Food trucks are a wonderful food option to have at your event. They require no set up or tear down, there are many different types of cuisine to choose from, they already have health permits, and they feed a lot of people easily. If you are planning a party or event, a food truck is a fun and feasible option to feed your guests. Here are some things to consider when booking one or more food trucks:
How many people will attend? This is the biggest question to consider in the success of your event. Too many food trucks at your event can really hurt the operators of these small business and the success of your affair. Behind every food truck service of 2-4 hours is many more hours of preparation, stocking, and cleaning. Your local food truck operator will do their very best to provide you with an estimate of how many people they can feed in an allotted amount of time. On the other hand, not having enough food trucks will make the wait longer and you may run the risk of the truck running out of food. Please remember that there is limited storage in a food truck and if the operators run out of something, that's it, they can't run to the store or into the walk-in to restock. If you have a specific truck or two in mind, chat with the owners to see what they recommend for you specifically. Please give the operators the courtesy of letting them know if you plan on having more than one food option at your party, this will help them plan for the amount of food they need to buy and prep.
How long is this event? A food truck may be able to handle quite a few people for a few hours. But as stated before, there is limited room for food storage on a food truck. After a while, resources will begin to get depleted. If you are planning a very long event, it is better to have several food options to take the stress off of each other, and to keep your guests fed and happy.
Have I promoted my event enough? Please do not rely on the fan base of a food truck to create attendance at your event. Although many loyal followers will come to visit their favorite truck just about anywhere, the food truck's social media cannot be the only advertisement. Do your best to help everyone succeed by promoting and marketing your event yourself. There are may ways of getting attention to your event such as sending press releases, creating Facebook pages and event pages, email invitations, or using marketing agencies.
How do I get in touch with a food truck? Food trucks are very easy to get in touch with! Most of them have a Facebook page with contact info or at the very least, a telephone number. If you have a specific truck in mind, call or email them directly with questions. Be cautious of using third party "food truck handlers". The best person to contact about a business is the business owner themselves, they will be able to provide you with details about pricing and scheduling. If the truck you wanted has prior commitments, they will be able to give you with contact information or names of other food trucks. We have almost all worked together and know each other in this little city! There are also various websites that list food trucks:
Have fun planning your event and enjoying the great food Reno's great food trucks have to offer!!