(Closed) Food Truck for a Late Night Snack CHICAGO- COST?

posted 5 years ago in Chicago
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ericawink:  no idea of price but it sounds AWESOME!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d call some local food trucks to get an idea of prices. You’ll get lower prices from trucks that are typically closed during that point since they aren’t having to miss out on usual customers.  

You’ll also need to check with your venue about insurance/bonding requirements associated with bringing the truck up through the freight elevator; it’s likely that the food truck operator will have to have a certain level of insurance in order to come on the premises.  Check max weight restrictions, too.  Will they have to pay the building for use of electricity or will they need to use their own generators?  Will the noise of the generators overshadow the music/DJ/band?  Is the building managed by union workers (i.e. will you have to pay someone to plug the truck in, operate the elevator, etc)? 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am looking into having a food truck come for late night snacks at my wedding (although I live in Madison, WI…not Chicago).  I have spoken to a few and one agreed to come to my site for a $400 minimum and then charged based on consumption -which I liked the idea of since I don’t know how much people will eat since they will have had dinner a few hours earlier.  Another wanted me to buy them out for the evening-  ie pay them what they would normally make if they were at their usual downtown spot…that seemed like it would cost more and since I don’t know how much people will eat a less attractive option.  I saw some information about a grilled cheese truck in Milwaukee-  but we don’t have that option here in Madison yet (most of the trucks are ethnic and I am looking for more greasy spoon food for that time of night after people have been drinking).

I did a quick internet search and these Chicago trucks apparently made the list of 101 best trucks in the country.

 

The Slide Ride, the African Truck, the Southern Mac & Cheese and 5411 Empanadas all made the Daily Meal’s list, which considered some 300 vendors in more than 30 cities.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

The southern mac and cheese truck is AWEESSOMMEE!! They used to park outside of my office building during lunch time! 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We used Buddy’s Special Events for our late night snack.  They brought up hot dogs and polishes(my DH is a baseball freak, specifically White Sox) to our reception at around 11pm in a very cute hot dog cart.  Our venue was the Hard Rock Hotel and they had no issue getting in, etc.  They do lots of other food as well.  They were the best priced late night snack for what we got.  The guests were all really happy and LOVED it.  

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love this idea- we’re doing a foodtruck but it’s a popsicle truck and it’s coming around 9 PM and staying through the end of the night.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love this idea- we’re doing a foodtruck but it’s a popsicle truck and it’s coming around 9 PM and staying through the end of the night.

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Wannabee

Hello,

Buns gone WiLd ~ Mobile Hot Dog Cart could help out serving the late night deliciousness.  Contact me to discuss @ 847-416-1234

Thanks,

Matthew

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Busy bee

@ericawink:  I know this may be late, but Jimmy’s donuts (something like that, google jimmy donuts chicago) are amazing. they have a cart and make fresh mini donuts right in front of you with lots of toppings your guests can put on top.  I know they do weddings, because I tried to hire them for mine and they were super reasonably priced.  oh and they smell so good, everyone would KNOW there was a snack in your venue.  good luck!

PS we ended up with Pizza supplied by our venue at our wedding, it was Meh.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Oh you should scout the food trucks that show up around lunchtime at 600 West Chicago. My fiancee works in that building & they have loads of food trucks lined up there everyday on the northern corner of the building. 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@caits615:

Who are you going through for your popsicle truck.

I was thinking italian ice after our wedding ceremony

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@stephanieh2012:  What do you mean? They had been approved as a vendor by our venue so we just signed a contract with them, payed, and picked out our flavors.

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Wannabee

We did a hot dog cart for our downtown wedding.  It cost around $500-600 and served unlimited dogs for an hour or so!

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