Mark Baratelli

Mark Baratelli, Publisher of The Daily City newspaper and blog, has won the following recognition:

  • Inducted into the 2015 Culinary Hall of Fame by the Orlando Sentinel
  • Won the "40 Under 40" award from Orlando Business Journal
  • Nicknamed “Orlando's Food Truck Baron” by Orlando Sentinel “The Pied Piper of Food Trucks” by Orlando Business Journal
  • Named #39 Most Well-Known Local Celebrity in Orlando by Orlando Sentinel

...all for creating the nations original food truck tour: The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar. Baratelli turned “food trucks in a parking lot” into a 9-city, 40-truck, four-year-old company with over 500 events under its belt. Orlando City Soccer, Orlando Magic and Orlando Predators have chosen the company as their official food truck provider. 

The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar won the following awards: 
  • 2012 Best Local Food Event from Edible Orlando Magazine 
  • 2012 Best Monthly Event from YELP Orlando
Baratell's brand new venture, the pocket newspaper, started getting distributed at each location of The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar. 1,000 copies per month are handed out for free. 

His blog he started in 2007,, won 2015 Best Community Blog at the Florida Sunshine Blog Awards in February 

For his work creating the local arts events Mobile Art Show, Meeting of the Orlando Minds and the Orlando Improv Festival, the Orlando Weekly said, "If everyone in Orlando who claims to care about the arts had 1 percent of [Mark] Baratelli’s energy and commitment, this city would be a world culture capital." That same newspaper named him 2010 Best Arts Advocate and 2011 + 2012 Best Local Cheerleader for these local arts events. 

  • 4-18-15: Guest Expert, East End Market's Foodpreneur 102 Workshop (Web)
  • 4-16-15: Judge, Taste of College Park, Dubsdread Country Club (Web
  • 4-15-15: Judge, Taste of Winter Park, downtown Winter Park (Web
  • 4-9-15 Celebrity Server, Breakfast for Dinner fundraiser for Mills50 Main Street
  • 3-24-15 Panelist, American Marketing Association of Central Florida panel "How to Draft Great Content that Doesn’t Get Stale (Web)
  • 3-14-15 Judge, Oviedo Citrus and Celery Cook-Off 
  • 2-22-15: Judge, Downtown Food + Wine Festival
  • (the rest of the list is coming)

September 5, 2012
Social Media Panel
Hosted by I.D.E.A.S. Orlando and presented by Women in Film and Television- Florida, Mark was one of four panelists (including the President of I.D.E.A.S.) in an hour-long discussion on social media.
August 3, 2012
Media Sponsor and Host
Kick-off event for month-long fundraiser
A Gift For Teaching, a local charity that helps children get needed school supplies, hosted a kick-off event and all three media sponsors were there: Matt from WKMG, Mark from The Daily CIty, and Moira and Jack from 104.1's The Phillips Phile.
May 17, 2012
Media Panel
Rollins College & United Arts put together a panel including the President of WMFE, a Reporter from Channel 13, the Editor of the Orlando Weekly and PR profesional Sarah Brady.  The goal was to share with the audience of over 100 non-profit PR professionals ways to get their stories and pitches heard by media.
February 24, 2012
Pecha Kucha
Chosen as one of ten speakers to present on the topic of making your city better, Mark talked about his project, The Food Truck Bazaar and food trucks in Orlando. 
December 31, 2011
Fresh From Florida Parade
Chosen by organizers, Mark was grateful to be a part of the parade as a judge. This is a the third year he was asked to judge.
November 10, 2011
Favorite Local LGBT-Friendly Blog
The local LGBT newspaper "Watermark" held a ceremony for their "Best of Orlando" awards and named in the awards.
November 10, 2011
Cover of Watermark Newspaper
Watermark Newspaper asked Mark to be on the cover of their "Best of Orlando" edition due to his winning "Favorite Local LGBT-Friendly Blog."
November 8, 2012
Media Sponsor was asked to be a Media Sponsor of "A Gift Teaching"'s 2011 Push Campaign along with tv station WKMG and radio station Real Radio 104.1. The local charity thanked us with this lovely plaque. 
October 24, 2011
Featured Local
City of Orlando Giving Circle
Unveiled at Mayor Buddy Dyer's State of Downtown at the Amway Center and later to be hung inside City Hall, this piece of art showcases local community giving. IT was created for Mayor Dyer's "Why I Love Orlando" campaign. A plaque next to it explains what each person has given to the city.
October, 2011
Invited Guest
City of Orlando Brainstorm at Amway Center
In July, Mayor Buddy Dyer's office invited Mark to join 40 others at the Chamber of Commerce to help plan a brainstorm for October based on For the Love of Cities. In October, Mark participated in that brainstorm, held in the Fairwinds room at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. Photo Credit
August 27, 2011
Ford Motor Company
Mark was called and asked to be one of only seven social media-savvy people from across the country to participate in the Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge. One portion of the contest involved collecting school supplies for a charity.
August 23, 2011
ReThinking The City Panel
Mark was asked to speak about the projects he's produced including Mobile Art Show, Parking Space Takeover, and Food Truck Bazaar. This took place at Urban ReThink, a coworking space in Thornton Park.
August 14, 2011
Interview Food Truck Bazaar
Mark was asked to speak about his food truck bazaar and the Orlando food truck scene by Orlando's local NPR station WMFE. The interview was held at one of his food truck bazaars.
July 18, 2011
Invited Speaker
University of Central Florida
Mark was asked to speak about Food Truck Bazaar and the food truck culture in general in Orlando.
July 14, 2011
Invited Guest 
Orlando Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Buddy Dyer's office invited Mark to join 40 others at the Chamber of Commerce for a presentation and brainstorm with the author of For the Love of Cities.

July 16, 2011
Central Florida Blogger Conference
"Taking Your Blog Offline" was the topic of Mark's 30-minute talk. He showed how he started with small events then slowly over the course of two years, worked his way up to producing the Orlando Improv Festival and the Food Truck Bazaar. Photo Credit

July 15, 2011
Media Partner & Presenter
A Gift for Teaching Kick-Off Event
Along with The Philips Phile and WKMG TV, supported the charity "A Gift for Teaching" at their 2011 kick-off. Mark and WKMG TV's Matt Austin worked together to present a fun game show, written by the non-profit.

July 14, 2011
Media Panelist
FPRA/PRSA Media Roundtable Panel
PR professionals from across Central Florida converged at the Doubletree Hotel for 2 hours of questioning with local media.

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October 1, 2010
World Smile Day
Mark Baratelli was asked by the Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau to entertain 500 people (including Joey Fatone!) atop the rood of the Amway parking garage as they were photographed from above by three helicopters on opening day of the Amway Center.
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Sepember 26, 2010
Orlando Public Library Interview with Orlando Ballet Artistic Director Robert Hill
Orlando Ballet asked Mark to conduct a 45 minute interview with its Artistic Director Robert Hill in front of a live audience at the downtown Orlando public library.

Media Roundtable 2010 (58)

July 15, 2010
Mark was invited by Florida Public Relations Association (“FPRA”) and the Public Relations Society of America (“PRSA”) to be present for this event. "The Media Roundtable is a half-day interactive event that gives PR pros time to meet with media representatives in small, group settings. 

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June 25, 2010
Panelist: What Does the Media Want?
Kids In Need National Network Summit
The Philips Phile Program Director Katherine Brown of Real Radio 104.1 FM, News Director Bob Kotek of Local 6 WKMG and Mark sat on this panel for Kids In Need National Network Summit.

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September 11, 2010
Facebook and the Arts Panel
Orlando Shakespeare Theater hosted a panel talk about the arts and how they are affected by Facebook.

August 15, 2010
Orlando Ballet Public Talk
Orlando Ballet asked Mark to conduct a 45 minute interview with its Artistic Director Robert Hill in front of a live audience at Orlando Museum of Art.
August 8, 2010
Media Sponsor
Homespun Chic Marketplace
The organizers of the Homespun Chic Marketplace in Winter Park invited Mark to be one of only two non-craft participants as a media sponsor.
June 2010
Winner, Best Local Blog
The Orlando Sentinel named "Best Local Blog of 2010."
February 18, 2010
Panelist: The Creative Process
Doterati Morning Panel Breakfast
"Join us for breakfast as Doterati explores the journey from a simple spark of creativity to a full-blown implemented marketing plan."

December 30, 2009
Parade Judge
2009 Citrus Bowl Parade
The organizers of the Citrus Bowl Parade asked Mark to be a judge of this fun downtown parade.

Local movers and shakers within individuals cities also seem to take the cause to heart such as Mark Baratelli, editor of in Orlando, Florida. He’s been a vocal and passionate advocate for changing peoples’ perceptions of Food Trucks. And people are not only listening, they’re eating.
2-15-12, Her Geek Live, Food Trucks Have Come a Long Way

"Make sure you look out for local event producer Mark Baratelli of"
12-7-11, Orlando Business Journal, Cooking Channel Featuring More Orlando Food Trucks

"Mark Baratelli, creator and producer of Orlando Food Truck Bazaar and, has been a key player in organizing food truck pods, rallies and bazaars. "These events emphasize community," he says. "The circle of vendors becomes a front porch of sorts for neighbors and friends to meet. Walk through any of these events and you find participants plopped down in folding chairs to relax and children laughing and playing nearby. What a 10-7-11, Orlando Sentinel, Rolling Feasts- A Guide to Orlando Food Trucks 

"... he wanted to attract the attention Orlando deserved. It evolved into the city's most successful culture blog showcasing everything Orlando has to offer besides the widely known tourist spots..."
3-2-11, AOL City's Best: Orlando, Blogger Mark Baratelli Dishes on

"One of the founding Twitter Force members is Mark Baratelli from, a local arts blog. He served as a consultant on the campaign. 'Because of the Twitter Force, more folks will learn about what’s going on at the Bob Carr when the house lights go down and the stage is lit,' Baratelli said."

"Mark Baratelli does it in a car. Mobile Art Show and Taco Truck Taste Test"
1. Beth Marshall, 2. Mark Baratelli, 3. Margot Knight

Profiled "People in the Arts" series by writer Scottie Campbell
8-20-09, Watermark Newspaper, Spotlight On Mark Baratelli 

8-10-09, WUCF Public Radio Station, Improv Comedian Mark Baratelli the Next Oprah? (Click to listen)

"Or maybe, like me, you’re one of the readers who rely upon his indispensable arts and events website, where he blogs and tweets on any and everything stewing in Orlando’s cultural cauldron (somehow scooping us even when he’s out of town – how does he do that?)."
7-9-09, Orlando Weekly, Live Active Cultures: Mark Baratelli