10 Wedding Food Truck Ideas for Your Big Day

If you really want to make your wedding an event your guests will talk about for days on end, food truck catering is the way to go!

Written by: Sophia Young

So you’re finally preparing those wedding rings. You and your soon-to-be spouse are brainstorming together, creating mood boards, and sketching out what the entire thing will look like in your head. Maybe you’re considering the traditional route—a big white dress, a grand venue with awe-inspiring decorations, and a food menu filled with dishes that you love. 

News flash: weddings don’t always have to be traditional! You can wear a more casual wedding dress or tie the knot at a non-traditional wedding venue like a planetarium or a library. 

However, if you really want to make your wedding an event your guests will talk about for days on end, food truck catering is the way to go! 

Food can make or break any event, including your big day. So veer away from the boring ol’ dried chicken and side salads! Instead, opt for something that’ll give your guests a unique experience. 

Below are some ideas that you, your partner, and every person in your wedding will love.

Pizza Please

Pizza is always a good idea, especially at events that’ll go late into the night. After all the dancing and drinking, give your guests a delicious slice to snack on with a pizza food truck! 

Not only is pizza everyone’s guilty pleasure, but it’s also versatile and affordable. You can expand your selections to accommodate everyone! Don’t forget to have options for your vegan and vegetarian friends and your guests who can’t eat a slice without meat on top.

Pizza Food Trucks: Abeetz, Dough Nation, Groundling Pizza Co., Jiannetto’s, NYC Pizza, Pie Oh My, Pizza Vita, Pizza Vitale  

Try These Tasty Tacos

If you’re going to have a fiesta-style buffet for your wedding, adding a taco truck might just make it all the more fun and exciting! For an elevated street taco experience, you can opt for food trucks that offer entrees with fresh and organic ingredients and impressive meat and seafood selections. 

Some food truck options will also serve heavier options such as carne asada bowls, burritos, and quesadillas. If you want to give your guests some snacks while they dance the night away, check if the food truck provider you’re talking to offers chips and guacamole or salsa dips. 

Taco Food Trucks: Carlitos, Chinelos, El Toro Rojo, Kinky Taco, Los Viajeros, Taste of Puebla

Panini Perfection

What’s not to love about a freshly prepared sandwich? Make it even more special with high-quality Italian cheeses and meats on authentic focaccia bread. Your guests’ tastebuds will definitely be in for an adventure they won’t soon forget! 

The best part about sandwiches? Your guests can customize their orders to their hearts’ content. Whether they want a healthier option or something that’ll satisfy their cravings, paninis can be anything they want them to be.

Sandwich Food Trucks:  Cento Percento, Diso’s, Hand Held Kitchen, Kinwich

Oh Shucks

Shelled seafood? At a wedding? Why not! If you’re having a coastal-inspired wedding and your guests are seafood lovers, then a shuck truck just makes perfect sense. Have an expert caterer onsite that will shuck everything from juicy oysters, fresh clams, and fan favorite lobster rolls. 

Remember to check on your guests and their allergies, though! 

Seafood Trucks: Angry Archies, Cousins Maine Lobster, GG’s Fish & Chips, Poke Motion, Santo Ceviche, The Main Lobster 

Warm Hearts, Warm Cookies

Nothing will warm the bellies and hearts of your guests like a fresh batch of ooey-gooey cookies. To make your cookie food truck more interesting, give them a slew of flavors to choose from! 

You can go for flavors that everyone loves, like chocolate chip and smores, and then dazzle it up with options such as funfetti and blueberry cheesecake.  

Cookie Food Trucks: Baked In Color, Chip City

Screaming For Joy (and For Ice Cream!)

A cup or cone of ice cream is a sweet, sweet reprieve on hot summer weddings. So let your guests indulge in a cold and yummy treat after devouring everything on their table. 

Variety will make your guests come back for more! So don’t forget to add traditional crowd-pleasers such as vanilla and strawberry and unique flavors like honeycomb and mint chip. In addition, have vegan options available for your non-dairy eating friends and family members.

Ice Cream Trucks: Carvel, Cold Stone Creamery, Dippin’ Dots, Melt Bakery, Mister Softee, NYC Soft Ice Cream, Sip ‘N Swirl, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Bananas For Baonanas

Looking for a healthier dessert alternative? Baonanas is always an option! Banana pudding is a great dessert for those who love the texture of tiramisu and the sweet and distinct flavors of bananas. 

Let your guests choose from various flavors like s’mores, matcha, and oreo. But, of course, don’t forget the vegan alternatives! 

Banana Pudding Food Cart: Baonanas

A Cup of Joe For The Soul

Sometimes, grand events like weddings get the best of us. We just need a little pick-me-up that’ll give us a much-needed energy boost.

Give yourself and your guests a caffeine kick with a coffee food truck! Plus, most coffee food trucks have a ton of pastry options included. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!

Coffee Food Trucks: Blank Street, Caffè Aronne, NitroTaps, Ramblin Coffee, The Espresso Guys

Alcohol, Anyone?

A memorable wedding wouldn’t be complete without some alcohol! From beer on tap to bottles and bottles of wine, cocktail caravans or mobile bars will have everything you and your guests need to get a taste of that buzz. 

For friends and family that can’t drink, offer non-alcoholic options such as kombucha, mocktails, and fruit juices.

Mobile Bars: Bubble Bros, Bubbles & Brews, Greats of Craft 

Happy Guests For A Memorable Wedding

Weddings nowadays are taking guest experience a little more seriously than ever before. So it’s a good thing you can make them have fun while keeping their tummies and taste buds satisfied with wedding food trucks. 

If you’re looking for a food truck for your New York wedding, we’ve got you covered here at the NYFTA. Hire a food truck today!

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How Much Does Food Truck Catering Cost? Is it Cheaper Than Traditional Catering?

The average food truck catering cost depends on the quantity of the food and the number of extras offered, such as drinks or desserts, but it is normally a cheaper option for catering.

What makes the foodies excited? Food trucks! From oysters to champagne, nothing provides convenience, taste, variety, and freshness like these mini kitchens on wheels. Today people want something exciting and different than traditional catering, and the food trucks provide just that; a blend of experience and authenticity.  

Food trucks may be seen on every corner, either serving folks in their lunch hours or as part of a fleet catering to festival guests. The fact that the food truck industry is now a $2 billion industry proves that their popularity is growing, and so is your interest in them. With their stoves on wheels, contemporary entrepreneurs deliver creative food to their consumers wherever they may be. Yet, they are not prohibitively expensive for event planners. 

So, how much does a food truck catering cost? 

Let's Talk Money – Cost of Food Truck Catering

If you are thinking of getting food truck catering and you don’t know what the cost would be, remember that you will always receive a quotation that is unique to your occasion. Food trucks price differently based on the type of event, cuisine, number of customers, number of platters, travel distance, and any special requirements.  

If your event doesn’t include a lot of guests, you will be affected by the food truck minimum. Confused? Let us explain.

What’s a Food Truck Minimum?

Regardless of the number of guests, Food Trucks charge you the minimum amount of attending your event. Now, you want to know why it exists? Well, driving a restaurant to a party is not inexpensive. Fuel expenditures, food prices, employee costs, and driving time are just a few of Food Trucks’ expenses. Usually, the minimum food truck catering cost is $500 with tax, and it typically includes the food cost per serving multiplied by the number of persons, cost of travel, and labor.  

Prices vary substantially based on all of the factors above and unique ingredients or special dates such as Christmas, New Year’s, or other holidays or busy summers.

Is There An Average Food Truck Catering Cost?

The average food truck catering cost depends on the quantity of the food, the ingredients used to make the food, and the number of extras offered, such as several cuisines, drinks, or desserts. The typical food truck cost per customer might range from $10 to $35 or more, which is cheaper than traditional catering. 

Now, let’s look at the costs of each of the events separately. 

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Wedding Price Hikes - Yikes!

Weddings are expensive, we all know that. A couple spends somewhere around $25-35k to tie the knot. Since the couple spends a lot of money on their wedding, everybody from caterers to wedding planners charges you a lot more than usual. Yes, food trucks too! But as compared to traditional food catering, food trucks would still cost you less. Traditional caterers charge somewhere around $60-$70 per person for weddings, but with food truck catering, it would cost about $15-$40. These savings are huge and could add to getting your first home!

Birthdays / Anniversaries

Earlier, we talked about the Food Truck Minimum, and small events like birthdays, anniversaries and baby showers, etc., are subject to the minimum service charge of $500 or more, depending on your event’s time and location. In addition, the trip price is adjusted based on the distance traveled; if you plan to hire a food truck from miles away, be prepared to pay for the fuel charges.

Food truck birthday party catering

Corporate Event Catering

For corporate events, food truck catering costs are no different from weddings; it is determined by the event’s time and location. The nature of the business function, whether it is formal or more of a light and informal party. The sort of food and the variety of catering options are also crucial considerations. Remember the minimum cost imposed on the service, so if you invite 100 guests to your party at $16 per person, you will pay $1600, but if you plan on inviting 20 guests to your party, be prepared to spend at least $1000.

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Food Truck Catering Vs. Traditional Catering

So, which one would you choose? I think the choice is clear. Consider food truck catering as a unique option when you’re arranging a catered event. With food truck catering, be it a sales meeting, barbecue, graduation party, wedding, or corporate getaway, everything becomes more enjoyable, memorable, and meaningful. Yes, it can get a little expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are several cost-cutting tips that you can use to book affordable food trucks and enjoy the chefs’ one-of-a-kind concoctions without having to spend a fortune. 

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WHAT ELSE?

Get Your Food Faster!

Don’t make your guests wait in line to get their food. With food truck catering, it gets much quicker and more accessible for the guests to get their food in time to enjoy the party and not miss the fun.

Variety and More Variety

Whether you want vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free food, food trucks have it all for you! Pizza, burritos, burgers, seafood, and whatnot. Your options are limitless! 

Catering Anywhere At Anytime

Are you planning a barbecue at your friend’s house? What about a corporate meeting in your parking lot? Or your child’s birthday at the park? Food trucks will reach you wherever you wish. 

What are you waiting for? Book your food truck today for the next event to enhance your festivities. Imagine your guests’ faces when the beautiful food truck rolls in with all its glory. Give them the chance to talk about your party for years to come because this experience is something they will never forget. Food trucks, in a nutshell, excite people.

Not sure where to begin? Check out the Ultimate Food Truck Catering Checklist to make your life easier!

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The Best Ice Cream Trucks in New York

Summer, spring, winter, and fall…no matter the time or temperature, the old adage is true: we all scream for ice cream. Check out the best ice cream trucks New York has to offer.

Summer, spring, winter, and fall…no matter the time or temperature, the old adage is true: we all scream for ice cream. There’s nothing like a truly old-fashioned quality scoop, or a really unique flavor to bring a smile to your day. In this article we’ll take a deep dive into the best ice cream trucks New York has to offer. These aren’t just your run-of-the-mill ice cream stops, they bring the “wow” factor to your frozen treats. 

CARVEL ICE CREAM

Let’s kick off the list with a classic. Carvel was “born” in 1929, when proprietor Tom Carvel’s truck broke down on a summer day and the ice cream began to melt. As he feverishly sold his softening stock, people clamored for more. Thus, the origin story of “soft serve” and the start of an empire that brought us iconic cultural touchstones such as Cookie Puss and Fudgie the Whale. 

Carvel continues the tradition with an ice cream truck that serves sundaes, cones, thick shakes, Dashers, and double cones (including waffle cones). A great choice for nostalgia lovers and fans of good ice cream alike. 

MISTER SOFTEE

Mister Softee is the largest operator of soft-serve ice cream trucks. Their creamy formula has been around since the 1950s, and is known for refreshing customers even in the hottest weather. Still family owned, their trucks bring an old-fashioned charm to parties, picnics, or fundraisers. 

Mister Softee ice cream is a bringer of timeless joys, and reminiscent of simpler times. Soft serve twists come in a variety of flavors that can be enjoyed in a cup or a cone, and dipped into sprinkles for a hit of fun and texture. 

BIG GAY ICE CREAM

Big Gay Ice Cream is a local sensation that has taken hold all over the country, but has never wavered from their mission to keep the fun in ice cream. Whimsical flavors and names make their quality ice cream treats a delight to enjoy on a variety of levels. From the Salty Pimp to the Rocky Roadhouse, these iconic treats will bring joy to your day. 

You can also choose from a roster of floats, shakes, cones, and sundaes. There are even special treats that change seasonally. And as if all this deliciousness wasn’t enough, by hiring the Big Gay Ice Cream truck, you will be supporting charitable communities including LGBTQIA+ organizations, animal shelters, homeless and hunger initiatives, education, and more. 

VAN LEEUWEN

Do you crave ice cream, but don’t eat animal products? No problem! Van Leeuwen offers ice cream indulgences that are both vegan and free from gums, stabilizers, corn syrup, and milk powder. They also offer traditional ice creams made in a variety of flavors, and with top-quality ingredients. Their vegan selections are created with a cashew milk or oat milk base, and are just as delicious as the cow-milk versions. 

You can enjoy any of their flavors in a cup or cone, sprinkle them with toppings, or make them the base of an ice cream sandwich or sundae. Van Leeuwen is available for catering for any event, from weddings to festivals. Give your attendees the freedom of choice with an ice cream company that offers delicious choices for vegans. 

DIPPIN DOTS

Is there anything more 90s than the original “space age” ice cream? These tiny frozen ice cream balls are a cheerful add to any event, and come in a huge variety of flavors. Also available are add-ins like cookie dough, brownie bits, and chocolate sandwich cookies. The frozen dots and add-ins can create any number of treats to satisfy the eyes (so colorful!) and the palate (so tasty!). 

Because Dippin Dots are not exactly your traditional ice cream, their site also offers a ton of fun ways to use the dots for recipes–cocktails, lattes, milkshakes, and seasonal kid-friendly projects. Dippin Dots are a unique way to bring a lighthearted spin to anything from a corporate event to a birthday party. 

COLD STONE CREAMERY

Cold Stone became a cultural icon when they began mixing their creamy ice cream base with a series of wild add-ins on a chilled marble slab. They offer their same quality ingredients and exciting combinations on the go with their Cold Stone ice cream truck. You can cater a party or plan your next event with a series of shakes, ice cream treats, and cakes that not only offer Insta-worthy pictures, but taste amazing as well. 

THE BOTTOM LINE

Any event is made better by the presence of ice cream. People want dessert, and you won’t find a dessert with a bigger consensus than ice cream. Give the people what they want, and hire one of the many classic or unique ice cream trucks available in the NYC area for your next big occasion. 

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Conference Food and Beverage Planning Made Easy

Conference planning can be overwhelming, but the catering shouldn’t be. Food truck catering is often a simpler and more exciting approach to conference food and beverage planning.

Conference planning can be overwhelming—from choosing the dates and times to the locations and activities, event preparation requires special attention to detail. But, on top of all that, there’s the most important consideration to make when planning a conference: the menu. Aside from choosing the event center, the catering for conferences can be the most vital decision on which the success of your event depends. Let’s face it, everyone remembers if the food was good or not!

In this article, we’ll do a deep dive into conference food and beverage planning. We’ll discuss how to make the best use of your food budget, what catering options are available, and look at practical considerations for event planners. We’ll also do a comparison of traditional on-site catering versus food truck catering, so you can choose the best option to make your conference a hit. 

Food and Beverage Planning for Events

When you’re budgeting for food and drink at a conference, there are several things to consider. Of course you need to think about the size of the event, but you also want to consider what kind of service you’d like to use. For example, you may ask yourself questions like:

  • What are the venue’s capabilities as far as food service?
  • What style of food service suits your event needs best? Full service? Continental? Buffet? 
  • Will you have a meal that is integrated with a part of the event? (ie. a speaker or presentation during a lunch or breakfast) 
  • Will alcohol be served? If so, will it be included, or does a cash bar make more sense with your budget? 

There are pros and cons to every choice, and many of the decisions you make will be specific to the kind of event you want to execute. For example, a breakfast is a great way to keep motivation high at the beginning of the day, but if you’re dealing with an all-day conference, you may want to plan a lunch as well. Alternatively, you can choose to dismiss for lunch— but then you face the possibility that a percentage of attendees won’t return for afternoon sessions.

Moreover, evening dinners or cocktail parties can be an excellent way to cap off the night, but when you factor in included alcoholic beverages it can get pretty pricey. And depending on your audience, they may or may not be receptive to the idea of a cash bar. So really, what’s important is being able to gauge what you want the overall spirit of the conference to be because as a planner, you have the power to make it happen through a series of careful choices.

Food Catering for Conferences: Full Service or Food Truck?

Now let’s take a look at the kind of services available. There is traditional catering, which may or may not be included as an added service at your venue. If not, you’ll have to find an outside company to cater for the event. In either case, this will entail planning out a menu for whichever meal/meals you are serving. It can be a buffet, full service (seated, where everyone eats together), continental, snack breaks/drinks, etc. 

Food truck catering is often a simpler and more exciting approach to conference food and beverage planning. By using a food truck catering service, you have a plethora of food options to choose from…more than what’s available from anyone catering company. You can choose from trucks that specialize in any kind of cuisine, and for any meal–breakfast, lunch, or dinner. All you have to do is simply reach out with the number of attendees, the size of the venue, and get an estimate. 

Food trucks also come cheaper than traditional catering. On average, traditional catering can come to around $100 per person, while food trucks are more like $15 per person, making a huge difference. However, you need to keep some of the limitations in mind. Traditional catering is all-inclusive, which means that you get staffing, set up, and very often beverage and dessert service. Food trucks typically bring more of a casual picnic vibe, which may not work with more traditional events. 

Also remember that when you are working with food trucks, you’ll need to schedule pretty far in advance to be sure that the trucks you want are available. Three to six months prior to your event is typically the recommended amount of time to allot.  

Some events that are ideal for food truck catering include: 

  • Day events/ outdoor events (company picnic or carnival)
  • Industry conferences
  • Company summits
  • Professional society conferences 

Catering Menu Ideas and Pricing

For larger events, you’re looking at a fairly diverse group of people. One of the benefits of choosing food truck catering is that you can offer a variety of foods that meet the different dietary tastes and needs of a bigger crowd. 

When you hire a food truck, you’re also looking at an average cost of between $15-$35 per person, so it’s important to plan accordingly. This means that for every hundred attendees, you’ll need to set aside $1500 to $3500. 

Other than that, you’ll need to decide whether you want to start off the day with a bang by hiring breakfast or brunch trucks. This can be a way to boost positivity early, while afternoon food trucks can keep your attendees on task, so they don’t scatter and avoid coming back for afternoon events. 

Regardless of your specific event needs, when you take everything into consideration, food truck catering is usually the most cost-effective and convenient way to handle your next big corporate or nonprofit affair— and have fun doing it!

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