There’s a good chance when you think of a food truck, you think of casual street food you eat with your hands. But food trucks aren’t just about those messy streets eats anymore. Today, there’s a whole new explosion of high-end food trucks that serve fresh, thoughtful dishes. Which is why more and more people are choosing to have food trucks at their party instead of a traditional caterer. Not convinced? Read on to find out why you may want to hire one (or three) for your next event.
There’s No Shopping, Prep Work, or Cooking
Sure, it can be rewarding to cook and bake everything you want to serve at your party… But it can also be time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. Now, instead of spending the entire week before your party at the grocery store and in the kitchen, you can focus on things like décor, music, and having a little extra time to yourself.
There’s a Lot Less Clean Up
You know what not prepping, cooking, and serving means? That’s right: A lot less clean up. You’ll still be serving your guests fresh, delicious food. Just without the chaos of a dirty kitchen before, during, and after the party.
You Can Serve Just the Food You Love
Caterers often only offer limited menus and even though they’ll often have something you like, you can’t focus on your absolute favorite foods. Whether it’s pizza or tacos or empanadas, there are food trucks that serve pretty much anything you could want. And there are also trucks with fairly extensive menus, so that you can do an entire Mexican menu, not just tacos or burritos.
Want to serve your guests Neopolitan-style pizzas and tasty barbecue? Bring in more than one food truck to accommodate larger crowds and a variety of taste buds. You can even do one truck for “appetizers,” a different one for the main course, and an ice cream or doughnut truck for dessert.
Set Up is a Breeze
Food trucks are used to showing up and setting up in very little time. As long as you have an area marked off for them (considering using orange cones), they can pull up, park, and be serving food in under an hour.
The Food Is Fresh
Whereas caterers often have to make big batches of food that sit in chafing dishes for who knows how long, most food trucks are making the food to order, which means it comes out hot and delicious for every single guest.
It’s Less Formal… In a Good Way
If you’re doing a sit-down dinner or even a buffet, it typically means that all of your guests are eating a certain time. A food truck, however, means that guests can eat what they want, when they want, which removes some of the formality and means guests can feel free to mingle and be spontaneous from the beginning of the event until it’s time to go home.
Everyone loves an outdoor party… Except the caterer who to figure out how to set up an outdoor kitchen, something that’s pretty difficult to do if there’s no electricity. In those cases, food trucks make perfect sense as you can have your party in a location that doesn’t have a traditional kitchen.
You’ll Need Fewer Servers
You’ll still want to have waiters wandering around to pick up dishes, pass hors d’oeuvres or champagne, and making sure all of your guests have everything they need. However, you’ll need a lot less people if you’re not asking the wait staff to bring multiple courses to seated diners.
It’s Incredibly Cost Effective
Catering company costs can get pretty crazy pretty quickly, where as feeding your friends and family from a food truck will be around $10 to $20 a person, depending on how many trucks and the cuisine. Still, if you do that math, that’s a crazy big savings considering you aren’t sacrificing the quality of food.
Food trucks aren’t just for food anymore. Local bars, breweries, and wineries are getting in on the action as well. Consider hiring a truck to act as the bar at your event… You can even set up a little beer garden for guests to mix and mingle while they wait for their drinks.
Late Night Options
If your party is going all day, arrange for a food truck to show up late night to serve munchies and sweets. Your guests will be happy to have tasty bites to soak up the booze and it’s a good way to keep the party going just a little bit longer.
They Look Cute
Food trucks come in all shapes and sizes. There are retro-trucks, industrial-trucks, and Airstream trailers that have been turned into bars. Whatever the theme of your party, there’s a good chance you’ll find a food truck that fits both your taste buds and your style. And that’s totally Instagram-worthy.