•Thanksgiving Taco Ideas: Not Just for Leftovers (But Can Be)|
Post-Turkey Day taco meals are not new and entirely delicious. But thereâ€™s nothing that says you canâ€™t make turkey tacos for Thanksgiving Day itself.
Itâ€™s pretty easy to find turkey leftover taco recipes on the Internet. You donâ€™t need taco caterers to make a southwestern-flavored turkey taco (use chili powder, dried oregano and ground cumin), a diet-themed turkey taco (substitute iceberg lettuce for the wrap), or even a gourmet turkey taco (the secret is to use fresh...
•Tortillas, Tacos and Taco Cart Catering
Yes, there are several choices for which shell to wrap around your taco. Whatâ€™s important is itâ€™s more than a taste decision: nutrients differ significantly.
Itâ€™s easy to make fun of all the consumer choices in food that are available in modern society. And while itâ€™s true our grocery aisles, restaurant options and even what you can find on taco catering menus are full of an almost infinite number of selections, this is nothing new.
How? Note that all the heirloom varieties of...
•Fish Taco Catering - Types of Fish Tacos that Make the Party
Should you grill, broil or batter a fish taco? Either can make an event go swimmingly. Smart taco caterers know the advantages of each preparation method.
According to Food & Wine magazine, almost any kind of seafood works in a taco. That isnâ€™t surprising to taco caterers who handle all kinds of special requests - and are able to meet most of them. The fact is that tacos are exceptionally versatile food, where the main ingredient can be complemented by a broad variety of toppings.
•Why Taco Catering is as Perfect for Independence Day as Hot Dogs and Apple Pie
Itâ€™s about more than the rise in taco and salsa popularity. Itâ€™s because tacos are so darn easy to serve and versatile for a broad range of tastes.
There has been some unnecessary handwringing over a news item reported already in the early 1990s: itâ€™s that the total dollars spent on salsa surpassed ketchup in American grocery stores and restaurants. Particularly around times like the Fourth of July, need we fret that mobile taco catering is also edging out hot dog carts at parties,...
•National Taco Day: When Is It, and How to Celebrate It
Hint: It falls on October 4 each and every year. The year 2016 is special, as are the many ways you can celebrate what has become universally appealing fare.
Some people know about National Taco Day, which is October 4 every year. And everyone knows about Taco Tuesday. Well, the stars are aligned in 2016 when National Taco Day falls on a Tuesday. Resistance is futile.
So as you indulge, it might make sense to understand why tacos have taken on both a day of the year and a day of the...
•Kosher Taco Catering - A Growing Demand for the Best of Holidays and Celebrations
Jewish food traditions call for kosher-prepared ingredients and meals. But the popularity of kosher foods and tacos means this combo is popular with non-Jews as well.
It shouldnâ€™t be surprising that kosher taco catering is all the rage. Itâ€™s a confluence of several factors that all add up to joyous, tasty events, perhaps even irrespective of your faith traditions.
But exactly why are some taco cart caterers featuring chicken tacos with vegan cheeses, or tilapia tacos that make for a...
•Taco Cart Catering: A Job for Taco Pros, Not Taco Amateurs
Food trucks and mobile taco catering might seem like a typically West Coast hippy-dippy fad, but itâ€™s growing because itâ€™s safe, legitimate - and tasty.
Once upon a time street vendors selling hot dogs, snow cones, peanuts, tamales and tacos were the humble business people of America. The expectation of the food itself was low - it was convenience they were selling. Julia Child had no hand in it.
But mobile taco catering, as with all kinds of cuisine sold from carts and trucks, has...
•Summer Solstice and Summertime: Long Days (and Nights) to Enjoy Tacos
The fact that traditions across time and across the globe mark the longest, brightest days means something: Summer is a time to eat, drink and celebrate.
In the summer - particularly in the time of the summer solstice - the foods we eat and how we celebrate take on a very celebratory cast. Who doesnâ€™t love this time of year? Who doesnâ€™t want to eat the special foods that are in great abundance when the weather is warmer?
In Southern California, it might seem like the climate precludes...
•The Top Five Vegan Taco Fillings: Jackfruit, Tofu, Potatoes, Veggies and Tempeh
Forgoing meat can be a commitment or a meal-by-meal decision. The good news is so many vegetarian and vegan taco fillings can make for a tasty, satisfying meal.
What happens when you combine Meatless Mondays with Taco Tuesdays? You get 48 hours of awesomeness that actually works on all seven days of the week.
Taco catering companies are seeing it more and more. Many vegetarian and vegan diners at parties are holding true to their principles of avoiding animal foods in favor of a...
•The Modern Taco Cart: Inventions of Pure Genius
This wholly American tale is about immigrants and the earlier-arrived, people sharing food traditions while others tinkered with concepts of mobility.
Where did the taco cart come from? It somewhat depends on who you ask, the chosen definition of a â€śtaco cartâ€ť - and perhaps even whether or not you consider tamales a cousin of the taco. And keep in mind too that taco vending is a product of immigrant entrepreneurialism, the crossover of cuisine from the new culture to the established one...
•Taco Catering: How to Pair Wines with Tacos
But if you want to put on a palate-pleasing taco catering dinner, it helps to understand how the beverage can complement the food.
Gourmands often assume that Mexican food, tacos in particular, are to be consumed with Mexican beer or tequila. Indeed, the German settlers in Mexico and Texas have a lot to do with that impression. But in fact grapes for wine were some of the earliest imports from Spain to the New World, dating back to the 16th century when Mexicoâ€™s venerable wine traditions...
•Why Gourmet Taco Catering is Perfect for Graduation Parties
A commencement means launching into the next thing. Graduates prove their scholarship by helping to plan the event - very often tacos are the smart choice.
Graduations go by another name, â€ścommencement,â€ť which means the beginning of something new. So while some mark the day they receive their diploma as an end itâ€™s increasingly a time when parents, the graduate, friends and family treat the occasion as a launch pad to the next thing.
Which is a reason to use a gourmet taco cart...
•How Taco Cart Catering has Gone Mainstream
The taco found its way around the world and the world now can be found in tacos. This is way mobile taco catering adapts so well to a broad range of events.
Taco carts came from a lowly beginning but have evolved as no one could have imagined. From the streets of Los Angeles, taco catering turned into a fun party concept, went gourmet and then traveled north up the coast and south to San Diego County â€“ as well as radiating eastward throughout the U.S.
Weâ€™re not just talking about...
•The Classic, Simple - and Delicious - Tacos of Mexico
When tacos first crossed the US border they were already undergoing a transformation from their origins. Taco caterers are revisiting the original version of tacos.
Legend has it that silver miners in Mexico, circa 1700s, created the first taco. But thatâ€™s because the word â€śtacoâ€ť was used to refer to little packets of dynamite used to break up rocks to find veins of silver ore. The folding of paper around the explosives was similar to the foods those miners may have carried with them...
•Taco Caterers Offer Tacos Inspired from the East
The basic taco is adaptable to virtually every cuisine the world has to offer. Tastes of India, Vietnam, China, Japan, the Philippines and Korea all work well.
Testimony to the versatility and broad appeal of taco dining is the fact that what was once exclusively a Mexican food has now gone completely international. Look no further than the Asian taco phenomenon.
Taco caterers are now besieged with customer inquiries about their capabilities for serving Korean beef, Vietnamese banh mi,...
•Perfect Taco Catering: A Balance Between Excellent Food and Service
How often does it happen that you go to a restaurant where the food was fine but the service was awful? The same is to be avoided in taco cart catering.
Just ask any event planner who has had a bad experience somewhere along the way.
Taco catering is much like running a restaurant only harder. Just because the chef strikes a homerun with a menu that can satisfy just everyone in attendance doesnâ€™t mean that service can be compromised.
For example, tacos have achieved near-universal...
•With High End Taco Catering Tacos are Art
Event meals are more than just food ingredients thrown together. The art of entertaining means hitting all the senses with just the right catered entrees.
The best foods are those that we experience with all the senses: sight, smell, feel and taste. There is an art to making the sensory meal, to create a dish or a meal that looks great, is aromatic, and provides a great mouthfeel (texture) and taste.
The trick for every chef is to hit all those points and do so with service efficiency....
•Taco Catering: Understanding the Lingo
You wonâ€™t need to study Spanish or Portuguese to know how to manage a taco-themed event. But a few terms- and being receptive to new tastes - will help.
For party and event planners, the days of meat and potatoes are passed. And good thing - the realm of hospitality is large, varied and delicious.
No better example is what mobile taco catering has brought to events. Aside from the conveniences of distributed food stations - allowing diners to mix and mingle with a casual plate of tacos,...
•Businesses Spare No Expense with Elaborate Catered Picnics
Companies have emerged from the Great Recession to host events for employees and customers once again. But the parties they throw are different - and better.
In the first few years following the financial crisis of 2008 there was a fairly predictable decline in the special event business. Where completely over-the-top extravaganzas had defined the nature of corporate events prior to that moment, the companies that were barely surviving the recession that followed were doing so on an...
•With Taco Catering, Some Like it Hot
American tastes trend toward chili heat. So if youâ€™re trying to please a crowd, be sure your food includes some spice (with options for the less adventurous).
Itâ€™s no secret that foods are getting hotter - not in temperature, but in spicy flavor. IFT, a food formulation industry trade magazine, reported in late 2014 that combinations of sweet and heat were growing in popularity. This is driven by what consumers are asking for - and can have an effect on what event attendees are going to...
•A World of Choices in How to Host a Taco-Themed Event
Tacos by cart, tacos by truck and tacos from a kitchen: How to choose which is right for your event? Consider your crowd and how they like to be entertained.
Some people just have to cook it for themselves. So it is indeed possible to make your own gourmet tacos at home. The various stars of famous television food shows share their recipes for ingredients and tortillas, in both soft- and crispy-shell styles. Of note, they seem to love equally chicken, steak, fish and even turkey fillings,...
•Why Taco Catering is King
Easy set up, easy clean up, less expensive and lots more fun, mobile taco catering may be in its golden age. It solves many event-planning challenges.
Pity the poor party planner. Thereâ€™s so much to think about, whether your guest list is ten people or a thousand. And in both small and large groups one needs to consider their special needs (hello vegetarians and vegans?), which venues will draw the most people and, ultimately, if the event accomplish its objective.
Wait - did we just...
•How to Have the Ideal Taco Catering Experience
What should clients know? What should the caterer know? Taco-themed events and menus are hot, but it has to be done correctly.
The entire world of entertaining and event hosting has been turned on its head in recent years. This is partially because everyone wants their event to be memorable if not even meaningful. But simply trying new and attention-getting things isnâ€™t always the best strategy. There still needs to be conscious thought as to how such things as venue, menu and...
•Corporate Taco Catering - for When You Mean Business
Some say little things make for a productive workforce. But perhaps a simple-to-execute taco break isnâ€™t so small if it recognizes and rewards employees.
A human resources expert recently shared her thoughts on five ways in which employees feel valued outside of compensation. They are flexibility (the work-life balance equation), recognition, interaction, benefits and the opportunity to provide feedback.
To the point of interaction, she told the Houston Chronicle: â€śCompanies that...
•Taco Catering is Perfect for Big and Small Occasions
â€śPerfectionâ€ť is very hard to achieve for any event planner. But some choices, particularly in food, can scale up or down as needed - and help avert disasters.
Planning a wedding for 250 people ... or an engagement party for 45? Are you organizing a work party for your department of 20... or an all-company shebang that involving 1,000 employees, consultants, clients and perhaps even top shareholders?
Both come with stresses, budgets, creative conflict - and expectations. To a certain...
•Taco Catering: Donâ€™t Let the Cost Stop You
Planning an event? If you think outside the box of banquet halls, restaurants and hotels you might find that mobile taco carts offer significant economies.
Planning a party, business event or other gathering comes with a lot of decision making. You want everyone to have a good time but (with rare exceptions) you need to stay within a budget. There are many different ways of going about this, so it makes sense to consider how the type and nature of the meal you serve can significantly impact...
•10 Reasons Taco Carts are Better than Taco Trucks
They share more similarities than differences. But smaller and larger vehicles for taco service can affect the fiesta meal experience in many ways.
America is entering a presidential election year, so itâ€™s a time when we start to make binary choices. And itâ€™s not just about Blue vs. Red - choices come down to caffeine vs. decaf, Cubs vs. Mets, Southern California vs. Northern California, and taco trucks vs. mobile taco cart catering.
Yup, there is a divide between how you get your...
•Taco Catering for a Wild Wedding After Party? Sounds Like Fun!
If your wedding is a smash, plan an after-bash. Todayâ€™s happy couples want their friends and family to mingle more casually after the reception.
A relatively new trend in weddings is the after-party. And the best way to describe what itâ€™s all about is itâ€™s the alter ego of the formal reception earlier in the day.
Why even feel obligated to add one more layer to your extravaganza? Well, you arenâ€™t required to do this. But after-parties organically have risen up by the...
•Taco Catering and Salsa - A Small But Important Factor
Itâ€™s not quite a life or death issue, but taco diners should know that green salsas, red salsa and habaneros might take your breath away. Party hosts take note.
Mild, medium or hot? How does a taco taster know which salsa degree of spiciness to pick?
This is not just a question for the late-night partygoer who is stopping in for a post-revelry taco at the neighborhood taqueria - although that is a moment when care should be observed as well. More importantly, as taco catering is...
•Taco Cart Catering + Margarita Truck = FUN
The mobile food trend is ideal for taco dining. But now more taco caterers and truck vendors are licensed to sell drinks, including signature margaritas.
No one is arguing that we live in a time of fluid mobility. To understand that point, simply observe the dawning of food truck dining: Smartphone users - which is to say, just about everybody - access various apps to find out where to eat. Savvy food truck proprietors can pull customers to wherever they happen to be parked on any given...
•The History of the Taco: How Did We Ever Life Without Them?
The invention of tacos goes back at least 500 years. Over time, a Mexican dish has gone from hard labor sustenance to gourmet status, with pan-cultural appeal.
In 21st century America, it's hard to imagine life without tacos. Tacos are on the menu in high-end restaurants and not-so-high-end restaurants and all types of restaurants in between. School cafeterias serve them. There now exist specialized taco catering businesses and taco food trucks. In short, they’re everywhere.
•A Gourmet Taco Cart is Not a Mexican Food Truck
The roots of gourmet tacos are from south of the border. But the fresh, innovative ingredients and above-board operations ensure diners a fun, healthy meal.
Let’s give credit where credit is due in the evolution from workaday lunches to gourmet tacos. In America, urban street food has for several generations been characterized by food trucks operating in vibrant Latino neighborhoods and work sites where Latinos made up a large percentage of the workforce. And the appeal was hardly limited to...
•The Magical, Universal Appeal of Tacos
It’s not just the Millennial generation that loves tacos in new, upscale versions. Now party and event planners and busy parents alike make tacos a mealtime and event centerpiece.
In food trends, the new things rarely start at the top. National chains such as McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Applebee’s don’t invent new food trends as much as they pick up on what smaller chains and independent restaurants are succeeding with. While that suggests they are late to the party, larger chains have the...
•Lessons from Yelp on Taco Cart Catering
Online reviews effectively guide new customers to choosing food purveyors wisely. The key is to recognize and discount the superfans and hyperhaters.
Two things indicate how completely popular taco cart catering has become in southern California. One is just how many there are - dozens of purveyors from Orange to Ventura counties keep diners happy with all iterations of this Mexican standard and all its many, creative variations. Another is online reviews - Yelp in particular.
•How Do Taco Cart Caterers Keep Food Safe?
Not all U.S. states place regulatory requirements on taco carts and other food vendors. Fortunately, California does and certain SoCal cities are even more stringent.
Recent history suggests one should worry about the safety of foods they buy in grocery stores as well as meals they are served in restaurants. But what about food trucks and mobile carts, such as those that provide taco catering? Do food safety regulations apply to mobile dining as much as that from a bricks-and-mortar...
•Why You Should Research Taco Cart Providers on Service Levels
While once there were one or two gourmet taco cart caterers, now there are many. Several are bad knock-offs so you need to know the difference.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But a poor imitation is just a bad idea.
This is what happens in the food service business all the time. One company comes up with a innovative idea, then others copy it. Rarely are the imitators as good as the original. This is precisely what occurred when an Orange County taco cart caterer came on the...
•Not All Taco Cart Caterers Are Created Equal
Planning a party? Gourmet taco carts are all the rage - but to distinguish the good from the mediocre, it helps to approach it with a checklist.
For anyone planning a special event, the matter of catering is foremost on his or her mind. And with the increasing popularity of gourmet taco cuisine and the degree of fiesta! it adds to events, a number of companies providing Latin-Caribbean fare have grown in recent years.
But the challenge is in having some way to distinguish on-site taco...
•How Gourmet Taco Carts are On-Trend with Modern Creative Weddings
Quick question: What was on the menu at the last formal wedding you attended?
Next question: How many people do you remember talking to at your last sit-down formal dinner? Was it the people at your table? How many others?
These are some of the reasons why weddings are trending in a more creative and decidedly more relaxed direction. According to a top wedding planning website TheKnot.com a survey of 13,000 of brides and grooms identified certain major trends in weddings in 2014 that...
•Ask for More than Just Great Food from Your Taco Cart Caterer
Service with a smile should be expected. But so too should prompt arrival, a problem-solving attitude and people who clean up messes.
Who saw this coming? Taco cart catering has becoming one of the biggest stories in special event planning in Southern California this decade. Much of it has to do with the food – tasty and easy to eat while mingling in a crowd, and exceptionally adaptable to a variety of gourmet ingredients.
But taco cart popularity also has to do with other factors. Taco...
•Is Your Taco Cart Caterer Licensed and Insured?
Creative gourmet chefs might be good at making an awesome tilapia taco. But the smart event planner also makes sure he or she has permitting and insurance documents.
Although the street vending food goes back to biblical times, the food truck phenomenon in America involving gourmet offerings is less than ten years old. One of the signs of the maturing of the industry is municipally-required permitting, health department compliance and insurance.
Given the renegade gourmet chefs who are...
•Health and Organic ... in Gourmet Taco Carts
It’s true. Those popular event vendors popping up everywhere have found what event planners and attendees want - healthier meals that are fun too.
These are not your father’s mobile food carts.
In cities all across America, the mobile food cart phenomena has taken hold and redefined what we eat, where we eat and when. That might be a worrisome thing if those mobile food caterers were selling what they used to at workplaces, but most are not. Gone are the hot dogs, prepackaged pastries,...
•Gourmet Taco Carts: Ideal for Fundraisers
There are still black tie formal dinners to raise funds for important causes. But casual, interactive dining with mobile food carts might be better at friend raising.
The world of fundraising typically generates two things. The most obvious are funds to support a cause. But of equal importance is events’ friends-raising function. Because in the special events realm, in particular, the friends made by a non-profit through its events can translate into a stronger volunteer core, new community...
•A Special Event Planning Checklist
(Before Hiring a Taco Catering Company)
Most professional event planners will advise their clients that the key to a successful event is to have a basic checklist. Start with the ending: what do you want to have guests leave the event thinking, saying or feeling?
To get to that (happy) endpoint, you have to have a plan that remains focused on the goal. Every decision should remain fixed on getting there, and every decision should have its own checklist to account for variables, cost...
•How to Identify the Best Features in Taco Cart Caterers
As most people know, restaurant and catering reviews can be very subjective. Still, there are foodservice companies that succeed because of a combination of food, service and panache that sets them a peg above the rest in their category – and customers know it.
The relatively young catering category of taco carts is emerging on the West Coast and generating notice by event planners everywhere. With different companies offering similar fare, one might be tempted to think of them generically....
•Gourmet Chefs Find a Home with Mobile Taco Carts
An October 2013 event in New York that asked gourmet chefs to work with ingredients from a well-known fast food company may have seemed ridiculous on its face. But it helped illustrate the confluence of popular tastes and skilled cookery.
The event involved turning breakfast egg dishes, hamburgers, chicken nuggets and fries into such dishes as tortilla Espanola, Kung Pao Chicken and a type of gnocchi (from mashed fries). But this competition among chefs actually trails a trend on the West...
•A Party on Wheels: How the Taco Cart Experience Goes WAY Beyond Food
In the era of the smartphone, it only makes sense that we also have premium taco cart catering.
How does that work? Think about all that smartphones bring us, with thousands of apps that give us everything, from the current temperature to GPS to providing a mirror and flashlight. We can take that single, thin thing and go almost anywhere with huge and inexpensive conveniences at our fingertips.
On-site taco catering works in much the same way. It’s a simple concept, mobile food carts,...
•How Technology and Tacos Transformed Business Events
The tech revolution has brought more than computing power to the workplace. Some of the other things that Silicon Valley taught the corporate world are: casual dress beats the heck out of suits and pantyhose, interactive communications are at the heart of productivity, and fun makes the business world go ‘round.
Also, taco catering is perhaps the best thing that ever happened to business meetings.
Yes, on-site gourmet taco carts are a manifestation of the digital revolution. How so? It’s...
•Gourmet Taco Carts are Catering Southern California’s Biggest Events
Gourmet tacos are apparently the newest wave of pedestrian products – think little burgers and specialty pizzas – to go high style. Evidence of that are dozens of recognized restaurants featuring new interpretations of the taco in New York, Chicago, Louisville, Miami (of course), Denver and San Francisco. Their offerings include gluten-free and vegetarian tacos, plus grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, duck, and seafood fillings.
From the world of food trucks, where many get their first taste of...
•A Taco Cart Caterer Makes the Fun Start Weeks in Advance of the Party
Sometimes you want a taco. And sometimes you want the whole fiesta.
Gourmet taco cart catering is becoming more popular at a variety of events because interesting tacos have near-universal appeal. The events where they are served include corporate occasions, weddings, store openings, family parties and even pricey-ticket fundraisers.
This is because the appeal of tacos in the gourmet version is largely about taste, convenience and what this style of dining lends to an event. Attendees...