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Food Truck Friday: Lizzie's Cucina Italiana

by 14. April 2017 05:15

Lizzie's Cucina Italiana is new to the Tampa food truck scene, but it's owners Joe and Elizabeth McComas are not. 

Lizzie's Cucina

The couple launched their dessert-based food truck LizzieCakes in 2013 to resounding success, dabbling in light sandwich and salad entrees.  In 2016 they decided the time was ripe to expand their brand by adding a full fledged entree truck to the fleet, drawing once again from Lizzie's culinary talent pool.  Elizabeth is a first generation American, as her Italian-born father came to the United States when he was just 17 years old. Elizabeth has visited her family in Italy on several occasions, spending time with those who still live and work on the farm where her father was born and raised. "I love the food, I love to cook and bake, and it represents an important part of who I am," she said.

This time, instead of dishing up blueberry pie cookies, white chocolate key lime pie and banana cheesecake, the focus would be on Lizzie's heritage Italian food. "I wanted to try something that would open up more opportunities for us." We at Tampa Bay Food Trucks can agree that this was an idea whose time had come, as before Lizzie's Cucina Italiana was launched, there was a gap where no food truck serving true Italian entrees existed in Tampa Bay. 

The Lizzie's Cucina Italiana truck features menu items such as fried ravioli, parmigianas, penne, mozzarella sticks as well as some of the salads originally concepted on the LizzieCakes food truck. In their second venture dessert hasn't totally left the equation, be sure to try Lizzie's cannolis, which are especially delicious paired with her selection of Italian sodas or espresso coffee soda. 

Wedding catering and expectations with food trucks - practical setup for weddings.

by 14. July 2016 09:56

We all know that when it comes to wedding catering, great food will make or break your big day. We’ve already established that food trucks offer customizable catering almost anywhere,  which can make them the perfect choice for your wedding festivities. Whether you need your rehearsal dinner, cocktail hour or reception catered, a late night snack of tacos or donuts, brunch the following morning, or all of the above, Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally can make it happen!

Today, we’d like to talk a little more Wedding Cateringabout the logistics of incorporating a food truck (or trucks) into your Wedding. First off, the sooner you contact us with your date and cuisine requests, the better chance we will have of securing your first choice truck(s) and can begin the process of building and finalizing your menu. At least six months notice is ideal so we can secure your truck and get your program built while we button up the fun stuff like the deposit and contract.

Second, we’ll figure out where the trucks will be parked and when. In the simplest scenario, on the day of your wedding the trucks will arrive a reasonable amount of time before service start. For example, catering your reception cocktail hour and dinner changes arrival and prep times. Not to mention the style of food you have selected heavily impacts how much time will be needed to setup. So in a utopian world your dinner is at 7:00pm, the trucks will be on site to set up no later than say 5:30pm. However, the food truck catering arrival is subject to adjustment depending on your event’s location and itinerary.  For example, if your ceremony is outdoors at 5:00pm, with a cocktail hour nearby, and your reception in the same location (all outdoors) we will schedule the trucks to arrive prior to 5:00pm, even if they are not serving until 7:00pm, so as not to disrupt your ceremony and subsequent events.

The setup time and arrival  is also dictated by the type of service you have selected. If the trucks are serving out of their windows, their setup time is less than if they are arranging a buffet service (indoors or out) for your guests. No matter the style of service and activities you have planned, we work to ensure the trucks will arrive with enough time and be ready to serve in a way that best complements your wedding and guests.

Stop back and check out our next post for "Onsite Kitchen for Fresh Dishes"

Be sure to contact us today to discuss your options!

Top Ten Food Trucks to Start in 2015

by 31. January 2015 10:55

Most often, foodies are drawn to food truck rallies because they offer a wide variety of cuisines in one location. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of having their favorite Asian, BBQ, taco, sandwich, and dessert shop all together for one-stop eating? Of course it’s a food lovers dream come true every single week! But, believe it or not, there is an opportunity for MORE variety in the variety! As the food truck industry grows by leaps and bounds each year, there is a need to expand into different culinary genres and offer an even more diverse smorgasbord of tasty dishes.

For example, did you know that some of the most popular comfort foods such as classic grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, or macaroni and cheese are some of the hardest to come by amongst our food trucks? Or, did you know that that there is a large request for fry trucks and Middle Eastern cuisine? If you run a grilled cheese food truck, make magic with Indian food, can cook couscous dishes and hummus with the best of them, or offer a unique spin on a classic dish of macaroni and cheese, the Bay area needs you!

Here the top 10 Food Trucks needed for the Tampa area:

Top Ten Food Trucks to Start
  • Greek Cuisine
  • Mac N Cheese
  • Middle Eastern Cuisine - Kebabalicous and Middle Peace Bus coming to a rally near you soon! (2/23/15) 
  • Pizza
  • Fry Truck - Heard rumors a poutine truck is on the way but nothing confirmed (2/23/15)
  • Indian - Coming in Marchish - The Twisted Indian - (2/23/15)
  • German- Heard rumors on this too but nothing confirmed(2/23/15)
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Bacon Everything (seats taken - The Bacon Boss - (Josh and his team have been planning this since late last year, they attended on seminar and thy'll be hitting the streets soon! 2/17/15) 
  • Pho Truck

The top 5 we don’t need:

  • Tacos
  • BBQ
  • Sandwiches
  • Cheesesteaks
  • Spanish
**Note this food truck list was created in 2015. Since 2015 the industry has changed drastically, and cuisine demand has shifted. Wondering what food trucks are serving what in your area? Do some research! You can also ask this question at the next food truck seminar.**

If you have ever thought of running your own food truck and are interested in helping us bring pizza, grilled cheese, Middle Eastern, or mac-n-cheese to the Bay Area, we want to hear from you. We have the ability to help you find a truck and set your business up- branding and all!

So, whether you currently have a truck with the offerings our area needs, or you have the recipes that could make a truck of your very own a smashing success, Tampa Bay Food Trucks wants to hear from you so we can put more food truck cuisine variety in our variety and keep customers coming back for more!