Food Truck Eats
Food trucks add novelty and fun-factor to wedding receptions and after parties
You’ve decided to pull out all the stops to create a wedding that’ll have your guests talking about how festive and unique it was long after the last glass of champagne is emptied. Add an instant fun factor and opt for an unexpected twist to traditional catering by incorporating your favorite food trucks into the wedded bliss mix.
Chef Micah Martello of Fete au Fete sees a food truck wedding as ideal for a couple looking for the unexpected.
“New Orleans has become such a destination wedding city and people are looking for other things than the normal catering,” said Martello.
“More and more people are moving towards non-traditional types of weddings and the food truck really fits into that idea.”
Having spent 27 years as an executive chef, Martello says that though many people hire him for the food they’ve come to love and recognize from his truck, it is fun to customize a menu that melds his food with their couple style.
“One bride and groom wanted our food but they wanted tacos,” he says. “So we did a special Louisiana, Mexican themed taco menu and included things like cochon de lait tacos. It was fun to get creative and personalize dishes specifically for them.”
Rachel and Benoit Angulo, owners of La Cocinita, find that a food truck, though alternative, has appeal across the generation gap at weddings.
“It adds a lot to the ambiance,” said Rachel. “We find that everyone loves eating from food trucks, from young people who frequent food trucks on a regular basis to grandparents of the bride and groom who comment on what a novelty it is to eat from a truck. It’s an experience they’ve usually never had before!”
Further, says Angulo, a food truck can be ideal for the current culture of varied dietary needs and aversions.
“The food is made fresh-to-order on site and everything can be customized on-site for guests with dietary preferences, restrictions or allergies.”
If you’re hesitating for fear of lengthy lines and anxious guests waiting for their food, Ericka Lassair of Diva Dawg, who has been known to add spiked syrup to create chicken drunken french toast at weddings, has found a fun way around that concern.
“While people are waiting for their food we hand out Diva cards with pictures of celebrities and singers on them,” said Lassair. “It becomes a game for people to hear us call out when the food is ready for ‘Michael Jackson’ or ‘Beyonce.’ It’s a good distraction and really keeps the party vibe going.”