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Hello one and all!

 

My name is Boots and I'm 'new' here.  I am at best an armature cook so I have a lot to learn.  I recently started a food cart here in NYC and I find myself coming here because when people discuss things on forums and I see it I learn whats good or not.  So far I've learned I should just not get that griddle brick I was going to get. I've also learned how to get the rancid out of my cast iron skillet (baking soda... who knew!?!) so thank you Chef Talk!!!

 

I'm from California originally and spent 12 years with Uncle Sams Misguided Children (USMC) and after settling down here in NYC I found I wanted to be my own boss, and since I love food and could get a permit for a cart I decided to get started in the business. 

 

Its a family operation with me on the griddle and deep fryer and my wife being that outstanding customer service cashier component so overhead is quite low.... we just need to do and learn and do and... well you get the idea:)

 

well ta ta for now!!!

 

Boots

post #2 of 7

Welcome to Chef Talk Boots!

Just want to thank you for your service.

Thanks to you I can continue to live the American dream.....

Best of luck re your food cart.

 

mimi

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Thanks to a promise from the State of New York in 1894 I can get a food cart in the biggest city in the nation!!! I am truly humbled.  I didn't get into it for anybodies gratitude but I do love folks like you who see what I did as a good thing, and appreciate it. 

 

This message is for everyone who has ever thanked a Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States of America:

 

I, a Veteran, am truly humbled by your gratitude because of my service to this Nation.  Your thanks means that the sacrifice that I made was not in vein.  It means that the next generation of people who decide to do violence for those Americans who sleep peaceably in their beds at night will not be forgotten.  It means that those who have already done what I have will always be remembered for their commitment to this country and its ideals!

 

Boots

post #4 of 7

Welcome! What a cool story and thank you for serving the good ole' USA in the service. Tell us more about your food cart what are you selling how is it going for you and how long have you been at it now?

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post #5 of 7
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Well my food cart is called "The Foodie Cart" and this name came from me and my wife living in New York City and loving all the great food around us... we thought of our selves as 'Foodies' so of course when it came time to run a food cart we called it what it is!!!! 

 

We decided to serve a verity of street food from around the world.  We are starting with German street food.  We currently serve Bratwurst for lunch with 2 types of stoneground mustard/sour kraut/caramelized onions  and a slightly German twist on an American style breakfast (bratwurst egg and cheese on a challah roll).  Our menu is limited because the space we have to deal with is limited.  Our next street food could be from China or Italy.. who knows.  For now we are going to get really good at German.  We will slowly add currywurst, schnitzel, and spaetzle to our current menu over time.  (we'll get good at bratwurst then start currywurst, get good at that then start.. well you get the idea). 

 

Our business is in its 3rd day.  The 3rd day saw us turn a profit for a day(not for the entire start up) so this is great and took a lot of stress off my wife who worries about business.  I can see when we become very efficient we could make even up to 1000 a day or more doing this.  

 

I feel as though I'll learn a lot on this forum:)

 

Boots

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Well my food cart is called "The Foodie Cart" and this name came from me and my wife living in New York City and loving all the great food around us... we thought of our selves as 'Foodies' so of course when it came time to run a food cart we called it what it is!!!! 

 

We decided to serve a verity of street food from around the world.  We are starting with German street food.  We currently serve Bratwurst for lunch with 2 types of stoneground mustard/sour kraut/caramelized onions  and a slightly German twist on an American style breakfast (bratwurst egg and cheese on a challah roll).  Our menu is limited because the space we have to deal with is limited.  Our next street food could be from China or Italy.. who knows.  For now we are going to get really good at German.  We will slowly add currywurst, schnitzel, and spaetzle to our current menu over time.  (we'll get good at bratwurst then start currywurst, get good at that then start.. well you get the idea). 

 

Our business is in its 3rd day.  The 3rd day saw us turn a profit for a day(not for the entire start up) so this is great and took a lot of stress off my wife who worries about business.  I can see when we become very efficient we could make even up to 1000 a day or more doing this.  

 

I feel as though I'll learn a lot on this forum:)

 

Boots


I am sure there are lots of inquiring minds on CT who would love to keep up with your progress....

Maybe you can start a thread in the Food and Cooking forum?

 

mimi

post #7 of 7
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Mimi,

 

I will certainly look into it:) any advice or help I could get at this point would be great:) In-fact I'll go over there right now and get it done!

 

Boots

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