By Jennifer Goldberg | The Jewish News
Food trucks, a staple of the culinary scene in cities like Los Angeles and New York, are gaining popularity in the Valley. While the mobile eateries can be found around town at office complexes, festivals, farmers’ markets and other locations, many are also hirable for birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and other private events.
Popular wedding website TheKnot.com calls food trucks “the next big wedding catering idea,” and indeed, food trucks are a hot idea for all kinds of celebrations.
There are a number of things to take into consideration when planning a special event with catering provided by a food truck, including the time of year (guests may not want to wait in line for food in July); allowing for enough space for the food truck to park and operate; menu choice (some trucks allow for custom menus and some have set offerings); and matching the size of the guest list to the serving capacity of the truck. Some party planners may want a food truck that can provide the entree for the simcha meal; others may only want a truck that can do appetizers, desserts or take-home treats.
The Valley of the Sun has a number of great food trucks that are available for private events, including:
Frites Street offers gourmet, French fries with a variety of housemade toppings and dipping sauces. They can do kosher-style catering by request.
Kettle Heroes makes kosher-certified popcorn and kettle corn in a range of flavors that can be served from the truck or displayed in a popcorn bar-style setting.
A fun, cool treat to cap a bar or bat mitzvah, Kona Ice creates fruit-flavored shaved-ice desserts.
Paradise Melts goes way beyond traditional grilled cheese sandwiches with a menu that dresses up the simple fare with gourmet ingredients.
Sam Fox’s mobile pizza oven can provide an Italian-inspired menu that includes wood-fired pies, salads, sandwiches and desserts.