Call for Food Trucks
Food Truck Fridays on the Camden Waterfront
Food Truck Fridays on the Camden Waterfront
Food Truck Vending on The Camden Waterfront will begin on Friday, May 24th and last until September 6th. All vendors must be contracted with the City of Camden Parking Authority. The application and approval process is attached.
There will be one vending day, 10:30 am- 2:30 pm every Friday. With the exception of Wawa Welcome America week, all mobile food truck vending will take place in parking lot 7. Rules and regulations differ for Wawa Welcome America.
Respondents will be selected to vend on Friday and must commit to a minimum of two Fridays. There may be the option to vend for more dates, including weekends, depending on the number of respondents.
A food truck is defined as a licensed, self-contained, motorized vehicle which is temporarily stored on a privately-owned lot where food items are sold to the general public.
Request for Proposals
Camden Waterfront is issuing a request to secure mobile food trucks that provide unique, high-quality, and sustainable food options, as requested by Waterfront patrons. Selected vendors will be asked to vend for at least two Food Truck Friday’s along the Camden Waterfront.
Respondents must return this proposal with all required documentation via email by 4:00 pm on May 17, 2013 to Willie Hunter at email@example.com.
Downtown Camden attracts a diverse mix of students, residents and employees to its schools, businesses, and Waterfront each year. Downtown Camden is home to Rutgers, Rowan, Camden County College and the new Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, educating over 11,000 students. In addition to its flourishing education and private-sector institutions, a variety of special events and attractions that draw visitors and residents to the Camden Waterfront. Last year, over 3 million people visited The Waterfront for concerts, special events and year-round attractions. With an exciting summer schedule already organized for 2013, the coming months promise to draw record crowds to the Downtown and Waterfront.
In addition to working closely with all Camden Waterfront partners, the Camden Waterfront works closely with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, in Philadelphia, to partner on events that bring people to both sides of the river. Partner events are branded as Two Cities. One Waterfront. A growing number of these events include, Red Bull Flugtag, WHYY Connections Festival, XPoNential Music Festival, and both the 4th of July and NYE fireworks.
Over the past few years, CamdenWaterfront.com and Waterfront partners have collecting data about visitor experience. The number one priority visitors, employees, and residents have requested more and better access to quality food options. Respondents should be interested in partnering with the Camden Waterfront to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity. There is a growing demand at special events, and during lunch hours to offer more culinary diversity in the Downtown. Once vendors have been selected, they must provide proof of all necessary permitting and licensing required to vend in the City of Camden and should be able to indemnify the City of Camden Parking Authority on their insurance policy (see Appendix for a complete list of required documentation and parties to be indemnified).
For more information, visit CamdenWaterfront.com.
Mobile Truck Vending Details
The mobile truck vending season on The Camden Waterfront will begin on Friday, May 24, 2013 and last until Friday, September 6, 2013. With the exception of Wawa Welcome America week, all mobile food truck vending will take place in parking lot 7. Rules and regulations differ for Wawa Welcome America. Please inquire if you are interested in vending for the Wawa Welcome America Festival Week in Camden.
There will be vending every Friday, from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Respondents will be selected to vend on Friday and must commit to a minimum of two Fridays. There may be the option to vend for more dates depending on the number of respondents.
There will be no cancellation of vending days due to inclement weather; vendors are encouraged to vend in all conditions and fees will not be refunded should they choose not to show up. While we will secure your truck a spot in lot 7, it is important to note that no additional parking for cars will be provided for the vendors. Vendors may pay to park their personal vehicles in one of the many lots or garages along the Waterfront.
Lot 7 is the main waterfront parking lot, conveniently located directly across from Adventure Aquarium and Fountain Park, the two most heavily trafficked attractions on the Waterfront. The location is highly visible for waterfront patrons and Camden Waterfront will provide signage to promote the trucks, along the sidewalk.
The parking spaces are easily accessible to guests and there are two points of ingress and egress near the trucks. Most visitors tend to sit and eat in Fountain Park, the County Park – located directly down Market Street - or along the promenade.
Selected vendors will be assigned a spot to vend. The Camden Waterfront has seven (7) available parking lot spaces in parking lot 7 on the Camden Waterfront. Parking Authority lot attendants will be made aware of the vending schedule and will allow you to pull into the spot up to 30 minutes early.
Preference will be given to food truck respondents who offer high-quality, affordable, diverse, and sustainable food options, especially those that are fitting to the site, location, and lunch-time slot. Respondents with a demonstrated history of providing exceptional service will also be prioritized.
Vendors will be asked to pay a $60 ($30 per day) upfront concession fee, which guarantees you at least two days of vending on the Camden Waterfront for the summer for Food Truck Friday. This must be paid upon receiving notification of your selection. If you are interested and offered the opportunity to vend for more than two days, each additional day is $30.
Vendors must also secure the necessary permits and inspections from the City of Camden prior to vending on the Waterfront. Proof of valid permits must be submitted to Camden City Parking Authority at least 5 days prior to vending.
Please note that this proposal is for Food Truck Fridays only. If you have interest in vending during special events that are outside the hours and dates stated above, please contact Willie Hunter at the City of Camden Parking Authority firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional vending will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, if you wish to vend during Wawa Welcome America, vendors must indicate their interest in their application below and will be contacted by an Aquarium or Parking Authority representative.
The Vending Application continues below. Please copy and paste this application into a word document to complete it.
To submit an application for mobile vending at The Camden Waterfront, respondents must complete this application, including all required attachments and return it by 4:00pm, Friday May 17, 2013 via email to Willie Hunter at email@example.com
Primary Contact Phone Number
Business Social Media
Are you interested in vending during Wawa Welcome America from June 28th-July 7th? _______YES ________NO
Food Truck Information
Please attached the following items and information:
· Food Truck menu with prices
· Two photos of the Food Truck from different angels
· Proof of respondents business and address
· Please submit an electronic copy of your logo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please rank your vending availability on the dates below in the order of preference (1 being top preference).
Use the space below to briefly highlight your food truck success (e.g. events, employees, what makes your product appealing to customers, etc.)
By signing below, the respondent confirms that they have read and agreed to comply with all terms and conditions of the RFP for Camden Waterfront Food Truck Fridays. In addition, the respondent agrees to pay the Camden City Parking Authority $60 upfront and $30 for each additional day of vending.
Signature of food truck owner: _______________________
Reservation of Rights and Mandatory Conduct
The Camden Waterfront and Camden City Parking Authority reserve the right to reject any respondent’s proposal on the basis that it is incomplete, does not satisfy the qualifications set forth in this document, or is otherwise not in the best interest of improving high-quality visitor experience along the Waterfront.
The Camden Waterfront and Camden City Parking Authority also reserve the right to discontinue vendors’ participation in the Food Truck Friday program along the Waterfront at its own discretion. Should any of the following standards not be met a vendor’s participation in the program may be discontinued:
A. Food Safety
All vendors must have at least one employee present who obtained a formal Food Safety Certificate from the Camden County Department of Public Health.
B. Inspection & Permitting
Vendors may be subject to random inspections from Camden License & Inspections and should act professionally and allow the inspector to conduct his or her inspection.
Vendors must obtain and have present all necessary Camden City vending permits. See Appendix for requirements.
C. Truck Upkeep
In addition to meeting the Camden County Department of Public Health, all vendors must maintain a clean and safe facility at all times and the following standards should be met:
· Trucks should not have any potentially hazardous leaks or emit any unusual or noxious gases
· Trucks operating as free-standing vehicles should be inspected to satisfy all Department of Motor Vehicles and transportation related laws and regulations.
· Vendors may not leave trash or trash bags in any of the Waterfront receptacles after vending.
Vendors must return all vending locations to original state upon leaving. Vendors will be fined if locations are not left clean or in good order.
D. Vendor Behavior
All vendors must act professionally to each other at all times. Beyond maintaining an appropriate level of professional courtesy, vendors must:
· Only vend in their assigned location.
· Do no harm to or seek to negatively impact the business of fellow vendors.
· Not use social media or either marketing sources to disparage other vendors.
· Vendors are prohibited from heckling or yelling at patrons to increase business.
All vendors should obtain proper insurance for their businesses. Such insurance coverage may include:
· Commercial Liability Compensation Insurance
· Employment/Workers’ Compensation Insurance
· Fire Insurance
· Automobile Insurance
Licensing and Insurance Requirements
The following list of licenses, permits, and regulations for the conveniences of potential respondents to the RFP. It is not a guarantee that this list is complete. Additional licenses, permits, and regulations may apply. It is recommended that a respondent confer with a private attorney to ensure the respondent complies with all Applicable Laws, including licensing and permitting requirements.
1. Signed agreement between vendor and Camden City Parking Authority acknowledging their 2013 Food Truck Friday summer schedule in Lot 7.
2. Proper certification, permits, and licenses to operate and sell food on The Camden Waterfront. Applications attached. Take a copy of the signed agreement to:
Camden City License & Inspections:
520 Market Street
City Hall, Room 220
PO Box 95120
Camden, NJ 08101
· Licensing Fee and Photo Badge (must be renewed yearly): $179.40
· Administrative Regulation Charge (if you would like to get a yearly vending permit): $414
· Special Event permit (to be renewed after each use): $69
Camden County Division of Environmental Health and Consumer Services
512 Lakeland Road
Blackwood, NJ 08102
· Camden County Health and Human Services Evaluation Certificated (must be renewed yearly): $50
3. Once selected, vendors shall, at their sole cost and expense, obtain and maintain the types and minimum limits of insurance coverage specified below. The Vendor shall produce all the required insurance from reputable insurers who are acceptable to the City and authorized to do business in the City of Camden. The vendor shall also provide at least 30 days prior notice to the Camden City Parking Authority in the event coverage is materially changed, cancelled, or non-renewed. The vendor shall cause all insurance required below to be written on an “occurrence” basis and not a “claims made” basis.
A. Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability
B. Commercial General Liability Insurance
C. Commercial Automobile Liability Insurance
D. The Vendor shall cause Camden City Parking Authority, City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Economic Development Authority to be named as additional insured on the General Liability policy.
Agreement – Camden City Parking Authority
Vendors can sell in lot 7 once all licensing requirements, as described above, and vending location documentations by the City of Camden Parking Authority has been finalized and awarded.
***FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY BEGINS FRIDAY, MAY 24***
Organized by the Cooper's Ferry Partnership waterfront development corporation, "Food Truck Friday," as it's being called, is drawing interest from a variety of gourmet trucks around the region, including the three that will start next week: deli-on-wheels Reuben on Rye, Cupcakes 2 GoGo, and Lil' Trent's Treats dessert truck. The organizers hope the number and variety will grow once these trucks test the logistics and response. "It's a good business decision," says Haddonfield-based Ginny Moles, who notes the difficulty in finding crowds elsewhere in South Jersey, especially in summer. The major difference in Camden, she says, are the throngs of families and field trips visiting the Adventure Aquarium, and the thousands of neighborhood office, law, and medical workers who have few options for food. "I think it'll be a great opportunity."
George Bieber, treasurer and membership director of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association (PMFA), said several of its members were considering inclusion in Food Truck Friday.
"A nice spot like this would be awesome," says Bieber, who considered signing up his own Sunflower Truck Stop for the summer. "You get a few [trucks] and it becomes like a party."
That's exactly the feel Cooper's Ferry is trying to cultivate. By adding food trucks near Fountain Park, already equipped with colorful chairs, tables, and umbrellas, it aims to develop a parklike atmosphere on the riverfront block that's primarily used as a walk-through by visitors.
The downtown/waterfront area already hosts sidewalk carts that sell the usual hot dogs and pretzels. But because Camden doesn't ordinarily allow food trucks on public property, Cooper's Ferry is securing a waiver to designate truck parking in a specific lot behind the aquarium. The organization hopes Food Truck Friday will persuade city council members to expand permissions to other parts of the city.
"A quality food truck is a quality amenity for a visitor or a resident of the city," says Jake Gordon, Cooper's Ferry's vice president, who envisions trucks parked next to Rutgers-Camden and the county courthouse.
In mid-April, one food truck, Reuben on Rye, did launch in Camden by parking, with permission, in a law firm parking lot, across the street from City Hall. The operators say their strong opening-week sales persuaded them to start serving breakfast as well as lunch.
"Although we have just been open for a short time, the people of Camden are responding,"says David Serata, who partnered with the owner of Cherry Hill's Kibitz Room to launch the first of what they hope will become a fleet of Reuben on Ryes.
Their truck serves a scaled-back Kibitz Room menu from the offices of Zucker Steinberg Sonstein & Wixted, at 415 Federal St., every weekday except Friday, when they're on the waterfront.
There have been complaints that city and county annual permitting fees (about $600) far exceed all others in South Jersey, including Cherry Hill ($200 annually) and Haddonfield ($350) without allowing them to leave the designated "food pod." And Pennsylvania operators face some sticker shock over the New Jersey law that requires food trucks to be equipped with fire suppressant systems, which Bieber says run about $900 to install and take up valuable space that could be used for extra rolls and additional supplies.
Despite the inconveniences and costs, vendors like Jess Iannuzzi and Steve Koste of Bucks County's Sum Pig Food Truck say they can't wait to get their permits.
Koste believes a successful Food Truck Friday could enhance the waterfronts of Camden and Philadelphia.
"Anything that can bring more money into Camden and change its perception by boosting fun and boosting the [RiverLink] ferry would be pretty cool," he says.
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It's that time again -- time to pack the mobile wifi hotspot, the bright green tables and our beloved mini-fridge. This time, On the Ground is headed across the river to Camden, a city that courted us with fevered enthusiasm. They're excited to have us, and we are just as excited to be taking up residence at 433 Market Street.
Yes, Camden may technically be a city, and not a neighborhood like our former haunts (Mantua, Frankford, Germantown), but it is a place calling out for intensive, engaged, positive coverage. Plus, Flying Kite's mission is regional, so we relish the chance to expand the program across the river.
Our landlord in Camden will be Ray Lamboy, president and CEO of the Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA). The organization, which works on the grassroots development of economic opportunities for small business owners, is housed in the same building, and Lamboy has already been a tremendous resource -- especially for food recommendations.
"I think this is an opportunity to communicate with a community that really values adventure and urban discovery," says Lamboy when asked why he chose to donate the space. "Camden has untapped treasures. We have a wide variety of authentic ethnic food restaurants in the city and, unless you're familiar, you don't know it's there. It's a great thing to share with the wider region, and to really start to connect the waterfront attractions, and the people that are coming into the city, with the neighborhood commercial corridors and those restaurants."
Flying Kite was connected with Lamboy through the Cooper's Ferry Partnership, an organization working to establish public and private partnerships, promote sustainable economic development and showcase Camden as a viable place to live, work and invest.
"We're really excited that Flying Kite can come to Camden," says Jake Gordon, vice president of policy and downtown initiatives at Cooper's Ferry. "There's a lot of exciting things happening in downtown and in the neighborhoods. The city of Camden, unfortunately, has a bit of a PR problem. I think when you actually come to Camden, your perception changes in a positive way."
The On the Ground office's central location in downtown Camden should enable us to explore easily -- and witness firsthand the encouraging developments happening up and down the city's commercial corridors.
"You're right across the street from the city's welcome mat -- the new Roosevelt Plaza," explains Lamboy. "During your time here, in the summertime, you're going to see a lot of programming there and a farmers' market should be opening up in June. A matter of blocks away, you have Rutgers University and the Arts Crawl that happens every month."
"The downtown is definitely revitalized," says Gordon. "There is a lot of construction going on -- Rutgers dorms are going up, there's a new medical school. Alternatively, a lot of the press is negative. Yes, there are safety concerns, but there are also a lot of great stories and organizations in the neighborhoods -- people that are doing great things."
We are looking forward to meeting those people and engaging with those organizations during our three months in Camden. Lamboy hands us the keys on May 1.
As with our other On the Ground spaces, Flying Kite will be hosting an art exhibition featuring local talent. Camden-based artists can apply for inclusion here. Deadline for submissions is May 13; an opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 16, 5 - 9 p.m. at 433 Market Street in conjunction with Camden's Third Thursday. Click here for further details.
LEE STABERT is managing editor of Flying Kite.