks moving into middle-class business districts and neighborhoods, the conflict between brick-and-mortar restaurants and mobile eateries is at an all-time high. The Los Angeles City Council, led by councilman Tom LaBonge, is looking at ways to regulate–and possibly severely hamper–the way these trucks do business.

Why is it that in Los Angeles, a city with thousands of traditional taco trucks that have been roaming the streets for decades, this tiny segment of trucks is causing so much conflict?”

Look for our full report in early September.

Written by Erika Kotite

Erika Kotite is an editor, writer and owner of Toque.

11 Comments

  1. Don't miss NPR's Good Food program tomorrow morning. Toque's ed. @elinashatkin reports on food truck wars in LA: http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  2. I'll be on Good Food @KCRW tmrw (11am) discussing the class politics (among other things) of LA's food truck wars http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  3. RT @elinashatkin: I'll be on Good Food @KCRW tmrw (11am) discussing the class politics (among other things) of LA's food truck wars http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  4. estarLA says:

    Catch @elinashatkin on Good Food @KCRW tmrw 11 AM discussing class politics (+other things) of LA food truck wars http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  5. Mrs. Mista says:

    RT @elinashatkin: I'll be on Good Food @KCRW tmrw (11am) discussing the class politics of LA's food truck wars http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  6. Jessica Ritz says:

    Lkg fwd! RT @elinashatkin I'll be on Good Food @KCRW discussing class politics (among other things) of LA's food http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  7. Tune in! @elinashatkin will be on Good Food @KCRW tmrw (11am) discussing class politics of LA's food truck wars http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  8. RT @LATimesfood @elinashatkin on Good Food @KCRW tmrw (11am) discussing class politics of LA's food truck wars http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  9. RT @latimesfood: Tune in! @elinashatkin will be on Good Food @KCRW tmrw (11am) discussing class politics of LA's food truck wars http://tinyurl.com/2bw8p7h

  10. Danie Fish says:

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  11. Hanna Garth says:

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