FOR THE NON-TRADITIONALIST, FOOD TRUCKS ARE A COOL, OFFBEAT WAY TO JAZZ UP YOUR RECEPTION
Food trucks at a wedding reception? It sounds like an oxymoron. But brides have started rolling in the hip catering options for their big day (Pinterest searches were up 30 percent in 2016). Why? “Food trucks are fun and different,” says Brittany Cook, lead planner at Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers. “They bring a lot of energy, they’re a way to creatively express yourself, you can bring a variety of foods in and they’re very affordable.” To have a successful food truck soirée, plan a longer reception, book multiple options to eliminate long lines and have appetizers to pass out while guests wait. Here, a roundup of our favorite mobile meal makers by course.
Love Ace Eat Serve’s bar menu? Bring the program to your wedding with the Ace Bar Bus. Inspired by the mobile bars converted from Volkswagen buses in Bangkok, Ace’s is housed in a 1978 VW bus nicknamed Penny whose roof opens to make room for a full bar and two bartenders. Penny also has a great sound system, which, as Ace puts it, makes her the “all-in-one” party solution. In other words, your DJ can take the hour off.
Starting in May, Cocktail Caravan, a full-service beverage catering and mobile bartending business serving events all across the state, will be shaking up its fresh, locally sourced cocktails out of its new truck, Lolita. Cocktail Caravan is already known for its on-the-go service, but this custom truck, available as an add-on to normal packages, makes its wine, beer and spirit offerings irresistible.
With Road Soda, a national Airstream mobile bar created by Ben Scorah—an internationally known mixologist— and mechanical engineer Mark Wiseberg, it’s all about what you want to drink and where you want to drink it. The company’s Airstream setup will meet you anywhere in the United States for your big day and, based on your favorite flavors, cocktails and even mood, will create a customized drink list using area ingredients. Got a specific bartender in mind? Road Soda will bring their mixologists along, or recruit bartenders from your favorite bar.
Looking for laidback, just-plaingood food? Your guests will feel at home with Steuben’s food truck. The famous eatery’s mobile kitchen serves menu favorites— like fried chicken, macaroni- and-cheese and meatloaf—to the central Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Westminster, Commerce City, Aurora, Englewood, Littleton and Greenwood Village areas.
Go gourmet with the only food truck plating ranchraised Wagyu beef, Berkshire pork and heritage-bred chicken. Royal Hustle-Gourmet Tacos, founded by chef Jason Scholz, works with local ranchers and organic, local ingredients, like corn tortillas, to create mouth-watering dishes. And its menus are 100 percent gluten free.
Bring farm-to-table to the, well, table with Farm-to- Truck. Serving a mix of comfort and street food, the culinary team highlights Colorado’s best ingredients with simple, healthy menus. Check the site to see a comprehensive list of suppliers—your Colorado guests will love it!
Skip the one-option, traditional wedding cake for adorable American sweets made with French techniques in The Bumblebee. Your loved ones will satisfy their sweet tooths with tarts, marshmallows, bombes, cream puffs, French macarons, pudding cups and more. Breakfast, brunch and lunch are also menu options.
Order pastries by the dozen (with a 48-piece minimum) and a custom cake from The Vanilla Bean Pastry Truck and you’ll have vehicle Miss Clementine, owner Anne Oravec and coffee manager Lisa Pitcaithely on site for your big day for at least an hour. Yes, espresso-based drinks are included!
Did somebody say ice cream? Keep your guests cool with these updated ice cream trucks. Sweet Cow Ice Cream is scooping nine of its flavors, handing out sammies and making root beer floats at shindigs all across town. And for any guests with dietary restrictions, Ba-nom-a-nom creates soft serve using only fruit.
Spud Nation takes everyone’s love for potatoes and turns that into innovative recipes like puffed potato rings filled with onions, fresh chives and potatoes, deep fried and served alongside dipping sauces; battered potato fries; and Cuban-style braised beef and Mexican-style potato and corn croquettes.
Think your guests will be looking for something a little cheesy? Enlist the Mac Shack to give them goodie bags. “Home to the best comfort food in town,” this truck will see them off—or refill dancing tanks—with chicken cheese bombs, fried spinach-and-artichoke cheese balls and smoked gouda mac ’n’ cheese.
For a shareable something that’s sweet, call The Funnels Food Truck. The mobile counterpart to Denver’s first gourmet funnel cake restaurant, it offers traditional funnels with powdered or cinnamon sugar, specialty flavors like cookies and cream, salted caramel crunch and bacon me crazy, a make-your-own funnels bar and funnel-battered bacon strips.
Food trucks, though a lot of fun, do require a little bit more administrative work. Here’s what to check to make sure your venue is food-truck-friendly:
- Can the trucks make it to your locale? If getting to your venue involves a lot of steep hills or mountain roads, you may have a problem.
- Does your venue allow outside catering? Trucks are, technically and literally, outside vendors, and need to be approved by your location.
- Where will the trucks park? Make sure there is room in the parking lot or on a nearby street—and that the trucks are allowed to park on that street under city ordinances and venue rules.