Just about every year that I’ve been with Reid Middleton (4 years at the end of August to be exact!), we’ve had a company picnic during the summer months where I have been involved in its planning and execution. This year, we’ve been so busy working on our new website in our “spare” time (stay tuned for the launch of our awesome new website coming soon!), that we did not have the time to dedicate to putting on our typical fun filled summer event. Since employee engagement is an important part of our firm’s culture, I needed to come up with an easy but fun alternative, and quick!
For our budget, I found that we could have three separate employee lunches for the price of one company picnic. I decided to do a Food Truck Lunch series. With the latest hype about food trucks in the past few years, I have been interested in trying some of them out. Having a food truck pull up in our parking lot to serve people seemed like not only a fun and novel thing for our employees to experience, but also a no brainer when it comes to ease of planning. These self-contained mobile kitchens supply all of the food, drinks, dessert, and serve ware to make planning super simple. Plus, the yummy smells wafting from these trucks or trailers is intoxicating – it’s hard not to get excited about good food.
Food Truck Mania
Gourmet food trucks are not your ordinary construction site taco truck. With the growing popularity of food trucks, they have become commonplace in the suburbs as well as big cities and are a hip place to grab lunch on-the-go. Trucks vary with their own unique look and theme from a classic airstream trailer to a truck that has been converted to look like a steel pig.
Our Palette Pleasing Trifecta
So far in our summer food truck series, we’ve sampled American inspired burgers and sides from Skillet; noshed on Asian-Fusion cuisine from The Box on Wheels; and are looking forward to our September lunch by Stella Fiore with wood-fired personal pizzas and a do-it-yourself strawberry shortcake bar with fresh biscuits by Marcrina Bakery.
This has been so much fun to plan and so far, the food has been a hit! Consider offering food trucks at your next company event. If you need recommendations, I am happy to help!