Fest celebrates launch of locally developed food truck app

A NOLA couple is launching an app that helps you skip the food truck line, and no one will get mad.

by Mary Staes | October 31, 2018

Food trucks have a a sort-of cult following, and so do the fests in the city.

Now, a locally developed app is launching with a mash-up of both, throwing some of the most popular food trucks in the city in one place to celebrate its launch.

The idea for the NOMAD app started when co-founder and President Ellen Gugenberger and her husband, Walter, were living in Washington, D.C.

“There are several hundred food trucks registered in D.C.,” said Gugenberger. “People rely on them because a lot of people take public transportation. The trucks always presented a great opportunity for something different every day.”

But food trucks come with a different set of challenges. By nature, they’re mobile and move around to different spots in the city. Sometimes there’s a line outside a popular truck, and people have short lunch breaks. Food truck owners often don’t have the space for multiple devices or manpower to run multiple apps on their trucks.

NOMAD hopes to solve those problems for truck owners and customers.

“Users will be able to see which trucks in the area have NOMAD, and which trucks they’ll be able to order through,” she said.

Customers can look a menu items on their phones, see what’s sold out, order their food and then get notifications when its ready. Once you get to the truck, you’ll be able to skip the line and pick up your food.

The official launch day is Nov. 2, and a fest at Champions Square that afternoon is planned to help get customers and trucks together using the app.

“We wanted to demonstrate that people didn’t have to sit and wait in a line for the food trucks,” Gugenberger said. “Instead, they can play tailgate games. They can listen to a great band. They can buy drinks from Champions Square. Whenever they’re ready to eat, they can place their order and just go back to having a great time.”

Ten food trucks are planning to come downtown for the fest, including Diva Dawg, Freencheeze, La Cocinita and South in Ya Mouth. Best of all the fest admission is free. Click here for more information about the fest and the full list of trucks attending.


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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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