Vincent Van Doughnut Scores Wholesale Deal with Straub's

       Vincent Van Doughnuts. | Brian Marsden

Vincent Van Doughnut (@vinvandoughnut) -- the doughnut food truck -- is still angling for a bricks-and-mortor location, but starting February 21 it will be sold in Straub's Markets (multiple locations) across the city on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. That means you don't have to track down the mobile shop to score a delicious doughnut.

See also: Vincent Van Doughnut Truck Debuts Nov. 16

We talked to owner Brian Marsden about the collaboration and what it means for the Vincent Van Dougnut van, a.k.a. Clyde.

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Vincent Van Doughnut Truck Debuts Nov. 16

       The French toast doughnut. | Brian Marsden

Vincent Van Doughnut, the latest food truck on the scene, is officially on the street. As we reported earlier this year, the truck will serve both sweet and savory doughnuts -- on the go.

See also: Vincent Van Doughnut Hits the Road in October

Though a little later than planned, the van -- lovingly named Clyde -- has two corporate bookings this week, not to mention some television engagements.

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Guerrilla Street Food Truck Raising Funds for Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant

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Guerrilla Street Food needs a forever home.
After two years, many accolades (including a Best Food Truck award from Riverfront Times) and a Diners, Drive-ins & Dives episode, the owners of Guerrilla Food Truck say they're ready to get off the truck and plant their feet firmly on the ground with a brick-and-mortar location.

"We've reached critical mass with what we can do with one truck," says co-owner Joel Crespo. "It just made sense. It was the only thing to do."

So, the owners have started an IndieGoGo campaign and are asking their fans to consider dropping a few bucks in their cap so they can build their dream restaurant. OK, maybe more than a few bucks: The goal is $115,000.

See also: Review: Guerrilla Street Food's fresh Filipino fare bucks every St. Louis food-truck trend

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How Do St. Louis Food Trucks Survive the Winter?

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Collars up at Shell's Coastal Cuisine | Jennifer Silverberg

Tonight the final Food Truck Friday of the season takes place at Tower Grove Park and to fete/mourn the occasion, trucks are arriving a little early. At 4 p.m. beloved food trucks like Completely Sauced, the Sweet Divine and Lulu's Local Eatery will dispense their portable eats. At 7:30 p.m., they'll pack it in for summer 2013.

Which got us to wondering -- what happens to the food trucks once the last petal drops off summer's flower? Do they, like snowbirds, flee to warmer climes? Do they gorge themselves on berries and nuts before retiring to a secluded garage to hibernate?

We called up a couple fan favorites to find out how they plan to spend their winter.

See also: Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: October 4 to 6

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Comes to St. Louis

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       Serious business. | Jerry Ferguson via Flickr

Your favorite phallic-shaped vehicle is in St. Louis! One of the six Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles rolled into town this weekend and is making a stop at Schnucks Des Peres (12332 Manchester Road; 314-965-3094). The six Wienermobiles are competing against each other in a cross-country trek.

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-The Seven Best Hot Dog Stands in St. Louis
-Study by Hot Dog Company Finds that Most Americans Enjoy Hot Dogs
-Try the St. Louis Nacho Crunch Dog at Tonight's Cards Game

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Bombay Food Junkies Hits Kickstarter Goal for Food Truck

So, yeah, maybe there's something to this whole using-Kickstarter-for-your-new-restaurant plan, after all.

Bombay Food Junkies, a vegetarian Indian food truck start-up, reached its Kickstarter goal of $5,000 last week. It is the third recent local success on the popular crowdfunding site: Katie's Pizza & Pasta raised over $40,000 toward the Katie's Pizzeria Cafe spinoff, while Strange Donuts surpassed its $10,000 goal with two weeks remaining in its campaign.

See Also:
- Bombay Food Junkies Truck to Bring Vegetarian Indian Street Fare to St. Louis
- Strange Donuts Hits Kickstarter Goal Early, Announces Opening Date
- Katie's Pizza & Pasta Reaches Kickstarter Goal

Gut Check is always hungry for more restaurant news. Feed us your tips.

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Bombay Food Junkies Truck Nears Launch, Turns to Kickstarter for Decoration Help

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The Bombay Food Junkies truck, unwrapped. (It needs to be wrapped, is the problem.)
Gut Check told you last month about Bombay Food Junkies, a new food truck featuring vegetarian and vegan Indian cuisine. The wife-and-husband team of Krupa and Sid Panchal plan to serve pav, a sandwich-like dish that Krupa told us is the most popular street food in Bombay (or Mumbai, as the city is now known).

The Panchals already have a truck (pictured above). What they do not yet have is a decoration -- the wrap, to use the term of art -- for the truck.

Enter, yes, crowdsourcing.

By which, of course, we mean a Bombay Food Junkies campaign on Kickstarter.

See Also:
- Bombay Food Junkies Truck to Bring Vegetarian Indian Street Fare to St. Louis

Gut Check is always hungry for more restaurant news. Feed us your tips.

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Papa Tom's Fancy Franks Food Truck For Sale

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A reader tipped Gut Check off that the food truck Papa Tom's Fancy Franks (@papatomsff; 314-713-4431) is listed for sale on Craigslist. In fact, there are two listings for the truck: one for just the truck; and one for the truck and the brand.

Gut Check is always hungry for more restaurant news. Feed us your tips.

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Bombay Food Junkies Truck to Bring Vegetarian Indian Street Fare to St. Louis

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Since moving to the United States from their native Bombay, (or Mumbai, as it is now known), India, Krupa and Sid Panchal haven't found anything like the street food they enjoyed in their home city. So the wife-and-husband team are taking matters into their own hands: In the next few months, the Panchals will launch the food truck Bombay Food Junkies.

The truck will be the first foodservice endeavor for the Panchals. "We both are food lovers, we both cook, so we thought 'Why not?'" Krupa tells Gut Check.

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[UPDATED] On the Map: National Food Truck-Tracking Site and App to Add St. Louis This Week

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St. Louis street food is on the map -- Roaming Hunger's map, that is.
Updated January 29: Roaming Hunger's St. Louis food-truck-tracking page went live on Wednesday, January 23, and it seems there are still a few kinks to be worked out.

When Gut Check took a gander at the site this week, only ten of the 30 trucks in town were actually on the map. More trucks are slowly being added (there were five the first time we checked), and there's a Twitter feed on the St. Louis page to inform readers about the locations of trucks that may not be on the map.

What's taking so long?

We caught up with Roaming Hunger's community manager, Ryan Carlin, who says it's all in the way the trucks tweet. The mapping program works by taking location and time info from the trucks' tweets, then placing the trucks are on the map. Even after getting e-mail instructions from Roaming Hunger about the proper way to tweet (there's gotta be an exact address and time, folks), Carlin says, some trucks still haven't caught on, so they're not appearing on the map.

Carlin tells us there've been some technical problems on the site, as well, and that more trucks should be visible as they iron out the wrinkles. Roaming Hunger has learned that it generally takes a new city a couple of weeks to get every truck on the map.

Says Carlin: "We do expect it to pick up."

Original post after the jump.

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