Miami's Gourmet Food Truck Association Staffed an Accused Child Molester

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Enrique "Kiki" Alard, arrested after allegedly seducing a child on Craigslist.
​The Gourmet Food Truck Association promised to bring order and profit to the local fledgling mobile grub scene. In December, it partnered with the Miami Children's Hospital to hold a food truck rally and toy drive in South Miami.

Now it's been apparently been disbanded. At least part of the reason: it came to light that a volunteer for the association-- and son of its founder-- is awaiting charges for sexually molesting a 15-year-old boy.

Last April 28, Enrique "Kiki" Eduardo Alard-- who worked for a student ministry and can be seen here cooing religious ballads in Spanish and singing the national anthem at a Miami Heat game -- was arrested for luring a 15-year-old victim on Craigslist and then forcing fellatio on him, according to a police report.

Alard allegedly posted on Craigslist: "Horny high school boys hit me up." After a series of Internet exchanges, the victim met the youth minister at a location in Doral, where Alard "implied he had a weapon and told the victim he was going to hurt him," according to the very graphic report: "[Alard] then pulled down his shorts, exposed his penis, grabbed the victim by his hair and forced the victim to perform fellatio on him for approximately two minutes." Alard then allegedly tried to reciprocate before the kid managed to run away to his house.

Alard told cops that the fellatio-- with a 15-year-old child, you remember-- was consensual. His trial is scheduled at the end of this month.

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​In the meantime, Alard has been busying himself as a volunteer for the Gourmet Food Truck Association (GFTA), the upstart organization responsible for periodic food truck gatherings on South Dixie Highway nears the Falls area and founded by Kiki's father Enrique S. Alard.

The organization was supposed to become a sort of guild for Miami's mobile vendors, according to the group's own documents, "awarding membership to high quality food trucks in order to distinguish ourselves... from just any food truck or roach coach." The GFTA filed incorporation documents last Thursday but had been organizing weekly truck rallies for several weeks before that.

According to a since-deleted Facebook page -- still available on Google cache -- food trucks that partnered with the GFTA iin December included Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers, Caza Crepes, and Cheeseme, to name a few. That same month, the GFTA included the logo of the Miami Children's Hospital -- which has not yet returned our page seeking comment -- on a flyer for a truck rally and toy drive.

Kiki Alard used his still-active Twitter account -- on which he describes his lifestyle as a "devoted Christian" who is "trying to be a superhero" -- to promote the events: "Join me 2nite from 530-10 at the @gftamiami falls/pinecrest food truck rally 13108 S. Dixie Hwy."

The GFTA began to unravel on January 16, when an anonymous e-mailer forwarded Kiki Alard's mug shot and booking photo to the association's members, along with the missive: "Attention local business owners dealing with the GFTA, Enrique 'Kiki' Alard was arrested for raping a 14 year old boy."

Two days later, the GFTA announced through its now-defunct Twitter account: "The GFTA will no longer continue to operate. Trucks will continue to do business on their own." It's website also shut down.

Reached by phone, Kiki's father Enrique says the company shut-down was a direct result of the e-mail, which he calls "slander", pointing out that his son has not been convicted.

He allowed the accused molester to volunteer for the company in order to "help my son become a good citizen. People just read the headline, they can't see his heart."

Kiki himself hung up on Short Order before answering any questions. He then stopped answering out calls.

Even before this controversy, the GFTA was not particularly popular with many food vendors. Says Michelle Sanchez of Latin House Grill: "They handed their fliers outside my lunches in Kendall and Doral. I was like, why are they bothering my people?" He then adds of Kiki: "He always had a bunch of teenagers with him. It was disturbing."

Below, we've embedded a GFTA memo, along with Kiki Alard's arrest report.


Kiki Alard Arrest Report

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Sori
Sori

Bernie, you have NO clue what you're talking about! non-profit is non-profit. Go ahead & ask each and every truck in Miami how much they ever paid the GFTA. Please do so. Have them answer you publicly please. I'd love to hear them answer in person!!! Because i have actually gone to quite a few of them & asked personally myself!! Gimme a break. Stop drinking the Kool-aide & believing the Fab 4 as they love to come across. They got you brain washed, too just like they have the New Times!! It's jealousy & envy that ended the GFTA, NOT Kiki Alard!!!

Natlane
Natlane

Wow this story is shocking, Sori are you a member of the GFTA? you are on the defensive and have some inside info. Its hard to understand from these responses whats going on here. Why was this club shut down because of a volunteer? Does not make any sense to me. Who is the fab 4 and why are they brainwashing people? seems like there is stuff missing here.

Sori
Sori

Sorry Natlane, definitely not part of the gfta but i attended their events which were well organized & enjoyable. Met lots of fun people, truck owners, store owners & can't understand why a story like this surfaced all of a sudden again when it is old news? Leads me to believe there was dirty business on certain truck owners' ends. So i did a little research which i do for a living & just by this article, I see that an anonymous email was sent out & that email included an attached email that was originally sent by the gfta to all truck owners to clear up rumors being spread about the organization. Proves a truck owner started this sabotoge. Well, everything thus far had checked out legit for the gfta as far as business practices & their intentions for this industry & they have NEVER recieved a RED CENT from ANY truck owners, stores, etc.

Kept digging & noticed that 4 specific truck owners who claim to have started the industry here in Miami (whatever) have been boasting about themselves. Even posting pics of themselves on FB standing together like the leaders of a Mafia. Ridiculous if you ask me. So why all of a sudden the need for acknowledgement on their part? Could jealousy & envy be the cause because an association was put together before they did it? Not enough time in the arrogant lime light?? If they've been around so long, why didn't they do it sooner? All you need are 2 parties for an association. They could have done it a long time ago. How much do you want to make a bet that they will be starting their own organization soon??

So, all this plus more i've found leads me to believe that a truck owner/owners that were obviously never part of the association -that either worked together in a group or possibly a truck owner who likes to fly solo sabotoged the association purposely. And whats the best way to do it? Throw someone under the bus & reveal it. As far as the reports show, Mr. Alard has not been convicted. I'm not condoning what he's accused of doing by all means but why drag something old out again? Obviously for a purpose. To try & shut down something positive that they didn't want to be a part of because they weren't the ones in charge? Hmmm... Best way to do it, send it to a magazine/publication to out it, right? Could they have the writer of the story/publication in their pocket? Hmmm... Just sayin'. I'm not accusing anyone but to me, 1 + 1 = 2, not 3 or 4. I'm a realist. I research. I don't like cheaters yet I can sniff them a mile away & when that happens, I enjoy smoking them out! It's what motivates me to do what I do.

Listen, I don't write crap just to write it. It really bothers me that people maliciously try to hurt something or someone for their own benefit. At the end of the day, this guy will have to pay for his sins but we are not the ones who should be condemning him. You know, no one here knows the real story but let God & the courts be the judge. You might not have any remorse for him, that's fine but he has a mother & father that im sure are hurting. Why drag it out again?! No matter what he's accused of, it's wrong of someone to publicize it AGAIN for the PURPOSE of bringing something down that's never negatively affected anyone yet on the contrary, shed a little positive light on this industry. This has been ugly what these truck owners & anyone else involved have done & trust me, i am not nor have i EVER been part of or affiliated in ANY way with the gfta. Im just your typical consumer. I'm a major foodie & have eaten at all the trucks pretty much but this was all brought to my attention thanks to the trucks, bloggers & critics that posted about it which if you ask me, has shown zero class on their part! It peaked my interest & propped me to do this research. Whether good or evil, the truth always comes out like it was poignantly pointed out for the accused, Mr. Alard & it will for any parties involved in this sabotoge. You will see.

Trucker
Trucker

oh god Henry (aka sori) give it a break

Sori
Sori

Anonymous, you are totally right. His dad should have sat him out & not let him be part of this since so my families attend & nothing was cleared up yet. I couldn't agree with you more. And im not denying the relevancy to it. But there was no relevancy to having used it against an organization that did no harm to anyone. It was nice to go to one website to get all the info on ALL the trucks, members & even non-members. They promoted ALL the trucks very positively. The great thing about an association is that you're free to join if you want to. And if not, that's ok, too. They were still giving info on their spots anyways as a nice gesture from what I saw. All from 1 site. Very convenient. Now I have to follow every truck individually which really sucks. And im not going to follow any blogger for truck info because i don't feel they are un-biased. Ever since this came out, ive been putting pieces together in my head as to why someone would 'out' this & then post it on their sites & pages. It should be about the food and not the bashing & the gossip don't you think? What would drive someone to send an email anonymously to a magazine/newspaper? What was the motive in doing this? What were their intentions? Please don't tell me they were protecting families because if that's the case, why hide behind an anonymous email? There are civilized ways of doing things. It's was a mean spirited thing to do. One thing has nothing to do with the other. I love attending the truck gatherings but this has kinda left me with a bad taste in my mouth as it has to others as well. (No pun intended...lol...) and I hate to spend my money & benefit the pockets of a mean spirited person/s. 2 wrongs don't make a right. This world is filled with too many haters & we need to move on and support each other in all aspects of life. Our obsession with superiority will cause OUR demise. Hope you can understand where i'm coming from. Thank you for speaking like a civilized adult & not being insulting like the others, Anonymous.

Johnjewyjew
Johnjewyjew

Sori since you know everything, was the GFTA part of NAMBLA?

Anonymous
Anonymous

But Sori, the truck rally still went on at the same Pinecrest spot last night, so what's the issue? That just proves that a larger "association" isn't really needed for the independent owners to communicate and set things up among themselves. Also, frankly, considering how many children/families/teenagers these truck round-ups are now attracting, I think the accusations against Mr. Alard are indeed very serious and entirely relevant. I am sorry for the embarrassment this is causing to his parents, but knowing that this could come to light and affect something positive they were trying to do, they should have asked their son to sit out until everything was cleared up one way or another.

Sori
Sori

Ari, im totally not defending what he did. At all. This post was always about Kiki. But the very 1st comment was "We didn't think the gfta would make it....". It really sucks that someone maliciously did all this & ended something a lot of people, including myself enjoyed on Wed nights & what's even worse is that they did it in this manner. This is a pretty serious case & to use it for the purpose of hurting another party is really low. I'm not kiki or Henry, nor am I an idiot. I'm a regular consumer with an opinion, a brain & the knowledge & understanding to know when people have played dirty to their advantage. Kiki eff'd up big time, there's no denying that. It's pretty sick what he did! But don't air someone's laundry for your own benefit. That's all I'M saying! That's pretty low, too. Let me ask you then, are you involved w/ any of the truckers who did this? Because you seem to be defending them & being defensive at my comments. I'm entitled to my opinion & all im saying is it's low of a person/s to use something like this to end something others enjoyed.

Ari Lot
Ari Lot

this is obviously a response by the GFTA either Kiki or Henry Alard. My god who would defend them like this and try to put blame on the truck owners for destroying the GFTA? If it is not you are a sick person @sori. "Alard told cops that the fellatio-- with a 15-year-old child, you remember-- was consensual." I would say this goes beyond any problems with truck owners fighting, jealousy or even the GFTA. This is a serious situation involving a child and accusations of violent rape. Sori you are really out of line here and must be insane to think otherwise.

Johnjewyjew
Johnjewyjew

@Sori There's no doubt in my mind that you're a complete and utter idiot.

Todd Brass
Todd Brass

You guys are blaming the person who broke the story and talking about karma?? Wow that is an odd response to the article. If this person had nothing to do with the gft then why did it close down?

Halcall
Halcall

Yet another youth minister arrested for pedophilia. When will it end?

Sori
Sori

Joshua, I couldn't agree with you more! Look at the guy in the previous post before you, his comment "We didn't think the gfta would make it..." obviously, this post is about Kiki & not the GFTA yet that's all Mr. Foodtrucklocater comments on. With a name like Foodtrucklocater, makes me believe you felt your job was threatened & makes me also believe there are some sleezy food truck owners out there that purposely did this because they were jealous they were being outshined in a way. I don't agree with what this guy did but whoever sent that so called email has committed slander & resurfaced old crap just to shut down an organization that would have been very beneficial if given the opportunity. Very, very wrong!! Just like this came out, it will one day come out who was so malicious as to resurface this again & send it around. Shame on you whoever you are. Hope you get charged one day as well! Karma is a B@tch!!

Bernie
Bernie

The GFTA was for profit. Seriously, do you believe that they were doing this out of the kindness of their heart? As for another organization popping up wanting more money and strict regulations that will NOT be happening. The food trucks want no part of any organization/union that is charging them a nickel. They are completely independent and should remain as such. The South Florida food truck industry was thriving before GFTA came along, and will continue to do well now that they are gone.

owenrileya
owenrileya

Let me say that the "United Forensic College" is the friendliest, most helpful and accessible college out there right now. The Criminal Justice curriculum isn’t going to overwhelm you.

Joshua
Joshua

The GFTA was formed as a service without malice. I don't know about Kiki or what his problem is/was, but I would be more concerned with the 'anonymous' caller and why somebody would be spreading slander about a non-profit organization that didn't charge exorbitant fees to help the trucks get organized. Watch somebody else come up with another organization right behind but wanting more money and strict regulations.

They have GFTA's in Los Angeles, San Fransisco and other parts of the country, why not Miami? More importantly, if anybody had an issue with Kiki, kick him out, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water. GFTA was a great idea and this issue aside, our obsession with suspicion and rumors will hurt us as a people... seriously hurt us.

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