Back about a month ago, our friends, Amy and Styles, got married way up in the serene north country in a place called Canton, NY. Their wedding was catered by the food truck, Slidin’ Dirty. They seem to have very interesting and financially attractive catering packages for weddings.
For the longest time, I’ve followed them on twitter, but I’ve never had the opportunity to try their food. It’s ironic that all of us had to travel four and a half hours outside of our home turfs to have our paths cross. When I arrived at the event, I made sure to stop by the truck (where they had additional tables set up for prep) to finally meet the people running the truck (Tim and Brooke Taney).
The affair was outdoors, and it was very casual as far as weddings go. Slidin’ Dirty had the food going out in various waves.
The first wave was a station with antipasto platters and tortilla chips with various dips. There was plenty of different things to pick on while enjoying a few cocktails before the formalities happened. Then, they started passing some small bites.
There were a few other small bites being passed. If I remember correctly, one was cherry pepper pulled pork on tortillas. I’m blanking on what else was being passed. Since they had their hands full prepping for what was to come, I kept my eye on the antipasto station and let them know when that was running low.
Once the bridal party was introduced and food service was to start, they posted a board to the truck with the options for the main course.
People lined up at the truck, and they were able to make short work of the long line (I believe there were somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 people). The main course was a choice of skewer with different sides. I opted for the Greek skewer, which had olive oil-marinated lamb with spinach and pasta salad with feta cheese and olives. It was very good. Between my other friends, I got to try the other skewer combinations and all were tasty.
I also tried to help out the bride and groom by bringing them some of the food for them to try. I hear stories that people didn’t get to try the food at their own weddings all the time, and I figured I’d do everything I could to make sure this didn’t happen for them.
The music started picking up, and the party shifted toward dancing. A few trays of cookies appeared.
I figured that everything was done at that point. To my amazement, the menu board was revised and re-posted, this time with a variety of sliders and finger foods.
The line started up again, but it wasn’t quite as long as the main course, probably because they were all having fun and dancing.
I was so happy that I got to try one of their sliders. I had the “Old Faithful” (Cheddar cheese, arugula, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard) and had both the fried mac and cheese and the jalapeno chicken bacon egg roll with chipotle cream. The slider was very good, but the fried mac and cheese was awesome, and the egg roll was the best thing I had tasted all night. [By this point, it was pretty dark, and my pictures weren’t coming out.] I made sure to also put in an order for the bride and groom so that they could try this great stuff.
(I’m bummed that I didn’t get to try the avocado fries that everyone raves about, but I guess that’s my motivation to find the truck some time.)
In all honesty, having worked in catering and having been through planning enough events to know the work that goes into it, I’m astonished that they were able to pull off such a great and elaborate event from a food truck, and a number of miles away from home, to boot. Having also been to many weddings, this catering job was definitely unorthodox, but had a unique character. It’s something to really consider if you’re ever planning an event and are looking for something a little different than the usual.
Awesome work, Slidin’ Dirty!