Do you love cooking and helping with party planning? Do you like the idea of being mobile and traveling easily from event to event? Then you might love food truck catering.
Here is everything you need to know about food truck catering.
Food Truck Catering is High Class Cuisine
Food trucks today are so much more than just a little cart where you can grab a quick hot dog or steak sandwich in between meetings or classes. They are sophisticated, branded food trucks that are selling an image as well as food. If you are going to offer food truck catering, make sure you have something unique to offer your customers so you can stand out amongst all the competition.
Network with Other Food Truck Owners
Especially if you are new to the food truck catering business, networking with your fellow food truck owners can be a good source of support and guidance for you because they have been where you are now and can offer you good nuggets of advice. They also have their connections with local festivals and catering places that they can share with you so you can start building your own client list.
Add Food Festivals to Your Schedule
Festivals offer their guests not only wonderful culinary creations from different food trucks, but also usually includes live music, kids’ activities and different arts and crafts vendors. It is a great setting to get your name out there to a variety of people, and can be a real moneymaker for you if you match up the right ones. The key is to make sure the typical clientele that go to these food festivals are the same demographics that will be interested in your food. For example, a hot dog stand won’t do well at a vegetarian-geared festival.
Build a Reputation for Fun Weddings
Food truck weddings have also become really popular so to be known as the food truck that always serves up fun weddings is a smart marketing move. Whether a wedding is a formal or a casual affair, a food truck wedding is a fun way to offer unique cuisine. Some brides and grooms choose to even have several food trucks at their wedding to offer their guests more variety.
The tricky thing with booking weddings is that couples usually won’t come directly to you, unless you have a special relationship with them. So your best bet is to connect with local catering halls and wedding planners to be included in their wedding packages.
Whatever types of events you decide to cater, you need to create a couple of different special event packages to offer potential customers. It will give them a better idea of what you can offer them and their guests.
You also need to come up with a price per head and be clear from the beginning what is included in that price. Will you provide tableware (utensils, plates, cups etc.) and will they be plastic or more high end? Will you have staff to clear tables and take care of the trash?
The biggest mistake a food truck catering business do is run out of food. Running out of food at a special event, especially a wedding can really hurt the reputation of your food truck. To make sure that doesn’t happen, calculate very carefully how many dishes you will need and how much ingredients you will need to make those dishes.
As your business grows, it is a good idea to designate one person, either you or one of your staff, to be in charge of booking special events and weddings. The daily running of your food truck is a handful already so it best to have a person devoted to this aspect so you can build up a healthy clientele list and so that nothing important falls through the cracks.
Choose Zac’s Food Truck Catering
If you are having a big party and want Zac’s to cater it, we have plenty of catering options including food truck catering in Chester and Delaware Counties.
Zac’s Burgers Chester County Food Truck owned and operated by Frank Gormley & Family can bring all your favorite dishes like burgers, wings, hot dogs right to you and your guests. You will also be able to enjoy all the homemade side dishes that are made fresh for you and your guests. And the best part is that you get to still enjoy the high quality and friendly service you get at Zac’s Burgers restaurants.
Zac’s Burgers’ Delaware County Food Truck is owned and operated by the Politarhos Family. Both food trucks can bring a unique and fun vibe to any of your events, both public and private including festivals, sporting events, corporate parties, weddings and birthday parties.
Want to own your food truck, but not sure where to start? Consider owning a Zac’s Burgers food truck. Zac’s Burgers has developed a unique food truck program that helps get their popular dishes out to more people and capitalizes on the large food truck demand. Get more information about this family-friendly burger joint and their food truck business here.