When you first start a food truck catering business, you need to plan absolutely everything, from food concepts to food sourcing to menus to supplies. You must combine all this with the most important thing — finding clients and events to participate in. In order to get clients to hire your food truck catering business, everything must be sorted out at your back end. Here are some steps to help you get started by organising supplies.
What Kind Of Food Will You Specialise In?
The food you specialise in may determine the type of supplies that you need for your business. For example, if you typically intend to serve street food concepts like fried chicken, meat pies, hot dogs and tacos, then items like mini cardboard trays, pinewood cones and cylinder trays might come in handy. If you intend to serve more hearty meals like lasagnes, rice and noodles, then you may want plastic serving plates, knives, spoons and forks. Consider the food you intend to specialise in and plan how you want to serve them to determine the supplies you need.
Will you be serving drinks?
If you intend to sell drinks, then you may want to look at cups as an option. The types of cups that you choose will depend on what you intend to serve. For example, some food trucks may choose to install a coffee or drinks machine, which means you will need to have coffee cups or drinks cups. If you plan to serve slushies, then you will need cups for that. You may need to consider ordering different sizes from your supplier because some customers may want smaller servings while others will want larger options. You will also need to order lids to prevent drinks from spilling over while you serve them to customers.
Will you be offering takeaway options?
Depending on how you intend to run your food truck, you may need to look at take-away as a serving option too. For instance, many customers at events and festivals may simply want to take your food home. If you don't have take-away containers, these people are going to try at a competitor truck. Get your supplier to provide you with different sizes of takeaway boxes so that you can offer the option for all the dishes you're serving on your menu.
Running a food truck can be heaps of fun, but it's a lot of hard work too. Make sure you get your event catering supplies right with these steps.