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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget?

by Alan@tbftr.com 27. January 2015 03:56

Located at the intersection of need and solution, the modern day Food Truck is no longer the eyesores of the office parking lot. When the recession hit in the mid 2000s Food Trucks became the solution to economic decline of the working class. What started with the basic burgers, tacos & sandwiches has evolved into the one-stop-shop for gourmet cuisine on a reasonable budget. Whether you’re craving Savory Abracadabra Crepes from Krepelicious or The Scallywag Seared Scallop Wrap from Rollin’ Zoinks Tampa’s Food Trucks have adapted to the need for variety from their daily customers.

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Beyond the wide food selection, modern day food trucks have evolved in their marketing campaigns to attract new business. From incorporating mobile payment systems such as Square and Apple Pay into their social media marketing efforts, Food Truck owners have found a way to mix convenience with accessibility in ways that typical fast food restaurants have yet to provide. Other ways that the food trucks of today have adapted to the needs of their followers are by involving them in every step of the process. By rewarding their visits through Foursquare, Crowdsourcing recipes through Facebook and even special deals targeted to Twitter followers using a special hash-tag, Food Truck owners are using free social media tools to build the network beyond their daily routes.

           

Who said Food Trucks have to only serve Breakfast and Lunch options? Tampa Bay Food Trucks have welcomed a Mobile DJ Truck perfect for bringing the party wherever you’d like: backyards, public parks and even outdoor wedding receptions. Need a dance floor? No problem. Want to add a barista? They have great connections to book for you .  What about tables and chairs? Also not an issue they have everything you’d need for an awesome event.  If your sweet tooth has been bothering you, have no fear Lizzy Cakes Food Truck is not too far away. With their menu covering every craving from cakes, pies, one of a kind cookies and to die for maple bacon brownies to their white chocolate key lime pie there’s no need to suppress your desires for sweets any longer.

The Top 10 Fun Things To Do In Tampa

by Alan@tbftr.com 21. January 2015 09:27

Tampa Bay is one of the hottest vacation spots in Florida. You will never run short of things to do when you are there, in fact, you might find yourself running short of time! Here are 10 things that you want to make sure are on the “to-do” list:

 

1. The Beach

The beaches are consistently ranked as the best in the country and for good reason. It is 26 miles of pristine coastline. Spend ample time on them.

 

2. Busch Gardens

This is an Africa inspired theme park that has thrilling rides as well as real live wild animals. It’s something that the entire family will enjoy.

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3. Florida Aquarium

This aquarium is one of the most impressive ones in the entire country. It has over 20,000 plants and animals in their natural habitat. The penguins’ show is a huge draw, so make sure that you reach well in time.

 

4. Lowry Park Zoo

Take advantage of the great weather in Florida and take a tour of the Zoo. It is quite reasonable and provides a fun outing for the entire family.

 

5. Tampa Riverwalk

A walk along the riverfront, which has become a hub of cultural and recreational activities, should also be on the agenda. Try and take in a few public exhibits, which almost always are eclectic and enlightening.

 

6. Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay has a lot of history that is presented through interactive and fun presentations. You will find yourself learning without really realizing it! Its 60,000 square feet filled with things to see, so make sure you have enough time.

 

7. Bayshore Boulevard

Called as the unofficial gym of Tampa Bay, you will find people jogging, cycling or just walking about at all times of the day. Take a stroll along the serene water and you may never want to leave.

 

8. Tampa Museum of Art

A must stop for all art enthusiasts. The museum has some must see permanent attractions including mid century modernist works, as well as a constant turnover of temporary attractions to keep things fresh for its regular visitors.

 

9. Channelside Bay Plaza

This is the place you want to go for a night on the town. Upscale restaurants, cutting edge entertainment and celebrity chefs can all be found here.

 

10. Food Truck Rally

A visit to Tampa Bay will not be complete without sampling the wide variety of Tampa food trucks that congregate in Lakeland on the second Thursday of each month. Locals from different cultures make authentic mouth-watering food fresh for each visitor. The schedule for events is available online at Tampa Bay Food Trucks so make sure you plan ahead.

Food Truck Start Up

by Alan@tbftr.com 16. January 2015 07:01

Has the thought of starting your own food truck ever crossed your mind? Do you love to cook for others but don’t want the hassles and stress of trying to open a restaurant? Getting a food truck up and running isn’t easy but can be the less stressful cousin to opening your own restaurant. The Tampa Bay Food Trucks has seminars to help answer any questions potential food truckers may have and offer guidance and expertise in this booming industry. The focus of the seminars is to inform and educate you about what it takes to start and run a food truck, what regulations typically exist, and how to position yourself for success once you're up and running. 

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The next seminar will take place on February 22nd, 2015 and will run from 5 - 9 p.m. If this date has already passed, call us at (813) 802-9119. to inquire when the next food truck seminar date is. Our seminar will also be streamed online so anyone, regardless of location, can attend. Attendants will need to Register Online. Anyone with questions can contact via email grace@tbftr.com or call (813) 802-9119.

For those who will be attending the seminar, or even those whose schedule may not afford them the opportunity to attend, here is an appetizer of Food Truck 101. If you are considering this business at all, you probably have an idea of the type(s) of cuisine you would like to sell. However, even before you begin to consider your menu, you will want to consider how you are going to sell your culinary delights. There are six main points that everyone contemplating a food truck business should consider:

 

1)    You need to consider your available startup money, your money budget and the potential for returns

2)    You need to consider your commitment to the business: full time operation, part time, special occasions etc.

3)    Your creative ideas and what it will take to fulfill them (i.e. time, money, logistics etc.)

4)    Your experience (if any) at running a business

5)    The size of the business you want to start (i.e. a food trailer, a food truck etc.)

6)    Your ideal demographic

Whether you are attending the seminar this February, one in the future, or are even considering jumping straight in feet first, grabbing a notebook and thoughtfully jotting down the answers to the above questions can only serve to help ensure that your food truck journey gets started in the right direction! Rest aasured that Tampa Bay Food Trucks is here to help and answer all of your questions to help you get started. 

2015 Food Truck Booking Ideas for a New Year

by Alan@tbftr.com 8. January 2015 07:53

The arrival of 2015 brings a new year of holidays, events, and special occasions in our lives. If you are someone who prefers to live your life “outside of the box” booking a food truck rally for your special event or occasion is a great way to offer your guests a wide variety of great food, at a reasonable price, with little to no effort on your part, and will ensure your event is talked about for weeks afterwards!

 

Birthday Parties

Are you or someone you know celebrating a milestone birthday this year? Are you planning a Bar Mitzvah, Quinceanera (15th birthday) or Sweet 16 for your child this year? Or, maybe they are turning 18 or 21 years old and are looking for a more “grown up” way to celebrate and include a wide variety of tastes and dining needs for all their friends. Booking a food truck rally is a perfect way to accommodate a large group of people without a struggling with menu planning and special dining requests. 


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Graduation Parties

If you think planning a food truck rally birthday party is a great way to earn cool points with your teen, imagine booking a rally and mobile DJ Truck to celebrate their high school or college graduation! As children grow older, they grow into their own food preferences and needs. The more young adults you gather in one place, chances are the wider variety of differences there will be. So, instead of a party with the same old played out party foods, why not throw your graduate a party they will not soon forget?!

 

Wedding Receptions

Weddings can be stressful enough with all that they take to plan- from the dresses to the flowers to the venue, and of course getting two families in one place at the same time and all that entails. So, why add to your list the difficulty of trying to decide between buffet or sit down, chicken or fish, and of course, accommodating that picky aunt who has a list of only five things that she will eat? Having a food truck catering at your wedding reception will alleviate ALL those decisions and free you up to focus on enjoying your special day!

 

Anniversary Celebrations

Are your parents celebrating their silver or gold anniversary? Are your friends celebrating their first year of marriage? Regardless of the anniversary, a food truck rally offers the perfect fun and celebratory environment for everyone to kick back, enjoy amazing food, and toast the special couple!

 

These are just four of the virtually endless ways that Tampa Bay Food Trucks can help make your special day complete with table and chair rentals, great tasty food, fun, enjoyable and stress free! 

10 Ways To Have A Great and Safe Christmas

by Alan@tbftr.com 19. December 2014 08:49

Christmas is the time of the year when people let loose! It's time to have fun, to be with family, eat good food and drink a little more than usual. Fortunately, you can fully enjoy the holidays and have fun while staying safe. Having a good holiday doesn't need to be done carelessly or dangerously. Here are 10 ways to make sure your Christmas holiday is fun, memorable and safe.

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  • If you are going out, plan for a designated driver. You should actually do this all year long, not just during the holidays, but it's a good reminder, especially for those who don't go out much.

  • If you are the host, make sure you don't drink too much. If you are hosting a party, you're the one responsible. You want to keep your mind clear to make sure nobody is going to drive drunk and that everyone stay safe.

  • It is always fun to put up the Christmas tree with the family or with friends. Make sure you buy a fresh Christmas tree. By "fresh," I mean one that isn't dry. A dry tree can be a fire hazard.

  • A fun idea, you can light candles and sing songs with your family. This is a great way to fully experience the Christmas spirit and tradition. To stay safe, make sure you keep all lighter and candles away from children.

  • Cook Christmas dinner instead of using a buffet service or packaged food. The delicious aroma of the food will fill up your house and really bring Christmas alive in your home. Children love to take part in dinner preparations so involve them as much as possible!

  • Put up lights with your family and friends. This is a really fun activity to do and gives you a good dose of fresh air. It also makes your home more festive! Be sure not use outdoor lighting indoors or indoor lighting outdoors.

  • If you live in a snowy climate, take the time to go tobogganing with friends! You will feel like children again, and that it the true spirit of Christmas. It is also another way to get some fresh air, after being cooped up inside with parties and diners. Just make sure you slide far away from the streets and highways. Stay safe!

  • If it's too cold to go tobogganing, rent a movie and watch it under warm blankets, with popcorn and a nice holiday beverage. The holidays should be a relaxing time.

  • When you unwrap your presents, do not burn wrapping paper in your fireplace. This will create a lot of smoke and can be hazardous since wrapping papers ignite very fast and burn intensely.

  • Finally, just have fun! The Christmas holiday is the best time of the year. It's a time to be jolly and happy.

Above all, when in doubt and you can figure it out, find your nearest food truck! They are sure to have delicious eats with a holiday spin for you to enjoy. Happy Holidays from Tampa Bay Food Trucks!

Happy Thanksgiving

by Alan@tbftr.com 26. November 2014 10:20

Pass the cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and hope? We are ready for the big day.

Thanksgiving is the time when our families and friends come together to spend quality time with each other and catch up over deliciously prepared dishes of holiday food. For others, turkey day is a time to spread thanks and share their gratitude by giving back to the community, and helping those who are less fortunate during the holiday season. No one should be without a home to live in, or a hot meal, but unfortunately there are numerous families who do. Here in the Tampa Bay Area, you can bring a bit of hope to a family for the holidays buy donating to the Metropolitan Ministries.

From all of us here on the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally Team, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving to you and to your family.Thanksgiving 2014