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Food trucks are the hottest trend in corporate meetings, employee appreciation events, even private parties. But hiring a food truck for your Philadelphia-area event brings a few logistical challenges you should consider well ahead of time. Here are a few pro tips to help you plan a seamless food truck experience.
Determine where the food truck will be located at your venue
Not all venues lend themselves to food truck catering. Steep hills, grass and other irregular surfaces may not be the right spot, so discuss this with your catering services team ahead of time. The best location may be along the perimeter of the event, where surfaces are more stable and food service will not compete with the focal point of the event.
Choose your menu carefully
Experts recommend streamlining the food truck’s usual menu or even asking for new dishes to make service simple and provide something for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options if possible.
Calculate how much food you will need
Ask your caterer, “How many people can you feed in X amount of time?” The answer will let you know how many food trucks you will need to serve the crowd at your event.
Figure out when trucks should arrive
Having the trucks arrive as much as an hour ahead is a good move. The extra time allows for setup of signage, canopies, overhangs and trash receptacles.
Spell out what you want—and don’t want—trucks to provide
Should organizers create custom signage to identify the food truck and display the menu, or should the food truck catering team provide that? Should the host provide plates, napkins, and other items for a consistent look?
Devise strategies to keep the line moving
Teaming up with your food truck chefs to create a focused menu will prevent long lines from forming. Ease the wait by planning entertainment such as roving performers. Another strategy is to have food truck staff offering samples of items to guests in line.
The pros at Jerry’s Kitchen have you covered
We work with event planners throughout Greater Philadelphia to organize fantastic food truck events year-round. Call us with your questions and ideas right now! We can’t wait to serve you and your guests.
I had Jerry's Kitchen at my daughters first b-day party. It was a huge success!!! The food was good and my guests loved it. The truck was clean and well kept. I have received so may calls commenting on how cool and different the food truck was - I had over 100 guests and everyone was served within the 2 hour time frame that the truck was at my house. Cleaning up after party was over was no problem at all. No mess in the kitchen!!! I would definitely recommend Jerry's kitchen for any party!!!!
This was our second time using Jerry's Kitchen, the first for my wife's 30th birthday and this time for our son's 1st birthday. Jerry's has only gotten better from our first experience! The food is fantastic, the menu is huge there is certainly something for everyone and the staff is absolutely the best. Professional and personable from start to finish, Jerry's is the best food truck around!
We had a Jerry's Kitchen food truck cater a company lunch for about 120 staff members. Wonderful experience from the beginning! The manager was very easy to work with on scheduling and menu. The serving team was friendly, professional, and efficient (it took about 5 minutes to order and receive your food). And the food itself was, in the words of our staff, "amazing, AWESOME, DELISH".Thank you Scott and Jerry's Kitchen for helping to make this a fantastic event!
Thank you for arranging for Chewy’s Food Truck to come to our 4th of July/ graduation celebration! The food and service were amazing and The guys were awesome on the truck! Made my day not having to cook or deal with the food cleanup! Food truck is the fun way to go for sure! Will do it again!!!!
Jerry's Kitchen was fantastic for our wedding! Scott was so easy to work with leading up to the day. The communication was great, food was unbelievably delicious and it was nice to have a variety of menu options. People raved about the chicken sandwich all night! They made our wedding so unique and special- we would highly recommend them to anyone for any type of event.
It was an overall great experience from the start of the planning process (very helpful and responsive with all my questions) until the last item served, EVERY guest raved about the food - DELISH! Minor glitch with an overheated truck on the way (98 degree day!?!?) causing a slight delay in arrival but the team was so great when they got here, got things moving quickly and made sure the guests were taken care of! We have another graduating next year and will use Jerry's again! Thank you!
Today's Company BBQ went on without a hitch! The staff was very helpful and pleasant. The salads were amazing.. i will say that some people said their hot dogs and hamburgers were cold but i'm thinking that the breeze blowing may have blown out the sterno... but all in all, it was a great experience and we will be using you guys again next year :) thank you again!
This is a terrific way to host a causal party. We used Jerry's for our twin's graduation party in our back yard. Our guests loved the food and the different options. I'm giving you four out of five stars only because you ran out of one of the vegan and gluten free food option that we selected. Everybody loved the falafel bowl!
We were so happy from start to finish to have Jerry's KitchenFood Truck at our daughter's graduation party. Scott was so easy to deal with and responded to every question immediatley! The servers were so nice and prepared everything meticulously. So many of my guests raved not only about the quality and taste of the food but that each dish was prepared hand done and presented so nicely. We will definitely use them again and would recommend them to others!! Thanks so much!!
If you are thinking about having a food truck for your party, DO IT! It was the easiest party that I ever hosted. The food was great and everyone loved ordering from the truck. The guys working the truck were super friendly and played cool music. The food truck was a hit with the graduating seniors and with the senior citizens!
Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous! From initial contact and preparations through timely arrival of the genial crew to the delicious and inventive menu, you made my party of 70 adults and children perfect. I hosted in complete confidence that I could enjoy the party, as well! My guests congratulated me over and over for having Jerry's Kitchen. All raved about the food quality, the deliciousness and variety. I can't thank you enough for making this party memorable and a huge success.
Chef Rob and his assistants were on time to get all the food ready (4 entrees plus 3 side dishes) for our grad party. Our friends & family said they had favorites but overall, the food was very good and enjoyed by all. I had a chicken sandwich and the chicken was moist and tender. Mac & cheese was creamy. My son loved the peppers & onions. Very satisfied with the quality of the food, and the service was top-notch. Would hire Jerry's Kitchen again. Thank you!
Love Jerry's Kitchen! They provided a food truck for the after party at my wedding and my guests are still raving about it. We had their cheesesteak and truffle mac and cheese. They even provided a free tasting in their kitchen before the event. Absolutely delicious! We had a lot of family in from California and what better way to show them some Philadelphian hospitality with some delicious cheesesteaks! Thanks again :)
Jerry's Kitchen did a fantastic job for my daughters HS graduation party for 100 people. Food was delicious, everyone raved about the menu and speed of delivery of high quality delicious entrees and sides. Bryant and the truck staff were very personable and accommodating. From the beginning of planning process with Scott to end of the party, all aspects of our event were handled with exceptional customer service. Thank you Scott and Jerry's Kitchen crew for an amazing day! Bob Romano
Jerry's Kitchen Food Truck is amazing. The menu offers plenty of options, all of which are spectacular. Just as important, the food truck staff was a great crew from start to finish. Ted and his team were friendly, outgoing, and exhibited excellent customer service throughout the afternoon. I highly recommend Jerry's Kitchen Food Truck to anyone looking to liven up their party menu.