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Food Trucks, Restaurants or Catering: Which One?

Allana Johnson - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

If you are hosting a large event like a wedding, corporate outing or a reunion, you have an important choice to make when it comes to food service. There are plenty of options including catering services, restaurants and food trucks. Each has distinct advantages and disadvantages. The size and nature of your get-together will go a long way in determining which food service option is the best for your unique group. Yet each food service choice has specific characteristics that you should think about when making your decision.

Food Trucks

While most people think of food trucks as places for a quick bite to eat in the middle of the day while on a lunch break from work, they can be much more than that. Food trucks have tipped over into the mainstream and are becoming wildly popular. They can churn out enormous amounts of tasty food in very little time. This is exactly why so many people are choosing to use food trucks for their events. Even events, as large scale and important as weddings, are being serviced by food trucks. In general, you should plan on reserving the services of one food truck per 75 event attendees just to be on the safe side. This way, your guests won't have to wait too long in line to get their food.

When you ponder whether a food truck is right for your event, one of your primary considerations should be whether your guests will tolerate waiting in line while outdoors. This might be a turn-off for some attendees. Consider the season. If your event is held in the summer and it is extremely hot and humid, many guests won't brave the heat just to get some nourishment at the event's food truck(s). The same is true of wintertime events in cold climates.


Restaurants are typically much more expensive than food trucks. Yet they provide more of a diverse menu selection which will appeal to all sorts of eaters. Be careful to consider whether your guests would enjoy the food of restaurants that provide only one type of ethnic cuisine, be it Italian, Mexican, French etc. Consider whether you'd like a standard restaurant menu that does one thing really well or if you would prefer the diversity provided by other catering options. It might be hard to find just the right restaurant with a menu that is mild enough for the older attendees, adventurous enough for the younger crowd and provide vegan/vegetarian options for those who don't eat meat. Your options will be limited as only a handful of restaurants are willing to cater a formal event like a wedding.

Ask around to find out which local restaurants offer the best catering service and extensive menus for events. While a catering service has employees trained to provide immaculate event service, the staff of a restaurant will likely be out of its comfort zone while catering an event outside of its establishment. Yet the prospect of lower quality service just might be worth it when you consider the specialties that a restaurant can bring to your event tables. Compared to the typical catering services, restaurants usually provide more unique and tasty dishes. For example, instead of a traditional pot roast with the typical sides, a restaurant that specializes in Mexican food can provide enchiladas, quesadillas, taco platters, taco salads and burrito stations so that your guests can customize their own dishes.


Food catering services are the most popular choice for large scale events because they don’t require guests to get up and travel. There is no waiting in long lines and guests aren't at the mercy of a stressed out restaurant waiter. You can also make special requests of your food catering service to provide specific dishes that will appeal to your unique audience. This way, you'll have mild dishes for the elderly, spicy options for the younger attendees and vegetarian/vegan fare as well...

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Guest Blogger: Stephanie of Event Source | Bonjour Events Posted April 1, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

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