In the past few weeks, we have seen the enormous power of the internet in action.  Between the SOPA/PIPA Acts being soundly defeated in Congress, and the Komen Foundation’s reversal of their Planned Parenthood funding cutoff, we have seen what people can do when they work together over the internet.

On a lighter note, the power of the internet can also be used to help worthwhile projects get off the ground.  Kickstarter is one of the more well-known crowdfunding companies that lets people invest in various enterprises for only a few bucks.  The enterprises run the gamut from video game development to independent films to…food trucks.

Snap’s avocado fries & chili cheese dog

Snap  has been serving Chicago-style hot dogs and their signature avocado fries at various street fairs and festivals around town, such as the Hester Street Fair. We tried Snap when they were guest chefs at the Hearst Building cafeteria a few months ago, and the above lunch was delicious.

Now they are trying to get their original concept, a food truck, on the street. They already have the truck, most of the cooking gear, tested the menu, and have raised over 80% of the funds needed to launch.  All they need is a final $10,000 to get the Snap Truck on the street – and you can help with as little as a $5 donation.

For $5 you basically get a thank you, but for $10, $20, $30 and up, you get more than that amount in food once the truck is on the street.  Just think about it as paying for some lunches in advance.

If you really want to impress someone, for $250 you get your name on the side of the truck, and for $500, they will name a dish on the menu after you.  We can’t think of a more original Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one.

Full details are here.  Good luck to Liz and Zeph.  We hope to see the Snap Truck on the street this spring.

Chicago Dog (photo courtesy of Snap)