Food trucks find new audience at receptions
For many brides and grooms, wedding catering is now being delivered on wheels — literally.
Over the last few years the food truck business has been booming in the Capital Region and newlyweds are jumping on board, bringing food trucks right to their receptions and rehearsal dinners.
Slidin’ Dirty, a popular food truck out of Troy, has seen a great increase in wedding catering over the last year. Tim Taney, owner of Slidin’ Dirty, said they catered about a dozen weddings in 2013. So far, they have 15 confirmed for 2014 and two already confirmed for 2015.
“The food truck wedding gives a really cool alternative,” Taney said. “The food that is coming out of food trucks now is good, if not better, than what is coming out of catering.”
Slidin’ Dirty offers a variety of gourmet sliders and appetizers and a special catering menu that incorporates a traditional cocktail hour, appetizers, dinner and desserts, along with any add-ons a bride and groom may want.
“It is their day,” Taney said. “We will do whatever they want.”
There are many different food truck wedding catering packages offered by Slidin’ Dirty, ranging from $16.25 per person to around $26. Taney has served weddings as large as 175 guests and as small as 60. Next year, they already have a wedding booked for 250 guests.
Fitzy’s Fork in the Road, a new food truck out of Ballston Spa, has done its share of weddings and rehearsal dinners, too.
“I think people like the idea of seeing the truck on premise,” Scott Fitzgerald, owner of Fitzy’s Fork in the Road, said, “and seeing the ambiance of a truck.”
Fitzgerald, like Taney, said catering weddings is all about catering to the bride and groom.
“I sit down with the bride and the groom, and I say ‘Hey, what are you looking for?’ ” Fitzgerald said. “Pretty much whatever you can get in a restaurant, we can do off the truck. It is more what the people are looking for.”
Fitzgerald has served everything from chicken skewers to stuffed crab mushrooms to gourmet sandwiches at wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. Their wedding catering packages can range from $15 to $20 a person, not including tax and gratuity.
“When people go to a wedding they don’t anticipate seeing a food truck,” Fitzgerald said. “You are in front of the scene, not behind the scene.”
For Eat Good Food, a food truck out of Saratoga, catering weddings is all about flexibility. John Travis, the truck’s owner, said they frequently cater weddings and rehearsal dinners. They have no set catering menu or set prices because they want to make sure whatever is catered is exactly what the bride and groom are looking for.
“We have never done the same thing twice,” he said. “Different things, different people.”
Travis said he believes food truck catering is becoming more popular because of the diversity of food and the reasonable prices.
“One other thing we have seen is having multiple trucks at a wedding,” he said. “Sometimes it is hard to cover all aspects of a wedding. Bringing in trucks with different specialties can create a lot of fun.”
All three truck owners say the key to wedding catering is flexibility. But most of all, it is about making good food.
“A lot of people refer to the food truck as a fad. They have been saying that year after year, but our business keeps growing,” Taney said. “Food trucks are here to stay.”