As most of you know, I am southern girl, born and raised. I grew up on things like bbq, country ham biscuits, home grown tomato sandwiches, fried fish and of course sweet tea. We went to high school football games every Friday night in the fall and couldn't wait for the sound of the ice cream truck in the summer. In the olden days (lol) when my friends were getting married, they got married at their local church and had their reception in their backyard or at the country club.
Today, brides are getting married and having receptions in those same places but they are also including such places as parks and squares, rustic barns, vineyards, beaches and boats. But no matter how many things change, some things remain the same. In this case, it's that love for great food (in my case southern) and the love of homemade ice cream or desserts.
With that in mind, why not try out the growing trend of wedding food trucks for your catering. Not only can these trucks provide you with the food of your choice and GREAT wedding cakes, cupcakes and donuts but it also brings back the memories of that ice cream truck from when you were little.
After a little bit of investigating, I learned that there are actually a lot of different food trucks in the Charlotte, NC and Virginia areas that cater to weddings. I decided to reach out to a few to see what I could learn and pass on to you.
Eat the Streets 757 is actually unique. It is made up of food trucks in the "757" area code. This local group includes food trucks, trailers and carts and they offer everything from pizza and bbq to tapas and appetizers to drinks and desserts. Southern Cake Queen provides custom wedding cakes, cupcakes and desserts.
Southern Cake Queen started her cupcake truck in February 2011 when she simply introduced weddings to their current list of special occasion cakes that they offer. In the last four and a half years, they have handled weddings up to 200 people. They work with their brides to create their own menu but provide guidance throughout the process.
Although Southern Cake Queen works mainly with brides, she has worked with a few planners and has done wedding in several wedding venues including parks, barns, breweries and hotels.
When I asked Emma what her favorite part about catering a wedding, she told me that she loves bringing the brides vision to reality. I also asked her what one piece of advice she would give and she told me to be sure and choose a truck that fits your them so that you can give your guest the best culinary experience.
Eat the Streets 757 started almost five years ago when Cassandra opened a cupcake truck with her sister. She later changed her path, opening Sofrito, Mac'n Whoopie by Sofrito, while her sister took over the sole running of the cupcake truck. Seeing the need and wanting to help companies, event planners and others find excellent food trucks, she helped to start Eat the Streets 757. Their mission is to provide you a service to make booking a truck easy and convenient. Their services are free to the host and currently there are 20 different trucks to choose from in the Hampton Roads area. By offering different types of trucks to choose from, brides are able to get the customization that they are looking for. They can provide everything from tapas and appetizers to signature cocktails to full meals to wedding cakes and desserts.
Depending on the size of the truck, they can handle weddings from 100 to 300. Similar to Southern Cake Queen, they work with different types of venues, brides and planners. Because their trucks are self-sustaining with their own power and water, they can cater anywhere a truck can drive from the parks and venue to desolate mountains.
When I asked Cassandra what one piece of advice she would offer future brides, she said to trust that the food truck knows what they are doing and to let them help you.
The one thing that seemed to be consistent with everything I read and learned from these wonderful ladies is that brides that use food trucks to cater their weddings are only limited to their imagination!
On a side note, Cassandra also owns The Hub in Hampton Roads. The Hub is Virginia's first ever Food Truck Park. It is a hub of local talent which includes food trucks, musicians, artists, artisans and brewers. It offers a fun atmosphere to bring your family and kick back and features a rotating schedule of local food trucks, local craft beers, local artists and local musicians! If you are in the Hampton Roads area and looking for somewhere fun to start your bachelorette party, check out their schedule.
If you are interested in learning more about Southern Cake Queen and Eat the Streets 757, please check out their social media: