Booking a food truck

Believe it or not, food trucks are pretty popular! They are a way to get awesome food options at your location. Especially food that is high quality and prepared in real time.

As with most things, there’s a limited amount of high quality food trucks, or if you prefer gourmet food trucks. Finding the right one for your event can be a challenge, especially since food trucks are busy filling their schedules as much as possible. This can be a challenge when you don’t have a lot of time or enough advance notice for your event. Another problem is how do you know what food trucks and cuisines are available. We don’t have all of the answers, though hope that this bit of information can help you secure a Houston area food truck.

How do I find a food truck? One way is to go up to one and ask them. The food truck community is a tight knit community and will be glad to help out. We are part of a online community as well which share information. Provide as much information as you can, offer your contact information, and request the food trucks’ information as well.

How do I book a food truck? The easiest way is to contact them directly. Here’s a few tips:

  • Give them a lot of time (if possible, at least two weeks. In some cases food trucks may be booked months in advanced, especially during holidays and peak times of the year)
  • Make sure you provide information about your event, such as theme, type of event (birthday, anniversary, wedding, etc.)
  • Provide an estimated head count of attendees
  • Know your guests’ food requirements, such as vegetarian, food allergies, children, etc. This information can help the truck determine a menu (yes, we offer custom menus for private events!)
  • Provide a date and time. Keep in mind that time to setup and close down are needed for the truck to be in place before and after the food service time
  • Know your jurisdiction – this helps determine if a permit is required and the cost that is involved. In some cases, obtaining a permit can take several days! This can be a city or county, which determines the permit requirements.

A few additional things where we can help with planning an event:

  • Food service time – schedule groups of people to place their order and receive them. Have one group finish and have a pause in between the next group
  • Pre-order – make a list of people and what they would like to order. This in conjunction with groups makes it very efficient for everyone

Having all of this information when booking a food truck is valuable information. Remember the more information, the better! Written communication is best, so use e-mail. This will prevent miscommunication and ensure your event goes with minimal issues, leaving you to enjoy the event!