What if you could combine your tot’s two favorite things—playing firefighter and eating pizza—into one totally unforgettable and unique party experience? Thanks to Fire Truck Company 77, you can. Serving up mouthwatering stone baked artisinal pizzas directly from a gleaming red fire truck is the name of the game and pretty much guarantees you “parent of the year” status. It’s only January, and this year’s birthday party perfectly planned.
photo: Company 77via facebook
Mystic, Mythic Pizzas
Owner Christopher Owens created Fire Truck Company 77 as a branch off his well-known Mystic, Connecticut pizza shop, Pizzetta. (Yes, that’s your reminder to watch that movie tonight and re-live your teen years.) A big kid at heart himself, Owens had a never ending fascination with fire trucks and jumped at the chance to buy “Big Red” (as it’s now affectionately known) when the truck went up for sale through a local fire station that could no longer use it. Almost immediately, Owens concocted the idea of turning Big Red into a mobile pizza unit that could cater parties and festivals like nothing else before. After years of operating through harsh Connecticut winters, Owens finally decided his truck would be better suited to someplace offering year-round sunshine and headed west.
Big Red’s Bells & Whistles
When Owens reconfigured Big Red into a working pizza truck, he purposely tried to keep as many of the original bells and whistles as possible, literally. All sirens, bells and flashing lights are fully operational (during party time only) which are a huge hit with wee ones. The fireman’s jump seat has also been converted into a digital touch screen photo booth, complete with genuine turnout gear (helmets and jackets) for small-fry firefighters to play pretend and snap some goofy pics. Even better, at the end of the party, the host receives all copies of the photos taken. (Which makes a swell goodie bag gift, when tucked into a frame…now just order a cake and your party is fully planned!)
Offering even more fun, the truck’s original control panel (once used by the fire engineer to operate the different water pressures that extinguish fires) has been converted into a touch friendly center where kiddos can use their imaginations to play or “make pizzas” with buttons that display “extra cheese,” “pepperoni,” or “garlic.” On toastier days, the truck features a water cannon that can spray down guests for 10 minutes of sun-soaked fun and frolic.
Additionally, there’s a flat screen TV on side of the truck perfect for displaying funny (read: embarrassing) videos of your little one or even a photo montage of your tykes and their besties. And for babes looking to get their boogie on, Bose surround sound speakers provide top notch party tunes. May we suggest that “Disco Inferno” tops your playlist?
photo: Company 77 via facebook
Now to the piece de resistance, (or should we say pizza de resistance?). Delicious stone baked pizzas are prepared fresh onsite and can be served up eight at a time and up to 55 per hour, keeping hungry tots fed (and tantrums to a minimum). That’s a lot of pie! Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free pizza options are available as well. Littles will “oooo” and “ahhh” as pizzas shoot down a special slide from the truck’s upstairs kitchen onto the serving table below, offering a festive and efficient pizza delivery system.
The serving table is crafted from the truck’s original ladder rack and lowers down to become a suspended buffet table offering easy access to grub. A self-dispense drink machine offers guests everything from fruit punch and water to iced tea and lemonade. For parents who’d like to offer grown-up guests a much-needed cocktail, kegs can be hooked up and dispensed from one or two fire hydrant taps. The front bumper of the truck has also been set up as a bar for some BYOB adult refreshment. Cheers!
photo: Company 77 via facebook
Pricing is based off the number of party guests with rates starting at $895 on Mon.-Thurs. and $995 on Fri.-Sun. (not including tax and gratuity). This feeds up to 40 guests (guests aged 7 or younger are counted as half the head count) and includes two hours of party rental with pizzas, Caesar salad, unlimited beverages, any paper goods needed and all the firetastic amenities. Additional hours can be added for $250 per hour.
Discount: Company 77 is generously offering Red Tricycle readers a 5% discount until May 2016 when you mention RED TRICYCLE upon booking.
Know of any other totally unique food trucks kiddos go gaga over? Hit us up in the comments section below.