The Mavens in the Food Trucks

From lunch to late night, food trucks and carts are right there at the curbs to please us. These food purveyors have to navigate a sea of regulations, permits, and codes before they even fire up their engines or grills. They must have more than just a passion for food to work long hours preparing their food, marketing their businesses, and finding temporary spots each day to set up shop (without encroaching on a brick and mortar restaurant’s space). They’re doing something right, because they keep the customers coming back.

The variety of cuisine and type of food is impressive: Greek, Middle Eastern, Thai, Mexican, American, (with many fusions), sandwiches, burritos, pulled pork, all things Cheez, plus coffee, ice cream, and sno-cones.

Photographer Andrew Grodner recently visited both Food Truck Friday locations to capture the people behind the counters. The events run Fridays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lots of The Chocolate Moose and Smith’s Shoe Center, both on South Walnut. Most of the vendors hail from nearby, but a few make the trip from Indy.

Andrew Grodner
Andrew Grodner is a professional photographer with an MFA in studio art. He's taught photography at the university level, freelanced as an image editor for Getty Images, and is currently working in and around Bloomington. You can follow his work on Instagram at @theartoffact where he posts some of his favorite images and music loops of questionable quality.