ITHACA, N.Y. – Police are investigating the apparent theft of over $800 in catering materials from Bici-Cocina, a custom-made “bicycle food cart” that often operates out of Press Bay Alley, among other locations.  

Carolina Osorio Gil said the equipment was stolen from a sidewalk, where she left it momentarily unattended to before an event on May 28. The equipment included a Cambro cooler, which costs of about $250, as well as three chafing sets, hotel pans, lids and other items. 

Osorio Gil co-founded the traveling Colombian street food business alongside her partner Sam Bosco.

“I know that it may have been someone who thought it was a “free pile” and so I really wanted to think that someone would get back to us admitting to their honest mistake. But that hasn’t been the case,” Osorio Gil said in a statement. “It’s a bummer, I really wanted to think that someone just made an honest mistake…We believe in community, honesty and hard work!”

Osorio Gil said she filed a police report about the incident, but there do not appear to be any leads on who could have taken the equipment. 

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Osorio Gil has set up the Bicicocina Stolen Equipment Fund, an online crowdfunding campaign that seeks to raise $800 to repurchase the stolen catering materials. The fundraiser page was started in response from community members wanting to donate money to Bici-Cocina to replace the items.

Arepas Chimi-Wow: A corn patty topped with black bean pate and cilantro chimichurri sauce served with a side of spicy Latin slaw.(Provided photo)
Sam Bosco and Carolina Osorio Gil (Provided photo)