In recent years, the humble food truck has moved beyond the street vendor stereotype into the realm of specialty foods, serving up everything from Asian fusion to gourmet doughnuts. That’s why food trucks employ all kinds of restaurant equipment to serve up their unique mobile cuisine to fans and followers. It seems that there is now a fleet of food trucks in every major city, and the types of food they serve are just as numerous as the trucks themselves. Some cities even have designated places where food trucks can congregate during the day, allowing patrons to travel to them.
If you are considering catching the food truck wave, read on. You can use these tips to make your way to portable culinary success.
Choosing a Concept
A food truck doesn’t have to rely on a gimmick or a complicated concept to be successful. While competition for quality is indeed high amongst food trucks, the important thing is to consistently serve quality food in a clean, friendly atmosphere. So whether a food truck’s menu is rooted in Brazilian street food or French desserts, great food and great service should always be top priority.
Buying Restaurant Equipment for a Food Truck
There is no major difference between the actual restaurant equipment for a full-sized kitchen and restaurant equipment for a food truck. However, you should consider the size factor when buying restaurant equipment for a food truck. You will have less room to maneuver than in a normal kitchen, so space-efficient equipment is best.
Setting up a Food Truck
The arrangement of your food truck’s kitchen will help determine its efficiency and success. You’ll need to choose restaurant equipment that allows you to move freely, especially during peak business hours, but you’ll also need your layout to be flexible so you can change out restaurant equipment if your menu alters.
Powering a Food Truck
Different components inside a food truck’s kitchen will have different power requirements. Keep in mind that everything in your mobile kitchen should be 120V. Additionally, griddles and ovens have a higher power requirement than other pieces of restaurant equipment like refrigeration units, so they will most likely need a tow-able generator.
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