The Food Truck Scholar Podcast

Welcome to The Food Truck Scholar

The Food Truck Scholar is a platform where research, media, and storytelling about food trucks and food truckers meet. Created by Ariel D. Smith, M.Ed., The Food Truck Scholar serves as the central space to gain access to scholarly articles, public scholarship, and podcasts aimed towards telling the food truck stories often missed.

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The Food Truck Scholar Podcast is a weekly discussion about all things in the food truck industry. Join your host, Ariel D. Smith M.Ed, a Ph.D. student studying the food truck movement in the United States as she discusses food truck civic engagement and activism, ordinances and restrictions, as well as cultural and economic implications of the food truck industry with food truck owners, public policy officials and academic scholars. ​

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The Food Truck Scholar is a platform where research, media, and storytelling about food trucks and food truckers meet. Created by Ariel D. Smith, M.Ed., The Food Truck Scholar serves as the central space to gain access to scholarly articles, public scholarship, and podcasts aimed towards telling the food truck stories often missed​.

The A-List

Want to know the food trucks Ariel has visited? Check out the A-List below and click on your state. If you have a food truck you want to recommend, click here to let us know!

  • Encore Rouge
  • Granny’s Fish and
  • Grits
  • Hollywood Grill
  • K&J’s Elegant Pastries
  • Nola Ice
  • Prejean’s Bayou Magic
  • Saw’s BBQ
  • The Arctic Shack
  • Travis Chicago Style
  • Urban Smoke Food Truck
  • A Taste of Grace
  • Good Azz Sandwiches
  • Jerk Brothers Food
  • Truck ATL
  • Magnolia’s BBQ &
  • Fish
  • Slutty Vegan
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot Wings
  • Lip-Smacking
  • Creations Food Medic
  • Prince’s
  • The Beignet Bar
  • Boricua Soul
  • La Deliciosa Helado
  • SoulFresh Spring Rolls
  • Emoji’s Grilled Cheese Bar
  • Bleu Kitchen
  • Mega Potatoes Stuffed
  • Mr. Fries Man
  • Nay’s Tacos
  • Not Ya Mama’s
  • Smitty’s Signature Pudding
  • Wut-a-Pickle
  • Ragin’ Cajun
  • Giovanni’s Shrimp and Grits
  • Iron Grill
  • Leonard’s
  • Surf N’ Salsa
  • Boiler Garden
  • Chef TLC “Faith” Food Bus
  • EMT
  • Famous Frank’s
  • GuacBox
  • LL Kora
  • Mitchell’s Mex
  • Pink Walrus
  • Rare and Extreme Wings
  • RTB
  • The Daily Bite

The Creator

Ariel D. Smith, is a Ph.D. student studying the food truck movement in the United States. More specifically, her dissertation work connects African American food trucks to the Hip Hop industry and culture. A native of Birmingham, AL, Ariel has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University. Ariel launched The Food Truck Scholar brand in June 2018 and the podcast in March 2019. Since then, Ariel has presented nationally and internationally on her research while the podcast has reached over 30 countries worldwide. 

You can book Ariel for food truck consulting and podcasting workshops

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