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The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4: Behind the Scenes of Episode 2

Go behind Episode 2 of The Great Food Truck Race, Season 4 on Food Network.
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Playing by Portland City Limitations

Moving up the West Coast, the food truck teams enter Portland, Ore., where Tyler gives them their next challenge free of surprises — for now. The teams will be able to offer a full menu without any price restrictions, but there are two things they must adhere to: Portland does not allow the use of Styrofoam, and there is no selling on city streets.

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Shopping Smarts

The teams were provided $350 in seed money, but besides salt and sugar on the trucks, they have to restock their food and supplies from scratch. The Frankfoota girls decide not to spend all the seed money and set aside $100 just in case they need to restock later, but that decision might not be the smartest.

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Partnering or Parking — No Other Options

Since they can't sell on city streets, the trucks must sell on private property, which means partnering with a local business, which for The Slide Show was in front of a local cafe, or parking in a food cart pod, which is what Tikka Tikka Taco and Boardwalk Breakfast Empire did on opposite ends of town. Most of the teams were finding it hard to sell due to a lack of foot traffic no matter the location.

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The Rules of Supply and Demand

Just as the teams get a flow of business, Tyler calls them with a Speed Bump: they may not restock their food, as he says "thin to win," they must stretch what they've got but still offer the most bang for your buck. While other trucks raise prices, with Aloha selling as high as $25, Bowled and Beautiful lowers theirs to $7, not necessarily the best strategy.

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