Top Food Truck Concepts That Diversify Catering

Food trucks have come a long way from just neighborhood ice cream trucks. Let’s check out a few food truck concepts that are creative, delicious, and will keep customers coming back for more.

Food trucks have come a long way from neighborhood ice cream trucks and hot dog carts on city streets. While you can’t go wrong with those treats, today’s food truck concepts are leading a gastronomical revolution. 

But it all starts with a solid idea. Whether it’s mini donuts or Asian fusion, you can carve out a niche in the popular— but competitive— food truck industry. Plus, a winning concept can diversify your business into catering services that’ll share your culinary passion with the world.

Let’s check out a few food truck concepts that are creative, delicious, and will keep customers coming back for more.

Glazed and Confused Food Truck Mini Donuts

Reimagining American Classics

In the food truck world, creativity reigns supreme. With over 24,000 active food trucks in America, your food truck concept must give customers a reason to choose you over your competition. For example, if your food truck sells burgers, take them to the next level by adding interesting ingredients to elevate the food experience.  

Named one of Westchester Magazine’s best food trucks, Westchester Burger Co. gives its sliders a gastronomical makeover. Check out their pub-style Pretzel Burger, loaded with cheddar cheese and maple bacon on a homemade pretzel roll. 

Sure, you could opt for a run-of-the-mill burger from your local fast-food joint. But why would you when a food truck concept like Westchester Burger Co. can cater your next game day tailgating party with burgers that are sure to hit a home run!

Fresh Fare

Food trucks that use locally sourced and/or organic ingredients are growing in popularity. And customers are even willing to pay more for food that’s premium quality. Investing in fresh fare raises the bar by setting your food truck concept apart from everyone else as a sustainable-friendly business. 

Remember when we mentioned ice cream trucks earlier? Van Leeuwen Ice Cream isn’t just good; it also makes you feel good. 

Why? Because they only use simple and fresh ingredients that are free of stabilizers, corn syrup, milk powder, and all that “bad stuff.” Van Leeuwen also offers vegan ice cream, like Banana Peanut Butter Fudge and Cookie Crumble Strawberry Jam, made with cashew milk and oat milk.

With Memorial Day right around the corner, check them out and add some cool sweetness to your backyard barbecue pool party.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck

Spotlight Your Hometown With Regional Cuisines 

Wings from Buffalo. Pizza from New Jersey. Chili from Cincinatti. Every region in the U.S. has a dish they’re famous for. Over the past several years, local food has been a sought-after trend in the food truck industry. Bringing delicacies that customers can’t commonly find where they live is a food truck concept that’s a million-dollar idea. 

Famous in areas surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, crab cakes are to Maryland as gumbo is to Louisiana. Why not bring a taste of Ocean City to your neck of the woods? 

One food truck that’s doing exactly that is Angry Archie’s. Since 2015, this family-owned-and-operated New York food truck has been serving gourmet seafood catering, and they’re famous for their “Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes.”

But that’s not all they offer. From lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese to even crab poutine, Angry Archie’s is taking a regional favorite and introducing it to new fans.

Angry Archies Crab Cakes

Cookies > Cupcakes

Let’s face it; cupcakes have dominated the dessert scene for years. But might we suggest something a little different? Or rather a new take on the beloved cookie. And based in the West Village, Chip City is upgrading mom’s old chocolate chip cookie recipe. 

Ooey-gooey and fresh-out-of-the-oven, Chip City wants their cookies to be a culinary experience across New York City. With over 20 scrumptious flavors to choose from, like Blueberry Cheesecake and Funfetti, one look at Chip City’s menu, and you know they’re pushing the cookie envelope. 

If you have an end-of-year school fundraiser coming up, you’re sure to get an “A+” when you order cookie catering from Chip City! 

Before settling on the food truck concept that brings out the five-star chef in you, consider the operational logistics. Always consult state, city, and local requirements for opening a food truck business. For example, major cities like New York and Los Angeles— America’s food truck capitals— both have annual caps on the number of food truck permits allowed. 

Once you clear those hurdles, you’ll find food trucks are a profitable option to break into the restaurant industry. By the end of 2021, the food truck industry is on track to grow 2.4% and is currently outpacing brick-and-mortar restaurants.

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Great Catering Foods. Our Tasty Picks That Are Easy To Eat

There are plenty of companies, vendors, and mobile kitchens serving great catering foods that will take care of your culinary needs.

When planning a catered event, the quality of the food—naturally— comes first and foremost. But what if your party is, let’s say, a standing cocktail hour? Sure, it’s a great transition between— for example— a wedding ceremony and a wedding reception. It can also be a logistical nightmare between keeping guests well-fed and entertained with minimal table space and even less seating. No one wants to walk around trying to mingle while holding cumbersome plates of hors d’oeuvres. That’s a recipe for disaster! But great catering foods that are equally delicious and easy to eat exist in spades. Let’s check out a few and the right parties they’re perfect for!

Hit a Home Run With Sliders on Opening Day

April means the start of baseball season— and that also means hosting family and friends for a tailgating party complete with all-American foods. But those classics are also messy, like BBQ ribs, chili dogs, nachos, and more. Sliders may be small in stature, but they pack a flavorful punch. 

These comfortably-sized, customizable bites mean personal preference isn’t sacrificed. Plus, they allow your guests to keep one hand free to root for their favorite team— or hold their favorite beer.

Sliders Catering Foods

Serve Employees Empanadas During a Working Lunch

Great catering foods mean meals and snacks that satisfy appetites. But what can you serve if you’re also trying to get work done at the same time? You want to keep employees engaged and productive without the risk of stained clothes, messy hands, and crumbs on the floor. Empanadas are the quintessential handheld food, and they’re also highly versatile. 

So whether you call them Jamaican patties, calzones, samosas, or pierogies, the concept is the same around the world—folding dough over a savory or sweet filling— and baking or frying it. But we just like to call them delicious.

Nuchas Empanadas Catering Foods

Poke Bowls For a Healthy (and Flavorful) Bridal Shower

For many brides-to-be, bridal showers are just as important as saying “I do.” Also important is staying on track to look and feel great on the big day. But staying healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and ho-hum. There are plenty of great catering foods that are as good to eat as they are good for you. 

Whether ahi tuna, salmon, or octopus, poke bowls combine a fresh catch with fresh veggies and toppings and can be served in cups or small bowls. Why not add a classy touch to your bridal shower without breaking the bank or any waistlines. 

Mini Donuts for an Extra Sweet School Fundraiser

Have a football team car wash or alumni reunion coming soon? School fundraisers are tried and true for injecting fun into a good cause. But if you want to make it that much more successful, attract students, faculty, and parents alike with some sweet offerings that’ll make for a nice break during a long school day. Morning, noon, and night, people love donuts. They’re lightly crisped on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. 

And great catering foods like mini donuts mean attendees can socialize with ease. Oh, and they can eat more donuts too! With various flavors to choose from, some catering companies even offer special fundraiser discounts and packages. So you can be sure you’ll host an event that passes the test with flying colors.

Helpful Tips for Serving Great Catering Foods Year-Round

No matter the reason you’re throwing a party, there are smart strategies to finding great catered foods that can fit your budget and make your event low-maintenance:

  1. Lifestyle blog Fun Cheap or Free has a handy chart that will help you determine what type of foods you should serve based on what time your party is. For example: if your baby shower starts at 12:30, provide guests a full lunch. Or, if your graduation party kicks off at 3, offer light snacks as opposed to a three-course lunch or dinner.
  2. Buffets aren’t a four-letter word. They may have a less than stellar reputation but done right; they can save you money and impress your guests. Think about buffets not only for your party’s main course but for appetizers and desserts also. 
  3. We’ve been talking about foods that are easier to hold and eat. What about the hardware? Big plates are bulky and not great for carrying. Plus, big plates means guests may maximize plate space and serve themselves more food they may not even eat. Opt for smaller plates instead so guests can hold them with ease— and help you save on food costs.
  4. Now that the weather’s getting warmer host your party outdoors. And you can enhance what you serve with smaller, round tables with plates of small bites that’ll give the illusion of a smorgasbord without guests noticing your budget-friendly approach.

Now that we’ve given you some ideas and helpful tips to help you start the party planning process, what are you waiting for? There are plenty of companies, vendors, and mobile kitchens serving great catering foods that will make your party stress-free and mess-free.

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Mexican Food Truck Catering in NYC: 2021 Industry Forecast

As food truck catering trends evolve, so do the cuisines being served to hungry customers. Let’s take a look at the tastiest and trendiest Mexican food trucks from the Bronx to the Bowery and beyond.

When we think of the best Mexican food trucks in the U.S., our map usually takes us out west. California’s even the birthplace of the first popular Mexican food truck. But, New York’s come a long way and has finally caught up with its West Coast rival. 

As food truck catering trends evolve, so do the cuisines being served to hungry customers. Fortunately for you, we’ve road-tested the latest and greatest Mexican food trucks in New York. So, let’s take a ride and find the tastiest and trendiest Mexican eats from the Bronx to the Bowery and beyond.

Mexican Food Trucks New York


With the rise of plant-based options, you can find vegetarian items on your local Burger King’s menu. It doesn’t look like this trend is going anywhere as the demand for meatless options grows. But, Mexican food truck catering has been “going green” for years. Check out NYC’s Los Viajeros — with its bright fuchsia food truck, hand-painted mural of Carmen Miranda — serving some of the best Latin fusion fare, including vegetarian choices

Can’t miss dish: La Flaca Burrito

Los Viajeros’ vegetarian burrito is stuffed with brown rice, sautéed peppers, onions, sweet plantains, Monterey Jack and Cotija cheese, and homemade chipotle aioli. It’s so good; you won’t even miss the meat while savoring an authentic taste of Latin culture with every bite.

Los Viajeros Mexican Food Trucks


Dessert trucks are nothing new in the food truck industry, but experts say churros are taking 2021 by storm. Not only are they cost-effective and easy to make in bulk, but they’re also decadently delicious. Carlitos Barbecue Taqueria brings Tex-Mex eats to NYC streets. While known for its menu featuring mouthwatering pit-smoked tacos and Mexican platos, Carlitos’ dishes are simple yet dynamic. But, take a closer look, and you’ll find you can indulge in a few orders of Carlitos’ homemade churros that are heavenly.

Can’t miss dish: Chocolate Churros 

The only downside to Carlitos’ homemade churros is that you get two because you’ll want more. These perfectly crisp pastries are perfectly piped with chocolate or dulce de leche. We love the Chocolate, but we suggest you try both and then come back for seconds!

Carlitos Tacos Churros


Because we’ve spent the past year primarily in our homes, it’s given us time to explore hobbies. And one of those is becoming amateur mixologists. The food truck industry is adjusting because we’ve become more willing to pay for premium drinks over happy hour specials. With Mexican cuisine, nothing beats washing down a plate of tacos with a margarita. And Disco Tacos is serving good eats, fresh beats, and ice-cold drinks. Come for the spicy braised lamb tacos, but stay for their handcrafted cocktails. 

Can’t miss dish: Smokey & Spicy Margarita

One of Disco Tacos’ most popular drinks, the Smokey & Spicy is made with premium tequila, mezcal, kicked up a notch with serrano peppers, cooled down with homemade cucumber syrup, and garnished with fresh lime juice and a Tajín rim. They also serve their drinks by the pitcher that’s perfect for catered events and another popular trend in the industry this year.

Disco Tacos Margaritas


As society explores new cultures to be better educated, heritage cooking is one trend we hope stays. But, celebrating cuisines rooted in culture and family ties is nothing new for the food truck industry. Food trucks are family-operated, and feature recipes vendors grew up. One food truck doing that is El Toro Rojo. Founded by Gabriel Apreza, an immigrant from Guerrero, Mexico, and his son Dennis, El Toro Rojo serves native Mexican dishes in Midtown Manhattan and Long Island City. Known for simple meals that pack a flavorful punch, this food truck is where you can find some of the most authentic Mexican food in New York.

Can’t miss dish: Birria de Res Tacos

El Toro Rojo specializes in this traditional Mexican beef dish, taking a Californian classic to NYC. And its Birria de Res Tacos is something worth savoring. These tacos feature handmade soft nixtamal corn tortillas and topped with cheese, onion, cilantro, and homemade salsa featuring imported Mexican dried chilis. Once you try it, you’ll want every catered party you throw to be Taco Tuesday-themed.

Birria Tacos El Toro Rojo


It’s safe to say most people love Mexican food. We can’t seem to get enough of this delicious cuisine. You can’t go wrong with Mexican food truck catering, and the forecast is bright in 2021. Leading all the hottest trends, they’ll make your wedding reception, birthday party, or office lunch special. If you’re ready to start planning, take a look and book the best Mexican food trucks in NYC

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Affordable Seafood Catering That Won’t Break the Bank

With affordable seafood catering from food trucks right here at home, they’re ready to take you on a waterfront adventure and make your next party an affair to remember.

Seafood is the type of cuisine that makes you feel like you’re sitting oceanside in the lap of luxury. Despite the difficulties of traveling in 2021, it’s easy to feel like you’re enjoying a beachy vacation. Despite its pricey reputation, affordable seafood catering is easy to find and right in the heart of New York. Whether you crack ‘em, steam ‘em, or grill ‘em, these five food trucks are ready to transport you from the harbors of Martha Vinyard to the sunny shores of Oahu.

Angry Archie's Seafood Catering
Photo Credit: @willowandolivia via Instagram


If you haven’t tried a crab cake sandwich, Angry Archie’s would like to change that for you. Since 2015, Angry Archie’s food truck is serving the tastiest crab cake sandwiches you’ll find along the Jersey Shore. Family-owned and operated, Angry Archie’s offers affordable seafood catering that’ll have your guests savoring everything under the sea. Known for its “Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes,” make sure your guests try their crab poutine and “fan favorite” lobster rolls.

Cousins Maine Lobster Seafood Catering


When we think of expensive cuisines, lobster ranks somewhere at the top of the list. For cousins, Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac, lobsters are a tasty throwback to their childhoods spent in Maine with family and friends. And they wanted to share those family recipes with a nationwide audience. Initial success launching Cousins Maine Lobster in 2012 led to an appearance on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank.” Almost immediately, they hit it off with “Shark Tank” judge Barbara Corcoran. Today, Cousins Maine Lobster has 20 food trucks in 13 cities around the U.S. From Maine and Connecticut-style lobster rolls to homemade New England clam chowder, Cousins Maine Lobster offers some of the most delicious and affordable seafood catering from coast-to-coast.

Latusion Seafood Catering


Arguably, fish and chips define British cuisine. On the other hand, what happens if you put a Latin twist on this signature staple from across the pond? You get Latusion’s take on fish and chips. Famous for its empanadas, wings, and known as the home of the “Lomo Fries,” Latusion’s seafood selection should not be overlooked. Whether creative, colorful, catch-of-the-day ceviches or fish and chips seasoned with Peruvian spices, you won’t regret this food truck catering with a menu packed with Latin flavors that are as exotic as they are delicious. 

Poke Motion Seafood Catering
Photo Credit: @carolquon via Instagram


Food that’s healthy and takes your tastebuds on a Hawaiian holiday? Meet Poke Motion, Westchester County’s only poke bowl food truck offering affordable seafood catering that’s also good for you. Traditionally made with diced raw fish, rice, and vegetables, Poke Motion puts its signature touch on this native Hawaiian dish. From sesame tuna, miso ginger salmon, and cilantro lime shrimp, Poke Motion’s poke creations are nourishing and nutritious.

Santo Ceviche Seafood Catering
Photo Credit: @fatkidsnj via Instagram


Founded by brother-and-sister team Artie and Diana, Santo Ceviche shares its passion for the rich culture of South America with fresh ceviche that’s winning over crowds daily. But, above all, it’s the food that counts, and Santo Ceviche delivers in spades. Whether fish tacos or an assortment of colorful ceviches, this food truck’s delicious seafood is the perfect catering partner for any outdoor event.  


From Bangor to Maui, fresh seafood is always in season. Even in the heart of New York. And you won’t break the bank treating your guests to a meal that only feels expensive. With affordable seafood catering from food trucks right here at home, they’re ready to take you on a waterfront adventure and make your next party an affair to remember. 

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How New York Food Trucks Can Help You Celebrate the 4th of July

Check out how partnering with the finest food trucks serving up classic American cuisine helps you host an outdoor private event that’ll make for the most memorable 4th of July.

As the first wave of COVID-19 dissipates, New York is adjusting to the process of reopening and returning to a semblance of “normalcy.” For many New Yorkers, the timing couldn’t be better with 4th of July right around the corner.  

From fun in the sun and fireworks, to ice-cold drinks and BBQ right out of the smoker, no holiday celebrates the best of our nation like Independence Day.

Check out how partnering with the finest food trucks serving up classic American cuisine helps you host an outdoor private event that’ll make for the most memorable 4th of July. 

Empire Bbq Food Truck July 4Th



4th of July is one of the best holidays on the calendar to spend outdoors. Whether you’re out at the beach, or watching holiday fireworks, it’s easy to be responsible and help keep you and your loved ones safe. 

With New York City implementing its “Phase 2” reopening plans, the state is encouraging people to safely (and locally) spend time in the great outdoors with its new #Recreate campaigns. 

Some of the most classic images that come to mind when we think of the 4th of July are the sights and aroma of hot dogs on the grill in the backyard (and maybe seeing dad wearing his “world’s best cook” apron). 

But, if your priority is getting back to spending time with loved ones you may have not seen for months and making sure they stay safe, Walter’s Hot Dogs is the perfect food truck to help you reminisce and make new 4th of July memories to remember.

Since 1919, the Mamaroneck-based company has been considered a New York institution. And, Walter’s legendary hot dogs were voted Best of Westchester’s “Best Food Truck” two years in a row. 

From hot dogs made with an exclusive blend of meats, grilled in a “secret sauce,” and served with their signature mustard to Walter’s signature funnel cake fries, they’ll be sure to put a classic spin on your 4th of July festivities.



In a recent survey, 4th of July was crowned the most popular holiday in the U.S. for grilling with a whopping 73% of respondents saying barbecue is a main staple at their holiday gatherings. 

Since 2018, Empire BBQ has showcased their passion for barbecue, using premium meats smoked for 10 hours in a state-of-the-art, custom-built electric smoker placed right inside their truck. Plus, all the buns used on their sandwiches are freshly baked at a local Brooklyn bakery each morning.  

They also know how to feed a hungry crowd, no matter the size. At last year’s “Bike Expo,” Empire BBQ served up their tender beef brisket and fall-off-the bone baby back ribs over the course of the two-day event that saw some 60,000 attendees. 

So, let these “pitmasters” take care of your BBQ needs, keeping you away from the grill and enjoying fun, family, and (of course) food.



Americans spend a staggering $1.6 billion on beer and wine alone for their 4th of July parties. But, who really wants to spend all-day behind a bar, pouring drinks? Especially when you’d rather take a dip in the pool or make a toast of your own. 

That’s where New York’s Bubbles & Brews comes in. With their beautifully restored, vintage mobile vehicles and carts that are great for events of any size, they’re the perfect addition for any private event. 

And, Bubbles and Brews serves it all. With options like Prosecco, wine, craft beers, a variety of signature cocktails and even non-alcohol drinks like “mocktails” and cold-brew coffee, you’ll be the envy of your neighborhood with an assortment of beverages on-tap to keep your guests cool on a hot 4th of July day. 



Hosting an outdoor party is a great way to reacquaint yourself with being out in public. Aside from having the chance to see friends, family, and colleagues again you’re able to abide by local and state guidelines helping to minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19.

That’s why you should let the experts take care of the details. They’ll handle everything from logistics to service, and even help you create a customized menu. Now, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and have a wonderful 4th of July. 

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Live Like the Irish: New York’s Best Food Trucks to Toast St. Patrick’s Day

Food trucks offer so much more than just guilty pleasures to indulge in. In celebration of National Ditch that pitcher of stale green beer and bag of green bagels and host your St. Patty’s Day party with the finest craft brews and authentic Irish fare from the most popular food (and alcohol) trucks in New York.

St. Patrick’s Day 2020 is almost here and that means New York’s iconic St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebrations throughout the city. If you’re planning on “going green,” why not beat the crowds and bring N.Y.C.’s finest food trucks serving up toast-worthy beers and classic Irish cuisine right to your own St. Patrick’s Day party. 

It’s almost that time of year again when having a few pints and a slice of Shepherd’s Pie before noon is socially acceptable and there’s no better place to be on St. Patrick’s Day then New York City. But, ditch that pitcher of stale green beer and bag of green bagels and host your St. Patty’s Day party with the finest craft brews and authentic Irish fare from the most popular food (and alcohol) trucks in New York.  

St. Patricks Day



Elevate your St. Patrick’s Day and add some class to your St. Patrick’s Day event with craft beers (and Italian Prosecco, still wines, and crafted cocktails) from NYFTA member Bubbles and Brews. Whether your event is a grand affair celebrating “the luck of the Irish” or an intimate gathering to say “sláinte” (that’s “cheers” in Gaelic) with friends and family, Bubbles and Brews has two trucks to suit your needs (and budget). 

Bubblesand Brews Theapesite

The Creamsicle is a fully-restored vintage “mobile bar” offering two onboard taps ready to serve up pints of Guinness, Smithwick’s, or the Irish ales of your choice. But, if you want your private event to be the St. Patty’s Day party of the year, The Ape is your party animal on wheels. With service for up to seven drinks of your choice you have the ability to host your own Irish pub (and even a tap for some fine Irish whiskey). 

With customizable packages available, service with a smile, and even graphics that can be tailored to your St. Patrick’s Day theme, make your private event as green as a four-leaf clover with one of Bubbles and Brews vintage trucks. 


Now that your event is well-stocked with the finest Irish brews, what about some authentic eats to pair them with? NYFTA member Superlicious NYC has got you covered with made-from-scratch Irish cuisine. From freshly baked scones, to traditional fish and chips, and a classic lamb Shepherd’s Pie, Superlicious is the perfect partner for your St. Patrick’s Day event. 

Superlicious Shepherds Pie

Their menu also includes an eclectic fusion of Pan-Asian, Mexican, Irish, and American delights that’ll satisfy the palate of all your guests. So, on top of those classic fish and chips, you can also offer up loaded Chicken Tikka fries, spiced ground beef tacos, and more. 


NYFTA has over a decade of professional food truck experience in the New York area, and knows the best food trucks and carts to select, with the best service and the highest quality food and drinks. From the moment you book your truck and create your custom menu, to the end of your private party or event, NYFTA sweats all the details and works with you every step of the way. 

So, make your St. Patrick’s Day gathering the place to be that’ll have your guests feel like they’re saying “Erin go Bragh” while kissing the Blarney Stone!

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