NPR’s food blog, The Salt, recently ran this piece from Rachel Estabrook on how food truck owners are branching out to find new business opportunities. She writes: “As food trucks have swarmed the streets of cities around the country, some city councils and brick-and-mortar restaurants have fought back, enacting regulations to make it harder for them to linger.” As a result, some food truck owners are turning to catering as part of their business plan, lining up gigs for “everything from office parties, birthdays, weddings, quinceñeras to bat mitzvahs.”
Personally, I really like the idea of a food truck wedding. It’s fun, casual, and inexpensive. For example, as the story describes, catering packages from The Slide Ride, a Chicago truck serving gourmet mini sandwiches, start at just $10/person. But then again, when J and I had our own commitment ceremony, we didn’t invite 300 people for a formal sit-down dinner preceded by champagne and trays of appetizers offered by tuxedo-clad waiters. Instead, for the service we rented a beautiful public building that didn’t require any gussying up, and then headed to a nearby fantastic local restaurant that agreed to open a couple hours early to host our mid-afternoon reception for a few dozen of our closest friends, family, and coworkers. To each his or her own, I guess!