Newly-elected 2nd District County Supervisor Janice Rutherford is on a mission near and dear to Dine 909’s heart — legalizing food trucks.
In the latest issue of her newsletter, the Rutherford Report, she verifies something I’ve heard rumblings about lately, but haven’t confirmed until now.
Food trucks, where the food is actually prepared in the truck, are illegal in San Bernardino County.
Sure, you’ve seen ice cream trucks rolling though your neighborhood, but that’s because they’re selling you prepackaged goods. That’s just fine and dandy.
But if you took that ice cream, dipped it in an egg wash, rolled it in some cornflakes and tossed it briefly in the deep-fryer, you wouldn’t be able to sell it.
The prohibition has been in effect as long as anyone can remember, she notes.
She goes on to write that modern food trucks, such as those that roam Los Angeles and Orange counties, are a far cry from the “roach coaches” of old and are inspected and graded just as their brick-and-mortar counterparts are.
To start the process rolling, she has asked San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services staff members to look at other nearby jurisdictions’ (i.e. L.A. and Orange counties’) food truck regulations and operations in order to open up that avenue here in San Bernardino County.
She makes a point that if the modern food truck industry were allowed here in the county, not only would that create jobs and economic opportunities for the food truck vendors themselves, but also for those convert, clean, wrap, maintain and sell the trucks.
In essence, it’s a win-win situation.
At the end of her article, she drops a culinary bomb by offering an invitation to what I believe is the Inland Empire’s first food truck festival (aside from smaller events like these) next month at Don Lugo High School. More on that here.
Thank you, Janice Rutherford, for bringing a little common sense to our Board of Supervisors. Let’s hope this paves the way for new business opportunities for both new and existing mobile food vendors.