Food Truck Symposium & Major Truck Meetup This Saturday!

Event Snapshot:

  • Who: Entrepreneurs, scholars, advocates, government officials, chefs, foodies
  • What: A morning of panel discussions on hot food truck topics
  • Which trucks will be serving lunch: 19 trucks! See the full list below
  • When: Saturday, April 14, 2012, food truck owner panel at 8:30, general panels start at 9:30 a.m., truck start serving at 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: University of Chicago Law School, 1111 East 60th Street, Auditorium.

This event is targeted towards those who:

  • Want Chicago to have a vibrant street food scene
  • Are Aspiring food truck owners
  • Are interested in how mobile food businesses build communities




Special Session for Vendors // 8:30 a.m.

Understanding how Chicago’s Laws Apply to You

Symposium //  9:30 a.m. 

Meet our panelists

First Panel

Street Food: An Important (and Delicious) Part of Urban Life

Moderated by Beth Kregor
Sean Basinski, Founder & Director, The Street Vendor Project
John Gaber, professor, University of Arkansas
Heather Shouse, author, Food Trucks


Second Panel

Chicago, What’s the Hold Up? The Need to Reform the Windy City’s Vending Laws
Moderated by Erika Pfleger, Assistant Director, IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship
Willie Cochran, Alderman, Ward 20
Justin Large, Chef de Cuisine, Big Star
Vicki Lugo, Vice President, Asociación de Vendedores Ambulantes
Samm Petrichos, Chef, Spice!

Third Panel

What Would Be Better? How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Barriers to Vending
Moderated by Christina Walsh, Director of Activism and Coalitions, Institute for Justice
Bert Gall, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
Greg Kettles, Deputy Counsel, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Baylen Linnekin, Founder & Executive Director, Keep Food Legal
Gabriel Wiesen, Owner, Beaverʼs Coffee and Donuts Truck 

Meet our panelists!

Meet Up //  1:30 p. m.

 Food trucks will meet up outside the law school to serve lunch!

Duck ‘n’ Roll
Forever Yogurt Food Truck
Getta Polpetta
Gigi’s Bake Shop
Haute Sausage
Lillie’s Q Meat Mobile
Pecan and Charlie’s Mobile Cupcakery
Schnitzel King
Ste Martaen
Sweet Ride
Tamale Spaceship
Taquero Fusion
The Slide Ride
Wagyu Wagon
Zullo’s Food TruckFirst 250 registered attendees receive a $5 voucher to use at any of the vendors above!

Admission is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. Register for the event at