These days, Zane "Let Toronto Eat" Caplansky, owner of Caplansky's Delicatessen and the Thundering Thelma food truck, is popping up everywhere. He recently gave a Tedx QueensU talk at Queens University; his brand of mustards is widely available in stores; and later this year, he opens two new restaurants at Pearson airport. But that's not all. In the midst of shooting season 2 of Food Network Canada's Donut Showdown, Monday night he delivered solid, if not completely harsh, TV quottage as a guest judge on Top Chef Canada ("there may be no 'I' in team but there is an 'I' in stupid"), and yesterday, Caplansky, the activist, rallied hard on Global TV's The Morning Show to give food trucks the "freedom to be on the streets of Toronto." Instead of slapping regulation after regulation on food truck operators, Caplansky advocates for a kind of Amish Rumspringa, letting food trucks operate without any rules for a year and then revisit the issue to see what is, or not, working. And where is he right now? Holding a food truck rally at Nathan Philip's Square, bringing his cause right to city council's front door. That's right: Zane Caplansky is everywhere.
There Is No Escaping Zane Caplansky
by Nobu Adilman