A recap of the 2015 International Restaurant & Food Service Expo in New York City.
Last week Vending Trucks, Inc. attended the 2015 International Restaurant & Food Service Show in New York City.
We fabricated a truck specifically for the show in order to highlight some of the most commonly requested equipment we could install in a custom built food truck, as well as to showcase the abilities of our incredibly talented graphic designer, Katey.
She designed the stunning wrap on our truck and she'd be happy to do the same for yours too!
I spoke to former food truckers who had been successful enough with their truck to be able to open a brick & mortar restaurant. They continued operating their food
trucks as a marketing vehicle to spread awareness about their new restaurant as well. Patrons of the truck would receive a card with a discount on their next meal at the restaurant,
as well as giving them the address to find it. The ability to use their brick & mortar location as their commissary made operating the truck exponentially cheaper and easier.
There were even caterers who were thinking about building their 5th or 6th truck. One of them told me, "Business is so good I don't have enough trucks to work all the gigs I'm getting some weekends." If that's not a sign that street food and mobile catering vehicles are booming, I don't know what is.
Our truck wasn't the only exciting booth, as I saw plenty of crowds gathered around businesses offering tasty foods and professional services. I stopped by the California Dairies booth for cheeses and roasted duck from Crescent Ducklings. DeZaan Gourmet had every type of chocolate imaginable, and GuS had the most delightful sodas.
The friendly folks at California Dairies were handing out delicious cheese samples with a smile.
The Crescent Duckling meat carvers were super happy to be handing out duck samples.
Wouldn't you be if your food looked this delicious?
Delicious chocolates from DeZaan Gourmet. I may have gorged on samples.
GTI Designs had a very large booth with attractive looking display cases.
I fell in love with the lemon soda from Grown Up Soda. It was deliciously sour.
I also stopped by the Pastry Show they were judging at the expo and snapped a few pictures of the incredible works of edible art. My favorite sculpture was a chocolate woman, complete with large wide brim hat.
Everyone attending the expo had a great time, which reflects on the awesome atmosphere going on there. Everyone was so friendly and polite that we're most likely going to be back next year. What kind of truck would you folks like to see next time? Maybe a BBQ or pizza oven truck? Let us know in the comments, and feel free to share your experiences about the show below.