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Food Trucks Now vs. Then

Gourmet food truck vs. old-school "lunch" truck

Modern food trucks and old school “lunch” trucks have more differences than similarities.


Gone are the silver pickups with microwaves and prepackaged meals.

Hello gourmet food trucks that get you fresh food prepared specially for you when you order.


They both serve food and they’re both mobile. That’s about all they have in common.


The type of food they serve, how they operate, who runs them, and what they look like are the biggest areas they differ.

The difference between how food trucks and lunch trucks serve food


When it comes to ordering and getting food at these two types of vendors, they vary greatly in preparation, ingredients, and how the food is cooked and served.

Today’s gourmet food trucks (the only ones you’ll find on WTF) are more popular than ever.

Old school food trucks are more of a mobile convenience store. They roll up, you reach in, grab your item, pay, and you go.

Gourmet food trucks are worth looking for, and can often be hard to find (unless they’re on our app). Lunch trucks hunt you down to make a sale. 

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Lunch truck vs. YourPanadas (a WTF Premier Foodtruck)

Over the last decade, food trucks have developed into chef-driven operations with inspired menus, like YourPanadas (pictured above as “now”). John and Jinelle, the owners/operators of YourPanadas, hand craft their elevated empanadas and modify the menu with the season.


Foodtrucks nowadays are true restaurants on wheels that prepare your food made to order. These chefs and trucks are worthy of food shows on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, TLC, Netflix Originals, and more.


They look different, too, with full custom graphics and decked out trucks. We’ve seen customized grilles, flat screen tvs, LED lights, sound systems, … the works. 


And when they’re out and about, the way they serve the food is different, taking the time to chat with a new customer and provide not only an amazing meal, but an experience as well.


Get out and go discover a gourmet food truck near you. To learn more about modern food trucks, check out

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Food trucks vs restaurants

hamburger in window of food truck to go

Food trucks vs Restaurants

Food trucks vs. Restaurants: What’s The Difference?

  1. 1. Well, simply put, they both serve food and have chef-inspired menus. Think of food trucks as mobile restaurants, or restaurants on wheels. (Often, the only difference is the plate and the price tag.)
  2. 2. The menu size, menu planning, ingredients, and owners are where you will see the differences.

So let’s dive into food trucks a little deeper:


  • -Many food trucks have local ties.
  • -They use local ingredients (when possible).
  • -They have chef inspired menus. The owner/operator is often a trained chef.
  • -They feature local cuisines, or cuisines authentic to their home.
  • -They are owned by local business owners.
  • -They are small businesses.
food truck hamburger restaurant hamburger

Which have more local ties, food trucks or restaurants?

That’s a tough question, and the answer varies greatly.

Food trucks are often owned by a local business owner and chef. The menus are smaller and centered around the local ingredients.

Restaurants may be part of a chain, and their menu planning and owners are located elsewhere often designed in a corporate office. (That’s not authentic at all!)


Are food trucks “real” restaurants?

Yes! The gourmet food trucks of today are legitimate restaurants and have to follow similar, if not more exhaustive, regulations as brick-and-mortar restaurants.

They also have regular health inspections. Some jurisdictions across the country will inspect mobile food vendors at every festival and event they attend!

In general, food trucks and restaurants have similar business license requirements.


The point is, no matter if the restaurant is mobile or not, there are regulations and health inspections. Owners and operators take pride in their food establishments, even if it’s on wheels.


To learn more about food trucks and their operations, go to

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Food truck catering options for nonprofit events

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Food truck catering options for nonprofit events

Food trucks are the best catering options for nonprofit events

  1. They come to your location
  2. They’re a turnkey solution
  3. They free up your time to concentrate on maximizing the donations

Where’s The Foodtruck connects your organization with the gourmet food trucks in your area.

When we connect food trucks and nonprofit organizations, it’s a win-win.


Boost nonprofit fundraising when using food truck catering.

Your goal is to raise the most funds for your organization.

The better experience the donor has, the happier they are, the more likely they are to open their pocketbook to donate more.

Gourmet food trucks help provide a better experience.

Food trucks get to play a part of a worthy cause, and often make donations themselves.

With a food truck onsite, more donors will attend to participate in a unique event with quality food. (hint: more attendees means more donations.)

donation event to raise money with fundraising

Nonprofit fundraising: save your time and energy for the goal: raise money.


Time is money, even in fundraising.

There is only so much time to collect donations, so the more time you have available to do this, the more donations you are able to collect.

When using a food truck to cater your event, you get a one-stop-shop for food. These professionals provide a better overall experience for you and your guests.

You’ll also have more time to spend with the donors by having somebody else handle the food.


For more information, or to book a food truck for your fundraiser, go to

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Are foodtrucks a good idea for a school festival or fundraiser?

school fundraiser festival setup

Are food trucks a good idea for your school festival or fundraiser?

school fundraiser festival setup

Why food trucks are a great idea for your school festival or fundraiser



Why are food trucks are a great idea for a school festival or fundraiser?

By increasing the quality of the experience, you can increase the donations. How? 

Better food, better experience. Happy people give more. It can be that simple. 

And you can take most food related tasks off your plate so you have time to focus on your goal. Win, win.


Food trucks can be used for any season.

Whatever time of year you have your school event (spring, summer, fall, and even winter), you can book a gourmet food truck to cater it for you.


How food trucks and WTF can help save you time when fundraising.

Our customers like to work with us because when you have a food truck at your festival it takes so many food-related tasks off your list; and with one call to us at WTF, we’ll handle it all. 

There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to running a school event:

  • time
  • location
  • food
  • supplies
  • invites
  • …the list goes on and on

Since one of the objectives is to raise money for the school, the more time you have to talk to the parents and donors, the more money you raise.

You “get” this free time by bringing in a food truck to do what they do best: FOOD. Let us do all the heavy lifting.


Why get the community involved in fundraising?

When it comes time to planning your school fundraiser or festival, look for community involvement.  This can be in the form of financial donations, or also by involving local businesses.

You’ll support the community, local economy, and small businesses by including food trucks at your festival. 

Food trucks are a great option for catering. You can communicate directly with the business owner and chef. And you can make special menu requests.

If your festival’s open to the public, leverage the food truck’s social media and our app to increase your attendance at no added cost. 

Food trucks are often involved in the community and can help share the event on social media too.

A food truck can easily be part of your goal to support family and student involvement and fundraising. 


The Bottom Line: Food trucks help increase your fundraising. 

With high-quality food, you get a high-quality experience, and happy people give more. 


To discover how to schedule a food truck for your school festival or fundraiser, go to

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Tournament & Draft Parties

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Can I have a food truck at my Tournament or Draft party?



Food trucks can come to almost any location for your basketball bracket party.


Do I have to prep before a food truck arrives? No.


A food truck will come to your party location – they bring the food, supplies and clean up.   


Then you will skip the crowds, and watch the game and HEAR the game.  That’s a 3-point shot right there!


You and your friends will have courtside seats in the comfort of your own place with a killer food experience and no clean up.

food truck for tournament

What about party locations?

Whether it’s a college tournament, draft party, youth or high school basketball, or your recreation league, hosting a “watch” party is the way to go.


Food trucks can cater a party at your house, at a friend’s house, or even at the office. They’ll come to a local park and many other locations to create a unique experience for you and your foodie friends, so you can eat and watch the game.


And hosting it at a unique venue is an even better experience. That’s where using a food truck to cater your event is the best option because it is easy and we come to you. 


That means the locations are endless for you and your friends to watch bracket and have fun.

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food truck at event
food truck at gathering
food truck crowd

When's the best time to host a "watch" party?

Anytime!  And when you host your own party, you can do it every weekend.


Or every time your favorite team plays.


Or every time your picks are playing from your pool at the office or your fantasy league.


Or the first games, the playoffs or the finals.


Hosting your own watch party with gourmet food for your basketball loving friends, alumni, fans or college sports fans is easy when you have a Food Truck on speed dial.


Tip off the basketball tournament with a unique spin – have the food come to you! 


To discover how to schedule a food truck to cater your “March Madness” basketball party, go to

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How to Turn Your Corporate Party Into a Morale Booster

How to turn your Corporate Party into a Morale Booster

With all the time, money and energy that’s involved in throwing a company party, you want it to be as enjoyable as possible. Employees work long hours and can often feel disengaged in the office if they feel they are being underappreciated. However, there are many different ways you can turn your company party into a fun and enjoyable experience that all your workers will appreciate.

Hire Food Trucks

Food trucks have been growing in popularity for the last several years, and for good reason! They’re a convenient way to feed a group of people without the hassles of set up or time-consuming coordination. With a simple inquiry, you could have a bevy of food trucks lined up in your parking lot, giving your employees a wide assortment of foods to choose from. This is also a great option if you’re trying to accommodate different dietary needs, as many food trucks today are available for those who are vegetarian, gluten-free, or those who just like to eat healthy foods. For those that don’t mind splurging, bring in a dessert food truck as well for a sweet treat.

Play Games

Games are a great way to grow your team-building culture, and there are so many fantastic ones to choose from! There are lots of great table games that everyone at your company can enjoy at your event. Whether it’s a competitive board game or a fun interactive one like Jenga, having everyone working together to beat another team is a fantastic way to boost morale. Don’t limit the fun to traditional games though! Escape rooms and other out-of-the-box ideas can help your employees bond and create memorable moments that will help them learn to work better together.

Cocktail Bar

Stirring up some delicious cocktails is an easy way to create a relaxed and enjoyable environment at your next company party. Consider having a signature drink based on your company or industry for people to imbibe but be sure to stock all the usual favorites as well. Distributing drink tickets for each guest is a good way to ensure that everyone has a safe evening and making non-alcoholic beverages available for designated drivers or those who don’t drink is a sensible option as well.

Consider a Costume Party

Do you have a fun group who would love to show off their creative side? Consider adding a costume element to your next company party. Costumes are not just for Halloween anymore! You can set a fun theme for everyone to work within that’s relevant to your business, or you can have it be a free-for-all where they can select a costume of their own choosing. Handing out awards for best costume, most creative, and funniest outfit are a great way to boost morale and send everyone home with a smile on their face. You could even make it a murder mystery party where everyone dresses up as their character!

Host a Trivia Night

Is your office full of a bunch of smart cookies who love showing off their knowledge? Then a trivia night might be perfect for your organization! Setting up small teams who can work together to score the most points is a great way to foster a sense of teamwork in each department. Topics can range from sports to history to pop culture, giving everyone a chance to show off their smarts. Pick up a few small trophies so the winners can flaunt their expertise in a friendly way.

It can be hard to plan a company party for so many different types of personalities, but luckily, there are some great ideas out there that are sure to please almost everyone.


We can’t do it all for you, but if you want a food truck for your event? Book one here!

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Want a food truck to cater your wedding?

food truck catering at your wedding celebration rehearsal party

Want a food truck to cater your wedding?

food truck at wedding is unique

This is a common request we get and more and more couples are taking the leap.


Food trucks are more flexible, they cook right on sight, and they provide a unique and fun experience for you and your guests.

If you are a foodie or not, a food truck creates a unique and vibrant experience, for you and your wedding guests.


The food comes to you and your location, so you can have you pick of any location.


It is easy to book and use the service. Food trucks show up, serve food, then leave. No clean up on your part.


You and your guests will enjoy the experience even if you are a foodie or not. And you will create a memorable experience for you and your guests.

wedding day considerations include food trucks

Yes, food truck catering can do custom and special items for your special day.


They have flexibility and can also accommodate special diets.


And you can have multiple food trucks with multiple cuisines, talk about customization!


You and your guests enjoy a unique dining option, an entire experience.


We ease the burden and the hassle so that you can enjoy yourself.


It’s so easy.


That’s why so many people are using food trucks to cater their wedding and wedding related activities, such as:

  • -Engagement party
  • -Bridal shower
  • -Bachelorette party
  • -Bachelor party
  • -Rehearsal dinner
  • -Wedding
  • -Gift opening the day after
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Foodtrucks NOW more than EVER!

food trucks are clean, safe, healthy, and fun options during coronavirus covid19

Food trucks NOW more than EVER!

While grocery store shelves go bare and you become bored and tired of cooking 3 meals at home every day, what are your options?


Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a snack to break up the day, foodtrucks now provide one of the best options for you, your family & friends, and your coworkers.


Here are 5 great reasons why a foodtruck is a one of the best food options during this difficult time:


  1. 1. Foodtrucks are inspected as much as, if not more often than, restaurants. Most regional health departments hold mobile food vendors to higher standards because of the nature of the industry.

  2. 2. Foodtrucks use only single-serving containers and silverware for their customers, limiting risk of cross-contamination.

  3. 3. Foodtrucks are open-air establishments, so neither you nor your staff/teammates are breathing recirculated air, nor boxed into one big common room, therefore reducing your risk of exposure.

  4. 4. Foodtrucks cook, prep, and vend in more isolated environments. No shared hallways, common seating areas, mixed-outlet prep sites, … the list goes on.

  5. 5. Foodtrucks have fewer staff than traditional restaurants. This means fewer people are involved in the lifecycle of getting their food to you, the customer. 


And here are three great ways to take advantage of foodtrucks for these benefits:


  1. 1. If your office complex maintains an on-site staff, let’s schedule foodtrucks to come to your building. Have the food come right to you. Send us your request here.

  2. 2. If you’re now working from home, and many of your neighbors are as well, we can have foodtrucks come to your neighborhood. Make sure your neighbors are interested too, and we’ll curate a list of vendors perfect for you! Start here.

  3. 3. Get out of your office or home and visit a nearby foodtruck. There’s likely one open nearby right now! Find the best local foodtrucks with our app.

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Considerations for your Wedding Day

wedding day considerations include food trucks

Considerations for your wedding day

wedding day considerations include food trucks

The spring and summer wedding season is rapidly approaching. Anyone who is planning a wedding knows that the venue, the photographer, the food, and the DJ are all things that need to be planned well in advance. The good ones get snatched up quickly. 


Food trucks are essentially commercial kitchens on wheels. But they’re more than that. They offer a creative and memorable experience, flexibility, and the opportunity to create a menu that is sure to impress.


Gourmet foodtruck options vary greatly. Some ideas for your big day:

  • Dessert bars and trucks
  • Seafood trucks
  • 5-star meals served by fancy chefs
  • Drink trucks
  • Gourmet waffle trucks

Maybe you want BBQ, mac n cheese, vegan, ice cream, grilled cheese sandwiches, crepes, tacos, sliders. The sky is truly the limit. To make the process of finding your perfect food truck caterer for your wedding easier, Where’s The Food Truck is here to save the day (and make your life a heck of a lot easier). WTF (Get it? Where’s The Foodtruck?) has a database full of food truck vendors that we can coordinate with based on menu desires, budget, dates, and so on. If we don’t have the vendor of your dreams within our database, we will happily connect you with food trucks outside of our network.


To request a vendor for your special event, fill out this form and tell us what gets you excited about food, as well as all the other important details that are needed to create an event that people won’t soon forget.


However you decide to feed your guests, we wish you a rockin’ good time and a memorable experience to last for years to come. Cheers!