Mobile Dining: How Food Trucks Can Enhance Your Events
May 10, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
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2400 East Millbrook Road
Festivals and other outdoor events for larger crowds (such as corporate parties, 4th of July celebrations, new neighborhood roll-outs and university functions) are often a part of the events industry that get overlooked. These types of events require a huge amount of planning and organization. These types of events can also be a huge source of revenue. To accommodate limited space and to make it easier to offer portable food to attendees (limiting the amount of necessary seating and equipment), planners often incorporate mobile dining options.
Because food trucks usually offer a limited menu and can easily maneuver around town, many traditional caterers are getting into the mobile dining business to generate extra revenue. We are seeing mobile menus that move beyond the hot dog cart with gourmet offerings such as Fried Egg and Green Tomato Breakfast Burgers, Specialty Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with locally sourced flair (like Pimento Cheese & Bacon!) and Tomato Soups, the best homemade Pizza selections, and Sweet and Savory Crepes.
This month, our meeting format will be a bit different as we delve firsthand into the mobile dining experience. Come casual and ready to find out just how incorporating food truck fun can enhance your events!
Special thanks to our participating food trucks and beer vendor:
- The Grilled Cheese Bus: The Grilled Cheese Bus is more than just a restaurant on wheels! It's a youth job training and community organizing project housed within a non-profit organization, Action for Community in Raleigh (ACRe). Our goals are to train and employ young people engaged in social change work, with a strong commitment to low-income youth of color. Our youth will learn entrepreneurial principles guided by a respect for community, the planet and each other; earn a living wage; and develop job skills & financial literacy. Youth participants will play an active role in the marketing, menu, staffing, and other decisions regarding the bus. Profits generated by the bus will be donated to community projects that better the planet and work for equity and justice.
- Only Burger: OnlyBurger is the Triangle's latest dining innovation, and you don't even need a reservation. Owned by Brian Bottger and Tom Ferguson, OnlyBurger brings the goodness to the people. Our concept is this... the best burger, plain and simple. Does it get any better?
- Klausie's Pizza: Klausie's serves thick slices of deep dish square-shaped pie that has been cooked in cast iron pans. this lends itself to a deep brown, crispy crust with a soft doughy interior. They pile a rich tomato sauce on top of the cheese. Owned by Mike Stenke, Klausie's not only makes a super yummy pie, but they are quite philanthropic as well!
- Parlez - Vous Crepe: Owner Jody Argote learned the art of crêpe making while living and working in Beaune, France. She combines her passions for French cuisine, education, and creative use of seasonal local produce to bring a memorable experience to the events she caters.
- Full Steam Brewery: PLOW-TO-PINT BEER FROM THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH
Fullsteam is a Durham, North Carolina production brewery and tavern inspired by the agricultural and culinary traditions of the South. Our mission is to craft a distinctly Southern beer style using local farmed goods, heirloom grains, and Southern botanicals. Like what, you wonder? We're making beer with sweet potatoes, corn grits, summer basil, and malted barley house-smoked over hickory. Other successful "plow to pint" experiments to-date include beer brewed with scuppernong grapes, persimmon, paw paw, rhubarb and more.
Don't forget to pre-purchase your raffle tickets during during the registration process. This month's fabulous raffle prize donors include:
- F8 Photo Studios
- American Tobacco
- Bliss by Sam
- TPC Wakefield
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