Food Trucks for Wedding Catering
If you are a Triangle foodie, then you are probably well aware of the craze that has taken over Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill over the past few years. It began with Only Burger, five years ago. Two years later, there were about 30 certified food trucks in the area. Today there are upwards of 100. This trend is not only sweeping the Triangle, but the nation as well. People seem to be falling head over heels for food trucks, and not just for grabbing a quick bite. We spoke with Jessica McCarthy of The Humble Pig to get some insight into why people love food trucks for every occasion, even wedding catering.
The Humble Pig Food Truck Wedding Catering
The Humble Pig was one of the early local food trucks to catch the wave, officially launching three years ago. Jessica and her husband Ross have been able towitness firsthand the surge in the food truck arena. “The Triangle has been put on the map as a “foodie” scene, and food trucks are creating their own part of that. You can taste different flavors from all over the world and still be supporting your local community and local farming.”
The couple has also become a part of the special community of food truck owners. “We could not have made it in that first year without the support of the food truck community. It is a great network. If you aren’t sharing jobs, networking, and offering referrals, then you’re doing something wrong,” she adds.
The Humble Pig specializes in “Southern” food, but they won’t let you stereotype them. “Our specialty is definitely Southern, but I want to stress that it is a modern Southern. It is very light – I don’t weigh everything down with butter!” For the Weddings Magazine 2014 catering editorial section, they created an amazing spread that included bruschetta of roasted butternut squash with goat cheese and balsamic glaze, pecan and apple wood smoked chicken over a root vegetable medley, sautéed black pepper kale salad with roasted beets and bacon, and scratch-made vanilla infused cherry hand pies. Their piece de resistance? Fruitwood smoked local pork butt with red cabbage and fennel slaw with a smoke ring so pink and perfect that our photographer and I couldn’t resist taking more than a few delicious bites. That sample menu is just the tip of the iceberg for what The Humble Pig can offer, with four different proteins, 15 Southern sides, and too many Southern desserts to name. The best part is that they run their food truck like a restaurant on wheels, with the ability to serve their entire menu out of their mobile kitchen. “We are full service,” says Jessica. In addition to the food truck, the can also source your bar staff and rentals, and even help you coordinate your event. “That is what I am passionate about – Making it look good. We don’t run it like a lunch service,” she adds.
Food Trucks for Weddings
This comes in especially handy when The Humble Pig is asked to serve their tasty wares at weddings, which has become increasingly common lately. Personally, we love the idea. Modern local food that looks good, tastes good, and can be served outside of a truck? Count us in. It is the perfect amount of the southern hospitality, trendy whimsy, casual cool and local flair that we love to see in weddings. Jessica says that because the food trucks are a current trend, they are very appealing to younger brides – not saying that they will go out of style any time soon (if we have anything to say about it), but that they fit in well with the overall “vibe” of current weddings. “I’m seeing a huge growth in the DIY wedding and the food truck fits in perfectly with that – Especially the intimate weddings. Not necessarily saving money, but spending the money a little wiser.”
Jessica recalls a wedding last year that was a DIYer, but their menu was very high end and off the food truck. “It is a great way to open the eyes of your guests to the food truck scene and give the bride and groom a chance to share that with their friends and family. It also gets people talking, which is great for the community.”
Options for food trucks in the Triangle are limitless, from fantastic local barbeque to Asian dumplings to artisan pizzas, there is something for literally every one, and there are so many ways to incorporate your local food trucks into your wedding. You could opt for a fun and casual outdoor engagement party or rehearsal dinner and feature your favorite food truck, have your entire wedding catered by someone like The Humble Pig (yes, they do that!) or even offer your guests a post reception late night snack to fuel all of that dancing they will be doing!
Tips for Having a Food Truck at your Wedding
As far as tips for incorporating a food truck into your celebrations, Jessica suggests staying away from those hot summer months. Do your guests a favor and don’t make them stand in a line in the 90-degree heat. Also, do your research! Check the quality, read the reviews, and don’t let a vendor treat you like a burden. Jessica’s biggest word of advice to brides, however, is to let your caterer take the lead in the food department. “Don’t micromanage your vendors,” she says. “Let us take control, that’s what you’re paying us for! Eat, enjoy the meal and enjoy your friends and family.”
If you are interested in having a food trunk as a part of your wedding day, visit a food truck rodeo or other local event and try a few out. Jessica says that if you make plans to attend an event where The Humble Pig will be serving, give her a heads up and she will make plans to show you around, introduce you to some local vendors, ask any questions that you may have about food trunks as well! You can visit their website for a calendar of where they will be throughout the summer, but she recommends the Durham Central Park Rodeo as one of the most laid back options. She also suggests the Oak City 7 concert series on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. “There will be free concerts, local beer, and lots of food trucks. It is a great place to try the best food trucks in the area.” The event will be held every other Thursday over the summer.