Finding Your Next Food Truck Catering Job

Winter is beginning to creep in and many food truck owners in cold weather cities are beginning the process of transitioning their food truck business plans. As fewer people are willing to spend 10 to 15 minutes in line in near freezing temperatures, mobile food vendors find that a food truck catering job is the best way for them to continue with year round sales.

While listing that your truck offers catering services on your website, marketing literature and the side of your truck are great first steps but getting consistent food truck catering jobs takes a little more work.

Finding Your Next Food Truck Catering Job

A great way to track down your next food truck catering job is by getting your food into the minds and stomachs of local businesses by creating meetings with these business owners. Take a small sampling of some of your food truck menu along with you to give them a taste of what you’re capable of.

These freebies can make a huge difference when you are selling the catering side of your mobile food business. People are far more likely to remember you, especially when your food is delicious.

Building real relationships with businesses in your local area takes great salesmanship and effort. Be prepared to put the work in.

Here are a few ideas for local targets to personally network with and to deliver your food truck’s catering menu to:

  • Law offices – visit law offices and hand out your menu, as well as a coupon for a free meal. Invite the receptionist to sample your lunch catering menu. Legal teams are a great target market because of long depositions and late hours. There is often a need for catering in law offices throughout the day and evening.
  • Ad Agencies – like law offices, large ad agencies tend to work long hours when they have a campaign to work on. They often don’t want to break focus and regularly outside cater for corporate events.
  • Banks and financial offices – financial institutions represent a lot of workers who work closely together. Banking hours are often long and they have a definite need for outside catering. They are also big on corporate events and meetings.

We hope these suggestions help your next food truck catering job and expands your ties to your local community. If you have any additional suggestions to the types of businesses that are good for catering business, please feel free to add them in the comment section below, Tweet us or share them on our Facebook page.

Are you looking for an easy way to find a mobile food vendor to provide catering for your next event? Let us help at Food Truck Catering | Mobile Cuisine

2017-03-31T08:41:32+00:00 By |Catering|

About the Author:

Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.

One Comment

  1. Doug Coffin, Big Green Truck Pizza Dec 6, 2014 at 9:04 am

    It is important to keep in mind that catering is very different than vending. Before you take a catering job make sure you know what you are contracting to do and be sure you can do it easily. A few bad catering jobs can quickly ruin your reputation.
    1) catering customers often expect you to be able to serve everyone at once. Think of the buffet lines you have seen – service needs to move quickly and efficiently. The expectation in most catering situations is that someone can come up to the serving station, make a selection and get it immediately. Many food trucks are used to a high degree of customization of the product with some last minuite assembly and or cooking. You may need to reevaluate your menu to speed up service, reducing the number of options and doing a lot of the assembly work ahead. Caterers have huge support kitchens to push out a lot of servings all at once; food trucks are designed with much smaller equipment and serve people over a longer period of time. I saw a grilled cheese truck at a Bar Mitzvah struggling to serve 125 kids grilled cheese sandwiches off a 2 foot griddle. He said he could do it normally in an hour but the kids weren’t wiling to stand around for an hour waiting for their food. Make sure you have the capacity to pump out everything at once, crowds waiting for food get ugly quickly.
    2) On the street, if people don’t want to wait or don’t want you product they can leave. In catering, you are responsible for feeding them and your system needs to be able to meet their needs. If it is a meeting, they may have a very limited serving time – can you handle that effectively? They may need to change the time because someone is running late or they didn’t pay attention to the schedule. You need to be able to accommodate them without losing your cool. You need to be able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, especially if you are the only food option there. Often food truck catering negotiations begin with the client saying “we love your truck, here’ s what we want you to do” and then come up with a bunch of ideas that have nothing to do with your regular service. This is especially true when doing weddings or parties with some special theme. Make sure you are clear about what you are signing on to do.
    3) many people have no idea how to accommodate a truck. The picture above shows a truck inside in a pretty garage. If that truck needs to do any cooking, they may be in trouble. Smoke from a grill can set of fire systems and overwhelm air handling systems. Propane is not allowed on a building. Oil spills on some floor surfaces will create permanent stains. Check out the location first

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