As the end of another summer approaches, food truck owners around the country are beginning (or they should be) to plan their fall menus to entice and delight their customers.
Fall is the perfect time to celebrate the bountiful harvests of the season, which brings with it an abundance of hearty vegetables, such as squashes and gourds, potatoes, and parsnips, as well as delicious, sweet fruits like apples, pears and pomegranates.
When daily temperatures begin to cool down, the fall season is that time when mobile food vendors can put fun, new twists on comfort food favorites such as Mac n’ Cheese, mashed potatoes, soups and stews to name a few.
So what should go on your truck’s fall menu this year?
Here are four fantastic ideas based on the most popular 2013 menu trends:
Locally sourced vegetables: One 2013 trend that the entire culinary industry predicted which is continuing to hold true is the local vegetable movement. Get ready to see a lot of vegetable dishes on the menu using locally sourced autumn produce, such as root vegetables and gourds, in particular.
Locally sourced meat and seafood: Again, look no further than your local Farmer’s Market and meat/seafood purveyors for fall menu inspiration. Locally sourced meats and seafood are also among the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) annual “What’s Hot” Survey top three 2013 restaurant menu trends. The survey also reported new meat cuts such as Denver steak and pork flat iron, will be favorites for 2013 foodservice industry consumers.
Healthier spin on classic comfort foods: Top food truck menu trends this year also include healthier menu choices and comfort foods. While everyone loves an indulgence, there are a lot of food truck fans who want to have their cake and eat it, too. This isn’t to say that you should do away with the rich ingredient that make comfort foods so delicious, but also consider offering a “lighter” version for your customers who are more health-conscious.
Fruit desserts celebrating fall: Take advantage of the plentiful fall fruits to create wonderful desserts that will satisfy the sweet tooth of your food truck customers. Apples, pomegranates, pears and figs are among them, all which provide the staple for popular fall desserts, such as pies, cobblers, and bread pudding.
So what will be going on your food truck’s fall menu this year? Our readers would love to know.