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How To Winterize A Food Truck

How To Winterize A Food Truck

By Beth Milligan

2014 was a banner year for Traverse City food trucks. Now, with the winter season approaching, vendors are exploring options for the long off-season – from putting trucks into storage to focusing on brick-and-mortar restaurants to serving up fare in a new indoor pop-up space planned for downtown TC.

At The Little Fleet on East Front Street, eight full-time food trucks that occupied the bar's parking lot this summer will vacate the property by the end of this week. Owner Gary Jonas says that while his original vision was to keep the trucks open during winter months, attempts to do so last season “made it clear it wasn't going to work.”

“By December, the trucks' pipes were all frozen,” Jonas says. “Then, when the trucks were closed (but still in the lot), people were confused. They kept asking when they would open. So this year it's a hard out for the trucks, and we'll use the lot for customers coming to the bar.” more

Today

Premium Prospects of BNI

7:00am Premium Prospects of BNI: Chapter meeting at First Congregational Church at the base of Old Mission Peninsula, TC.

PowerLeads Networking Group

7:30am PowerLeads Networking Group: This professional networking group meets at Flap Jack Shack in Traverse City. Openings for new members in several professional categories; share business ideas and referrals over breakfast. Guests welcome. Call Nancy Holtom of SendOutCards for more info. 231-929-3373.  

Pumpkins in the Park

8:00am Pumpkins in the Park: Cherryland Middle Schoolers in Elk Rapids made “green” life forms for their exhibit, using nothing but recycled objects to adorn their creations. Located in the Walk of Art sculpture gallery at Elk Rapids Day Park on South Bayshore Dr., & runs through Halloween. A collaboration between teacher Rich Roman, his students, & Art Rapids!. 231-264-6314.

Big Draw Grand Traverse

8:00am Big Draw Grand Traverse: Presented by the Dennos Museum Center, NMC, in partnership with many educational organizations and businesses throughout the region. During October there will be arts events for all ages & abilities. For a listing of events by date and by age group, visit dennosmuseum.org/big-draw.  

Starting a Business Workshop

9:00am Starting a Business Workshop: Presented by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center & the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce at Grow Benzie, 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115). Free, but pre-registration required: northwestmichiganbusiness.com.

Parkinson's Network North

10:00am Parkinson's Network North TC Daytime Group: Meets at TC Senior Center. Includes discussion groups and a report from Hettie Molvang on the recent Parkinson's Research Challenge at VanAndel Institute of Grand Rapids. 947-7389.  

Michigan Reads!

10:30am Michigan Reads!: With Kwame Alexander, author of “Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band.” Traverse Area District Library, TC. tadl.org

InterActive Story Time

11:00am InterActive Story Time: Featuring "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. There will also be activities & crafts. Great Lakes Children's Museum, TC. greatlakeskids.org
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