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Bloom Food Truck (or Net Appetit) back on Stanford Campus for Now

Bloom Food Truck, formerly known as Net Appetit, is back on Stanford campus, albeit by some very tight restrictions.  I’m a little confused by the new restrictions imposed on Bloom, which were imposed by Stanford University and not Off The Grid, but it definitely handicaps Bloom’s ability to operate on campus.  It sounds like Bloom is no longer able to accept orders on campus from walk-in customers, and to those who are not familiar with this truck, it is basically a buffet set-up where you walk in to the truck from the side, pick what you want, and then pay outside based on the weight of your order.   Currently, it sounds like Bloom can operate only by taking orders before hand by phone or email, preparing the orders off campus, and then making delivery on campus.  This definitely defeats the purpose of a food truck and is a major handcuff for Bloom.  You can read more about from this article from the Stanford Daily.  Apparently, the Stanford student body has already reached out to Stanford about conceding some type of exception for Bloom and other food trucks that have been in business on campus prior to the recent contract with Off The Grid, and have already made a petition in hopes of achieving this.  Hopefully Bloom and other food trucks that have been asked to leave will be allowed to operate again on campus in unity with the new trucks in contract with Off The Grid, especially since Bloom donates part of it profits to charitable organizations (to read more about Bloom click here).

Food Trucks on Stanford Campus is a Win/Lose

Interesting article by a Stanford Faculty member about the loss of a stalwart food truck on Stanford campus with the new implementation of the food truck partnership with Off The Grid.  The truck, called Bloom Truck (formerly Net Appetit) had been in operation on campus for over a decade, and donated proceeds to the less privileged in Vietnam (you can learn more about their mission over at their site).  I had been to the truck before for lunch and I met the owner, who was a very nice man.  When I heard that Off The Grid was partnering with Stanford to bring food trucks to campus, I was excited since I work on campus, but also wondered what would happen to Bloom Truck, as well as the various taco trucks that you see here and there.  I figured that Off The Grid would be  bringing in trucks that they probably worked out a deal with and had worked with in the past, since they are the biggest food truck organizer in San Francisco (Moveable Feast is probably the biggest in the South Bay).  I was hoping that they could strike a deal with Bloom so that they could remain on campus, or that Stanford would give them permission to remain active, but from the article linked above it sounds like that will not be the case.  This is too bad and shows how the growing food truck craze is changing from a “mom and pop” operation to a more corporate environment.

check out pics of Bloom here


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