Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tina Tamale Buys Guerrilla Grub Cart

By Jesse Hirsch
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

After Elizabeth August gave up mobile food in disgust (check out her impassioned response to the 21Web closure) in early December, her Guerrilla Grub cart went on Craigslist. Don't worry everybody: it's staying in the East Bay.

For the last six months, Tina "Tamale" Ramos has been scouting out carts to peddle her popular tamales. Long active at special events and festivals, she operated from a tented vendor booth, requiring an hour to set up and another hour to break down. "I wanted to spend more of my time actually selling food," Ramos said.

After "putting it out in the universe" that she'd like a mobile cart, she stumbled on August's Craigslist ad. Though the women had known each other for years, Ramos had no idea it was August's listing. "It feels like it was meant to be," she said.

Ramos hopes to have the new cart up and running by late February, early March at the latest. She has been talking with Karen Hester (Bites off Broadway) and Zac Silverman (Doc's of the Bay) about possibly vending at their events once the temporary food pod ordinance goes into effect. She is also talking to her friend Peter Jackson, chef at Toast, about selling some of his sausages from the cart.

Comments? Tips? Get in touch at Jesse.Hirsch@EastBayExpress.com.

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