Host a Food Truck-Catered Party (and 11 of Our Favorites)

What to know when hiring one of these beloved kitchens-on-wheels

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What to Consider When Hiring a Food Truck

1. Plan Ahead: While entertaining with food trucks may seem easy and painless, as with any party, you still need to plan everything in advance. Most trucks we spoke to agree that reserving the truck you want well in advance will ensure that the client gets exactly what they want. As well, clients should work with the truck to ensure there is ample space for them to park — both in terms of width and height. 

2. Anticipate Expectations: As with any caterer, it’s important to discuss exactly what the truck offers and what you, as the client, expects, as well. Working with food trucks is unlike working with traditional caterers because the style of service is different, with little need for waiters. To ensure your event runs smoothly, it is best to discuss the flow of the event and how everything will function in advance. And unlike a normal catered affair, it is unlikely you’ll have any rental requirements unless you’re hosting a more formal get-together. Though, if you do need rental equipment, a carving chef, or even a DJ, some food trucks will help coordinate those services for you, at an additional cost.

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3. Set the Scene: The food is taken care of, but determining how and where it is served — and how the party feels — is still the host's responsibility. Purple People Eatery in Miami has catered events in spacious backyards where the client had decorated the trees with lights, set out candles on table, and situated lounge chairs and sofas around the grass to create an outdoor room of sorts, complete with drinking games, a DJ and iPod music and all guests had to do was order whatever they wanted from the nearby parked truck. They’ve also done more banquet-style events, with tables for sitting and a large buffet where the food truck set up a spread of food. You can also hire multiple food trucks for your event; Kogi BBQ in L.A. has done this often for large-scale gatherings like weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. The only limit here is your imagination.

Looking to hire a food truck to entertain your next gathering? Consider calling a food truck. We have rounded up eleven of the most popular trucks around the nation that cater, providing information on what it costs and what they will offer. Whether you're hosting a small family wedding or a huge reunion, hiring one of these gourmet kitchens-on-wheels is a surefire way to make your party one to remember. 

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