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Seeking Taco Truck for Event

melissajane Feb 25, 2007 09:13 PM

I'm looking for a taco truck that will actually 'cater' our wedding. I'm having a casual reception in Calistoga and was hoping to get a truck to just hang out for the afternoon at the reception location. There are trucks that cater events in San Francisco that i've been able to locate, however they won't leave the city. Does anyone have any suggestions or contact information of trucks in the Napa area (Calistoga/St. Helena)? I haven't had much luck in my search so far...Thanks!

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  1. josquared RE: melissajane Feb 26, 2007 06:39 AM

    I would think the best bet is to get the contact information on a taco truck that you like (it's usually painted on the side of the truck) and either call them or talk to the people directly at the truck.

    I know there's a few trucks in Napa (does Tacos La Playita have the restaurant as well as the truck still?) and Vallejo has even more (I don't have contact info, but I know which ones I like and don't like) who might be willing to go up Highway 29 to cater an event.

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      NoeMan RE: melissajane Feb 26, 2007 03:17 PM

      Very cool idea. Hope you do find something. I live in SF and can't help unfortunately.

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        SarahKC RE: melissajane Feb 26, 2007 03:28 PM

        Will you please share what you've learned about all the carts? I have also thought this would be a great idea.

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          AlleyCat RE: melissajane Feb 27, 2007 03:22 PM

          A friend of ours hired the El Toyense (I'm probably butchering that) truck for a party at their house. They parked the truck in their driveway and guests ordered what they wanted throughout the night. It was very cool. One of the El Toyense (sp?) trucks is parked outside of Best Buy on Harrison Street in SF all the time.

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            shortexact RE: AlleyCat Feb 27, 2007 03:33 PM

            These are the El Tonayense trucks. There are several of them scattered around this area, with a few on Harrison. I'm not familiar with what they do about "catering" though, or whether or not they will leave San Francisco.

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              Melanie Wong RE: shortexact May 9, 2007 11:35 AM

              For the archive, here's the contact info for El Tonayense,
              Benjamin Santana
              El Tonayense/Tacos Santana catering trucks

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                jalen RE: Melanie Wong May 25, 2007 06:40 PM

                Do you have the number for that taco truck in Hayward?

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                  k1231m RE: jalen Mar 19, 2008 11:20 AM

                  Not sure if this will help, but try La Pinata in Hayward. They have 5-6 restautrants in the E. Bay and I know I have seen a taco truck. In Alameda they have a taco bar adjacent to thier restaurant and the taco's are great, the same as what's on the truck. Give them a call and see if they can meet your needs. Good Luck K. Mason

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            mt94610 RE: melissajane Feb 28, 2007 09:20 AM

            You can try asking any of your favorite taco trucks if they have "taqueros" - those are mobile taco-makers that will cater several meats (you select two or three) and they set up the spread for your event. I used one (from Hayward) for a family picnic - charged $5/pp and was set up for 4 hours. They even gave us the leftover meat, salsas and tortillas when they were done.

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              dkrzyzan RE: mt94610 Mar 17, 2007 05:09 PM

              Do you have the number for the taco truck you used in Hayward, I would like to have them cater our daughter's party in Hayward. Thanks

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                29lopezr RE: mt94610 May 9, 2007 11:25 AM

                What is the name and number of the "taquero" you used? I'd like to ask them if they coudl cater a party in oakland. Thanks!

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                  nomorelentils RE: mt94610 Mar 18, 2008 11:35 PM

                  OH YES PLEASE! The number for your taquero would be great! I am looking for a cart to come to a party of 25 people in the East Bay. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!

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                    Ruth Lafler RE: nomorelentils Mar 19, 2008 12:55 PM

                    First, that post was a year ago, and that person may not be reading the board. Second, you may have trouble getting a taco truck to come for a group as small as 25 -- the figure I've heard is that most of them have a $500 minimum.

                    People often ask for recs on this topic but very few ever report back, which is a shame.

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                  Curmudgeon RE: melissajane Feb 28, 2007 02:27 PM

                  I went to a party in Napa which had a taco truck in the driveway. I had a great buritto. I just called the person who threw the party which was for more than 100 people and the information I got was Neal at 707 322-6806 cellphone. None of the guys in the truck looked like a Neal.

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                    Xilonem RE: melissajane Mar 1, 2007 08:36 AM

                    Dona Tere has a cart, but not a truck, on the corner of 21st and Alabama in SF next to the Boys and Girls Club. I know she has catered some very large parties in the past with her set-up and her Mexican tamales, itaquitos and tostadas are very good.

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                      melissajane RE: melissajane Mar 6, 2007 09:11 AM

                      Thanks so much for the info - As far as El Toyanese goes, I have already approached them. They have 12 trucks and will cater events for up to 250 people in the city. Unfortunately, they told me that they will not leave SF. But for those of you who do live in SF, they told me they charge $600 for 4 hours, and then anything over that amount they just charge regular price ($1.50 per taco, $4.50 per burrito). Seems like a great deal to me! perhaps I could just offer to pay extra to get them to go to Calistoga!

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                        okpclo RE: melissajane Mar 6, 2007 09:26 AM

                        You might also ask El Huarache Loco, the woman at the Alemany Farmer's Market, if she's interested in doing it. She makes great food, and already has the outdoor set-up.

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                          amsters888 RE: melissajane Feb 29, 2008 01:48 PM

                          Hi, did you find a vendor?

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                            ducky RE: melissajane Feb 29, 2008 08:28 PM

                            Tacos Garcia does caterining. The truck is usually parked in Napa facing North on Soscol Ave, just North of 1st Street. The owner is Mario Medina, and his phone is 707-815-0443,

                            In addition, the southbound facing truck directly across the street, Tacos La Esperanza, may also do it (I have a slight preference for them over Tacos Garcia, but both are good). The owners are Rene & Erika Gonzales; their number is 707-246-4908

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                              SarahKC RE: ducky Jul 1, 2008 01:23 PM

                              How about a truck on the peninsula?

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