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ChowderMobile joins growing fleet of food trucks
by Lisa Jennings
|From left: ChowderMobile crew members Mely Perryman and Hugo Garcia with manager Juan Hurtado
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (June 17, 2009) Following in the tracks of food trucks across the country, the San Francisco Bay Area seafood restaurant Sam’s Chowder House has launched a new ChowderMobile for delivery and special events.
Paul Shenkman, owner of Sam’s Chowder House, said Wednesday the ChowderMobile would be available for private or community events, from weddings to street fairs. The truck also will make regular runs, visiting the campuses of high-tech companies throughout the area. Customers can find the ChowderMobile’s location on Twitter or through the website www.samschowdermobile.com.
“Though our business at Sam’s has continued to soar, with an 18 percent increase year-to-date over last year, we are hearing from our corporate customers that it’s more and more difficult for them to justify holding business off-sites, even though there is a business need,” said Shenkman. “With Sam’s ChowderMobile, we can bring a ‘mobile seafood shack’ with outstanding food right to companies at their location. We can even hold lobster clambakes right on the beach, or your home or office.”
Julie Welch Shenkman said the company purchased and retrofitted one 24-foot truck, which is equipped with two fryers and a full kitchen, They are already looking at adding a second truck.
Opened in 2006 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Sam’s Chowder House is known for its Maine Lobster Roll sandwich, as well as fish and chips, crab Louie salad, clam chowder and fish tacos.