Forty-three days. 1,037 miles. Thousands of lobster rolls and crab cakes. From September 15 to November 11, the Four Seasons Food Truck is rolling down the East Coast, making stops in nine cities from Boston to Miami. Chefs at Four Seasons hotels in each destination have designed special menus for the food truck event tour, which can also be used for groups. (Get a taste on Twitter at #FSFoodTruck—like this week’s pastrami sliders and sausage and peppers by FS New York Executive Chef John Johnson.)
The 2013 inaugural FS Taste Truck Tour caught the attention of foodies throughout California, Arizona and New Mexico, and was so successful that the company decided to take on the East Coast this year.
They’ve tapped into a huge trend for groups: street food. At the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, Director of Conferences and Catering Services Martha Morningstar developed what she calls P5, an event held in the hotel’s parking garage (Level 5). The food truck lunch was a highlight of a meeting that the Four Seasons world sales office held for 100 of its top meeting planner clients.
“These were incredibly savvy planners who had seen and done everything, and we wanted to wow them,” Morningstar says. The garage was decorated with “gritty, urban touches,” such as barrels with fire and chain link fences, there was also street music, and the staff dressed in jeans and t-shirts. “We took everyone on the elevator from the meeting room to the parking garage and they had no idea where they were going,” she recalls. “When the doors opened, they all whipped out their phones started taking pictures—and we knew it was a hit.”
Specialties included lots of crab (crab three ways, crab salad, and crab bisque), hot dogs and sausages, and an anti-griddle, where they made freeze pops on the spot.
“Food trucks really speak to people,” she says. “They want casual food but great food—particularly for groups during the day who only have an hour. You want the food to be delicious and approachable, as well as fun. And you want choices, not chafing dishes where people spoon just a couple of choices onto their plates.”
The Four Seasons Food Truck Event rolls into Baltimore on October 6. Here’s the complete schedule:
New York: September 29–October 4
Baltimore: October 6–11
Washington, DC: October 13–18
Atlanta: October 20–25
Orlando: October 27–28
Palm Beach: October 30–November 4
Miami: November 6–11
For more details, visit the Four Seasons Food Truck Event web site.