Cooking is a timeless form of art which has existed since the evolutionary period. Roasting meat being an antecedent of complex forms of cooking, the art has undergone its own form of evolution. Cooking is part and parcel of every human environment. Thus begetting catering, which is the business of providing drinks and food, typically in social events and in a professional capacity. Catering dates back to the 4th millennium BC in China and Egypt where the services were offered by slaves. However, the term was first coined by the Merchant Marines who were among the first to employ catering officers. Since then, catering has grown and its services are widely offered at different settings such as Catering Trucks in Florida.
In the USA, catering started booming after World War 11 when food supplying companies were seeking for something to do. With the current transportation improvement, population increase and sudden rise in the travel and tourism trade, catering has risen in popularity. Due to this, catering companies decided to make catering services mobile by bringing the services to customers using catering trucks. From street vendors selling food from push carts in 1691 to the now current, customized truck services.
Catering truck services
A catering truck is a large vehicle containing cooking facilities where food is prepared and sold to the generic public. It can offer on-site services which involves having some commercial kitchens provide a separate dining facility for the renters or off-site services which involves having the truck pulled outside the event area. Some catering trucks could also sell packaged or frozen food such as ice cream. For a catering truck owner to run the business, several requirements are needed. First, one has to buy the suitable truck for the catering needs, find a commissary where food is stored and prepared for the truck, get the required licensing and permits in order, find the perfect location and finally, get a crew able to handle the long working hours.
Depending on the type of catering services offered, a catering truck is always open for business from the morning hours. Fresh food, gas and ingredients are loaded on the truck. A health inspector then comes to make sure the catering truck employees are registered and hold proper identification. Once that is done, the truck is allowed to proceed. Truck employees can also hand out fliers to people letting them know of the menu. After the day’s work, the truck is cleaned, ready for the next day.
Finally, a few tips for a successful catering truck:
Be careful never to run out of food at events.
Keep the menu simple.
Don’t take on a catering job that the truck isn’t equipped to do.