Post # 1
Hi all!! We are starting to look at catering options for our wedding in September 2019! After meeting with a few traditional caterers in our area, we are finding a popular trend: we dont love their menus of chicken or beef and a few sides. We originally wanted bbq buffet, (barn wedding in the south with a lot of non southerners attending, thinking bbq is a fun dish our northern friends and family dont get to eat often! The companies that do cater bbq are extremely in formal, true paper plates and heavy sides.We tried some of the food offered, and while tasty, EXTREMELY heavy (fiance and I took a 3 hour nap after and couldnt get out of the slump all day). We have gotten over the idea of bbq since that occurance.
Now, we are exploring the idea of a food truck! I have found a local food truck that has an incredible menu, and although we haven’t eaten there yet, the reviews are flawless (from both events and weddings). Has anyone attended a wedding or private event catered by food truck?
They offer appetizers served from the food truck for an hour (2-3 different apps served) and then a 2 hour window for entrees served buffet style outside of the truck to provide faster service. The menu ranges from street tacos, to sandwiches, to true entrees (fish, beef, and chicken are all options) and they even have a few vegetarian options. I have one vegetarian attending and the traditional caterers I have met with cannot accommodate vegetarian for one person.. they said she can just eat the sides (sorry aunt Judy, just load up on mashed potatoes…HA!). The truck provides eco friendly baskets with paper liner which is informal, but works with the informality of a food truck!
I have eaten plenty from food trucks and always love the variety offered, I just have never been to a private event that offered food truck fare. Wedding is at a barn and not aiming for anything too upscale. What are your thoughts?! Has anyone attended a wedding or private events catered by a food truck? Would love to hear some feedback!!!
Post # 2
I went to a wedding with food trucks. It was awesome!!! They had 4 food trucks and a desert food truck. I didn’t like standing in line and waiting but other than that it was great. Just a FYI one of the trucks broke down on the way to the wedding (5th food truck) and never showed but if you were not aware there was a fifth truck you didn’t know you were missing anything
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
Food trucks are definitely super popular right now, but I still haven’t been to a wedding with one. I’ll just say a couple things:
– as someone who has never been to the south, I would appreciate the bbq because it’s something new! You probably felt so tired after because you filled yourself up trying every offering, but a normal guest can exercise portion control 🙂
– the food truck also sounds good. Make sure you read reviews that indicate they are able to handle the volume of a wedding, often these guys are smaller and then can’t get the food ready fast enough. You don’t want a bunch of guests waiting an extra hour for their food!
– even with an informal food truck I would appreciate proper seating – enough chairs for everyone!! I don’t want to stand and try to eat while wearing nice clothes/potentially heels in the grass!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2020 - City, State
I have never been to a wedding with a food truck but have heard a LOT of thoughts on them from others, so a word of caution:
food trucks are not designed to serve many people at once. If your wedding is small (50 people or less), you may be able to pull this off in a good amount of time without too much standing and waiting but generally I have heard that people don’t like standing in line, they don’t like waiting for their food to be made/assembled after they order it (especially if they’re in heels), and it takes much longer than a buffet for all the guests to get their food. If you were envisioning toasts while people eat dinner, this is probably not going to happen.
When I have heard good things about food trucks it has been whenthere is either a large selection of food trucks (so not only do guests have more selection to choose from, there is also more than one line and everyone gets fed faster), or it’s one late night food truck for an after dinner snack rather than for the main meal.
Post # 5
Awesome feedback, thank you!
Just to clarify, dinner would be served buffet style outside of the truck, so there wouldn’t be any ordering and waiting for food to be prepared. It would be a similar set up to any other buffet! Only the apps would be served from the food truck, which is during cocktail hour, so guests would be able to get a drink or get apps in which ever order they choose!
Post # 6
From your last update this is what I am envisioning. It really has nothing to do with a food truck. What you are planning is to have your caterer have the buffet set up outside of your venue and then your guests have to go back inside to sit down.
That sounds a little weird to me
Post # 7
We are planning to have food trucks for our July wedding. For the dinner meal we’ll have a pizza truck serve antipasti and pizzas family style to the table. I.e., we will hire waitstaff separately who will carry the food out and they can make roughly 80 pizzas an hour — so people won’t be able to order their own pizzas, rather they’ll have multiple slices of different kinds constantly being topped up on the table.
the plan is to do a different type of cuisine for the evening snacks where they go up and order themselves!
the only thing I’m worried about with the pizza is, will it be too boring? Antipasti + pizza — we don’t plan to have dessert (cake will be served before the first dance). With 5 different pizza options however we felt that will provide enough variety for it to feel like multiple courses.
however we just wanted to mix good tasting, casual food with a sit down meal, so for us we feel it works!
Post # 8
I’ve been to a wedding with one! It was great- same setup as your food truckwith the buffet. It was pizza but a lot of different gourmet pizzas- like 10-12 types if I remember? And they kept replenishing it as well. I believe there were also a couple of different salad options and then they pulled out dessert pizzas as well as a froyo and espresso machine after dinner. I think there were about 100 people there- I think it might have been more difficult with more people.
I think the main concern re. food trucks at weddings/events is the idea of everyone having to go up and wait in line and order and then wait for their food, which tends to feel like it takes forever even if you aren’t at an event – but it definitely can work with the right setup!
Post # 9
I went to a wedding that had 2 food trucks. The food was amazing (Mexican and Turkish) and there were meat, fish and veggie options. They also had a dessert buffet and huge cheese board. It was great but I remember being frustrated at the queues for the trucks. Also if it had rained I don’t know what would have happened as this was an outdoor wedding in the UK.
Post # 10
We’ve been to several. Both were wonderful and made the dinner process more casual (which was fitting for both weddings). Plenty of food, lots of selection, and it was fun. I think it’s a great idea!
Post # 11
hi! We are getting married next year and are thinking is doing something similar (food truck set up buffet style with pre orders given so they have exact numbers in dishes)
we are having around 100 guests. Battling with the idea of having 2 trucks, and was wondering how yours turned out? Thank!
Post # 12
I had a food truck wedding! I’d discuss with them how you’d like the food set up, whether it be walk up, buffet or food stations (we did food stations). The great thing about food trucks is they’re usually less expensive and the food is 10000 times better than venues that have their own in house caterer. Go for it!
Post # 13
this is super helpful thank you!
i agree all the reviews have been amazing for most food trucks I’ve seen. We are having a big tipi on a bit of family land so essentially need them to just come and set up so it appealed to us for that reason to. It’s an Informal relaxed wedding so really fits the vibe. But you see threads etc where everyone slates it becuase they have to wait or whatever
How many guests did you have? What’s the food station set up? Not heard of that? Thanks for your comment 😊