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Refer your friend, co-worker, colleague, neighbor -- anyone -- to Fulfilling and have them share your name when booking a food a truck. You will receive 5 free meals next time we work together, and they will get 5 free meals off their first order.

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For every meal purchased, Fulfilling donates one meal to someone in need. Donations are derived from the deployment of food trucks to properties and events throughout the US. To date, Fulfilling has donated over 75,000 meals.


Food Trucks Featured on the Food Network

With an increasing number of renowned restaurant chefs discovering the fun and flexibility of food trucks, it's no wonder that these mobile showcases of culinary creativity represent a booming niche in the catering market.

Food truck cuisine has even found its place among the favorable reviews of esteemed publications and is lauded on various Food Network shows. The following handful of food trucks can claim to be "as seen on TV!"

Kogi BBQ

Los Angeles-based Kogi BBQ is known for its budget-friendly Korean BBQ tacos. Its signature short rib taco topped with chili-soy vinaigrette slaw was celebrated on the "Snack Attack" episode of Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." Rounding out the menu are burritos, quesadillas, dogs and sliders, plus a few desserts, including the unique sriracha bar. Kogi BBQ has grown from one truck into a convoy of five, plus two sit-down restaurants.

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

The elk-jalapeno-cheddar dog at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs in Denver, Colorado, was featured on the "Street Food" episode of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," but it's not the only unusual item on the menu. Jim also offers dogs made from buffalo, wild boar, rattlesnake, pheasant and the elusive jack-a-lope. There's an all-beef dog for the unadventurous and herb-filled and spicy versions of a vegan dog. Available toppings are equally awesome, including cola-soaked caramelized onions and harissa-roasted cactus.

Guerrilla Street Food

Guerrilla Street Food in St. Louis, Missouri, was featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," but it's none of those titular venues; it's a gourmet food truck specializing in Filipino street food. Guy Fieri devoured its pancit (pan-fried noodles) and blue crab ceviche, a feast of freshness spiked with chilies, black sesame and papaya pickle served over sliced watermelon. Other favorites include pork adobo and sisig, a pig's head braised for 15 hours.

Cool Haus

At Cool Haus, an ice cream sandwich truck showcased on "Eat St.," customers delight in seasonally changing combinations of cookies and ice creams. Sweet classics like snickerdoodle and oatmeal-raisin cookies are joined by such sophisticated flavors as salted caramel macarons and avocado sea-salt ice cream. Inventions like fried chicken and waffles ice cream are a celebration of savory-meets-sweet. Cool Haus started in Southern California, and now has a fleet of 10 trucks and carts in Cali, NYC and Dallas, plus two storefronts.

Fulfilling Catering makes it easy for you to bring the best food trucks from across the nation to your event. The service comes with an amazing incentive: As well as feeding your hungry hoards, you help to feed the hungry in your community because, for every purchased meal, Fulfilling Catering donates the equivalent of one meal to a local food bank.


The Best Food Truck Designs You've Ever Seen

In an industry rapidly increasing, food trucks need to work harder and harder to stand out. To make sure they're seen and not forgotten, some trucks are getting cute, creative and just plain crazy.

Whether they're opting for unique logos, glittering exteriors or goofy shapes, food trucks are half about the food and half about the vehicle. Here are some examples of the best art on food trucks across the country.

Del Popolo, San Francisco

Del Popolo sells brick oven pizzas, right from their truck, which means the oven itself is directly inside — and they want their customers to know it. The glass windows and open design of the vehicle lets you see right into the stove and stacks of chopped wood. Talk about a clever look!

The Fry Guy, Atlanta

The Fry Guy embraces some of the most intriguing design on the food truck market. Characterized by its bright blue color and unique illustration of a guy in a baseball hat carrying a cone of fries, this food truck is basically art on wheels. The Fry Guy serves every kind of fry from Bangkok-themed ones to Parmesan truffle fries, making a statement with its food that is as clever as the art on its truck.

Maximus Minimus, Seattle

Get ready for the flying pig. Maximus Minimus serves sandwiches out of the porkiest vehicle you've ever seen. Designed to look like a rolling, steel pig, the truck was created out of an old, retired school bus. Its main dish? Pork sandwiches, which play perfectly into its theme.

Sweetery, New York City

Bright blue and covered in food-related words printed in all directions, the Sweetery food truck is a sight hard to miss. Its bold, scrambled brown words spell things like "sweet," "taste" and "fabulous." With a seasonal menu that's all organic, the food doesn't disappoint either.

Company 77, Irvine

This unique food truck was once a fire truck. It still holds the bright red traditional look of your everyday fire truck, but it serves stone cooked pizza. Company 77 has certainly nailed the wow factor with their one-of-a-kind restaurant on wheels.


How to Take Amazing #FoodPorn Photos of Your Food Truck Fare

With over 82 million #foodporn posts on Instagram,it can be tricky for food trucks to be heard through the noise. But taking epic pics of your best dishes is simple with a few easy tricks. Here’s what you need to know to grab users’ attention and rake in those likes.

Think Vertical or Square
Because Instagram is mostly a mobile app, the majority of its users view photos on their phones. The shape of a phone screens means that vertical pictures, a fairy new development in the Instagram world, that take up the entire screen of the phone stand out the most because they appear the biggest. The next largest shape is the classic square ‘gram, which is also a good go-to. The one shape to avoid, no matter how many dishes you’re trying to fit in a long line, is the horizontal shot, which is always surrounded by white space and made very tiny on Instagram.

Go Symmetrical — or Break All the Rules
There’s nothing like that ideal crop that centers around your perfectly round cupcake, but unless you’ve got a flawless symmetrical frame, consider getting a little artsy to catch followers’ eyes. If you have a taco on a picnic table, try cropping the taco in one of the corners and filling most of the frame with the table to create a more interesting picture.

Easy on the Filters
When photographing food, you want to go realistic. People don’t want to eat meat that’s tinted blue or a rustic looking vegetable. Keep it simple when it comes to filters and pics of your food truck fare. That said, it never hurts to up the brightness a bit to add richer colors to your plates.

Go Crazy with the Hashtags
Sure, you’ve probably already got #foodporn down, but don’t be afraid to use more hashtags in your captions. Studies show that including 11 hashtags gives you the best chance of finding new followers and new Instagram love. So go wild with your hashtags, as long as they stay relevant to your brand.

The Final Rule: Have Fun
Standing out on Instagram can take a bit of learning, but there’s no sense in staying serious while you do it. Play with your account and get creative. Incorporate goofy chefs as models, photograph gigantic stacks of food, get a little punny when you can. Remember, Instagram is a fun tool, so have fun with it.


Food Trucks and Social Media

You see food trucks parked on the street and at festivals, but wandering around town and hoping you find the perfect truck for your food needs is an inefficient process.

Food trucks want to make it easy for potential clients to find where they're set up for the day, so they turn to social media to deliver real-time updates that keep everyone in the loop. Here are a few ways food trucks put social media to work.

Customer Engagement

The Grilled Cheese Truck is such a popular food truck that it's expanded to multiple cities, and one reason for its popularity comes from its social media marketing strategy. Many food trucks use Twitter and Facebook to post their daily locations, but the Grilled Cheese Truck also uses these platforms to actively engage with its fans. Fans provide input on new locations for the trucks, answer questions posed by the social media manager and share their food photos.

Instagram and Food Pictures Are a Perfect Combination

Food trucks can post food pictures on any social platform, but Instagram has several features that put it at the front of the visual content pack. This social media platform is photocentric, so food trucks can leverage their best food photos to catch the interest of potential clients. Since Instagram is primarily a mobile platform, you also have a higher likelihood of coming across food photos when you're actively searching for a truck. East Side King has an excellent Instagram; with its high-quality food photos, it gets the attention of over 9,000 followers.

In-the-Moment Updates

Sometimes a planned food truck location doesn't always work out. Trucks can get a flat tire and need to adjust their locations on the fly. Twitter provides an excellent platform for reporting sudden snafus and plan changes. While Facebook and other social media platforms have hashtag support, Twitter makes it simple for potential clients to search for these tags.
Social media and food trucks go together like peanut butter and jelly. Food trucks leverage social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to connect with potential clients, keep customers up to date on current locations and location changes, and drive interest in what they have to offer.


Around the World With Food Trucks

Sally wants tacos, Mitch wants sushi and Jan wants to try the new Chinese place down the street. It’s a challenge for even three people to agree on what to order for lunch.

So it’s no wonder that arranging catering to satisfy the whole crowd at a big event is a daunting task. Book food trucks specializing in diverse international cuisines and please everyone at once. Fulfilling Catering represents thousands of diverse food trucks throughout the nation. Here are just a few.

Bollywood Bites
An array of Indian dishes are on the menu of Bollywood Bites, an offshoot of a restaurant in Los Angeles. This LA establishment even has a celebrity connection, since Chef Sanjay Patel was a former personal chef for Michael Jackson. Enjoy all your Indian favorites, including spicy curries, fragrant biryanis and satisfying samosas. Vegetarians and vegans have tasty options too.

Coreanos
This Houston, Texas-based truck promises double the international flare for your catering buck. Its tag line, “Mexican cuisine with Korean in between,” is represented by Korean BBQ burritos stuffed with carnitas-style roasted pork or Korean-marinated ribeye. You can even have crispy fries packed right inside. Creations like kimchi quesadillas and Korean BBQ tacos prove that Korean and Mexican cuisines are a match made in heaven.

An the Go
An unpretentious menu based around signature garlic noodles belies An the Go’s impressive culinary heritage. This food truck is the mobile cousin of Thanh Long, the first Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco and bedrock of a restaurant empire. Satisfy a comfort food craving with a heap of secret recipe noodles, or go for a combo with a skewer of five-spice pork, lemongrass chicken or beef, yuzu shrimp or veggie stir fry.

Caribbean Escape
Caribbean Escape showcases the culinary skills of a family who came to San Diego from the Caribbean. Try empanadas, stuffed with beef, chicken or shrimp, with homemade guava barbecue sauce. Sweet plantains are featured as tostones, twice-fried slices served with aioli, and as the inventive canoa, a fried whole plantain filled with beef, chicken or pulled pork and topped with cheese. It’s a savory banana split! For something light, try the Caribbean shrimp salad with fresh mango.

Barcelona On the Go
Take your crew to Spain with Barcelona On the Go, an Orange County, California, food truck serving traditional Spanish fare with a Latin twist. Dishes such as paella, chorizo grilled cheese and a Spanish sausage sandwich with red pepper relish are made with the freshest seasonal produce. The signature dish is a tempting indulgence — cooked-to-order sirloin steak, served over fries with chimichurri sauce. The Manchego mac and cheese with a hint of chipotle is a vegetarian favorite.


What's the Difference: Food Truck vs. Food Cart vs. Food Trailer?

When you’re working to coordinate a corporate event or something else that requires catering, it’s helpful to know the difference among food trucks, food carts and food trailers. While each type provides mobile food vending, becoming familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each will help you make a catering decision.

Food Trucks
Food trucks are clean, convenient and capable of serving a wide variety of delicious food at a single event. Whether you want gourmet cuisine or traditional Southern food, you get it. You can have fresh food prepared right at your event as well, or opt for catered sandwiches prepared in advance. There’s no question that you get lots of choices with food trucks. In addition, with companies such as Fulfilling, you also help less fortunate folks get a meal; this company donates the equivalent of one meal to a food bank for every meal purchased through one of its food trucks.

With food trucks, you can also set up a dining schedule for your company, whether it is on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Always check that the food trucks you are considering are licensed and have the appropriate permits and insurance coverage.

Food Carts
Food carts are a good option for smaller events, as they cannot feed as many people as a food truck can. They are push carts and are not as mobile-friendly since they need to be attached to a vehicle to be towed places. They do require less space, which could be helpful if your event is in a tiny venue. However, along with the smaller space comes the fact that food carts cannot serve as wide a range of cuisine as food trucks can. Food carts also lack kitchens, so check with your locality’s requirements about preparation. Some places mandate that the food for food carts must be prepackaged.

Food Trailers
Food trailers are the middle ground between food carts and food trucks. You can’t drive food trailers like you can food trucks, but you’re able to hitch them to a vehicle and tow them where they need to go. Food trailers also tend to be substantial enough to have a kitchen akin to one you would find in a food truck.

Whether a food truck, food cart or food trailer is best for your catering event largely depends on the variety of cuisine you want to serve, how fresh it needs to be and how many people are attending the event. Each type of mobile catering service definitely has its own place.


Only Expect the Best in Quality

Food trucks are a simple pleasure these days—a break from the stuffy norm. They come in all shapes, all sizes, all the tastes with all the spices.

So whether you’re looking for a simple yet scrumptious plate of shredded chicken nachos or something more complex like lamb-fennel sausage sliders swimming in goat cheese, chances are you can find it fresh from a truck.

But how do you know that the tasty meal in front of you is truly made with care?

Most people are aware of the stringent safety guidelines that restaurants must abide by in order to stay opened for business. But do those same rules apply to the food truck industry?

Yes. Like all other places that dish out food, mobile meal kitchens are held to the same standard, arguably an even higher one. Of course employees are required to maintain proper hygiene and follow the simple rules to preparing and handling food. But unlike restaurants where they hide the kitchen in the very back away from view, food trucks cook right in front of the customers for all the world to see.

Next on the list: Food must be stored and prepared at a level that’s safe for consumption. This includes isolating raw meats from other foods, labeling fresh items with appropriate dates, storing them in climate controlled units, and cooking certain ingredients to the recommended temperature.

If a food truck owner neglects any single part of this, it will be reflected in their food grade. Many larger cities have laws that make food truck owners post a food grade (just like restaurants) in their windows. This in turn, assures the customers that the meal-to-be is up to date on health and safety.

Sounds great. But how do you know a food truck is doing all these things?

That’s simple.

Because of health inspections.

The local health department tracks and supervises food truck safety with laws that require licensing in order to conduct random health inspections. Once a new food truck is licensed to operate, an inspector could drop by at any time. The only thing that’s guaranteed is the visits will be regular.

And you can bet the inspectors are looking for all these details and more. They treat a mobile meal kitchen the same as any other restaurant, so if you’re open to dining out, street eats should be on the menu.

In fact, CNN quoted interim supervisor for health inspection in Portland, Oregon, Christie Sweitz as saying, “Many of the health inspectors in our office buy lunch from food trucks. Trucks are required to follow strict guidelines and they are inspected as often as restaurants.”

On top of that, there’s one extra license needed to operate a food truck that restaurants don’t require—and that’s a driver’s license. Hey, at least you know they’ll get where they’re going.

So get out there and get eating. You can enjoy all that curbside cuisine knowing that it’s as safe as it is tasty!


Soul Food - About Founder Greg Gless

As a young entrepreneur with a heart, Greg Gless could be a poster boy for the ‘Millennials,’ the largest generational cohort to enter the workforce since the ‘Baby Boomers’ of last century. Twenty-something, clever and creative, Gless is the Chief Executive Officer of Fulfilling Food Trucks, a smart and soulful start-up in Santa Monica, California.

Gless prefers the title of ‘Chief Food Giver’ to CEO – another hallmark of his company, which is one part altruism to one part business. Or as Gless says, he “loves the fact we are a social enterprise.”

But before putting Fulfilling Food Trucks into the ‘charitable’ sector of corporate entities, Gless has clearly identified a niche where business, community, and social responsibility can go hand in hand.

A graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business Entrepreneurship program, Gless did not want to take a traditional route into a corporate culture. Instead, he was looking for a more meaningful way of creating a business with a purpose. After leaving college he engaged in the creation of an app to locate food trucks and developed relationships with the food truck operators themselves. Gless says, “I was a food truck connoisseur.”

While the food truck industry temporarily fed Gless’ palette for an exciting, innovative career, he was still hungry for something bigger. Looking to fill this void, he sought to develop a business built on a deeper sense of purpose. It was during this time that Gless saw a documentary called ‘Child 31’ and was struck by the staggering problem of childhood hunger against the backdrop of plenty that surrounded him. Inspired by the vision of founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow of ‘Mary’s Meals,’ Gless devised the catch-cry for his business venture, Fulfilling Food Trucks, ‘Eat One = Feed One.’

Gless sponsors ‘Mary’s Meals’ with monetary donations derived from the deployment of food trucks to dozens of office properties throughout the U.S. His intent is to build community and morale by providing food for corporate workers who know that while they are enjoying the chemistry that food trucks can bring to a space, they also are benefitting another human being who will receive a meal as a result of their order.

Gless says, “While the food truck eaters satisfy a physical hunger with their purchase, a more fundamental hunger is fed as well.”

Building such a compassionate foundation while in the startup phase of a company is rare but as Gless sees it, there are huge benefits to be garnered from being both a humanitarian and a businessperson simultaneously: “People have a fundamental desire to contribute to society” Gless says. “This gives people an opportunity to pitch in and confront the hunger epidemic.”

Fulfilling Food Trucks also gives the creative corporate property manager an opportunity to share the love. Bringing people into the open by redesigning the corporate space and dedicating areas specifically for food trucks is being undertaken at the Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles. This, believes Gless, allows employees the chance to mingle, which contributes to building community and resultantly, feeds into the businesses.

While some are referring to the ‘Millennials’ fascination with mobile eating as contributing to the ‘golden age of food trucks’, Gless’ efforts redefine the industry.

One thing is certain. As ‘Chief Food Giver,’ Greg Gless will always be at the lead of a very fulfilling business.


A Food Truck Driven Renaissance

In the twenty-first century, the human race is more connected, more entwined by mobile electronic technology and more aware than ever before of the necessity to conserve and reuse resources.

Business and corporate property managers are facing big challenges in tough times as global economies struggle. Vacant spaces in buildings can overwhelm the dynamism of an area, relegating the brightest and shiniest of property developments to a ghost town.

Sadly for property managers everywhere, viewing deserted ground floor spaces in an office estate once filled with cafes has become a modern metaphor for the forsaken and derelict companies that have been unable to survive the global financial climate.

For the people hidden in concrete office towers, a lack of community areas or lively hubs makes the monotony and dreariness of work life all the more inescapable.

However, there is a simple solution for all this waste of space: just add people. Repurposing disused dining and café spaces for collective business lounges, board rooms or networking areas and outsourcing catering needs to mobile food trucks, not only makes good economic sense to the canny property manager; the added color and energy associated with a visit from a food truck can reinvigorate a stagnant area.

In a recent survey of food truck customers, 92 percent said the trucks improved the streets, squares and parks they trade in, making these areas feel more welcoming. And 72 percent of customers said food trucks made an area feel safer.

The same respondents to the survey “saw clear benefits of the trucks in terms of activating underused sites,” and said “the trucks provide extra lighting and a welcoming atmosphere to every site at which we trade”.

Some food trucks even have a dedicated following due their affinity for social media. Just like in the movie Chef, food truck chefs have taken to the internet to build their own community and many customers may travel up to several miles to dine at their favourites. Food trucks are now acquiring their own celebrity status and are particularly appealing to the younger, hipper social media natives known as the Millenials.

The activation of spaces that utilise food trucks as a viable economic and social alternative to bricks and mortar restaurants, is seen as a benefit to communities and the human landscape, according to a thesis by Alison Sheppard of MIT.

Ms Sheppard believes the resulting deployment of food trucks “act as a magnet in otherwise ubiquitous landscapes by bringing people to sidewalks, alleyways, and parking lots that otherwise go unused. This ability to create hubs of activity and interaction can be capitalized on by planners, policy-makers, and designers seeking on-the-ground, low-investment mechanisms to improve the urban environment.”

Including food trucks in the redevelopment and reworking of existing office estates not only re-interprets the exterior space without creating extra cost for the developers, they help create an upbeat, lively diner-driven experience that will ultimately enhance the office estate itself.