Food Trucks Parking at Holiday Parties

Rickshaw Dumplings serves a variety of foods from its truck.
Rickshaw Dumplings serves a variety of foods from its truck.

By Lisa Fickenscher | Crains New York

Holiday parties are in high gear right now, but restaurants and catering halls are not the only businesses feeding the demand.

Food trucks are getting their share of the pie as well.

Rickshaw Dumpling’s trucks are handling about a dozen parties during the holiday season compared with just a few last year, says owner Kenny Lau.

For most parties in company offices, staffers are asked to pick up their food outside their buildings, where the truck is parked. Other parties have been taking place in spaces large enough for the truck to pull in.

A Rickshaw Dumpling truck, for example, was hired recently by a large financial firm to travel to Bridgeport, Conn., for a 1,400-person party taking place in a sports arena. There were other New York City food trucks there as well, including a Wafels & Dinges truck.

“We made great money on that event,” Mr. Lau crowed. The financial firm even paid for Mr. Lau and his staff to stay overnight in a hotel, because the party ended late.

The minimum fee to rent a Rickshaw Dumpling truck for a private event is $1,200.

Wafels & Dinges is hosting about 25 holiday parties this year, says owner Thomas Degeest. Not all of them are serving food from the truck. The popular sweet-tooth business is catering some parties in corporate offices, using hot plates to cook the waffles on site. Wafels & Dinges also owns four carts that can be set up on the pavement outside office buildings.

“We are handling twice as many parties this year as last,” Mr. Degeest said. “We’ve even done some on trading floors.”

The 18-month-old Bistro Truck, serving Moroccan cuisine, is mostly using its truck as a kitchen and then transporting the dishes up to its clients’ offices.

“It’s too cold for people to be outside,” said owner Yassir Raouli.

Even individuals are hiring trucks for their holiday parties. The La Cense Beef truck has traveled as far as the Eastern tip of Long Island for a private party.