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With a little help from its friends Streetza can compete on season two of the Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race."
With a little help from its friends Streetza can compete on season two of the Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race."

Streetza competes for a spot on "The Great Food Truck Race"

Milwaukee's late-night pizza food truck, Streetza, has quickly risen in the ranks as one of our favorite local street food vendors, but apparently, Milwaukeeans aren't the only ones who've come to recognize Scott Baitinger and Steve Mai's made slice skills.

If you're on Twitter, then you probably already know that Streetza has recently been nominated to be on The Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race Season 2."

Co-owner Baitinger is thrilled, but isn't underestimating the efforts of the other 271 food trucks who've also been nominated.

He realizes that yes, if Streetza's going to make it on TV, he's going to have to earn it. And if you love the Walker's Point slice as much as we do (special "salsa-like" pizza sauce, chorizo sausage, onions, peppers, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips from Botanas) then all you have to do is vote for them.

Here's how: Text FT66 to 66789 or vote online (scroll to Milwaukee, and click on Streetza.) Every time someone votes, they are also entered to win a trip to NYC for the Food & Wine Festival.

The winner receives $10,000 and Baitinger says he would donate half to charities, including Independent 1st, Autism Speaks and The Wisconsin Humane Society.

"The money would be nice, but we really just want a shot to show all of the big food trucks in L.A. and NYC that a little 20-year-old FedEx truck that was converted in my garage can make food that is as good as, if not better than anything on the road."

Talkbacks

simplynikki | Sept. 6, 2010 at 10:47 a.m. (report)

35133 The Great Food Truck Race has been one of my "can't miss" shows recently so I am happy to see any Milwaukee or Wisconsin based talent. Best of luck to Streeza, but I also want to remind people that another amazing food truck by the name of TigerBite is also in the running and needs your support as well. If you need a reason why just try some of the sweet potato fries. :)

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recoveringautism | Sept. 3, 2010 at 5:01 p.m. (report)

GREAT idea! I hope you guys will be able to represent Milwaukee! Good luck!

However, one piece of info...Autism Speaks is not a great place to donate money if you want to actually HELP kids/families with Autism. Long story short, Autism Speaks in the last few years has become 'too large' and WAY OFF TRACK from its original mission..to help kids and families with Autism...

there are lots of other charities who are much more WORTHY of the money.....there is a GREAT non-profit that is local, that actually HELPS families directly..keep the $ local and give it to an organization that actually follows a mission statement and ACTUALLY HELPS! One of the charities locally is called "ANGEL, Inc" : www.angelautismnetwork.org, and also another called 'Bridge the Gap'...and seeing that you also love animals, there are many good charities that help both animals AND Autism...those that train and provide Autism Service Dogs...a great one is called "4 paws 4 ability" , its located out of state, but help nationally as well as many in the Milwaukee area, including hopefully soon, our family: www.4pawsforability.org

Whatever you do, stay away from Autism Speaks...being a family with 2 of our 3 kids on the Autism Spectrum, and MANY MANY MANY other families locally and nationally, "Autism Speaks" DOES NOT SPEAK for us....even the daughter of the founders of Autism Speaks now speaks out against what they have turned into and no longer supports them or their mission...and her son is the reason her paretns founded Autism Speaks...

Trust me, giving NOTHING to any Autism charity is actually BETTER than giving ANYTHING to Autism Speaks...seriously...

...and I have no connection to any organizations/companies/etc that work for or against Autism Speaks...nothing to win or loose from sharing this info....just a Mom with 2 kids on the Spectrum...

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amybelle123 | Sept. 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. (report)

Scott, you should donate the other $1000 to Team Challenge/CCFA. You have lots of Twitter friends who are raising money for CCFA and we'd LOVE the assistance. Plus, your logo would go on our singlets, website, e-mail blasts, etc.

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Funsize Foodie | Sept. 3, 2010 at 12:45 p.m. (report)

The Fast Foodie is also nominated in this contest. www.fastfoodieonline.com Way to go Milwaukee! Let's vote for these local trucks!!

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