Instead of stressing over your own hot grill during your next party, imagine throwing a swell soiree without lifting a finger food-wise. What is this miracle fix you ask? It has four wheels and dishes out food and desserts like it’s their business (cause it is). Here are our favorite food trucks in Los Angeles that are not only family-friendly but will bring their delicious food to you.
Let's Be Frank Truck
Face it, you can never go wrong with great tasting hot dogs at your babe's event. And Let's Be Frank serves up some of the yummiest (and healthiest) grub in town with their delicious grass-fed beef frank dogs, family-farmed heritage brats, free-range turkey dogs and even veggie dogs for those meatless minis. Parents will love that all beef is free of nitrates, nitrites, hormones, and antibiotics. And kids will dig choosing from an assortment of old-school sodas and drinks full of fizzy fun. The signature Let's Be Frank full-size trailer is available for parties year round, but if you're looking to save some space, their whimsical grill cart is an adorable option too.
Cost: The minimum for full-service catering for the MINI tabletop cart starts at $495 plus tax and tip and for the bigger carts or trucks, it's $895 plus tax and tip.
Prince of Venice Truck
Mangia! Mangia Mangia! This food truck is a pasta-lovers paradise that encompasses only handmade-pasta and sauces. The seasonal menu uses the "best ingredients from Italy and Southern California, locally sourced organic vegetables, cage-free eggs, and free-range meats from California farms paired with Italian flour, olive oils, and truffles." The under-ten-set will love the Bucatini and Meatballs, Bolognese, and Pesto pastas.
Cost: Barring high-end items like truffle and smoked salmon, pricing is in three tiers: $18/person for just pasta, $20 per person for pasta, salad or dessert and $22 per person for pasta, salad, and dessert. There's tax, and 18% gratuity added plus a $350 truck fee for parties under 100.
It's every kid's wildest dream to have an ice cream truck pull up to their party. (Score one for mom and dad!) The Coolhaus Truck provides a single-serving dessert activity that's super engaging for little ones as they customize flavors and cookies to create their own special ice cream sandwiches. The mini sammies are easy-peasy to eat, and edible wrappers mean no muss, no fuss and can be personalized for the event. Coolhaus can even create a custom flavor ice cream for the fest's fabulous guest of honor. To ensure that tikes with allergies get to share in all the scrumptious fun, sorbet and gluten-free options are available as well.
Cost: Call Coolhaus for specific information on pricing.
Phone: 310-424-5559 x105
The Grilled Cheese Truck
A love of grilled cheese is practically built into a child's DNA, so The Grilled Cheese Truck is a perfect choice for your party. But this ain't your mama's grilled cheese – it's a truly inventive take on the old-time favorite. Little ones will do backflips over the Cheesy Mac and Rib, as well as the S'mores Melt with Nutella, toasted marshmallows and graham crackers on brioche bread (shown above). Party menus can be customized to fit a kiddo's age and tastes, while still ensuring adults have plenty of options to keep their more advanced palates happy. Full vegan menus are available as well.
Cost: Minimum pricing depends on the day of the week and time of year. Typically, the truck serves for a two-hour minimum but can work with you based on your specific needs.
Get Shaved Truck
When you have a bunch of small-fry sweet fanatics on your hand, the Get Shaved Truck is definitely a refreshing party option. Kids will smile ear to ear as they devour a colorful mixture of Hawaiian style shave ice, dreamy ice cream and sweetened condensed milk poured over top. Several catering packages are available, including a basic shave ice package with 30 fabulous flavors to choose from or you can go all out with the whole menu and guests not only get a choice of shave ice but ice cream sandwiches as well.
Cost: Call Get Shaved's catering department for specific information on pricing depending on your party size. They highly recommend booking at least three months in advance of your event.
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