70 episodes

The Food Truck Scholar Podcast is where food, business, and stories collide. Each episode host and academic scholar Ariel D. Smith peels back the cultural, social, economic, and political layers of the food truck industry. From Food Network contestants and former bank executives to self-trained and formally trained chefs- The Food Truck Scholar Podcast introduces you to entrepreneurs from all walks life that are ready to feed your mind with tips to start your own food truck, stories that fill your heart, and tempting meal options to fill your stomach.

The Food Truck Scholar Ariel D. Smith

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    • 4.8 • 48 Ratings

The Food Truck Scholar Podcast is where food, business, and stories collide. Each episode host and academic scholar Ariel D. Smith peels back the cultural, social, economic, and political layers of the food truck industry. From Food Network contestants and former bank executives to self-trained and formally trained chefs- The Food Truck Scholar Podcast introduces you to entrepreneurs from all walks life that are ready to feed your mind with tips to start your own food truck, stories that fill your heart, and tempting meal options to fill your stomach.

    Mother & Son Trailblazers: Sonja Beal representing Frankie Beal of Mr Dipz Cookies & Sweet Treats

    Mother & Son Trailblazers: Sonja Beal representing Frankie Beal of Mr Dipz Cookies & Sweet Treats

    With Mother’s Day only a few days away, I thought it would be great to feature a guest I been looking forward to sharing with you all ever since we connected earlier this year. Sonja Beal stopped by the show on behalf of her son Frankie Beal, a 12 year old that is taking Independence, MO and pretty soon the nation by storm with his mom right beside him.

    Check out Mister Dipz on Instagram and Facebook!

    Special thank you to our season 3 partners EatOkra! Download today!

    Importance of Menu Creation for Food Truck Building w/ Master Chef Mobile Kitchens

    Importance of Menu Creation for Food Truck Building w/ Master Chef Mobile Kitchens

    Lately, I’ve been getting more questions about how much does it cost to build a food truck, and my answer is always “it depends, but it’s never cheap no matter if you do it yourself or get a custom build in the long run.” Today, I have another food...

    Food Truck Building w/ Charles Daugherty of Red Fern Dynamics

    Food Truck Building w/ Charles Daugherty of Red Fern Dynamics

    One of the values we wanted to add to this season of podcast was the voices of more food truck builders on the show and we have been able to do just that! Today’s guest is Charles Daugherty of Red Fern Dynamics based in Georgia. Charles was a wealth of knowledge in not only food truck trends but also common mistakes new food truckers make in getting their truck. In this episode he shares with us how he makes sure his customers not only get rolling but can stay rolling by being well informed

    Special Thanks to EatOkra- our season 3 partners

    Red Fern Dynamics

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    Making Online Ordering Free and Easy with Food Truck Pub

    Making Online Ordering Free and Easy with Food Truck Pub

    Today’s guest found a way to customize the online ordering and delivery process just for food trucks, which proved to be critical in keeping many food trucks afloat in 2020. John Kuhn is the founder of Food Truck Pub and has not only created a platform that’s easy for food trucks to use but free as well. How’s it free? You’ll hear all about it.

    Special Thanks to EatOkra for being our Season 3 Partners!
    Join me TONIGHT at 7pm EST for Food Trucks 101 as part of EatOkra's Webinar Series
    Join me Monday, April 19th for our food truck mini con with Urban Impact Inc and Grow w Google! Sign up here!

    When Perseverance Meets Purpose w/ Natalie Young of RHL Steaks, Burgers & Ribs

    When Perseverance Meets Purpose w/ Natalie Young of RHL Steaks, Burgers & Ribs

    Today’s guest has a heart for people and for the community and she loved both love and perseverance through food. Natalie Young is a creator and entrepreneur in several avenues, including RHL Steaks Burgers & Ribs in Columbus, Ohio
    Today, Natalie shares with how went from a overcoming hurricanes and homelessness to becoming a food truck owner and nonprofit owner whose message for others is quite simple yet powerful: never give up

    Special thanks to our Season 3 Partners EatOkra- the go to app for finding Black owned food trucks and restaurants. This month, EatOkra is bringing to you a webinar series featuring yours truly and other experts on popups, marketing, storytelling and more! Sign up here for this FREE series and join us every Monday at 7pm EST

    Finding & Meeting Food Needs w/ Nicholas Spindel of Where's the Food Truck

    Finding & Meeting Food Needs w/ Nicholas Spindel of Where's the Food Truck

    I love finding food trucks wherever I go, and the cofounder of WTF (Where's The Food Truck) feels the same way. Today we discuss how he went from the restaurant industry on the Vegas strip to creating an app to make life easier for food truckers.

    Special thanks to our season 3 partner EatOkra- the go to app for finding Black-owned food trucks and restaurants

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Workingman1906 ,

My resource for everything food truck related and beyond

I happened upon this podcast about a years ago and it has been a gem! I learned so much from being apart of this community. As a new food trailer owner, I was lost on many of the nuances of food trucking. This podcast has grown me as a food trucker and I’m well on my way to success. From the contacts I have made through this podcast, I had my best day ever and sold out!!! Thanks for what you do and keep up the amazing work!
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Produce Geek ,

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Great podcast to learn about Food Trucks and how they are built, day to day, and what foods they serve. Great Job!!

mrmjdixon ,

An Absolutely Outstanding Podcast

Words can’t say enough about how helpful and resourceful the podcast is. I don’t remember how I found out about the Food Truck Scholar but I’m forever grateful. I am currently on my journey into the food truck world and without her podcast I wouldn’t be this far along. She put me in contact with @PopGoesTheWaffle who helped me get my food truck vendor drawings approved in Florida. Also her episode with @JackpotChicken help me save some money after I bought his book. All of the episodes are filled with knowledge and is worth the listen too. I look forward to hearing the podcast more than my favorite tv shows because it’s helping me and I am sure so many other people.

Absolutely DOPE and UNIQUE!!!

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