Rochester, NY: Food truck organization disbands, new group formed

Le Petit Poutine food truck serves up hot lunch to
the masses at lunchtime in downtown Rochester in 2017.
(Photo: SHAWN DOWD/@sdowdphoto/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

By Tracy Schuhmacher  |  Democrat & Chronicle

An organization that was instrumental in forming the city’s food truck scene has disbanded.

The Rochester Food Truck Alliance is no longer operational, said Lizzie Clapp, who ran the organization with Veronica “Ronnie” McClive for the past five years. The women are co-owners of the Le Petit Poutine food truck.

McClive created The Rochester Food Truck Alliance (ROCFTA) to lobby for laws favorable to food trucks. Among its accomplishments was successfully advocating for the city to increase the number of locations where trucks were allowed to vend downtown; there are now 12 in all.

Food trucks line up downtown in 2015. (Photo: File photo)

“Ronnie and I have found that after five years, ROCFTA accomplished the initial goals of creating permanent vending laws in the City of Rochester, and introducing food trucks into the larger local food and restaurant community,” Clapp said via email.

“It felt like time to change course. Ultimately, the future we saw for ROCFTA differed from what the membership was looking to focus on, so we’ve put a pin on ROCFTA and taken a step back to concentrate fully Le Petit Poutine right now.”

A group of 19 food owners have formed an informal group called Rochester’s Best Food Trucks, which has a website and a Twitter presence (@rocsbesttrucks). Its aim is to support each other’s businesses and to generate leads, said Michele Yancey, co-owner of The Meatball Truck.

“You can go this one site and find all the best trucks,” Yancey said.

“We are excited about this because there is still a need for a central hub between food trucks and the community,” Clapp said via email. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the road again this season when the warm weather returns.”