A dealership builds its own food truck as a mobile test kitchen, while a husband and wife team in Kansas City, Kan. carts around artisan sausage on a simple flatbed trailer.
The Seattle-based dealership uses its vehicle as an extension of the company’s on-site test kitchen, allowing clients to see a real-time view of how food trucks work. The dealership also swaps out equipment to test different menu items and demonstrate the flexibility of the platform, which includes a hand sink, three-compartment sink, refrigerated prep table, refrigerated drawers and freezers, a water tank and electricity generator as part of its standing equipment platform. When not parked outside Bargreen Ellingson’s headquarters as a marketing tool, the dealership will use the truck for employee events, manufacturer gatherings, and other special events at least once a week. In fact, this particular mobile kitchen was the inspiration for Ezell’s Express chicken truck, which was featured on Oprah and often parks outside the Amazon headquarters at lunch.
Husband and wife team Dave Derr and Jessica Rush built their homemade, innovative sausage wagon by hand in 2012 using an 8-foot-by-4-foot flatbread trailer made of wood and outfitted with a griddle, steam well, and plumbed sinks. The trailer is a licensed mobile unit through the Kansas health department, visiting the local Kansas City farmer’s market once a month and at parties and other events for a catering piece.