Mobile Catering

Mobile Catering

A mobile caterer serves food directly from a vehicle or cart that is designed for the purpose. Mobile catering is common at outdoor events (such as concerts), workplaces, and downtown business districts.

  • A food cart is a motor less trailer that can be hauled by automobile, bicycle, or hand to the point of sale, often a public sidewalk or park. Carts typically have an onboard heating and/or refrigeration system to keep the food ready for consumption.

A catering truck enables a vendor to sell a larger volume than a cart and to reach a larger market. The service is similar; the truck carries a stock of prepared foods that customers can buy. Ice cream vans are a familiar example of a catering truck in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom.

A food truck or mobile kitchen is a modified van with a built-in barbecue grill, deep fryer, or other cooking equipment. It offers more flexibility in the menu since the vendor can prepare food to order as well as fresh foods in advance. A vendor can choose to park the van in one place, as with a cart, or to broaden the business’s reach by driving the van to several customer locations. Examples of mobile kitchens include taco trucks on the west coast of the United States, especially Southern California, and fish and chips vans in the United Kingdom. These vehicles are sometimes dysphemistic ally called “roach coaches” or “ptomaine wagons”.

A concession trailer has preparation equipment like a mobile kitchen, but it cannot move on its own. As such it is suited for events lasting several days, such as funfairs.A mobile caterer uses a vehicle or cart in delivering the food.

 Types of vehicles are as follows:

  1. Street cart – or a food cart is a motor less trailer that often uses a hand, bicycle or automobile that can be seen on public sidewalks and parks. Carts have an onboard heating device or a refrigerator for keeping the food ready for consumption. Beverages and foods include – tacos, hotdogs, and sausages, Mexican food such as burritos, frozen treats like ice cream, doughnuts, sandwiches, bagels and Halal food such as chicken or lamb over rice.
  2. Food Truck – the truck carries stocks of prepared foods that enable the vendor sell a large volume. Examples are the ice cream vans.
  3. Mobile Kitchen – A large modified van with built-in cooking equipments such as grill and deep fryer. The vendor can prepare food inside the van. Examples are fish and chips vans in UK and taco trucks on United States.
  4. Concession Trailer – like a mobile kitchen, it has equipments for preparation but it cannot move on its own. Trailer is suited for lasting events such as funfairs.

Mobile catering services can also be used to feed people in areas of natural disasters and in places where the infrastructure is destroyed.

Requirements for Mobile Catering Vehicles:

Commissary –

It’s a place where all mobile units must report for the daily supplies, servicing and cleaning. A commissary approval form must be submitted and notarized if the owner is not present for signing.

Requirements for commissary:

(1)    Facilities must have a storage of food, washing and sanitizing equipments, single service articles, disposal of waste and washing and storage of vehicles.

(2)    Facility must be inspected by the health authority.

(3)   City permits.

Construction –

(1)    Vehicle must be a commercial type with enclosed, smooth, cleanable floors, walls, and ceiling with no carpet inside.

(2)    Proper temperature of equipment must be NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) approved for maintaining hazardous food. Provides and checks thermometer reading for each holding unit of food.

(3)    Liquid waste must be collected, put in a holding tank, and disposed into a sanitary sewerage system at the commissary.

(4)    Firm name, address, and contact numbers must be on both sides of the vehicle.

(5)    Empty vehicles are not permitted.

Operation –

Health code:

(1)    Foods cannot be sold from a mobile catering vehicle, cleaning and good repair of the interior and exterior part of the vehicle, food containers must be stored properly.

(2)    Proper temperature maintenance at all times – cold foods – 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below, hot foods – 140 degrees Fahrenheit

(3)    Transported food must have insulated units and notify the Neighbourhood Services Department for the rented vehicle.

Permit requirements – payment fee for the mobile food permit and vehicle inspection permit.

Points to be keep in mind: –

  1. Use & Application

 In addition to being operated as private businesses, mobile catering vehicles are also used after natural disasters to feed people in areas with damaged infrastructure. The Salvation Army has several mobile kitchens that it uses for this purpose.

It is applied to make hot food and carry fuel, food raw materials and water for 80~100 persons each day and personnel portable materials of two cooks and one driver.

  1. Working capability

 It can make staple and non-staple food for 80~100 persons in one hour.

  1. Technical parameters

External dimensions of complete vehicle: 5990×2020×3030mm, External dimensions of vehicle compartment: 3600×2050×2000mm

Internal dimensions of vehicle compartment: 3485×1935×1885mm

  1. Characteristics

Equipments and working environment fit in the major Chinese food processing methods and main food raw materials required by field food and drink support. Food processing quality and working environment comply with quantitative standard and sanitary requirement of field food supply.

Mobile Kitchen can be refitted according to the customer’s requirements into a vehicle cooking western-style food.


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  • Rice & Multipurpose Cookers
  • Rice Kettles
  • Dosa Plates
  • Masala Trolleys
  • Display Counters
  • Service Counters
  • Deep Freezers
  • Mobile Salad Bars
  • Roti Counters
  • Bain Marie Cabinets
  • Salamander/Bread Toasters
  • Deep Fat Fryers
  • Gas Ranges
  • Gas / Charcoal Tandoors
  • Ovens
  • Vegetable Cutting Machines
  • Coconut Scrappers
  • Wet Grinders Machines
  • Flour Kneading Machines
  • Potato Peelers
  • Halwa Machines
  • Oil Shaking Machines ETC.

Branches of Mobile Catering: –

  1. Airline catering
  2. Cruise/Ship catering
  3. Railway catering
  4. Automobile catering
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