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What You Missed at the Second Annual National Street Food Conference... (Assuming You Weren't There)

What You Missed at the Second Annual National Street Food Conference... (Assuming You Weren't There)

The Second Annual National Street Food Conference was held on August 21st and 22nd at Fort Mason Center on the San Francisco waterfront..The event brought together public officials and vendors from Vancouver, New York, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Austin, Madison, Sacramento, Denver and more to talk about the impact of mobile food on small business and small business incubation.

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All conference activities took place at the Fort Mason Center The event began with the "Eat Your Cart Out Brunch," featuring the food of La Cocina participant Azalina's, and Top Chef Master Suvir Saran, and Wise Sons Deli. Sunday sessions were about street food in all its' glory as told by the chefs and writers who know it best, like Gilt Taste Features Editor Francis Lam. Following an afternoon of recounted food experiences.

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Chef Suvir Saran and Azalina Eusope Monday conference attendees were some of the first in the Bay Area to experience delicious tamales from Alicia's Tamales Los Mayas's new cart. The meal was sponsored by Metal Gourmet, a manufacturer of food carts and trailers for the mobile food industry, who also donated the cart for Alicia's business. Monday panels focused more specifically on street food culture: the food and the people that make it, policy and legislation, the economics of street food, and small business incubation.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Second Annual National Street Food Conference on August 21st and 22nd!

The event would not have been possible without the generous support of our presenting sponsor, Union Bank, as well as all the support of Wells Fargo, Avocados from Mexico, Joie de Vivre, Hilton, Purity Organics, Peanuts: Energy For the Good Life, Metal Gourmet, and Fort Mason Center.

Recordings of the sessions will be available shortly on La Cocina's website.

Metal Gourmet™ Assists Aspiring Entrepreneur

Metal Gourmet, maker of high-end mobile food carts and trailers, donates steamer cart to Alicia Villanueva to support the launch of her business, "Alicia's Tamales Los Mayas"

San Jose, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 – Metal Gourmet, Inc., a San Jose-based builder of mobile food carts and trailers, helped make a tamale-maker's dream come true when it donated a custom mobile food cart to Alicia Villanueva.

"We are very excited to see Alicia launch her business," said Jeff Burke, CEO and president of Metal Gourmet. "We appreciate the difficulties of establishing a mobile food business, especially for someone with limited resources, and we see this donation as removing one large obstacle standing between Alicia and her dream." 

Alicia-Leaning-on-CartVillanueva had been making tamales for friends and families her whole life when she decided it was time to turn her passion into a business. The mother of three sometimes sold tamales door to door, but she dreamed of having her own tamale cart. With the assistance of La Cocina, a nonprofit incubator and kitchen that helps low-income immigrant women start and grow food businesses, Villanueva developed a business plan and obtained permits to sell at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza and Off the Grid. 

She was trying to raise money to buy "a great looking tamale cart" when Metal Gourmet stepped in. They had learned about Villanueva from La Cocina, and invited her to visit their San Jose facility to see the steamer cart they had in mind for her.  

"It was love at first sight;" said Burke. "She loved the cart, and was so appreciative she started hugging everybody; I think she even hugged the cart."  
The cart, pure white when she towed it home in July, was emblazoned with the Alicia's Tamales Los Mayas logo in August when she catered the Metal Gourmet-sponsored luncheon at the National Street Food Conference in San Francisco. The slogan on the back of the cart reads: "My tamales are stuffed with love and the best people are stuffed with my tamales."

"I am very proud of my gourmet metal carrito," Villanueva wrote in a letter to Metal Gourmet. "For me, my carrito is very cute, short, nice, and most importantly, very practical. I just love it."

Villanueva will open "Alicia's Tamales Los Mayas" in Justin Herman Plaza in September. Thereafter, she will be found there daily, sharing the food of her native Mazatlan with the people of San Francisco. For more information, visit

About Metal Gourmet
Founded in 2011 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Airtronics Metal Products, Metal Gourmet™ designs, builds and distributes mobile food carts and trailers for the mobile food industry. Metal Gourmet carts and trailers are compliant with California health code and feature NSF-approved components. Metal Gourmet trailers are manufactured by Airtronics, a licensed trailer manufacturer. For more information, visit

About La Cocina
La Cocina is a non-profit food business incubator that provides affordable commercial kitchen space and technical assistance to low-income and immigrant entrepreneurs who are starting, launching or growing food businesses. La Cocina creates avenues for economic self-sufficiency through food businesses and places a priority on women-owned and immigrant-owned businesses. For more information, visit

Silicon Valley Sheet Metal Fabricator Pulls into Trailer Market

Airtronics Metal Products obtains license to build light- medium-duty utility trailers

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 11, 2011- Airtronics Metal Products, a premier Silicon Valley sheet metal design, engineering and fabrication firm, today announced it has been granted a license to manufacture light- and medium-duty utility trailers.

An established supplier to the semiconductor and networking industries, Airtronics has expanded its engineering and manufacturing capabilities to serve customers in the architectural, medical and clean-tech industries, and most recently the growing mobile food market.

“In responding to orders for custom trailers for mobile food carts, we quickly realized we could achieve better quality by building our own trailers than by modifying existing trailers to meet customers’ specs,” said Airtronics President and CEO Jeff Burke. “In addition to trailers for the mobile food market, we are now licensed to build specialty trailers for a variety of uses.”

The company is currently accepting orders for specialty mobile food trailers and other custom light- to medium-duty trailers. Airtronics’ expertise includes custom trailer design and engineering, as well as manufacturing trailers to customers’ exact specifications. All work is performed at the company’s 100,000-square-foot modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in San Jose. Manufacturing capabilities include quick-turn prototyping, machining, CNC punching, laser cutting, forming, welding, painting, silk-screening, hardware installation, and final assembly.

In addition to becoming a licensed trailer manufacturer, Airtronics has joined the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM), an organization dedicated to promoting safety and quality in the trailer manufacturing industry. NATM’s member companies manufacture trailers for transporting a variety of items, including motorcycles, livestock, boats, snowmobiles, landscaping equipment, power generators and many specialty items.