Food trucks and meetings have gone hand in hand prior to March—but the pandemic and the resulting increase in outdoor events has launched the Andiamo Food Truck to new heights.

“With everyone redesigning the way in which they conduct business and celebrate social functions, this outdoor alternative has expanded our horizons and grown our sales to new levels as the outdoor events of up to 100 people are perfect for a food truck,” says Samantha Visconti, director of catering at Andiamo Catering & Event Management.

The food truck has been serving up homemade favorites from the Andiamo restaurants since 2015 to reach their fan base in more places outside of their brick and mortars. But this summer more than ever, people chose Andiamo to cater their graduations, weddings, birthdays, memorial services, bar and bat mitzvahs, and more.

The Andiamo Food Truck has taken many measures to ensure safety, such as contactless pay, single-use service items and electrostatic misters that disinfect the truck before and after events. Plus, guests can stand and sit in open air, socially distanced lines and tables. The food truck’s menu provides some of the in-house favorites at the Andiamo restaurants, such as pasta and calamari. However, the Andiamo Food Truck allows clients to ask for custom menus, incorporating requests for anything from sushi to fish tacos, Mexican to Middle Eastern food.

Regardless of requests, the Andiamo Food Truck works tirelessly to accommodate no matter the menu, the time frame or the location.

“We are now very fluid with executing events with little to no notice, as people are desperately seeking alternative types of events for life’s milestones and important events,” says Visconti.

With all of the abnormalities that the pandemic has brought on, still having the option to enjoy the Michigan favorite at outdoor events during quarantine has made a strange time feel more normal—and delicious.

When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events have returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like.

 

The fare and flare of Spain has arrived in downtown Grand Rapids with the opening of the new MDRD, pronounced Madrid, on the 27th floor of the tower at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (previously Cygnus27 restaurant). While the feel and flavors have changed, the unparalleled views of downtown and the Grand River means that this space still provides the best skyline dining in the city. Here, every seat is the “best seat in the house.”

 

It’s not everyday you get the chance to log off, ditch the meetings and let loose with a can of spray paint and a blank canvas. 
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