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Feb 7, 2012 03:48 PM

Food trucks recommendations for our wedding?

We're having an outdoor wedding/reception in Tilden in July. This gave us the great idea to have a food truck come prepare awesome, fresh food in lieu of there being no kitchen.

So we did a tasting with what we thought was the perfect choice: Roli-Roti. They promised they'd save our date for a month while we mulled over our menu options. We were super excited. We ask for a contract, then low and behold we got bumped by some bigger wedding.... and now I'm super bummed out.

So I'm hoping you folks can cheer me up. Can anyone recommend other food trucks that serve delicious food that would lend themselves to the whole wedding format? Or another way to cater the event? We're open to just about anything. Thanks in advance for suggestions.

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  1. Have you checked with East Bay parks if they allow food trucks in their lots?

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    1. re: chefj

      Yes they definitely allow food trucks. We've reserved a group picnic area and purchased a caterer permit today.

      One possibility is all appetizers. Like chairman bao and tonayense tacos or something.

      Or some other truck capable of fancier entrees that would go good with wine? Like spencer on the go or le truc maybe? Haven't tried any of these except chairman bao. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

      1. re: dubbfoolio

        I have not tried the truck, but I really liked Ryan Scott's food when he was at the MC-2 lunch place, and he may be able to create a special menu for you.

        Here is an array of choices: and

        Once you find one that looks feasible you can ask here for more opinions.

        1. re: foodeye

          Thanks for the suggestion of 3-sum! We've checked out the off the grid vendors several times now.

          So now we've contacted:
          Pizza Politana
          Le Truc
          Spencer on the Go
          Chairman Mao

          Still waiting to hear back on their availability. Unfortunately, work requires we live in the 'burbs so it's difficult to check out many of these trucks which mostly operate for weekday lunches. Of this list we've only had Chairman Mao before, so opinions on the other trucks would be great. Thanks.

          1. re: dubbfoolio

            How many people?

            There's a truck that has roast chicken from a wood-fired oven, but I think they might have limited capacity.

            For great food that might work in a park/picknic setting I was super impressed with a Napa truck (will travel). The Marks the Spot catering menu doesn't include the drop dead great duck wings but i'm sure it could be negotiated. They are located at the Napa farmers market on Saturday morning.


            They have done a number of events at wineries.

            1. re: rworange

              Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into those.

              We will have ~100 or so people (probably an important detail I should have included before.)

              1. re: dubbfoolio

                OK, one other thing that would be helpful. What is your budget? Have you considered more than one truck?

                1. re: rworange

                  Our budget is going to be about $2000-3000. We did consider more than one truck but came to the realization that 100 people simply won't eat enough to meet the minimum purchase requirements (typically ~$1500) of more than one truck.

            2. re: dubbfoolio

              spencer on the go is quite good and I know they have customized menus for other events they have brought the truck to.

              1. re: tjinsf

                I haven't heard back from Spencer on the Go, but they work Saturday nights, so they're probably not an option anyway.

              2. re: dubbfoolio

                These guys are out of your usual range and very, very good. The best of all the food truck gatherings.


                1. re: dubbfoolio

                  This is an old thread so I imagine you've long since worked this out, but just wanted to throw out that Pizza Politana did our EBRPD wedding of 100 almost two years ago and they were phenomenal---pizzas were better than at their farmers' market locations, surprisingly. Of course, we had far fewer choices two years ago, too (and had the limitation that we had to have an EBRPD caterer as well because we were in one of the buildings)...I imagine you'll do well with any of these! (And congrats!)

                  1. re: artemis78

                    Believe it or not we're not quite there yet. We were considering Pizza Politana, but weren't that impressed with their offering at the farmer's market, and we were concerned about a huge line from firing 100 pizzas. Sounds like they handled that life champs for your guys reception so thanks for sharing your experience! Congratulations!

                    1. re: dubbfoolio

                      Yes, we had the same misgivings based on the market pizzas but were really pleased with what they turned out at the wedding itself. (My husband was committed to the pizza idea so we were choosing between only three outfits that did pizza at the time and had Alameda County permits.) There was a bit of a wait, but nothing crazy, and because we were working with the EBRPD restrictions about using their caterers with their buildings, we had that caterer (who was also amazing!) do a spread of antipasto, salads, and other sides so no one was going hungry if there wasn't a pizza ready. They just baked continuously and shuttled them down to a pizza table at the outdoor reception. We continue to get compliments on the pizza even two years down the road, so no complaints here!

                      1. re: artemis78

                        Awesome! I like that they essentially created a buffet of pizzas for you guys. That sounds like the way to go. They also make salads, so perhaps we could have them put that out, or we could put out a simple spread of cheeses.

          2. i love specner on the go

            1. Have you tried contacting La Cocina? Some food trucks work out of there. I've seen a couple of them doing tastings for potential clients.

              1. I'm getting married in April and we've contracted with Streatery to do the catering. I've really enjoyed their food at the Berkeley Off the Grid. One of thie things that really appealed to us is that they do real food (oxtails over polenta, pork roast with cherry sauce, etc) as opposed to just sandwiches/tacos/nibbles. Not that I don't love tacos, but for our wedding we wanted something just a little bit more. The owner, DanVy, has been fantastic with communication and even met us at the wedding site recently just to make sure everything would work. She also provides bio-degradable plates and utensils that are a big step above normal food turch paper plates. Obviously the wedding hasn't happened yet, so this is all preliminary, but I have a really ygood feeling about working with her.

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                1. re: IPAforBreakfast

                  This looks really good. I'll have to check it out. Thanks, and good luck with the Wedding!

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