In the past few years, mobile eateries have become in demand for serving guests at weddings and engagement parties.
Food trucks are replacing pricey sit-down dinners, buffets and food stations. It’s the next big wedding budget catering idea.
“Brides and grooms are looking for unique ways to turn their reception and engagement parties into true experiences for attendees,” says Ross Resnick, CEO of Roaming Hunger. In St. Louis, Roaming Hunger food trucks include StLouisianaQ, Zia’s on the Hill and Holy Crepe!.
They’ve had a 200 percent increase in catering requests, and of those, 30 percent are wedding-related. Roaming Hunger works with more than 6,000 food trucks across the country, including St. Louis, that serve a variety of tasty dishes, so the food served at weddings and engagement parties varies by truck. Food truck dinner prices for engagement parties and weddings in St. Louis range from $10 to $25 a person. Local caterers say sit-down dinners start at $38 a person and can go up to $175 a person.
Jennifer Brinson chef at Destination Desserts, a local dessert food truck, has experienced an increase in wedding bookings, too.
“A lot of couples find us at Food Truck Friday and want us to provide other desserts alongside their wedding cake for their big day,” says Brinson. Rates are reasonable, ranging from $2 to $3 a person for 100 cupcakes.
Alexis and Brad Montgomery of Creve Coeur served their wedding guests last year with food truck fare at Shady Springs Park in St. Peters with a fiesta theme.
They chose a picnic-style budget wedding because they didn’t want to carry debt into their future on top of student loans, cars, insurance and purchasing a home. They opted for Taco Truck STL for their catering needs. An all-you-can-eat special came to about $10 a person, including food, flatware, toppings and nonalcoholic drinks.
Their 250 wedding guests enjoyed steak, beef, chicken, pork and vegetarian burritos, salads, nachos and quesadillas over five hours. Beans, rice, queso, salsa, two kinds of pico and chipotle ranch dressing added to their fiesta-inspired dinner.
“We thought this would be a hit because food trucks are in right now,” said Alexis. The total price for their budget wedding was just under $5,000.
Shannon and Mike Carlson of University City booked the Pi food truck for their engagement party at a private residence in Wildwood.
“It was excellent,” said Sarah Belmar, 33, of Oakville, a guest at the party. “The pizza was just as good as the restaurant.”
Salads from Pi were also served during the engagement party. The bride also served cupcakes from her favorite place, The Cup.
“It was my first experience dining from a food truck at an engagement party,” Belmar adds. The bride and groom had beautiful wooden tables with hay bales for seating, a huge patio with an acoustic guitar player/singer and a beautifully landscaped yard/pool/patio area.
“The food truck added something special to the upscale party,” she adds. The food truck hung around all night for guests to eat any time.
Food truck resources
Destination Desserts • 314-227-7070; destinationdesserts.org
St. Louis Food Truck Association • facebook.com/SLFTA
Roaming Hunger • 1-800-568-9370; roaminghunger.com/food-truck-catering
Taco Truck STL • tacotruckstl.com