Written by Kon-Tiki Taco
If asked to produce an event with lunch or dinner in short order, look to pop-up event planners for tips. Taco caterers, with their mobile kitchens, make it work.
Eeek! You have an event on the calendar that suddenly needs food – which means you suddenly need a caterer. Is it even possible? Who is available at the last minute, and will the venue you have or want be able to accommodate meal service?
This can be a real problem. Not all caterers are available at short notice. A sit-down meal would be most problematic, given the need for formal settings at tables, service ware, table vs. buffet decisions, and the like. Not to mention the expense.
Mobile taco catering, aka “taco cart catering”, might be your best option. Experts in last-minute events show us why and how.
Those experts are people who produce the increasingly popular “pop-up events,” which requires people talented in the art of pulling things off in limited time. Consider where pop-ups are used: By retail marketers in seasonal-themed promotions, real estate openings (and top-off and ground breaking events), entertainment and sports announcements, and other attention-grabbing events that bring people, traditional media and social media together in interesting places. Pop-ups have a very in-the-moment-insiders-know-this feeling.
So a planner’s last-minute nightmare might appear to be a spontaneous gathering of like-minded people.
Pop-ups garner attention for the “seemingly unplanned or temporary happening,” according to EventManagerBlog.com. “But just as anyone who has ever tried to master the casual look knows, creating an event that goes off flawlessly and yet looks as if it spontaneously happened takes a lot of coordination.”
Got that? Create an in-the-moment excitement but make sure it operates with a smooth professionalism. It’s quite a trick –and not for the faint-hearted.
But here is where taco catering comes in. The food choice is not only delicious, but it’s safe for a mixed crowd. Tacos are whatever you want them to be. You can have a fish taco catering station, a vegan taco station, a gluten free taco catering station, and a beef, chicken, and shrimp taco station…with a choice of fixings and toppings and salsas such that no two tacos at your event will be alike.
The other, super-significant advantage of taco dining – aside from the excuse of including a margarita bar – is that the taco cart is a self-contained kitchen. Your venue doesn’t need one of its own. This opens up many more venue choices, both indoors and out.
In addition to your planning convenience, your guests get freshly prepared tacos, not something made miles away and rewarmed at the party. And, a more casual service means more party mixing – which is what most event hosts want for their guests.
EventManagerBlog reminds the last-minute party giver of the advantage he or she has in putting on the frenzied, frantic last-minute event: “There are no ordinary pop-ups. The very idea of a pop-up is born of the unexpected. There is no run-of-the-mill pop-up…don’t disappoint with anything less than extraordinary and innovative. Pop-ups are premium events.”
The mini-go-anywhere kitchens in taco-catered events enable all that – but without the planners inflicting serious damage to their budget, and their staff, in the process.