Most of us are all familiar with food trucks. However, for those who do not, food trucks are mobiles that sell foods. It has all the necessary equipment inside it, to prepare foods. Popular or known fast food chains such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s have their own food trucks, also.
A food truck is also called mobile kitchen, mobile canteen, roach coach, or catering truck. Food trucks serve different types of foods. Some of food trucks sell ice cream, snacks like sandwiches, hotdogs, and tacos, and other frozen or pre-packaged foods. It is usually driven to a place where there are events such as carnivals, sporting events, school events, etc., where potential customers gather up. Some are places inside college campuses, near offices, industrial parks, and many more places where people gather.
Let us take a peek on the food truck history. Food trucks were first created in the 19th century, after the Civil War, in Texas. After the war, there had been a mass expansion to move to the west, and this had created a huge demand for beef, specifically, in Texas. Cattlemen needed to herd their cattle to places in the country where there are no railroad, which meant that they will be on the road for months. One cattle herder, Charles Goodnight, had thought of taking a sturdy old US Army wagon and constructing interior shelving and drawers inside it, after realizing how hard it is to eat while being on the roads for months. He stocked the wagon with tableware and utensils, spices, and medical supplies. He also brought heavy pots and pans and placed it on the lower shelves. Food that he brought included dried beans, coffee, cornmeal, and food that are preserved and not easily spoiled like bacon, salt pork, and dried, salted, or smoked beef. A water barrel and a sling to kindle wood used to heat and cook food completed the wagon.
In the 1890s, night lunch wagons had been created to cater night-time workers, especially in the cities like New York. The leading brand or lunch wagon at that time then was “The Owl”. Later more polished or refined versions of food truck such as mobile canteens were created in the late 1950s. These mobile canteens mostly operated on stateside army bases.
It also gave people with new business opportunities. Chefs who were laid off from their jobs at high-end restaurants had mobile restaurants as an option. Nowadays, mobile food trucks can be found not only in the cities, but also in the suburbs.