Are you thinking about bringing food trucks out to your company for lunch? Or maybe you've been tasked with booking trucks but don't know where to start? It can feel a little overwhelming at first, but here are some tips that might make the process a little easier:
TIP #1: Research the food trucks you want. Not all food trucks are created equal. Try asking your co-workers for suggestions or do a quick search on Yelp or Google. Start by contacting food trucks that have good reviews and a strong online presence. These are often the trucks that are the most professional and nice to work with. You can also get suggestions from your local food truck association. In Los Angeles, we have the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors Association. You'll find tons of useful information about food trucks on their website, check it out: www.socalmfva.com
TIP #2: Attract great trucks. Many food trucks have a sales minimum they need to meet whenever they go out. A good rule of thumb is 50-60 tickets. If you're able to get at least 50-60 people to buy their lunch from the food trucks, that's a good start. Don't forget to promote the trucks that are coming, designate a parking spot that's big enough and keep an accurate calendar! As long as the trucks are making money, they'll spread the word to other food trucks. Then you won't have any trouble at all getting the best trucks to come out and feed you their tasty, tasty grub!
TIP #3: Offer variety. We live in exciting food truck times, especially here in L.A. You can find just about anything you want to eat on a food truck: sushi, BBQ, burgers, bahn mi... If you want it, there's probably a food truck cooking it up right now. There's even a food truck now that sells fried ice cream! Fried ice cream! That's all they do! It's wild. So to keep things fresh and fun for your office (and profitable for the trucks), a good rule of thumb is to book a variety of rotating cuisines.
As you book trucks, you'll probably have more questions, like: "What do I do if a food truck cancels on me?" or "What does it mean when food trucks ask for a 'minimum guarantee'?" Feel free to comment below if you need answers now! We'll do our best to address them. And feel free to email us at eat[at]peachestruck[dot]com if you have any pressing questions. We're here to help!
**The tips above are based on the experiences of a food truck owner based in Los Angeles. Other markets may differ, so if you have any questions about food trucks in your city, try reaching out to a reputable food truck or mobile food vendor association in your area for more advice!