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margoi54 Mar 30, 2008 08:31 PM

looking for catering service for moraga area to make burritos, tacos, etc. per order at an engagement party for about 60 people-------any ideas??

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    skwid May 18, 2009 09:07 PM

    Margoi you are stealing our idea :) We had a taco truck come for a party we had the night before our wedding (We were married on May 5th so we had a quatro de Mayo party. The truck just parked in the driveway and needs only a 20 amp electrical circuit.. The great thing is they take all of the mes with them, no cleanup for you. We used the El Ojo de Agua truck which parks at East 12th and Fruitvale in Oakland (north east corner just east of the BART tracks). We were quite satisfied with what they provided (we had about 100 people). Don't know if they would come out to Moraga but they do travel. Information about the truck on Chowhound is at:

    http://www.chow.com/places/11003

    SFGate has an older story on Taco Trucks here:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

    Note that these guys came out to the house a couple of days before the party so they could find the place. My friend saw a couple of Mexican guys wandering down the stairs and taked to them. They showed up right on time and totally rocked (and the tacos were fantastic). They would also do Burritos to order and had the agua fresca available. No alcohol though, you will need to provide that.

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      Melanie Wong May 18, 2009 10:10 PM

      Could you give us an idea of the cost for feeding 100 people? Were any advance deposits required? Did you have the full menu usually offered by the truck?

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        skwid May 19, 2009 07:35 AM

        There was an advance deposit required (about 50% of the agreed upon cost). We picked five different meats for the tacos and everyone could have as many tacos as they wanted (some did their share on the tacos and some did their share on the booze). IIRC the Burritos were supposed to be $7 each on top of the agree upon cost. A few people ordered burritos but most everyone ordered the tacos. So I don't believe that the whole menu was available but I think that might be a bit negotiable. Folks arrived in groups as we had about 2/3 of the wedding staying at the Claremont and we bussed them over. So there was a typical backup but this quickly cleared up. IIRC cost was $700 and we gave them a $200 tip. A couple of friends also went up to the turck as they were cleaning up and asked "Cerveza?". Guys answered "Si!". So it was a total of $900 plus a sixpack of beer. In all very very well worth it and I'd definitely do it again. Everyone raved about the taco truck the next night at the wedding which was pretty formal (Paula Le Duc catered the wedding). Btw, we did this two years ago on May 4 2007. We also had Fentons bring an Ice Cream cart for desert which was a big hit.

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          Ruth Lafler May 19, 2009 01:48 PM

          Thanks so much! We get periodic queries on hiring a taco truck for a private event, but very few detailed reports from people who've done so. I'm curious -- how did you set it up? Did you talk to the people at the truck? Use the phone number on the truck? Something else? Did they quote you a minimum price?

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            skwid May 19, 2009 09:02 PM

            We had a wedding planner who took the SFGate article and did her own tasting of the taco trucks and talked to the trucks. The El Ojo de Agua guys seemed to be a tasty turck and agreeable to coming over. Other than that I'm not totally sure how the communication worked as my (now) wife took care of things. But we did pay them about half of the cost ahead of time. Count us as very satisfied customers. From what I can tell hiring a taco truck just doesn't seem to cross folks mind for a party. The trucks are about 25 to 30 feet long so parking space can be a problem (not for us fortunately). After they got the second check from us my wifes money was no longer any good there for about the next three times (they bought). When we pick folks up from out of town we frequently make a stop at the El Ojo de Agua taco truck coming back from the airport.

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              wally May 19, 2009 11:10 PM

              There have been many posts looking for a taco truck for a party. You actually seemed to get it done.

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                skwid May 20, 2009 12:08 PM

                "You actually seemed to get it done."

                My wife was not to be denied when it came to planning our wedding. The last few days before the wedding she turned into bridezilla (not too bad of a bridzilla though). I almost moved into a hotel just to get away from her.

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            Melanie Wong May 22, 2009 05:04 PM

            Many thanks for the background details. Here's a link to the Digest'd version of your tips.

            Taco Truck Party!
            http://www.chow.com/san_francisco_bay...

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              skwid May 22, 2009 10:18 PM

              Wow, that's pretty cool Melanie. One thing to add though on the last comment is that the truck needs a 20 Amp electical circuit (pretty much a circuit at a house which isn't being used by much of anything else).

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                Melanie Wong May 23, 2009 12:52 AM

                You might want to add that to the comment section on the article so it's all in the same place for the reader.

                You can sign up for weekly Digest email newsletters here.
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          rworange May 25, 2009 07:00 PM

          link

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          El Ojo de Agua Taco Truck
          Derby St and International Blvd, Oakland, CA

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            PulledPork May 29, 2009 11:31 PM

            We're having El Tonayense Taco Truck drive up from San Francisco to Yountvillle (we're getting married at the Villagio across the street from Redd / Ad Hoc / etc.) at the end of July. Just couldn't gamble on any taco truck I wasn't familiar with so I decided to pay the gas money to have the ultimate SF truck make the voyage. Very excited. Keeping my fingers crossed that they show up.

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              Melanie Wong May 30, 2009 01:06 AM

              Congrats on the upcoming nuptials. Whether El Tonayense is the ultimate SF truck is quite debatable, maybe it's the most well-known. And in terms of Bay Area-wide trucks, El Tonayense is far from the top and just gets a lot of attention because tacos in the City are so pathetic in general, it stands out in comparison. So much better to be found at trucks in Santa Rosa, Napa, Vallejo, Oakland, etc. Do be aware that there's more than one El Tonayense truck and some of the trucks say Tacos Santana, rather than El Tonayense. Food is the same from the same owner, but in case it makes a difference to you, I wanted to mention it. My friends have used the El Tonayense/Tacos Santana trucks for catered events in the City before, and an advance deposit was required for a guaranteed minimum.

              P.S. Read some news that the Town of Yountville approved its first use permit for a taco truck to operate on private property to Tacos Garcia.

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                katso Oct 9, 2009 12:38 PM

                I am looking for a taco truck (or other fun mobile food vendor) to cater a teen dance party in Mill Valley (Marin county). Roli Roti (the chicken rotisserie from the Farmers Market) wants $25/person!!!!!! and I don't want to spend more than $10.00. There will be approx 45 teens & 20 adults. Any thoughts? Thank you!!!!!

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                  skwid Oct 9, 2009 12:55 PM

                  Catering is almost always more expensive than you think it will be (remember they are bringing a restaurant to your home). For Taco trucks just find some trucks in the area and check them out and if you like the food ask if they will come by your house for a party during the evening. Some will do so and others are not interested. Most Taco Trucks will not travel over a bridge so you will need to find some in the Marin area.

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                buttercup14 Apr 2, 2010 07:03 PM

                Hey Pulled Pork! I'm doing research trying to find an awesome taco truck to cater our wedding and came across your post. How did your wedding turn out? I had heard they wouldn't leave S.F. How'd you persuade them to go all the way to Yountville? Anyhoo, also wondering how many peeps you had, what the cost was, what items you ordered, etc. Oh! Do you have contact info for them as well? Thanks SO MUCH in advance for your help!!

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                  PulledPork Apr 18, 2010 10:59 AM

                  Hey Buttercup,

                  It really turned out perfectly. We persuaded them to leave the city by offering $100 for gas and they gladly accepted. They were there on time and incredibly efficient and professional. We had about 225 people at the wedding and the total cost was $650 (which was the minimum). We had them come up at 11:00pm and offered the truck as a late-night snack (after an actual dinner was served). They served their full menu including tortas, quesadillas, lengua, etc. It was fantastic.

                  The contact number is 4155590404 - I think the main guy is named Benjamin.

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            sarvey Mar 31, 2008 11:06 AM

            I had the same question last summer and was essentially out of luck. See thread:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/427233

            Maybe if you specify your location you might get some better answers.

            In the end, I got the truck I wanted, but I never knew if they really planned on showing up. An hour before the party, my husband had to go out to their site and let them follow him to our house b/c they were afraid that they couldn't find the place. It was nerve wracking! On the plus side, the food rocked and people still talk about what a great time they had!

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              Ruth Lafler Mar 31, 2008 11:47 AM

              So what truck was it? How did you contact them? Maybe people wouldn't strike out on this question if people would report back on their experiences.

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