Food trucks are a great addition to any event. They are fun, convenient, full of variety and, most importantly, they are tasty! From burgers, to grilled cheese, to cookies, to ice cream, to bahn mi, you are guaranteed to find whatever fare you crave for your big event.
Boston has a growing food truck scene and now hosts multiple festivals and markets where you can sample a variety of cuisines. When planning for your event, check out the SoWa Market at www.newenglandopenmarkets.com. This annual market is open every Sunday from May 4 – October 26, 2015 from 10am – 4pm. SoWa Market has more than 35 food truck vendors, highlighting the best that Boston has to offer.
If you’re looking for a more competitive edge to your food truck hunt, check out the Providence/Boston Food Truck Showdown on June 6th at India Point Park in Providence, RI. This festival puts Boston and Providence’s best food trucks head-to-head, and YOU decide which you like best. For more information, click here.
How about a cookie or cupcake truck at your child’s birthday party? Or perhaps a taco truck at the next big graduation party? Or maybe a truck that serves up seaside delicacies at your next beach party? Or go off the beaten path and have your whole wedding catered by food trucks! This tradition has been popular for late night snacking after dancing all night and building a hefty appetite, but bringing in the trucks for the main course makes for an exciting (and delicious!) alternative to traditional catering. And bonus! Food trucks usually do not require additional power distribution or dishware from an outside vendor. Though keep in mind that not everyone may like the offerings, so two or more food trucks might be a good idea. And also remember that most food is made to order, so wait time should be a consideration. Consider having either stationary or passed hors devours during cocktail hour. No one likes “hangry” wedding guests.
Last year we did the tents for one of our favorite wedding set ups. This couple wanted something unique so they made the food mobile. As you can see in the above picture, they created a casual dining area covered by bistro lights to connect their main tent with their food truck area. This wedding was certainly one that all the guests will remember.
The Endicott Estate in Dedham is one of our favorite venues to work with. Situated on a 15 acre plot just outside the city, the grounds have large old trees, a beautitful gazebo and an expansive lawn for tents of all sizes. Dedham is a town rich in history and the Estate is just a small glimpse into it’s past. The Dedham Historical Society does a great job maintaining artifacts and documents keeping the town’s history thriving.
The mansion was rebuilt in 1904 after a fire destroyed the original property, inspiring Henry Bradford Endicott, the owner of a multi-million dollar shoe company, to rebuild a new, grandeur, more expansive estate! The house was left to the town after Henry’s daughter died in 1967. Since then it has been used for a range of events, public, private, formal, informal, small and large.
Aside from weddings, corporate events, and meetings, several annual events and special town celebrations are held at the Estate. The 43rd Annual Bay State Antique Auto Club Car Show will be held this year in July at the Estate, and just this past weekend in April the James Joyce Ramble took place. The first 10K Ramble hit the ground running in 1984 with 244 runners and has grown into the thousands with runners of all varieties winding through the streets of Dedham past several Historical Landmarks rooted deep in the town’s History.
For Dedham’s 375th Anniversary, we installed one of our larger tents, spanning across the lawn 120 feet x 220 feet. The house also has two beautiful porticos that can also be utilized for cocktail hours or smaller events. Our manufacturing team has fabricated custom window sidewall enclosures for the porticos so they can be used in cold or inclement weather. Lighting and heat can be added as well.
If it is raining we rent umbrellas or can install a marquee to connect the tent to the house. For a bridal show held at the Estate we featured custom staging that expanded the portico to create a larger tented area connected to the house. The options are endless! If you are considering a venue for your next event, it is definitely worth checking out. The caretakers and event coordinators are great to work with and very helpful! Check out their website, www.endicottestate.com, for more information, to see the floor plan of the estate, and for more great photos!