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8 Food Truck Friendly Wedding Venues in the Tampa Bay Area

by 16. February 2019 06:51
So you’ve decided to utilize a food truck (or food trucks!) for your special day? You’ve made the right choice! Despite the growing street food trend, not all wedding venues are necessarily food truck friendly. Different wedding venues have different rules and stipulations about the usage of outside caterers. Thankfully, we’ve done the digging for you and the 8 venues listed below have been given the Tampa Bay Food Trucks stamp of approval. We have served and successfully executed beautiful events at each of the following locations:   1. Saint Petersburg Shuffleboard Club (Saint Petersburg, Florida) Did you know the club does more than just host shuffle board tournaments?! This charming venue is tucked away in Downtown Saint Petersburg on Mirror Lake Drive. The St. Pete Shuffleboard Club was established in 1923, and to this day boasts 1,200 members who utilize this 90-year-old club. Don’t let the early establishment fool you, as brides and grooms alike have chosen this club for it’s easily transformable space and central location. If you’re looking for a nifty vintage, coastal inspired, and/or unique wedding venue - you’ve found it! For a sneak peek, see Orange Blossom Bride's (An Orlando based wedding directory) write up on Sarah and Bryan’s wedding at the club. You can even see a food truck in action!   2. Stonebridge - formerly The Lange Farm (Dade City, Florida) Wow your guests with a combination of southern charm and elegance at Stonebridge. This venue provides a picturesque rural backdrop, with over 80 acres of space. This venue offers a multitude of areas to incorporate into your event, including four different ceremony sites, separate groom and bridal suites, and two reception areas. Replete with oak trees, gazebos, Joshua trees, and the southern blue barn, this locale is bursting with beautiful photo opportunities. It has even been used as a wedding set in TV commercials. This venue is currently rated 4.7 stars out of 5 on WeddingWire.   3. SoireEstate (Lutz, Florida) Spanning 10 stunning acres of land, SoireEstate steals the show as one of the most romantic, picturesque venues in the Tampa Bay area. Located in Lutz just minutes from Tampa, this location provides a breathtaking locale for weddings of any size. This venue is easily adapted to suite your event's theme, whether you are leaning toward a more rustic, bohemian or glamorous vibe - all with a hint of the tropics. The space is screaming to be dolled-up with Pin-spired ideas, and has earned a solid 4 out of 5 stars on Wedding Wire.    4. Rialto Theatre (Tampa, Florida) Distressed brick and elegant architecture combine to create an unforgettable wedding location with a rich history. The Rialto Theatre opened in 1924 and closed midcentury as television and suburbanization soared after World War II. The space was re-purposed as a factory until it was shuttered once more in 2005. Today, the vintage space is being used for weddings and special events alike. With over 5,000 square feet of space, this Tampa Heights based venue is a great building to showcase your Tampa roots. There are three different main event spaces, and the building boasts 27-foot ceilings, giving your event a rich, open concept feel. Just a hop skip and a jump from Ulele, Downtown, and Seminole Heights, this venue is perfect for orchestrating a wedding weekend with multiple stops, be it your bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, and/or post-wedding brunch. This venue earned 4.1 stars out of 5 on WeddingWire.    5. Tampa Bay Watch (Saint Petersburg, Florida)  Dreaming of a waterfront wedding? Think Tampa Bay Watch! This location offers a natural waterfront setting, a large deck with sunset views, close proximity to beach resorts and the airport, bamboo flooring and a neutral palette (which means lots of space to play around with and decorate!), not to mention their expansive grounds. The building is even perfectly angled to catch a classically gorgeous Florida sunset. When choosing Tampa Bay Watch as your wedding venue, you can also feel good about how your money is being spent - to benefit restoring and preserving our waterways, wildlife rescue, and educational programs. There are even two contingency plans in the event a summer shower tries to rain on your parade. This venue has earned 4.9 stars out of 5 on WeddingWire.   6. Casa Lantana (Brandon, Florida) Casa Lantana is set on a 12 acre estate, offering a peaceful wedding and reception site. This venue is located in Central Brandon, close to I-75 and the Crosstown Expressway. This venue sets itself apart with its location and amenities including: a honeymoon suite, bridal suite, groom's suite, bed and breakfast, 3,500 square feet of air conditioned building space, and of course the buildings themselves; the Mediterranean Grand Villa and Rustic Red Wood Barn to utilize for your ceremony or reception. This venue limits their usage to one wedding per day, so your party won't be ushered off site to make way for another couple coming in immediately after. This space can be transformed for any theme you can dream up and can be as all-inclusive as you would like. This venue boasts a 5 star rating on WeddingWire.   7. Iola Lakeside (Dade City, Florida) Located in the heart of Dade City, Iola Lakeside provides a quaint, intimate setting to exchange your vows. Hold your ceremony by the lake or inside the white and brown barn, and dance the night away under the stars and Spanish moss! Iola Lakeside sits on 5 acres of lakefront property and the barn is a spacious 4,000 square feet to accommodate your guests. This venue offers a variety of packages, and clocks in at 5 starts out of 5 on Wedding Wire.   8. Bird Island Lake Ranch (Dade City, Florida)  Bird Island Lake Ranch is a naturally rustic outdoor wedding venue with space for up to 300 guests. Everything from the handmade wooden benches to the fire pit surrounded by rocking chairs allows you to incorporate the feel of private, rural Florida into your special day. There are several outdoor spaces available, providing a unique location to host your ceremony or reception as well as seating, private suites and lighting all available on site. Bird Island Lake Ranch is another venue that limits the use of their grounds to one event per day. This venue has been rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on WeddingWire. Rialto Theatre Wedding Food Truck Catering at the Rialto Theatre Another Food Truck friendly wedding venue - Keystone Ranch in Odessa, Florida Yet another Food Truck friendly venue in Tampa, Florida - The Ybor City Muesum. Photo courtesy of Jack & Katie Well are you ready to book a food truck for your wedding? Contact our Wedding Specialist - Kim Sanders at 813-802-9119

From Butcher to Food Truck - The Story Behind Open Fire Grilled Brazillian

by 18. October 2018 09:43
Open Fire Grilled Brazilian is headed by Chef Cesar, a world renown meat consultant for Brazilian style foods. Chef Cesar was born and raised in South Brazil. As a young boy Cesar would help his family on the farm butchering cattle and preparing the meat to be cooked. Soon he found himself working at the largest Brazilian Steakhouse Porcao at the young age of 19 and deemed the title "Master Meat Chef" where he was given the responsibility of consulting. With this position he went on to consult and start several Brazilian steakhouses in places like Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. Fast forward to 10 years later Cesar was offered to come to the United States by Porcao and open the first Brazilian steakhouse in Miami, Florida. Chef Cesar soon went on to expand the business into places such as New York, Arizona, Missouri, and up into Canada. Chef Cesar has over 30 years of experience and runs Open Fire Grilled Brazilian as a means to share his talented gifts with the communities of the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Chef Cesar's success inspired him to open his own business - Open Fire Grilled Brazilian. This talented food truck has been roaming the streets since 2013, and its mission is to bring authentic Brazilian style food to you to create an unforgettable experience of flavors. Chef Cesar works with his partner and wife Christina to bring grilled meats to the streets of Tampa. Christina has a strong marketing and sales background making the two’s partnership a strong and powerful one. You can often times find her working the truck as a cashier or creating relationships with the truck's clients and customers. When it comes to the menu of Open Fire Grilled Brazilian they bring the meat to the table. This Brazilian truck boasts tender meats such as chicken breast, sirloin steak, filet mignon, pork, alongside vegetarian options. Meals are served with traditional white rice, black beans, farofa (yucca flour, bacon, and herbs), and a vinaigrette (onion, garlic, tomatoes, vinegar, oil, herbs, and a dash of tabasco). The meats and veggies are skewered and grilled to perfection dependent on how you would like your meat cooked. Open Fire Grilled Brazilian also offers grilled sweet plantains, and Brazilian sodas. Steak is Chef Caesars's specialty. Something that makes this food truck stand out amongst the others is how the food is prepared. Open Fire Grilled Brazilian doesn't fry a single thing on their truck and every dish is grilled and made to order. Christina and Chef Cesar decided to call Tampa home because of its up and coming business feel, and strong food truck fans and foodies in the area. Open Fire Grilled Brazillian operates out of Clearwater, but frequents the Tampa Bay area. Looking to try out Open Fire Grilled Brazilian? Check our Daily Locations page to see if they are serving in an area near you. Whether you're interested in reception service for a wedding or to feed employees after a company wide meeting, we do all the work from booking the truck to booking music with our mobile DJ truck! Contact us here. Interested in following Cesar and Christina? Follow them on Facebook!

Fully Equipped Food Truck For Sale

by Ty 12. October 2013 07:23
Get a jump start on your food truck dream  (SOLD) Includes:  Food Truck, all equipment needed to run the business.    1993 Ford Grumman, 93,000 mi, Rebuilt Transmission, Fully equipped with license, and inspection from Fire Marshall and Health Dept. All you need is your own menu and concept and you will be selling! The Cheesery is a recently built food truck with a decent amount of new equipment.               List of Equipment: 7ft hood with ansul system 5ft Vulcan flat top with electric start and thermostat control on stand 40 lb fryer 2 door mega prep cooler with 18 inserts and cutting board Chest freezer 3 compartment sink Hand washing sink Aluminum shelving/Counter Serving window with sliding door 100lb propane tank mounted on front Outside lights Breaker box for electrical Credit card capabilities (terminal to swipe) Have questions?  Call The Cheesery: 813-992-7444     Are you thinking about getting into the Food Truck Business? Check out our seminar that occurs every other month.      

Food Trucks at Hippie Fest

by Ty 16. August 2013 09:39
Tarpon Springs is always a great place for Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally to visit but on August 17th there will be a little extra excitement to make it a can't miss event for you and your friends. That is because the August edition of the Tarpon Springs Food Truck Rally will be a part of HippieFest HippieFest was started last year in Tarpon Springs and marked the anniversarry of Woodstock. It was so well received that they decided to make it an annual event. Tarpon Springs Merchants Association sponsors the event as part of their efforts to promote and bring events to town to help bring people to Tarpon and help the local businesses.  The event is expected to draw 4000-6000 people and will include live music by The Defendants and Ron and the Classics. Another great attraction will be artist Chris Kuster who paints with his teeth. Volkswagen enthusiasts can check out the docks where thre will be a collection of Love Bugs and more cars sponsored by VW of New Port Richie. When you get hungry be sure to make your way to Tarpon ave to enjoy some of your favorite food trucks, including Alaska Mike's Yukon Fry Bread, Burger Culture, Der WurstWagen, Disco Donuts, Dochos, Dub and Jimbo's, Dude and His Food, Hott mess, Jimmy Meatballs, Just Smokin BBQ, LizzieCakes, Lucia's Gelato, Mike's Off The Hook, Nico's Arepas Grill, Renny's Oki Doki, Rollin Zoinks, Tasty Stacy and Whatever Pops.

Dub and Jimbo's Food Truck For Sale

by Ty 6. August 2013 06:20
Back To Food Trucks for Sale   Dub and Jimbo's Cajun Invasion food truck trailer is currently for sale. $29,500 (SOLD) Dub and Jimbos has been a popular and successful Tampa Bay area food truck but the owners are exploring opportunities elsewhere so you now have an opportunity to get into the great food truck business with a ready to go trailer. 2011 16 foot "Best Built Trailer"Dual axles with electronic brakes, under dash electric brake controller includedheavy duty trailer hitch with stabilizer bar package includedHonda 6500 whisper quiet generator  ($3500 value)Whole busines being sold with permission to use Dub & Jimbos name until Feb 2014 for transitional period (if desired) along with all business contacts. All equipment included:Full sized commercial refrigeratorFull sized commercial freezer6 burner commercial stove over full sized oven24" flattop griddle40# double fryer4-10 gallon propane tanksNemco portable steamtableDual lamp food warmerClass K fire extinguisherAnsul Fire Suppression system ($2500 value)8 foot hood systemAir conditionerHot Water Heater42 gallon fresh water tank58 gallon gray water tankstartup set up pots, pans, ladels, spoons etc1 cutting board2 prep knivesElectronic cash registerIced tea urnPremium diamond plate floor matsOver $40,000 value in equipment and supplies  Everything needed to get rolling! Available to take posession after September 1. One training day at startup event can be arranged.   Asking Price: $29,500 Contact us to inquire.     Are you thinking about getting into the Food Truck Business? Check out our seminar that occurs every other month.      

Keep N It Reel Sold

by Ty 8. July 2013 07:28
Keep N It Reel, one of Tampa's most popular food trucks, is for sale [More]