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Roll Call / Re: Where are you?
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:51:46 PM »
Launching in March in the Paulding and Douglas County, Georgia area.

Welcome to SVF!

~ Red

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Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:36:56 AM »
So good so far, and I'd say that Mandelprofi is to nut roasters that Mercedes is to cars. I've owned / worked this unit hard for about 2 months now and it's been great. (My family has been roasting nuts / making pralines and baked goods for awhile and they've had a Mandelprofi floor model for several years with zero issues, (and they told me about the tabletop one), so I think in a way I may be getting back to my roots!)


~ Red

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Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 05, 2014, 06:09:02 PM »
It's a gas fired nut roaster. http://www.nutroastingmachine.com/new_machines.htm#table_gas
Propane for cooking and I use a deep cycle battery set-up w/ a 110 inverter for the agitator.


And, yep I'm still slingin. (Always.)

Also, I appreciate your posts, questions and comments as well. (IMHO) Our greatest strength is in what we can learn from each other's triumphs, trials, and mistakes.

~ Red

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Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 03, 2014, 09:06:09 PM »
They're prepared on the cart using a set-up similar to Nutty Bavarian vendors.

Portions are aprx 3oz. As for the smell, pretty much anyone and everyone within 20 yards of the cart while the pecans are being prepared is an automatic sale, add coffee / hot chocolate and it makes for a very nice profit all around. We'll up-sell pralines and / or take home portions with every sale and we're not afraid to give free samples out to close 'em if the smell alone can't reel 'em in. (And we're sure to shamelessly tell'em during the holidays how they 'Make a great gift too!')

It's doing well enough that I'm seriously considering separating out the nut business altogether.


~ Red

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General Discussion / Re: Forum Use
« on: January 03, 2014, 09:09:37 AM »
I have been checking the forum faithfully since I joined and am finding very few posts.  Yes, I am guilty also!  I am new and haven't purchased my cart yet.  I am currently negotiating for a commissary and working with the Health Dept.  I have formed an LLC and I'm purchasing all the local permits needed.  Several good sites picked out.  Looking forward to getting some good info from those of you who have been slinging dogs.  Thanks to the folks who created this forum.
Ronnie

Welcome to the forum Ronnie!

~ Red

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Boiled Peanut Vendors / Re: Boiled Peanuts in NC...
« on: January 03, 2014, 09:06:17 AM »
HotDogRed,

Did you start selling boiled peanuts yet? How are your sales?
There is a gas station in town that has a two crocks full every day - one is regular and the other is Cajun - it has become my favorite place to fill up my car! I start thinking about those boiled peanuts when my tank gets half empty!
Hope that you are having a great winter season and having success.

We nixed the peanuts for now and decided on Pecans as our 'warm / winter' item and it's going great so far. We're doing a few different versions of 'spiced nuts' such as a sweet / savory one and a spicy one, we also have an award winning secret family recipe for pralines which we're thinking of preparing batches at our commissary and adding them to our offerings as well.

(Keeping my fingers crossed!)

~ Red

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General Discussion / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: January 03, 2014, 08:58:28 AM »


Good day
I have just become a member and thought it courteous to introduce myself

I am from Trinidad and Tobago and currently in the process of becoming a street vendor. I am a bit nervous about it as I have been employed in an office environment for most of my work life but I've decided to become self employed and make a better future for myself and my loved ones. I consider myself blessed in that I have the support of family in my decision. I have also decided to become self employed because I have Aspergers Syndrome and the unemployment rate for those of us with this condition is quite high. I have come to accept that working for others and office politics is not cut out for me and I need to be self sufficient. I have my eye on a few spots so far but I have to get my food badge next week.
I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to the forum admins for creating a space for street vendors to express themselves.



Welcome to the forum Adanna!

~ Red

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Thanks!


~ Red

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Holidays to Everyone!
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:59:20 AM »
Merry Christmas Pepper! God Bless!


~ Red

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: Top 10 Questions
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:28:03 PM »
The following are questions that people ask me on a daily basis:


6.  Why do you charge so much for a hotdog?
      Answer:  The hotdog is Free, you are paying me to stand here and answer your questions.


These are the questions I hear the most, what are people asking you? ??? ??



+1 FTW


~ Red

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Roll Call / Re: Where are you?
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:25:39 PM »
Not open yet but Corpus Christi Texas aiming for a January opening.

Welcome to SVF!

~ Red

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Hot Dog Vendors / Re: New Dogger in South Ga...
« on: December 15, 2013, 10:11:28 AM »
Welcome aboard!


~ Red

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Hotdog Red,
I'd love to see any updates if the weather has allowed you to keep working on your project. That's a nice little trailer - what a great find! I wish you well in your remodeling. Looks like a great new addition for your business in the spring. Will it change your menu, or just give you a roof over your head?

Thanks!

We were hit pretty hard during the storms, (and now with holiday season commitments), so the remodel is waiting until we can free the trailer from the ice / snow and move it indoors.

This trailer will be the beginning of a new concept and marketing push for the business, and it will change everything we do, including the menu. (Where we're at trailers are given considerably more leeway than carts as far as what you can do and serve, so we're really looking forward to this next step!)

~ Red 

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