Food Trucks At Your Next Event

There’s a new phenomenon that is sweeping the nation.  It’s not “Gangnam Style” or the “Harlem Shake.”  Nope.

It’s Food Trucks.

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You know what I’m talking about.  They are trucks that sell, well, food.  They are all the rage here in Nashville, and they’ve become a culinary delight and movement on four wheels.  These food trucks have grown in popularity so much that several of them have formed an association.

These Food Trucks can be a tremendous asset to your event.  How?  Well, let me share with you four ideas on how to use the Food Trucks:

  1. Optional meal choice.  One night instead of the regular cafeteria food, you could work in some food trucks to vary up what people are eating.  This meal time could also be a great time of fellowship and mingling as people discuss and debate their choice of Food Truck.
  2. Celebration.  There is a huge fascination with Food Trucks.  For some reason people really like buying food out of a truck.  I haven’t quite figured it out, but it’s a big deal around good ole Nashville.  Working these trucks into your event, could be a way to celebrate a big achievement your company has completed.
  3. Advertisement for your event.  Churches in the Nashville area have started hosting a Food Truck night as an outreach event for the community.  Is there a place you could host a Food Truck night to help spread the word about your event?
  4. Fun factor.  Imagine the attendees at your event coming out for dinner or a break and seeing these trucks all lined up.  Seeing those faces is almost like seeing my 2 year old on Christmas morning.

Why not have Food Trucks at your event?  Those trucks love the publicity, to make money and will come to you.  Most of these Food Trucks are active in social media, and post where they are, which is more great publicity for your event.

4 Ways To Celebrate At Your Event

I wrapped up a big deal for one of our management clients the other day.  What was the first thing we did?  Celebrated, of course.  It might be as little as a muffin from Panera or as big as a steak from Stoney River, but we celebrate everything at my company.

I find it to be rewarding and gratifying when something big comes together (especially if it’s a big project I’ve had a hand in), and we, as a company, take that opportunity to celebrate those victories.

Do you take the opportunity to celebrate achievements?

Celebrating these big accomplishments is a great addition to any upcoming retreat or event your company is doing.

How do you do celebrate?  Here are 4 ideas:

  1. Concert.  Bring in a band, solo artist or DJ to juice up the celebrating.  If you really want to have some fun, do some karaoke.  That’s one way of getting your employees to get out of their comfort zone.
  2. Nice dinner.  Let’s face it, we all like a nice dinner.  Especially if it’s something we wouldn’t personally splurge on like steak or lobster.  You get the general idea.
  3. Movie night.  Grab your favorite movie treat and settle in for a nice movie.  If you’re off on a retreat, do it later in the night, and have your attendees wear their PJs (nothing too crazy here.)
  4. Bowling.  At your next event, take a field trip to a local bowling alley and knock down some pins.  To really get people mingling, mix up departments.

Remember that whatever you do to celebrate, the key word is “fun”!  Your company (or team) is celebrating.  You can’t watch a movie like The Notebook.  It’s got to be something fun and exciting!!

Have you added a celebration night to your event?  What has worked for your company?

Six Month Celebration!

Hard to believe, but our MinistryServingMinistry blog is now 6 months old! Whether this is your first visit, or you’re a regular, we just want to take a minute to thank you for stopping by.

As we stated when we launched the blog back in January, our desire is to partner with those whose job it is to plan Christian events, meetings and retreats. Hopefully we’re providing articles and resources that are helping to make your job easier.

According to the stats, we must be doing something right because people are visiting the site. Here are some of the key stats:

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Thanks again to all of you. It’s been a fun first 6 months and I’m looking forward to the next 6 months. If you have any specific requests for future blog posts, or information you would find helpful, please let us know by commenting below or sending me an email at byron.hill@lifeway.com.