tv [untitled] July 29, 2012 1:00pm-1:30pm PDT
>> i am ready to eat. >> street trucks are growing. these vendors offer a variety of food all over town. in parks and on streets near you. these mobile restaurants are serving up some original, a creative, and unusual combinations. this is like a grilled cheese sandwich or you could do something truly unique like this. we're here at off the grid-upper hate. there are so many options. ♪
you will be competing in the food and truck challenge. appetizers, entrees, and desserts. make a cohesive mill. the winner will get the title of the feed truck challenge chompians. ready, said? whether you talking to get out there. i am with the founder of off the grid. how would you describe it? global food trucks in the bay area. we put them into need urban settings. we get people to come and try the great food. >> what inspired you? >> i was helping people launch mobile food trucks. they were asking where we could park together. there was no process that enabled that. we started the first location at 14th and center. from there, we expanded
locations. >> why our food trucks growing in popularity? >> three reasons. the high cost of starting a the rises social media, and trucks can be easily located. food trucks offer a unique outdoor experience that is not easily replaced by any other sitting anywhere else in san francisco. >> how would you describe the relationship san francisco has with food trucks? >> san francisco eaters are adventurous and interested in novelties. our customers love of food trucks. ♪ >> everybody loves food on the go. the fact that the use great ingredients and are very convenient, gourmet food, that makes them very popular. >> i want to go there. >> i have been dying to have these. >> i have dined and various food
trucks before. i think it is cool the they're starting to make food that you can try. >> i cannot decide. >> in the thick of the competition. how is it going? >> pretty good. i got thrown off because they pulled out of my first appetizer choice. but i think we're doing ok. >> how are you going to crush them? >> i think it will be easy. one of the things probably everyone has tried, but it might be a new twist on it. >> i do not want to where you, but we were at this food truck earlier. >> does not matter. still going to win. >> you walk outside and there is a food truck right there.
it changes every day. it is fun and easy to go down and get some food. >> these are going to be really good. >> i am going with this. i think he is going with his gut. >> this is good. >> i was thinking of doing a sample test. >> i thought about starting a restaurant. the food truck was my initial idea. >> we thought, why don't we combine them, and it would be the most desirable combination. >> [inaudible] >> just getting some feedback. >> for a lot of people, i am sure this combination might not sound right on paper, but when you taste it, you're surprised. it is a great way to create a
community. people get together and talk about issues, get toríiziañ know different cultures. that brings people together. i hope there's more off the grid style places to stop, and people can mingle and interact. this creates that opportunity. >> all right, the time has come. as a very hungry. on the go. >> crispy chicken sandwich. salted caramel the cake. >> i have a thing. fried home cooking food. what do you think? >> i think i am going to need another bite. very moist. >> so good.
it is so good. >> fantastic. >> i had the sweet potato fries. the fried mac and cheese. the twinkies. i wanted something classic with a twist. >> those look crispy. >> yes. >> fried mac and cheese. >> whoa. >> are these the best ones you have ever had? >> yes, they are. i have only had one other twinkie, and that was the regular one. >> would you say you had the winning meal? >> definitely. >> do you think your the food truck challenge chompian? >> yes.
>> i love teaching. it is such an exhilarating experience when people began to feel their own creativity. >> this really is a place where all people can come and take a class and fill part of the community. this is very enriching as an artist. a lot of folks take these classes and take their digital imagery and turn it into negatives. >> there are not many black and white darkrooms available anymore. that is a really big draw. >> this is a signature piece. this is the bill largest darkroom in the u.s.. >> there are a lot of people that want to get into that dark room. >> i think it is the heart of this place.
you feel it when you come in. >> the people who just started taking pictures, so this is really an intersection for many generations of photographers and this is a great place to learn because if you need people from different areas and also everyone who works here is working in photography. >> we get to build the community
here. this is different. first of all, this is a great location. it is in a less-populated area. >> of lot of people come here just so that they can participate in this program. it is a great opportunity for people who have a little bit of photographic experience. the people have a lot, they can really come together and share a love and a passion. >> we offer everything from traditional black and white darkrooms to learning how to process your first roll of film. we offer classes and workshops in digital camera, digital printing. we offer classes basically in the shooting, ton the town at
night, treasure island. there is a way for the programs exploring everyone who would like to spend the day on this program. >> hello, my name is jennifer. >> my name is simone. we are going on a field trip to take pictures up the hill. >> c'mon, c'mon, c'mon. >> actually, i have been here a lot. i have never looked closely enough to see everything. now, i get to take pictures. >> we want to try to get them to be more creative with it. we let them to be free with them but at the same time, we
give them a little bit of direction. >> you can focus in here. >> that was cool. >> if you see that? >> behind the city, behind the houses, behind those hills. the see any more hills? >> these kids are wonderful. they get to explore, they get to see different things. >> we let them explore a little bit. they get their best. if their parents ever ask, we can learn -- they can say that they learned about the depth of field or the rule of thirds or that the shadows can give a good contrast.
some of the things they come up with are fantastic. that is what we're trying to encourage. these kids can bring up the creativity and also the love for photography. >> a lot of people come into my classes and they don't feel like they really are creative and through the process of working and showing them and giving them some tips and ideas. >> this is kind of the best kept secret. you should come on and take a class. we have orientations on most saturdays. this is a really wonderful location and is the real jewel to the community. >> ready to develop your photography skills? the harvey milk photo center focuses on adult classes. and saturday workshops expose
seminar here in our beautiful city. city hall in san francisco. housekeeping items. you'll notice on your chair there is a little box. we're having simultaneous interpreting. you will find these. insert into the box, turn it on, put it on your head and did not to get out of this room. if you leave, leave it on the chair, we will pick it up afterward. if you have a problem, there is a little room and they can take care of it for you. problems with their headsets, there is a little room, someone will take care of it for you. restrooms to my left. and please, turn your cell phones off. ok? thank you. i want to say this event would not be possible to do without the general sponsorship of the mayor's office.
thank you, mayor ed lee. also the ministry of the commerce of china, supported by the governor's office. thank you so much. the lieutenant governor is here of course. i would like to mention that we do have some honorable mentions in here. first of all, my boss, hon. ed lee. mayor of san francisco. i would like to add our first chinese mayor in san francisco. the vice minister of the ministry of commerce from beijing. [applause] welcome. next to my former boss, the hon. gavin newsom, lieutenant governor of california. the hon. counsel general of the people's republic of china. [applause]
the minister of the embassy of the people's republic of china and the united states, based in washington, d.c.. and charlotte schultz, mr. mike rossi, senior adviser on jobs for governor brown. also officials from the delegation. the director-general of the department of foreign investment and administration. mr. wong shi. and mr. -- the commercial counselor of the department of corporation. and the director-general of the investment promotion agency of the ministry of commerce in
china. we have more. the chairman of the tschida chamber of commerce -- china chamber of commerce. and from the china contractors association. and the president of the foreign trade and economic relations commission. and the deputy director general, department of commerce of the inner mongolia, autonomous region. the director of economic and trade office of [unintelligible] province. i would like to mention that locally, we have a city council member from fremont, ms. sue chan and supervisor malia cohen is in the house. thank you for coming. i remember not long ago when vice-president -- the vice-
president visited the united states and i traveled to los angeles with our mayor at the time and what an event. and now a few months later, san francisco is probably hosting the seminar with the ministry of commerce. it shows that our golden mountain continues to attract chinese. has never stopped since the 1800's and because san francisco continues to be the city of innovation and full of peril spirit, we will continue to seek an inflow of inbound chinese businessmen and investors. may i invite our mayor, edwin lee, to the podium? [applause] >> thank you. good morning. i want to of course repeat our warm welcome, ladies and gentleman, to the vice minister and his delegation here. to the council general and his wonderful work and to our
lieutenant governor, gavin newsom is here. our senior adviser, mr. rossi and those of you from fremont and san jose and around the bay area, thank you for being here on this first china-united states state and regional economic and trade discussion. as you know, san francisco has been home to the biggest and the oldest chinatown in the united states. and so, there could not be a more appreciative place to hold this conference. i will say as i said earlier to the vice minister that it is interesting to note to and i am a student of our chinese history. in the 1800's as darlene has mentioned, many of the ancestors came over from china and whether it was for economic opportunity or search of gold, it is interesting to know that today
we're of course seeing our contemporaries coming to invest and look for partnerships opportunities in the united states and in san francisco. it is a very nice twist. i am proud to say that san francisco is the innovation capital of the world. and we have been dubbed the center for clean technology in the united states. our goal of reaching the zero waste in 20/20 -- 2020 is a real goal. . companies are popping up in our city. we recently signed a memorandum of understanding in beijing with the national energy conservation center where our leader of our economic development represented
our city. in agreeing to sustain and share the best practices as it relates to energy efficiency and sustainability and of course, which my good friend and our u.s. ambassador, gary locke, had washed over. not to mention that we're the home to the california institute of regenerative madison -- medicine. mission bay is a destination for those who want to make history in by a life sciences and biotech discoveries. -- vio lifbio life scientists ad biotech discoveries. u2 -- for making that a cause for future generations and we will discover in that corridor those live science drugs that will help us end these dreadful diseases for generations to come. thank you, lieutenant governor.
[applause] i wanted to welcome the delegates who come here under the leadership of the vice minister and of course in his capacity as not only the vice ministry of commerce, but also the china investment and promotion agencies and to the many companies are here in attendance, you represent that cross-section of companies from diverse backgrounds and discipline throughout the bay area. i want to welcome you here to this great seminar to wish you a great conversation and an intelligent one, and one that hopefully will discuss the many more ways that we can not only do business, but to work together to solve the world's problems. this is what happens here in san francisco. we cannot just talk about the problems. we will try to discover ways to
solve them. this is, i think, the essence of why this ministry is here today. i want to also congratulate and thank the state of california for its investment in the bay area and in our city and to know that we want to and we wish to help lead this conversation and these discoveries with our friends in china. thank you and welcome back to the old gold mountain. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mr. mayor. i would like to welcome our consul general of the people's republic of china. [applause] good morning, everyone. for the sake of my fellow countrymen from china i will
[applause] >> thank you. i would like to invite our hon. japanese and -- hon. gavin newsom up to the podium. >> thank you, darlene and vice minister. an honor to see you again. we had the opportunity yesterday in sacramento to visit. thank you for your stewardship and strong support of our efforts here not only in san francisco, but across the state. and to mayor lee, thank you for example, your leadership, your stewardship, and her strong support and wisdom of identifying a great leader of