S.F.'s First Pizza Truck, an Artisan Soda Stand, and Pride Parade's Top Chef

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The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

The mobile food report: Casey's Pizza, which started as a makeshift stand, will get a set of wheels by the end of August. Eater SF reports that Casey Crynes' will have the first pizza truck on the S.F. scene; he plans to park his truck (covered in reclaimed wood) at Haight's Off the Grid, in the Financial District for lunch, and other yet-to-be-determined spots around the city.

Inside Scoop notes, via Beer & Nosh, that SodaCraft has set up a stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Starting today, the seasonally inspired handcrafted sodas can be found every Thursday next to Hapa Ramen's stand.

Organic produce and Niman Ranch beef show up at a new taqueria. Inside Scoop reports, by way of Berkeleyside, that Casa Bernal Taqueria, opened at 2122 Shattuck (at Center) on Tuesday. Casa Bernal is the first Northern California eatery from Guillermo Bernal and his father, who own restaurants in Southern California and Mexico.

Chef News: One of this year's Pride Parade grand marshals is none other than the first openly gay contestant to win Top Chef, Yigit Pura. Grub Street reports that Pura, who plans to open Tout Sweet in S.F. later this year, will be sharing the honors with Chaz Bono and Olympia Dukakis.

Also, Luce, which has been without an executive chef for several months, hired its current executive sous-chef Daniel Corey for the position. Inside Scoop shares that Corey will take over the position last held by Dominque Crenn, who left to pursue Atelier Crenn. His new menu will debut mid-July.

And with a chain's recent shutter of most Bay Area locations, another one expands. In Fisherman's Wharf, In-N-Out and Hooters will have some tourist dollar competition from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Construction is under way on the latest S.F. outpost of the burrito-bowl-salad chain (Jefferson at Leavenworth). Interesting timing? We recently received a press release from the company about its goal to increase use of local produce to more than 10 million pounds (up from 2010's five million). An easier task in California than, say, North Dakota. No word yet on an opening date.

Also, as we previously mentioned, Bluestem Brasserie officially opens tonight.

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