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Hot Dog Vendors / competition; how much is too much?
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:17:11 AM »
     Making decisions about possible new location for next year. The is a flea market that I used to sell at before getting into this business. If you have watched that crap show flea market flip you've seen the place and me too. This market is huge anywhere from 800 to 1000 vendors every Sunday. There are a lot of food trucks here (their numbers are not included in above). The is the original hot dog stand over 30yrs there, one hot dog trailer and 3 hot dog carts, not to mention taco, bbq, cupcake, steamed burgers, donuts, coffee, lemonade, fried chicken the list goes on.
       I think I can make money here by selling everything but my hot dogs, Kielbasa, red hots and adding brats. I know my hot dogs are better than the other 5 hot dog slingers, not only my opinion btw, but I feel it's just too saturated with them to even get noticed. My plan is to have dogs with me but promote the other items heavier. Any thoughts?

Hot Dog Vendors / CT just changed the Health Dept guidelines!
« on: December 17, 2017, 02:12:42 PM »
  CT will no longer leave it up to each municipality to set the guidelines. They are now or should I say will be following the federal health standards. Our cooking and holding temps have been decreased as a result but so has the refrigeration temps from what I understand. Not sure what to expect but I'll take it as a positive because dealing with the rural towns and their absurd regulations have been a nightmare.   

Hot Dog Vendors / 1st. Season is just about over.
« on: December 14, 2017, 05:14:15 PM »
     Pretty much my season is over. The weather stayed warm here late this year so I was able to have good sales through much of Nov. When winter finally hit it hit quick. Temp. went from 50-60 one day down to 20s the next and 6 inches of snow. Unfortunately the snow took one day out of a two day event for me but such is life. The event is scheduled for three weekends this month the last one being this weekend and that should wrap up my season. Not out on the street at all anymore because the customers do not come out in 30s let alone the 20s and teens that it's been.
     So here we are pretty much 1st year over and much number crunching needed to be done. I'm considering it a success though no matter how the final numbers turn out. I learned a lot this year made a ton of mistakes but in the end learned a few things. I pretty much have my food waste under control, need to tweak the menu, and I now know what temperature hot or cold, wind speed and amount of rain when people will not stop. I've developed a signature sauce for the dogs and a few other personal touches. I now have a book that I can refer to next season in an effort to avoid some of the mistakes of this season.
      A note book full of ideas that needs to be thinned and added to, all winter for that. I have two employee appreciation days scheduled for next spring so already looking forward to next year.
   Most of all I could not have done much of it without the help and encouragement from the people on this board especially AZ and DuggsDogs. So thank you all it was and is greatly appreciated!
   Now time to find a way to make money this winter!         

Hot Dog Vendors / Oktoberfest
« on: September 21, 2017, 09:38:16 PM »
   I just received at text from the Mayors Aide inviting me to sling at the Oktoberfest they're having on the city green next Sat. I bailed him out again this morning when a food truck cancelled last minute at their weekly food truck event. As a thank you he offered a me vendor spot for free.
  Here's the question has anybody done bratwurst? I'm going to have to do at least that along with the hot dogs. I haven't done this on the cart before I figured beer and onions for the boil unsure on the type of roll. Any thoughts? 

Hot Dog Vendors / Health Dept. Strikes again and again and again etc...
« on: August 31, 2017, 03:46:03 PM »
   So me and my little cart get invited to join the Downtown Chowdown sponsored by the mayors office. It's held in a small park two blocks from my location every Thursday and crushes my day.
An aid to the mayor came to my spot last Thurs. as I was setting up and begged forgiveness for such a late invite. BTW I was told at the beginning of the season I was not wanted because I am not a truck. Anyway so I set up late but ready when they open and I'm rocking the day. Along comes the health dept. and temp my cart. No problem the two guys are polite temps all good.
    End of day the aid who begged me to come over shakes my hand and say's maybe we'll see you again sometime. I said I'll be back next Thursday, this guy gets a look of panic on his face and starts back peddling. I'm told it was a one shot deal. Now mind you I knew why he came to get me in the first place. If I hadn't come over it would have been two food trucks and a churro guy. I told this guy I was coming next week and if he didn't make room I'd just park in the street next to the park and sell there.
  I got a spot today no problem the guy realized he owed me the day. Did great again today and at the height of the day guess who comes over, Right you are, the health dept. Temp everything all good no issues.
   The other three trucks got hit with $250.00 fines. two for bad temps one for no hair net. One guy's temperature on his fresh tomato salad was off 2 degrees and the other guys Pico was off 5.
   The end of the day I speak to the other operators they tell me the health dept. hits this event every week. The rest of the week no one ever sees them but the mayors own event bam every week.
   I'm glad my tempts are good not much else to hit me on, $250.00 would crush me.   

Hot Dog Vendors / Breakfast?
« on: August 26, 2017, 09:28:53 AM »
   I was asked by the city to work the last free concert of the season on the city green last night. The concerts start in June and they have not had a food vender at all at these weekly shows. I sold just under a hundred hot dogs and another 20 red hots in approx. 3 hrs. The guy in charge of the downtown events was so happy he wants me at the farmers market on Saturdays. The market opens at 0600.
  So here's the question, does anybody do breakfast on their cart. I cannot do eggs per health codes so that's out. No grill so limited to boiling/steaming. I was thinking of large breakfast sausage on hot dog roll with jarred fried peppers. Maybe corned beef hash. Any suggestions?

Hot Dog Vendors / First Angry almost customer
« on: August 18, 2017, 11:50:15 AM »
    I discovered I have the ability to piss people off without even trying!
After shutting down yesterday I was 80% put away burners empty, dirty pans, chips, coolers all on the truck. Just my tent and a few things left to put away and I'm busy wiping down the cart. I didn't hear or see this guy pull into the lot and wasn't aware he was there until he started talking. I looked up and I see he's not happy. He yells at me "are you open or what" he's three feet away from me so no need to yell. I smile say hello and tell him I'm sorry, I shut down a half hour ago. This guy, who I've never seen before, turns around and actually stormed off. He gets in his car and when leaving lays about 50 feet of rubber out of the parking lot!
    The lack of a hot dog can be very disappointing I guess!

Hot Dog Vendors / Vegan
« on: May 09, 2017, 12:52:09 PM »
    Does anyone serve tofu or similar dogs? I'm looking for recommendations on a quality product to carry for the non meat eating crowd.   

Hot Dog Vendors / Do we realy need signs?
« on: May 06, 2017, 02:51:12 PM »
    Not open for business yet but halfway there. After months of painstaking research on opening this business I have come to the conclusion that besides a superior product your signs or lack there of can make or break your business.
    Don't take my word for it just look to the past for proof!
   Tail and pups entire stand is a sign!

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