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The mobile eatery is having a moment. The Food Network recently rolled out “The Great Food Truck Race,” an “Amazing Race”-style competition for vehicles that serve grub. The network is already planning a second season, and one Vermont business is putting the pedal to the metal for a chance to appear.

Sweet Crunch Bakeshop & Catering Co. in Hyde Park has been nominated as one of “America’s Favorite” vending vehicles on the Food Network’s website. Sweet Crunch owner and chef Debbie Burritt has a fully outfitted kitchen in her truck, which she uses at catering gigs and local field days.

According to Heather Cardinal, an employee at Sweet Crunch’s nonmobile café, venison grinders are the signature treat on the truck. Cardinal adds that Burritt has served everything from pancakes to stuffed mushrooms to filet mignon from the vehicle. Fans of the fare can vote at www.foodnet until September 10. If Burritt wins, she will receive $10,000 and a possible spot on the next season of “The Great Food Truck Race.”


College students have plenty of off-campus dining options, but can they find them? Making the town-gown connection is the business of the Campus Special, a national company that just arrived in Vermont. It pays interns from local colleges to set up an online system that hungry students can use to order from nearby eateries. Lindsey Cashman says she and fellow University of Vermont senior Allison Keller spent the summer recruiting 28 restaurants — from Caribbean Buffet to Denny’s — to participate. Many others offer coupons, such as $10 off at Asiana House or free nachos at Madera’s Restaurante & Mexicano Cantina.

College students and community members can peruse the featured menus, then place online orders as much as two weeks in advance. Most restaurants offer in-person takeout only, but Marco’s Pizza, Mr. Mike’s and New Moon Café include free delivery with their services.

Before they order, the kids can also check out resto profiles and user reviews in What’s Good and 7 Nights...